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Mingalaba Restaurant

Burmese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Burlingame, Burlingame
  • Tarah F.
    "Excellent tea leaf salad, Rangoon prawns, noodles with chicken."(25 Tips)
    Brian T.
    "The tea leaf salad and house noodle are amazing!"(6 Tips)
    W Z.
    "Best tea leaf salad and rainbow salad I ever had."(7 Tips)
    Eugene A.
    "Burma Superstar fan"(5 Tips)
96 Tips and reviews
  • tea leaf salad
  • burmese food
  • burma superstar
  • coconut rice
  • chicken
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonFebruary 26, 2016
    The best Burmese near SFO. Killer tea leaf salad, avocado tempura shrimp spring rolls, pumpkin yellow curry, and Burmese style curry pork. Read all about these awesome deals on
  • Monica J.
    Monica JainApril 5, 2013
    My favorite order: tapioca w coconut milk, tea leaf salad, rainbow salad, pumpkin yellow chicken and coconut rice. Order it all- it's all worth trying! paratha is also good
  • Charles N.
    Charles NitzeJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    While the stir-fry dishes will satisfy any desire for Chinese cuisine, you must order the Burmese plates! The curried pork has a three day prep with pickled mango and the pumpkin chicken is heavenly.
  • Chandra P.
    Chandra PJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Tea leaf salad and the naked eggplant are incredible. Not only the best Burmese food in the Bay Area, but also the best restaurant period in Burlingame. Always busy, but always worth the wait.
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LaceyJune 7, 2014
    Curry pork is best pork. House noodle is unique, but a little tangy. Tea leaf salad not as fresh as Burma superstar, and ratio was a little off. Tapioca coconut milk is basically a dessert!
  • Pragyna S.
    Pragyna SamantarayJune 21, 2013
    Coconut rice was good. Avocado wrap was so healthy and delicious.. and try Burmese style noodle, mango tofu. Our server exchanged our drink for free, as we didn't like the previous one.
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergSeptember 5, 2014
    Excellent tea leaf salad, Rangoon prawns, noodles with chicken. Kau soi is pretty good, but I'm spoiled by my wife's Indian/Burmese version. Great service too.
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley Kennedy-FosterAugust 24, 2013
    All the suggests are right on - BUT if you want that one dish that really tastes like a lot of time and effort went into it - Burmese curried pork. Slow simmered spicy curry, fall apart pork. This!
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoMay 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't leave without getting the paratha . The curry sauce that comes with it is won't be able to stop dipping the crisp fried dough in it!
  • Nana
    NanaNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My all time favorite place! Here's what you get: tea leaf salad (non veg), coconut rice or fried rice, spicy string beans with shrimp. Enjoy
  • Jung-Ah Y.
    Jung-Ah YumOctober 8, 2013
    Jasmine flower tea. Pretty but the petals got in the way... Recommend the house noodles, asparagus tofu and rainbow salad!
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainDecember 27, 2013
    Arguably as good as or better than Superstar. Try the shrimp avocado tempura roll as an app.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BMay 1, 2014
    this place is the shit. best resto within 10 miles of the airport. tea leaf salad, rainbow salad, curry beef all perfect.
  • Dave B.
    Dave BirchMay 9, 2013
    Possibly beats Burma superstar. Mango lasi was incredible. Tea leaf salad was great, basil chicken as well. Mango salad was incredible
  • Akshay J.
    Akshay JawharkarSeptember 14, 2016
    Best Burmese food in the peninsula. House special noodles are the best
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle Else realtor®June 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best time to get a table with no wait is late evening. The food is amazing including Tea Leaf Salad.
  • Kathy H.
    Kathy HuangNovember 10, 2012
    Everything is delicious but my favorites are the Spicy Basil Chicken, Panfried Okra Prawns and the Mango Slushie!
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FoxApril 9, 2013
    The paratha is awesome. They don't take reservations but you can call ahead to get on a list
  • Priyesha S.
    Priyesha SachdevApril 3, 2012
    Good Dishes: Palatha, Spring Beans with Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Chow Mein, and much more mmm so good!
  • Nivita V.
