Ten of us descended on Yoma (the Burmese restaurant in Allston, near Union Square) for lunch yesterday, ordering a variety of salads - tea leaf, fresh ginger, mango, and homemade chickpea tofu; spicy chicken soup, garlic noodles, and two specials from the back of the menu, one pumpkin and one eggplant. (Someone will pipe in with their exact names.)
The salads were very fresh, with a nice complexity, and larger then the small plates that several of us remembered from past visits. The ginger had QUITE the kick, the mango was not sweet, and a nice contrast to the ginger, the tea leaf came out in small piles of ingredients, mixed together it was interesting and refreshing, and the tofu was delightful and pilllowy.
The spicy chicken soup was delicate, but again, with a nice complexity, filled with (rice?) noodles, mushrooms, and other goodies. Garlic noodles were the most ordinary thing we had; some liked them as a way to "round out" the meal. The pumpkin, with big, soft chunks, was nicely contrasted by a large bowl of well fried shallots and their crunch. Some of us couldn't resist topping many of the dishes with them! And the eggplant was an interesting mixture - sorry I'm not very good at deconstructing!
To end the meal, we were given cubes of a rice"jelly" - not the right word...that we all enjoyed.
Pictures will follow!
A great meal! As I mentioned, the portions were significantly larger then we remembered; ordering double portions, this was a great repast for ten, with a total bill of $20 each!
YoMa Burmese Restaurant
5 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134