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Innya Lake...not so sure

veebee | May 20, 200502:15 PM     13

On the advice of Chowguide, I checked out Innya Lake the week before last. I will probably be spending more time in San Bruno so I need some help liking this restaurant. I really wanted to like it. I love Burma Super Star, but it’s across town, parking is a nightmare and then you have to wait an hour to be seated, so I was very excited about an alternative.

I walked in at 7:30 on a Wednesday night and there were two other people eating dinner. Other than a couple of to-go customers, there were no other customers during my visit, so it doesn’t seem like they are doing enough business. The waiter was friendly and professional. The menu looked good, but the food was as close as it gets to terrible. Did I order badly? I had the tea leaf salad that I’ve enjoyed elsewhere, which was recommended in Chowguide. The waiter asked me if I’d had it before. He wanted to see if I knew what I was getting, which I thought was nice. I told him I’d had it at Burma Super Star and at Mandalay years ago. He said that Burma Super Star’s version wasn’t authentic, but that Mandalay’s might be. I’ll take delicious over authentic in this case. This salad was lying in a puddle of oil. Every bite was just plain greasy and the only flavor that stood out from the muddle was the taste of the bitter, burnt, fried garlic. It was really terrible. I also had a Burmese chicken curry with potatoes and coconut rice. The curry was merely “fine”, but I still would have enjoyed my meal if the rice hadn’t been so incredibly sweet. I love the coconut rice at Burma Super Star. It has a pleasantly subtle sweetness that plays well with the spicy food, but this rice was cloying and tasted like dessert. So help me hounds…off night? downhill alert? wrong food? I’ll try the layered bread that gets such good reports next time. What else should I order? Help me have a good meal at Innya Lake. Thanks.

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