Opened in 1984 in Inner Richmond, Mandalay lays claim to being the oldest Burmese restaurant in the city. Today it is experiencing resurgence in popularity, so be prepared to wait for a table.
Familiar fans of authentic Burmese cuisine will find plenty to please their palates here, reveling in these zesty, spicy, and tangy dishes that often include catfish or coconut. For something completely different, discover the Burmese salad–a virtual cacophony of flavor, with pickled mango, cucumber, and toasted garlic in one version; crunchy tea leaves, roasted peanuts, plum tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and crispy fried lentils in another.
Holiday decorations displayed year-round add kitsch to a large dining room lined with tropical plants, trees, and fresh flowers.