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Larkin Express (Deli) Burmese Kitchen: final very late lunch in SF


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Larkin Express (Deli) Burmese Kitchen: final very late lunch in SF

grayelf | Apr 19, 2009 09:52 PM

We started off our day at Sentinel for a light snack, so by the time we had finished our wander about the library (there was a great book sale in the lobby) and an excellent tour of the SF city hall after 3, we were ready for some heartier fare. We headed over to Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen, as I was told they are now calling themselves by affable owner Dennis Lin. We way overordered because I was keen to try a variety of dishes but the bill was still only $33. We had pork curry, samusa soup, Burmese fried rice, garlic noodles with chicken, tea leaf salad (see pic – no lettuce, Dave_MP, just a little cabbage), side of sour leaf and a dried shrimp condiment. We also tried the hot and cold versions of Burmese tea. Mr Lin kept the restaurant open well past his usual closing time to accommodate us and explained that he has to go to Burma to get certain ingredients as if they are grown here at all they are not organic, which I thought was quite intriguing. I once again adored the tea leaf salad here (we had it once before a couple of trips ago) and really wished we could have done justice to the other dishes, particularly the samusa soup. Not every dish was a knockout (no duds though) but they all worked so well together that it was worth the (sob!) waste of overordering to eat that way. He is now open for dinner on both Friday and Saturday and is considering opening every night now that the remodel has occurred and the space looks more resto-y and less deli. That’s him in the bad photo. This meal combined with the Pagan chowdown
underscores how much I wish we had a Burmese restaurant or three in Vancouver. Yet another reason to return to the Bay area…

PS Because we ate so late we dodged the bullet of airport food :-).

And here's the list of other places/things we ate this trip, if you're interested:

Five days of fine foods in San Francisco March 2009
Dennis Leary-fest in SF: Canteen, Sentinel, Canteen, Sentinel
A maroon macaron in SF and two Gibraltars
To market, to market to buy some roast pig (SF Ferry Plaza)
First day pizza al piatto at Bao Necci and Friday feed at Bund Shanghai. SF
Beef 7 ways at Pagolac, SF: a little meh; Murphy’s and Sharks at Johnny Foley’s. SF
Mission impossible? Dynamo, La Torta Gorda, Humphry Slocombe all in 1.5 hours after Canteen brekky, SF
Just another Manic Monday: going Dottie, then tamale, then Dol Ho-ey, then Cavalli, then Aziza-y in SF

Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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