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Posted by Ann on 07/15/2007
Cafe Mingala has excellent food, and their delivery is generally very fast. I highly recommend their lunch menu for great food at terrific prices. I love their chicken curry and basil chicken. Their portion size is fantastic too. The food is expertly prepared. It's definitely one of the best cuisine in NYC. The restaurant is kind of small, but I have raves about their delivery. Highly recommend!
Posted by edgey on 07/09/2007
This place is astonishing. It's incredibly cheap and the food is just incredible. There is no bad dish on the menu. (Well, the fried appetizers are awfully... um, fried, and there's not much more to them than the hot grease rush, but everything else I've ever tried has been just wonderful.) I really appreciate the pride and the passion the people here have in their food and in their country. There's stuff here (the salads, the Mohinga) that is like nothing else I've ever tasted; the rest is reminiscent of Indian and Thai food, with a twist. While most everything is quite mild, the spicing is incredible-- everything has such flavor! The vegetables are astonishing. I don't know how they do it-- the hard vegetables like the potatoes are perfectly cooked, while at the same time the delicate veggies like zucchini are firm and not mushy. It's like they cook them individually to their point of perfection and then combine them at the end. It's a little eerie-- I've never had such perfect veggies outside of a five-star splurge restaurant like Daniel. If I have any complaint it's that the meat and seafood, while competently handled, flavorful, and fresh, do not seem to be very high quality cuts (you notice this especially with the pork, beef and shrimp), but it makes sense considering how cheap everything is. I can highly recommend the spring ginger and tea leaf salads, the seafood lemongrass and village pea soups, any of the pork, duck, vegetarian, noodle, or beef dishes. (That narrows it down, I know.) Also fantastic are the Burmese dumplings, the mohinga, and the keema.
Posted by Asian Food Fan on 03/24/2007
Come here several times a month.... delicious cuisine, ample servings, fresh, tasty....
Posted by mikphire on 03/12/2007
I went with three people. The waitstaff and manager were very friendly, funny, courteous. We ordered the assorted appetizer's delight, good for two people to share, the lentil fritters were my favourite, dipped in the sauce :) mmm! The fried tofu was a pleasant surprise- very tasty! The mango salad was excellent! We had Ginger chicken, pineapple chicken and Mandalay Flying Prawn. The ginger chicken was good, they added tamarind to it at my request, lots of veges. The pineapple was interesting, takes some getting used to. The mandalay shrimp was really good, potatoes were nice and soaked in the sauce. The green tea ice cream was ok, I'm not a fan of it, but my company liked it. The thousand layer cake(which is in their in store menu) is not really 'cake'. It was more like roti soaked in milk, which was good! think it is an aquired taste though. You should feel free to explore their menu, there's alot of choices, but none are overwhelming, and you get nice little surprises in the blending of ingredients. Take something with tamarind!
Posted by Pen15 on 01/09/2007
I take out around twice a week. The night market noodles are worth a peak. I'm no hipster, but not a geek --and the vibe here isn't very sleak. Or politically correct. I believe "Myanmarian" would be the up-to-date classification. Regardless, they could use a little more chicken/meat in their dishes. Too many vegables. But overall, this place is pretty sweet.
Posted by m&m on 01/06/2007
We've eaten here a few times in the last year and feel that the other reviews hit the nail on the head. The food is good, the prices are excellent and the take-out is always very quick to arrive. However, one of the waiters hardly utters a word - let alone a pleasantry - and the others seem a little timid to engage in conversation. The atmosphere has improved recently as the lighting has been dimmed but perhaps a little too much. All in all it's well worth a visit but don't expect to be treated like a long lost friend.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2006
The food is scumptious. OUR WATER CUPS WERE NEVER EMPTY. CONSTANT POURING! AWESOME! Joshua ordered the Basil Chicken, delectable. Ben L. ordered the mango beef, pungent and poignent. Ben S. ordered the pineapple chicken, pineapple-rific. We also ordered a classic Myran Mar dumplings. Frankly tasted like wantan soup. Nothing special. The other dishes really blew our minds. We were not expecting much and were met with high class service at a low budget cost. This evening will forever be burned in my memory as the night I discovered BURMESE FOOD!