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Posted by Ranu and Indranil on 01/10/2006
Last saturday we were at Cafe Mingala, that was our second visit, the restaurant was full when we reached there for dinner but within 5-7 minutes they arranged everything for us. We had assorted appetizers delight and Chicken satey as appetizers, Mandalay flying prawn and Chicken mint kebab kyaw as main dishes. The food was so tasty, we were amazed to finish all food within minutes. We are actually getting addicted to delicious Burmese food so much that we are planning to go there again very soon. The price is reasonable, the service is good but its a small place. For us if the quality of the food is great the size of the place doesn't matter.
Posted by Paul Pulcini on 11/29/2005
I love this place! It's close to my apartment, small and cozy. Service is pleasant and the food is great. I try to order different things, but usually end up getting the Mo-goke Pork cos I love it so much!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2005
The best part about this place is they have discounted lunch menu even on weekend...I had the Squash hot and sour soup which was very good. For the main entree I ordered the chicken curry with potatoes...with the three layered bread. This combination was amazing. The service was good...its a small place with a homey touch to it.
Posted by Kfood on 08/20/2005
Have been there 10+ times for lunch/ dinner, and have had delivery. Everything has been wonderful! So tasty.....Usually forgo rice to save carbs, but this rice was too good to stop at one bite. Service could stand some improvement, but at $5-6 lunches, understand how they must keep a lean staff. It's a delicious deal of a find....
Posted by JC on 07/27/2005
Finding a Burmese restaurant in NYC or anywhere in the US is like searching for a needle in a haysack! For this reason, I commend Cafe Mingala -- 'mingala' meaning 'welcome' or just a pleasant salutation -- for taking a chance and being one of only two other Burmese restaurants I know of in the City. In addition to this, Cafe Mingala is really a delightful restaurant. I was here with my sweetheart a couple of years ago and I was taken aback by the Mural and all the tiny little trinkets displayed in the window when you first walk in, it seemed a little over the top, but I know the artwork served its purpose-creating that ambiance of far eastern enchantment, a truly exotic dining experience that many tourists and restauranteurs look for in new places to eat around the City. The food was great. I was ecstatic to see my favorite Burmese dish of all time, Coconut Noodle Soup, on the menu. Of course, I wasn't surprised as this dish is a Burmese staple. Needless to say, I orderd this and was very pleased with it; the creamy, velvety texture of the soup, with its delicious flavors of curried chicken and coconut, enhanced by lemongrass and other spices, really hit the spot. Of course it did not compare to my home-cooked version, but it came fairly close. I think my finance was happy with the food as well. I know he definitely enjoyed the Thousand Layer Bread. The portions were hearty, I remember being amply full after that lunch. I also recall our meal being a bit pricey. I think we were too late for the lunch special, but now that I know it exists, I want to go back and try the Rangoon Night Market Noodles or the Mandalay Nungi Noodles....my taste buds are watering just thinking about it~!! I have to say the lunch special price is a bargain for one of the rarest cuisines you'll find in the country. It is also superior compared to the price of lunch specials I've seen in restaurants around the city, whose cuisines are rampant everywhere to the point that it gets a little boring. If you want to try something different and DELICIOUS, please have some Burmese food at Cafe Mingala,. I'm Burmese and can vouch that this restaurant serves authentic, quality food. I hold very high standards when it comes to the wonderful cuisine of my native country, and it brings me such joy to share it with others.
Posted by somero on 07/02/2005
This place is one of my most favourite ones. Food is amazing, service courteous. Have spent many memorable evenings in this place. The fabulous paintings on the wall depicting the life of Burma are an added bonus to enjoy along with the yummy food. We are vegetarians but never had any problem. There are many different options on the menu to chose from, so we can try something different everytime. We specially love and recommend to all our friends too, the green tea salad, onion corn hincho soup, and their green tea ice cream. Even though now we have moved out of the area, still specially go there just to meet the staff and enjoy the food. THE BEST!
Posted by tatdotcom on 04/04/2005
I've been eating here for years and have never been disappointed. The food is unique in that few restaurants in nyc serve this kind of cuisine. The basil and curry dishes are amazing. For those criticizing the mural, I think it's a matter of accepting the burmese/myanmar culture. The atmosphere is close to fine dining without the high prices.