Despite a no-reservations policy and a perpetual line to get in, this is one of my favorite restaurants because the authentic Burmese cuisine served here is just that good. So do what we do: Either arrive 15 minutes before the place opens to be seated first or leave your cell phone number with the host and browse the interesting shops on Clement Street until they give you a jingle. Once you’re seated in the somewhat loud, upbeat dining room it’ll be hard to determine what to choose, since many of the dishes, influenced by the cuisines of India, China, Laos, and Thailand, may sound very foreign. Trust me: It’s all good. Don’t miss the tea leaf salad or the fried yellow bean tofu appetizers—dishes you may swear you could live on—or try the clay-pot chicken, chili lamb with coconut rice, or any of the curries. If it’s packed, and you don’t want to wait the waiter may direct you to their sister restaurant down the street. It’s not a bad choice. They have many of the same items and fantastic happy hour prices on their food for the first hour of opening.
- Erika Lennert