Editors' pick

Burma Road

$$$$ ($14 and under)
Burma Road photo
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Editorial Review

2011 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Sunday, October 16, 2011

"The left side of the menu is Chinese food, the right side is Burmese," coaches the waitress at one of the most personable restaurants I know. Veer to the right, and you can't go wrong, not when the dishes include a zesty salad of julienned ginger and carrot that pops with fried lentils, and tender pork with pickled mango. They are two of the many reasons Burmese cooking is such a draw and Burma Road, in Gaithersburg, is such a delightful ride. Don't get me wrong. The Chinese selections are tasty. Warm crumbled chicken eaten with cool lettuce leaves makes a nice entry point, and shrimp tossed in mayonnaise and garnished with caramelized walnuts shows a decorator's touch. But I can get such dishes many places, and these take a back seat to coconut noodle soup bobbing with chicken bites and scored squid golden with curry and hot with jalapeno. In a hurry? The food, prepared by two Chinese and three Burmese chefs, shows up quickly. Need privacy? Ask for a perch in the alcove to the side. Throwing a party? Consider one of the two big, round tables in the back of the mint- and moss-colored restaurant.

Reader Reviews

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Worst server

The older lady at the restaurant is one of the worst server that I have ever met. It is still shocking to me that a server can be that rude. She acted like we asked her for one of her legs when we asked for the menu. She threw the menu to our table as she walked by and didn't even looked at us. The manager saw what happened and apologize but did not do anything about it.The food was okay but I will not go back there EVER again because of her!