    Nivita VermaJuly 5, 2014
    Super busy Sat lunch hour yet they graciously let me wait at a table when my gf was running 15min late. Thank you so much Mingalaba!
  • Angela
    AngelaJanuary 22, 2013
    Pumpkin, Singapore noodles, Burmese shrimp...everything was great! Make reservations!! Long list for walk-ins.
  • Stella T.
    Stella TrinidadMay 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mango chicken with coconut rice - sooo good! If they have the ginger lemonade, try it! Really yummy!
  • Aris G.
    Aris GonzalesDecember 1, 2012
    Get the Mango Chicken, Burmese Style Chicken Curry, Rainbow Salad, Mango Lassi, Burmese Iced Tea
  • Karla
    KarlaAugust 17, 2014
    The line is long but it's worth it. Put your name down and then walk around downtown.
  • Frances
    FrancesJanuary 16, 2015
    Coconut chicken noodle, pumpkin curry in squash bowl and burmese rice
  • vincent h.
    vincent huangApril 18, 2013
    Personal fave for lunch is the #2. Tea lead salad with either chicken or fish!
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainJanuary 18, 2014
    The ginger lemonade has a good bite with enough sweetness to keep the puckerface time to a minimum.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.October 12, 2014
    Pumpkin curry chicken is great, and the presentation is really fun!
  • Ram K.
    Ram KrishnanMay 26, 2013
    The parathas and the samosa soup are just amazing...... Overall a worthwhile restaurant
  • Vandana A.
    Vandana AbrahamJuly 22, 2013
    Green papaya salad is great, and the portions are very large for one person.
  • Suyash S.
    Suyash SonwalkarFebruary 13, 2015
    Simply amazing, I want to go back and try all of the dishes.
  • Isha G.
    Isha GujaratiJanuary 20, 2015
    Good food. The fried rice is the best! The house noodles are not worth it.
  • W Z.
    W ZMarch 30, 2014
    Best tea leaf salad and rainbow salad I ever had. Better than Burma Superstar.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KSeptember 19, 2014
    You have the option to order cocoanut rice with your entree. Do it. You'll be glad you did. :-)
  • Jon K.
    Jon KotkerJuly 29, 2016
    The tea-leaf salad was delicious -- would highly recommend. It's also filling.
  • Merve A.
    Merve A2 days ago
    Yes there is a waiting involved but after getting your table, food is great.
  • Jeena J.
    Jeena JamesSeptember 2, 2013
    The tapioca coconut milk is so tasty!
  • Genesis F.
    Genesis F.April 25, 2016
    What was lacking in flavour was made up for in service. If you have a palate for lightly seasoned and mild to bland spices you'll enjoy Mingalaba. Additionally, the prices won't break the bank.
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenNovember 9, 2015
    Get the avocado shrimp spring roll for appetizer. So good!!
  • Frank C.
    Frank CecenaMarch 6, 2015
    Unbelievable flavor, great service, write your names on the board and wait. It's worth it.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MindelJuly 20, 2013
    Great service and yummy food! Loved the rice noodle dish with coconut chicken.
  • Jen P.
    Get their tea leaf salad and the house noodles.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanApril 10, 2012
    my boyfriend and I fought over the rangoon fish, it was so great.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TranJune 26, 2016
    The tea leaf salad and house noodle are amazing!
  • Trina J.
    Trina JohnsonFebruary 25, 2015
    I got the curry prawns and the vegetarian spring rolls. Although it was tasty, it was too expensive in my opinion. Not going to go back because of the price.
  • Kunal C.
    Kunal CApril 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The tapioca drink is amazing...
  • Eugene A.
    Eugene ArchibaldNovember 21, 2009
    Tea Leaf Salad (If you're a Burma Superstar fan, let me know how you think it compares) and the House Special Noodles! Both excellent. Read more
  • Michael K.
    Michael KangMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Totally worth the wait. Tea leaf salad was delish; a very interesting mix of flavors. We had great service too.
  • Tara M.
    Tara MelDecember 5, 2011
    House Noodles, papaya salad and mango lassi. Plenty for two!
