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Mandalay

Burmese Restaurant$$$$
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  • Aditi M.
    "Tea leaf salad, balata, mango chicken, are all amazing!"(30 Tips)
    Evan J.
    "Great Burmese food, but service can be slow."(7 Tips)
    Chris G.
    "Manadaly Special noodles"(13 Tips)
    Bikash M.
    "Get the lamb curry and the balada."(6 Tips)
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  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen N.April 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Special Noodles: Burmese flat noodles with coconut chicken, yellow peas powder, lime juice, onion, and fried thin noodle toppings.
  • John Archievald G.
    John Archievald GoteraFebruary 19, 2013
    I had the mandalay special noodle which was absolutely an extraterrestrial party for my mouth. Exotic experience. I was impressed enough that I went here once more. My overall experience: 25/30
  • Nirmal U.
    Nirmal UtwaniMay 20, 2015
    I tried the Green Tea Salad (the authentic one without lettuce) and it was the best Asian salad I have ever had. I also tried the Mango Chicken which was good. Try an authentic tea for sure.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacSeptember 20, 2015
    Make reservations or prepare to wait over an hour. Don't miss the starter pita or the mango chicken. Great use of spice and flavor that stays true to Burma, fun decorations & lively atmosphere
  • Farnaz
    FarnazApril 1, 2013
    My mom is from Burma, so I can safely say that this place has authentic Burmese food! Try the Moo Hin Nga (Fish Chowder) and the Ong No Kaw Soi (Coconut Chicken Soup). Very flavorful dishes.
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraOctober 11, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite Burmese place in the city. The tea leaf salad stands out because they don’t add lettuce. Get the lamb curry and the balada. Skip the samusa soup here, it’s better at Burma Love.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ChenJanuary 22, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    What we order every time and leave stuffed and happy: mohingna (fish chowder with noodles), tea leaf salad, samusa, balada, mandalay special noodles, and a curry and/or veggie.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzJune 19, 2016
    Unlike other places it's open before 5 pm. Food is great! Delish beef Rangoon, awesome noodles. Get jasmine flower tea, it's amazing✨.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinAugust 9, 2014
    Go with 6+ people to try a lot of dishes. Tea leaf salad, rainbow salad, and a bunch of noodle plates.
  • Mika J.
    Mika JainJanuary 11, 2015
    If you like walnuts and are ordering vegetarian, you can't go wrong with the Tofu with Broccoli and Walnuts. Very flavorful, filling, and served with rice.
  • Raymond L.
    Raymond LiMarch 9
    Best Burmese food. Tea leaf salad is authentic. Black peppercorns er soup is our favorite
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChenNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tea leaf salad is awesome - they mix it in front of you. My friends once waited 45 mins to get a table, while it took me the same amount of time to find parking.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJuly 7, 2015
    Incredible. All the desserts are so tasty. Come here for your birthday and tell them you're there for your birthday; you won't regret it.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WNovember 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff is very efficient while also being kind. The jasmine flower tea comes in a wine glass so you can watch the bulb open up.
  • Joe F.
    Joe FerraroAugust 8, 2013
    Rainbow salad isn't nearly as gay as it sounds (I'm ok to say that hayy). They toss it at the table. Get it. Special noodles are like crack. Wash it down with sangria
  • Esther V.
    Esther VerdegemDecember 22, 2014
    Try the rainbow or tea leaf salad! It's really good. Mandalay serves delicious food with fresh ingredients and the service is excellent.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WNovember 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite dishes here are: coconut curry soup, tea leaf salad, Burmese beef curry, and the pan fried green beans with tofu.
  • Nana
    NanaApril 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tea leaf salad was delicious and so were string beans and coconut rice. Our regular Burmese food order. However we were super bloated all day 😯
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJuly 30, 2015
    Less of a wait and better food than Burma superstar. The rainbow salad and volcano beef (off menu but definitely ask for it) are must haves.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoldenSeptember 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Manadaly Special noodles are a must - and leave from for dessert (sticky rice or green tea ice cream...or both)
  • Peter R.
    Peter RuzevichAugust 7, 2017
    One of my favorite places. Saffron rice and balada are always on the receipt. Haven't had something I didn't like, just some more than others.
  • Holly H.
