I had old friends in from out of town, staying near SFO. They are not very adventurous and wanted dinner nearby. So we headed to Mingalaba, their first time with Burmese food.
All in all it was a success, once we managed to get seated. (It was a mob scene at 6 p.m.) Service was thoughtful and attentive.
paratha, potstickers, black pepper soup, rainbow salad, ginger salad, house noodles, and walnut broccoli chicken, as well as a side of coconut rice.
My favorite dishes were the delicate black pepper soup, which had slices of summer squash and chunks of fish, and rainbow salad. My favorite rainbow salad is still at Pagan.
We asked that nothing be spicy, so nothing was :( I liked the ginger salad but didn't love it. My friend found it too ginger-y; for me it wasn't ginger-y enough. The dipping sauces accompanying paratha were wonderful.
I was disappointed by the often recommended house noodles with chicken; they seemed too bland and the noodles overwhelmed the dish. At Yamo, where I always order this dish, the sauce isn't so thick and the dish is balanced by cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, and fried garlic or shallots.
Even the non-Burmese dishes like potstickers and walnut broccoli chicken were made with care. I wouldn't have ordered them, but did enjoy a taste.
This is a better than average option close to the airport, and I'd be interested in trying more soups and salads, with the spice level turned up.
My friends were very happy with the new foods they'd tried. Dinner for 3 came to just over $100 with drinks and tip, and lots of leftovers.
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