  • wendy e.
    wendy eurichAugust 27, 2015
    Loved everything we had. Awesome food!!!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MizenkoMay 31, 2011
    OMG. Tea Leaf salad. Naked eggplant. Mango pudding. If you aren't eating here you aren't living. Read more
  • Jeena J.
    Jeena JamesSeptember 2, 2013
    Must have - the tea salad.
  • Natsumi I.
    Natsumi InoueMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Nan Gyi Dok - Another fav takeout food. #tofu #burmese
  • Bernard C.
    Bernard CamaraoApril 10, 2011
    Order the Coconut chicken soup! You won't be disappointed
  • Feng G.
    Feng GuoMay 26, 2013
    Try the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaApril 28, 2013
    Coconut Rice you must order
  • Sahana U.
    Sahana UAugust 26, 2013
    Walnut broccoli tofu is amaze.
  • Cheryl W.
    Cheryl WongJuly 29, 2013
    Rainbow salad! Tons of vegetarian options.
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BrownJune 11, 2012
    Try the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaApril 28, 2013
    Free Candy "all you can eat" LOL...
  • Richard G.
    Richard GuionAugust 11, 2014
    House special noodles
  • Feng G.
    Feng GuoMay 26, 2013
    Try the Burmese Pumpkin Chicken
  • Angela C.
    Angela ChihApril 4, 2014
    You have to all be there for your reservation, it is always crowded
  • Nixie P.
    Nixie PixelOctober 27, 2010
    If you love good food, you would have tried the Tea Leaf salad many times by now!
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HeJune 2, 2011
    Coconut rice is awesome! Will try fish next time
  • David H.
    David HerreraAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The General Chicken is soooo delicious...the owner is fabulous!
  • Barry R.
    Barry RJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The tea leaf salad is their best dish
  • Peter B.
    Peter BachmannJune 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Asia restaurant in Burlingame
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaApril 28, 2013
    Curry Beef is The Best
  • Raghu S.
    Raghu SurapaneniJuly 14, 2013
    Fresh coconut water!!!
  • Sabina H.
    Sabina HuqMarch 23, 2013
    Try the Tea Leaf Salad. It's divine!
  • JuAnne N.
    JuAnne NgApril 19, 2013
    get the tea leaf salad
  • Michael K.
    Michael KangMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tea leaf salad is a must
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WuMay 18, 2015
    Oh my gosh tea leaf salad 😘
  • Alex P.
    Alex PomsJune 23, 2015
    Samosas are excellent
  • Shou W.
    Shou WatanabeOctober 5, 2012
    Delicious Burmese food!
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaApril 28, 2013
    Gong three time's if you'r name did'nt call ....... Just kidding.. LOL...
  • Brittany L.
    Try the Spicy Basil Chicken.
  • Lori G.
    Lori GandaApril 13, 2012
    Best Burmese place ever
  • Sabrina S.
    Tea leaf salad..omg my favorite!
  • David L.
    David LyMarch 29, 2012
    Tea leaf salad here is wayyyyy better than Burma Superstar.
  • Max K.
    Max KOctober 12, 2014
    Good, but not as great as Rangoon Ruby.
  • Saket
    SaketMarch 17, 2014
    Small portions but really nice curry
  • Henry C.
    Henry ChauDecember 21, 2013
    Make reservations!!
  • Farshad O.
    Farshad OwjiMarch 4, 2013
    Samosa Soup!
  • Sangeeta B.
    Yea leaf salad
  • Saurav M.
    Saurav MukherjeeJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The paratha..
  • Eric F.
    Eric FullertonDecember 27, 2012
    Rainbow salad!
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TseOctober 4, 2011
    best burmese
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChanJuly 29, 2012
    They didn't take Amex when I tried
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloJune 12, 2015
    Samusa soup!!!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WongMarch 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Rainbow (18 Ingrediant) salad is the best
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas RileyAugust 28, 2011
  • J H.
    J HawkJanuary 16, 2010
    General's chicken, spicy green beans
  • Sahana U.
    Sahana USeptember 6, 2013
    "Super fucking authentic shit." -Me
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis HernandezNovember 12, 2011
    "Combination fried rice" D E L I C I O U S !!!
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