Burmese Food in the SF Bay Area

Oh no. Little Yangon in Daly City is no more. In its place is the yet-to-open Mahar Yangon. Little Yangon apparently has closed for a month already according to the people working at the Filipino joint across the street.

With the opening of Experience Burma in Pleasanton and Mahar Yangon (in the former Little Yangon space), the number of Burmese Restaurants in the Bay Area stands at 52

Ledu got such high praises from Peter Lawrence Kane that I think I have to make a trip to Pacifica some time…! Anyone been?


If Ledu is somehow short for “Les Deux,” it’s probably the most unexpected pun around.

Seriously, the account of its split personality made me think of Sapphire Asian Cuisine, a Financial District Chinese steam table restaurant with a separate menu of well-rendered made-to- order Burmese classics which sadly, I just discovered, closed last April.

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Reminds me of those Mongolian places that serves sushi, either you or Hyperbowler mentioned a few weeks ago.

Mohinga at Donut Delight/Oriental Pastries - Union City

Shan Noodles at Ledu Restaurant - Pacifica

Pyay Paratha at Tharaphu Burmese Street Food - Berkeley

A Thoke (Salad) at Grocery Café - Oakland

Ohn No Khao Swe at Happy Myanmar Café - Daly City

Curries at Golden Burma - San Francisco

Danbauk (Chicken Biryani) at Burmese Kitchen - San Francisco

Platha & Dip at Burma Superstar - San Francisco

Everything on the Menu at Kyain Kyain - Fremont

Samusa Soup at Mandalay - San Francisco

Garlic Noodles (House Noodles) at YAMO - San Francisco

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Yesterday we went to Ledu Restaurant for lunch. It was ok but I would not include it in a category of best Burmese. Here is what we ate:

Shan noodles. They were ok. I think I liked them more than my husband. Very rustic tasting but lacking the complexity that would elevate them to something actually worth seeking out or including in a best of list.

Tea leaf salad. Made with iceberg lettuce and very pale hard tomatoes. The tea leaves themselves were pretty good. Considering it was made with iceberg, which I hate, the dish was not bad, but would be better made with Romain.

Chicken curry with palata. Good overall. Very cinnamon driven but lacking in heat. I like the version at Aung Maylika better.

Service was brusque and the setting is pretty drab. It seems like their main business is the Chinese buffet. The food was overall not bad- if they focused on elevating the Burmese a bit, it could evolve into something greater.

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Well, if you are in the market for a new husband…

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New place in Newark:

Hot darn those are some oily curries. Not having been to Burma, I assume that is actually how it is done over there. The goat feet soup stands out as the real unique item there.

Ah. Just saw it. That is unique indeed. I wonder how the cinnamon works in the soup. Would love to try it some time.

New joint Burma Club, from the Burmese Superstar people.

Thanks. I’ve updated my blog and spreadsheet (which I repost when i Feel it is warranted.

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One more in Livermore:


Current roster:

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Note: I’ve since changed the name of the blog post to “47 Places for Burmese Food in the San Francisco Bay Area” because a few spots only carry Burmese food as a sideline (as a labor of love!)

Gary, if you want to include Contra Costa, there’s one to add with 2 more coming soon:

Burma Unique takes over the shuttered Le Cheval space in downtown Walnut Creek at 1375 N. Broadway. It’s the first Burmese restaurant in WCreek, but won’t enjoy the distinction for long. Dublin’s Burma! Burma! is opening its second location in May 2019 at 1616 N Main St. (only three blocks away) called Burma 2.

Burma! Burma! original location is 7294 San Ramon Rd, Dublin.


Contra Costa is definitely part of it (I have Aung Maylika in Concord on my list).

Those three will bring the roster back up to 50 for the first time since I eliminated food trucks and pop-ups.

Burma Unique apparently opened yesterday.