Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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Chicken in a coconut curry sauce with a Burmese samosa, rice and green tea. 

Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe, located at 930 Bonifant Street in Silver Spring, is a great spot for tasty Burmese food. Burmese food, as one might expect, is kind of like a cross between Indian and Thai. Their lunch specials are pretty good value and include a choice of a spring roll or a Burmese samosa. The menu is almost overwhelmingly extensive (especially since few people have any familiarity with Burmese food) but I chose a chicken dish in a coconut curry sauce, which is one of their most popular dishes. The curry was flavorful- I ordered it medium so it was spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. I also got a samosa which was crispy and tasty. I had green tea with my meal, which tasted a bit oxidized. The ambiance is also nothing special. Despite these minor flaws, I highly recommend this place and it is worth the excursion to Silver Spring to try this fun, flavorful cuisine.

 

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