My "International Dining Club" - more on this little adventure/tradition on the general topics board soon - drove (and drove and drove) to The Golden Triangle in Whittier on Friday night for a night of Burmese food.
For anyone not familiar with Burmese food, it is heavily influenced by Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines (with a touch of British, I'm told, tho there was nothing on the menu that would lead me to believe it...it tasted too good to be influenced by the Brits, god bless them). We specifically stuck with dishes considered "more Burmese" rather than Thai, etc.
To start we ordered the "signature" ginger salad, which was great and very nutty, and a seafood and coconut milk soup #15 that was the best damn thing I've had in weeks if not months. I would drive back right this second and get more if I wasn't getting ready for my Derby party. It was unanimously everyone's favorite dish of the night.
For entrees we had fried catfish, a green curry with shrimp and the curry egg noodles with chicken and veggies. The catfish was prepared from steaks, not whole fish or filets as I had assumed, and garnished with somewhat crispy carmelized onions. According to our party's fried catfish authority, it was good but not great (it was the first time I'd ever had Asian style fried catfish so I'm not the best judge...but I liked it). The green curry was awesome - a recommendation from our server. And the noodles were satisfactory compared to the rest of the meal. On their own, apart from the rest, I would have rated them higher but compared to everything else not as exciting. Plus, they were way too spicy for a couple people.
A word on the spices - our server asked us to chose a spicy level b/t 1 and 10, which was rough as he couldn't tell us how hot "hot" was. We guessed, ordering everything from 6-8, and our noodles (ironically, the "6") were the spiciest thing. If you love spicy stuff, I'd recommend starting with "8" and making it up to "10".
The bill w/ generous tip came to $20 for each of us (Party of Five). We each had a beer or two.
We took surface streets from Hollywood to get to The Golden Triangle. Don't ask. I actually recommend the drive, as it takes you thru East LA and you can get a good look at the dozens of great looking restaurants along 6th/Whittier Blvd...bring pen and paper to write them down (if anyone has recommendations for this part of town please let me know!).
All in all, a great dinner out. Reasonably priced, food that started out good and reached sublime. It was yet another wonderful recommendation from Chowhound. Thanks everyone. :)