Mingalaba 1213 Burlingame Ave./Lorton, (650) 343-3228. L-D daily; $$. Call to add name to wait list.
With a name that means “How’s it going?”, this Burmese restaurant is immediately off to a good start. The menu includes both Burmese and Chinese Mandarin dishes; most are spicy and most dishes can be prepared vegetarian. Green tea-leaf salad (be careful if you are caffeine sensitive) and the house special noodle (cold wide-rice noodles) are both tossed dramatically tableside. Especially tasty starters include stretchy paratha bread with dipping sauce, vegetarian samosa soup, and papaya and mango salads, and choice entrees include shrimp okra, pumpkin yellow chicken, and eggplant-chicken curry. Coconut-enhanced mango pudding is perfect for a small, refreshing ending. Servers wear Burmese-style clothing, and the decor is cheery with ethnic wall hangings.
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