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so I ate at Burmese Cafe in Jackson Heights

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so I ate at Burmese Cafe in Jackson Heights

eeee | Feb 12, 2007 07:40 PM

I was in JH on Saturday and decided to stop in for a late lunch at Burmese Cafe. It is a small restaurant bedecked in tapestries and such. A large flat screen TV showed popstars who I assumed were Thai (do they even have pop stars in Myanmar?)

I ordered the much-praised green tea leaf salad and a goat curry. I asked if the goat curry had bones (goat bones can be very splintery.) It did. The waiter helpfully suggested I get the goat liver and heart curry instead. No thanks. I decided to take my chances with the bones.

A big pot of nice-tasting tea was served gratis, quite welcome on a cold day.

The green tea leaf salad was - interesting. definitely a novel combination of pickly tastes with crunch (peanuts, sprouts) and the funk of dried shrimp. I thought it was worthwhile eating, but more in an intellectual way than a viscerally enjoyable way. Large portion and could easily be shared. I drink so much Diet Coke that I was inured to any effects the caffeine in the tea leaves might have had.

The curry was mild and very tasty. Very few bones, and the meat was so soft that it fell off them easily. The meat was nicely gamy and goaty (if you like that sort of thing; I do.) I definitely splurged as the goat dishes were 8.99 while the other curries were 4.99.

I needed to be on my way so I got the coconut/ginger/peanut pancake dessert to go. There were two pancakes in the order. They were absolutely delicious and made a great breakfast. next time I'l try them hot and fresh.

Total bill was $23 with a (warmish) Diet Coke and an extra buck for rice. Two people could easily split the salad and the dessert and just get one entree each. Excellent value. I will return to Burmese Cafe to try some of the other dishes on the menu.

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