While Mumbai isn’t lacking restaurants serving exotic cuisines, Burmese (Myanmarese) food has barely been touched upon at a handful of pan-Asian eateries. Enter Burma Burma, the love child of Ankit Gupta and Chirag Chhajer, who created this mystical, ”spiritual” Burmese hideaway in a completely vegetarian fashion. With four years of research and an eye to Ankit’s Burmese roots, the restaurant serves authentic Burmese preparations ranging from the lauded khao suey to a delicious Burmese falooda, all prepared from ingredients sourced and imported from the country.
Burma Burma also serves chai, ranging from simple to extremely exotic varieties. Be it pre-meal, post-meal, or during the meal, Burma Burma serves its signature drink to maintain the spiritually refined atmosphere of the restaurant. Alcohol is not available.
The bar area is actually a chai bar, where guests walk in and enjoy refreshing vegetarian food with a piping hot cup of chai. It may sound like a spiritual retreat, but the restaurant caters to all audiences and age groups, and part of its mission is to prove that vegetarian cuisine can be wonderfully classy, too.
The food is simple, light, and easy on the palate, with extreme attention to authentic Burmese presentation: sunflower seeds, prayer wheels and rustic tea pots are all part of the experience. From the Burmese influence in the interiors to trivia about the country, Ankit Gupta has done his research. He serves the authentic vegetarian food from his homeland.
While it may be hard to fathom a vegetarian Burmese eatery, especially given the coastal geography of Burma, we challenge hardcore carnivores to try Burma Burma. They may find themselves falling in love.
Where to go- Kothari House, Allana Centre Lane, MG Road, Behind Mumbai University, Fort, Mumbai
What to order- Tea leaf salad, brown onion and roasted chile-steamed buns, nanji kaukswe (dry khow suey), chilly tangy chickpea tofu, Burmese falooda
Cost for two- Rs 1500 (including taxes)
Would we go back again- Already been there three times in the last month, so definitely yes.
P.S. Make sure you book a table a week in advance!