Located in an out-of-the-way spot, this Burmese restaurant features a hidden-away dining room. Entry to Royal Rangoon is through a long bar leading to a back room filled with comfy booths and also some smaller tables.
|dining room at Royal Rangoon in Berkeley, California|
The lunch special features many tempting authentic dishes and includes soup, salad, and steamed rice. You choose which meat or vegetarian option you like and the degree of spiciness, and the optional upgrade to coconut rice is a delicious choice. I feasted on medium-spicy Rangoon Lemon Grass Chicken, a delicious and colorful wok-tossed combination with green beans, red bell peppers, and fresh basil.
|lemon grass chicken at Royal Rangoon in Berkeley, California|
My dining companion chose the yellow Burmese Chicken Kebat with a fish substitution, which was stir-fried with tamarind, mint leaves, and cilantro in a hot-spicy sauce, and it was indeed hot but delicious.
|chicken kebat at at Royal Rangoon in Berkeley, California|
The regular menu offers an array of delights such as samosa soup, tea leaf salad, sesame chicken, stir-fried pea shoots, pumpkin chicken stew, fish soup with noodles, and fried banana with coconut ice cream. Drinks include refreshing beers as well as a non-alcoholic mint soda. This is a menu that I want to return to and explore in more depth.
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