With barely 12 hours notice, four chowhounds gathered on Friday to try more of the Burmese menu at Natoma Cafe and renew the San Francisco lunch series. We ordered five dishes at $4.95 each to share plus a fresh lemonade or ice tea for each of us.
I didn't pick up a copy of the menu, so rather than having the Burmese name or dish number, I'll describe them briefly and ask my dining companions to add their comments.
Tea leaf salad (upper left) - I asked the proprietor to make this in the traditional way with less lettuce and to have the peanuts on the side to protect the allergic.
Vegetable and noodle salad (lower left) - A mix of fresh vegetables, noodles, crispy fried things, crunchy dried nuts, and other bits of deliciousness.
Chicken curry and palada (upper right) - Jeff said that the flaky palada is usually left whole with the curry and carrot salad piled on. Cut, as shown here, it was easier to share.
Fish with spicy sauce and Sour vegetable (lower right) - The fish dish was a special not on the regular menu. The sour vegetable (sorrel) was blended with bamboo shoots.
Steamed rice and fresh fruit salad cups for dessert were complimentary. With tax and tip, the price per person was $10.
Natoma Cafe [SOMA]
145 Natoma St # 1, behind SFMOMA
San Francisco 94105