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Another "Yes" for Natoma Cafe

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Another "Yes" for Natoma Cafe

JojoA | Aug 5, 2005 04:13 PM

From the threads I've read, it seems I'll be preaching to the choir, but I want to add my voice of positivity for the Natoma Cafe.

The menu up above lists all the stuff familiar to any deli - sandwiches, salads, etc. - you either have to look at the board outside or on the window of the counter to find the Burmese item listings. The list says the 14 listed items change constantly, so I just picked out a random number in my head and went with item 11 - See Kyet Kaukswe, which was described as noodles with chicken sauteed in garlic with a special spicy sauce.

The dish came steaming hot alongside the side salad (which was quite good and tangy.) The main dish itself wasn't really that spicy (though I noticed a slight burn in my mouth by the middle of my dining), but it was darn tasty regardless. Topped off with a mango Italian soda, it was one of my better lunches of the year.

The man who took my order seemed like the nicest person you'd want to be around. Sadly, it seemed that the space (very nicely laid out - I could see how students at the nearby art college would find it easy to either study or just hang out here) was devoid of customers - I spent almost the whole 11 o'clock hour there today and only two other customers ventured in.

Suffice it to say, I can't wait get back to try out the other Burmese dishes. Even if Burmese isn't your thing, the regular deli-type stuff seems to be reasonably priced and at least equal in creativity (don't know about the taste) to the items you'd find at nearby Lee's and Working Girls (and definitely beats anything you'd find at any Subway or Quizno's chain outlets.)

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