After a 15 minute drive from Berkeley, I was at Hornbill Burmese Cuisine. I had my reservations about eating here because almost no one was at the restaurant and the parking lot was empty on a Friday evening. However, my friends told me the previous week that this place was legit, and I trust them.
I’d order the tea leaf salad, Burmese style samosas, palata with lamb curry (the star of the evening), coconut rice, and the garlic noodles again. Next time, I’m ordering a full dish of the lamb curry because the little side dish for dipping our bread in was not enough! Also, the garlic noodles came with a side of what tasted like sweet and sour sauce, but no harm done because it wasn’t poured over the noodles.
Items I’ll pass on are the mango shrimp (super sweet sauce with lots of thickener) and the pumpkin chicken curry. Although the chicken was tender, the pumpkin came in big hunks and was starchy. Maybe this is a dish to try again once winter squashes are in season.
Any item labeled “Burmese” was a hit. Next time, I want to try either the lamb or the beef kabat (not a typo).
If anyone knows anything about the chef and restaurant, please chime in! I should have asked questions while I was there, but between the good food and the good conversation, I didn’t think to do so.
3550 San Pablo Dam Rd
El Sobrante CA 9480