In a nutshell:
A small but tastefully done restaurant with a small menu that serves very good Burmese food.
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Address & other details: Chanda’s Khaukswey
google map – chanda’s
Meal for 2: Rs 800 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
We heard about this restaurant from our friends and also read about it in the social media.
The restaurant has a very prominent branding on the facade.
The interiors are small but very nicely done. Loved the lamp shades, inverted umbrellas etc.
The place being small one cud hear all talk in the next table
Service was very good. Gentleman serving us made some confident recommendations and those turned out to be good.
Menu card was very very focused and crisp. It was a 1 pager.
Food was very enjoyable in general
Detailed description- in case u hv the time to. Njoy reading:
Pazun gyao- shrimp cakes. These were deep fried shrimp cakes with medium strong flavours of shrimp and partial taste of shrimp.
We were told that there is rajma in the mix, which I guess mellowed down the shrimpiness of the shrimps:) the outer layer was crisp and it was soft inside. Rate it 3.75/5
Pork ribs were excellent- they came with a thick sticky dark Brown sweetish sauce that was similar to some of the sauces I have had in the Far East. The meat was soft and very good. Rate it 4.25/5
Ong no khaukswey was a masterpiece – it tasted very different and better than any khaukswey we have ever had , inspite of it being chicken broth (read about my thoughts on chicken in the section ‘about me’). The (noodle) soup was thick but not a cream thickened one, like most restaurants end up doing. It was full of flavours and was just too good to taste.
The different condiments were lovely – loved all as it is and in different permutations and combinations. Chicken pieces were ‘besides the point’ and I have no regrets about it. Rate it 4.75/5
We also ordered balachaung (deep fried dry shrimp relish). This was like a sixer that crossed the ground boundary, crossed the adjacent road and fell into the chai of a guy who was sad for not able to get a ticket last minute !!!!
We loved it as it is but we r sure it wud taste awesome with sticky rice. We added this to the khaukswey and the latter got accentuated….. Rate the balachaung 4.95/5
For dessert we had khao pyin – a dessert made from red rice, jaggery and coconut milk. The red rice soft and chewy – super. It had a bit of salt in it. It balanced the sweetness of the jaggery.
Coconut milk helped in cutting the sweetness of jaggery. I Loved it. My partner found the dish a bit above optimal sweet though. Rate it 4/5
Overall rating of food averages out to 4.3/5
Wud surely revisit.