    Holly HitchcockJuly 19, 2016
    Fermented tea leaf salad, Mandalay chicken salad and spicy basil pork were all beautifully presented and absolutely delicious!
  • Loun P.
    Loun PhengrasamyMay 5, 2014
    Tea Leaf salad, pumpkin and pork stew, walnut broccoli and special noodles. One of my favorite meals. It is so tasty.
  • Joëlle M.
    Joëlle M.February 12, 2014
    Tea leaf salad is fantastic, but make sure to ask for peppers on the side if not everyone in your party likes spicy food!
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuMarch 1, 2015
    Get the tea smoked duck and green papaya salad. Skip the satay
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionFebruary 4, 2013
    Delicious mango and papaya salads, Mandalay noodles, and curry lamb. Make reservations if you're going for dinner.
  • McKay T.
    McKay ThomasJuly 13, 2014
    Really great food! We had a group of 6 and we got a family@platter that everyone really enjoyed.
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KarJuly 4, 2015
    Pretty great Burmese place one block from Burma Superstar. Try the suggested favorites. They really are good
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SánchezJuly 7, 2016
    Tea Leaf Salad, Volcano Lamb, and Dry Pan Fried Green Beans are excellent. Best Burmese food in SF.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    Try the Chin Mong Jaw –sour vegetables sautéed with green chiles, prawns, and bamboo shoots. Burmese people come from all over for this one. No one else has that in the city. Read more
  • Sannidhi .
    Sannidhi 🐾November 17, 2016
    Service was okay. But everything on their drinks menu was amazing. The noodles and the tea leaf salad was delicious!
  • Jess M.
    Jess McCarterDecember 13, 2011
    Try the Tea Smoked Duck - Amazing, #crispy, smoky #duck w/ little steam buns and greens to make "sandwiches" with. Utterly satisfying.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesJanuary 19, 2016
    Excellent food! Rainbow salad, smoked tea duck, pan fried okra prawn - everything's delicious.
  • Mimi T.
    Mimi ToyamaNovember 9, 2015
    The mandalay noodles are out of this world. Tea tree salad, coconut rice and the jasmine leaf tea.
  • Aditi M.
    Aditi MishraJuly 9, 2017
    Best Burmese food in the city. Tea leaf salad, balata, mango chicken, are all amazing!
  • Crystal L.
    Crystal LeeFebruary 3, 2013
    Rainbow salad is great! Ask to omit the wheat based noodles for people with gluten sensitivity
  • Amy B.
    Amy BFebruary 3
    Expect a wait & don’t stray. They don’t work too hard to find who is next. BUT expect excellent service & delicious food. They aim to please.
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KonaOctober 10, 2015
    This is epic. The veg curry the green papaya salad are out of this world.
  • Vickie Z.
    Vickie ZhaoAugust 13, 2013
    Equally as delicious alternative to Burma Superstar a few blocks away! Plus shorter wait :)
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzMarch 29, 2015
    Okra with prawns. Everything is delicious and a bit spicy.
  • Shane H.
    Shane HawkJuly 27, 2011
    Tea leaf salad is a must. Seriously. For an appetizer, I suggest the chicken satayed w/ peanut sauce. Delicious. Omg
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon ClarkAugust 16, 2011
    We prefer Mandalay to the more famous and always an hour+ wait Burma Superstar. Great food without the wait.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoNovember 6, 2011
    Try the Burmese Iced Tea - Similar, if not exactly, like Vietnamese iced tea! Love the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Gaelen G.
    Gaelen GatesJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Tea Leaf Salad! (But remember to make sure they leave out the "grounded shrimps")
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HFebruary 25, 2013
    fish chowder with noodles + string beans with seafood + paluda ice cream = best meal ever
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Delicious food and somewhat entertaining decor. Has some larger tables if you need that.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJune 6, 2014
    Can go head to head with the popular Burmese Superstar. The tea leaf salad and the mango chicken are superb!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SDecember 16, 2016
    Mandalay special noodles are good, Rangoon beef is great. Potions are small for the price.
  • Zac C.
    Zac ChesterApril 22, 2012
    The coconut chicken noodle dish is pretty phenomenal. And I really dislike coconut. TRY IT.
  • Suzanne Y.
    Suzanne YadaJanuary 23, 2012
    Tea leaf salad, walnut prawns and spicy basil eggplant were all big hits at our table.
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