Amay's offers affordable, authentic Burmese cuisine.
We got in, the place was near empty. Only one table. Near as I can tell, there's at least 2-3 people on the floor and some more in the kitchen. Definitely a family run joint, or so it seems.
First problem, they're not restaurant professionals. Well meaning perhaps, but if we feel like we're not getting the attention when we need it or the wait seems a tad long in an empty restaurant, you got a problem. And it ain't my problem, it's theirs because if you can't handle an empty restaurant, what're you gonna do if the place fills up? And you should hope it fills up ...
The menu is ... not large. In fact, of the mains, there are only 5 items and frankly, 2 of them are near identical (with perhaps the exclusion of bones on the chicken?). Anyways, having enough mouths at the table, we ordered one of every main combo plate plus some sides too.
I can't tell if it's authentic, I wouldn't know. But it was pretty decent. The flavours were good and the quality seemed to be there. No complaints about that. On the flip side, there was not much outstanding and nothing really unique. I don't think there was one dish were anyone one of us thought "Wow! This is really different! I've never had these flavours before!"
And here's the rub. We're done. Even if it was just the two of us, one return trip would cover the entire menu. Nothing is mind-blowing enough to eat again really and there's not a lot of dishes to try.
It is relatively inexpensive (don't mistake that for "great deal", the dish sizes are commensurate with pricing), the food is okay, so if you're in the area it is worth a stop over. But as a special must-go destination or repeat trip? Hmm.... maybe not so much.
Some well traveled people say that Burmese food is the best food in the world... this is the best Burmese food in Vancouver. Therefore, one could reason, this may be the best--no exaggeration--best restaurant food in town for any cost. My taste buds certainly agreed. The rating of 5 for the food is an understatement--definitely 6 out of 5 quality. Wow! This is literally my favorite food in the world. This little new restaurant on Victoria @ 35th.
Minimalist decor, very friendly. Left huge tip. I love supporting small family businesses.
Bring an appetite and randomly pick items off the menu and you won't be disappointed. I went with a group and we had a large variety of all great food and some outstanding dishes.
I recently visited Burma a few months ago and loved the food there. So when I heard a Burmese restaurant was open in Vancouver (VERY RARE), I had to try it. I was not disappointed. The flavors were colorful and memorable like my trip. The best part is that no single dish is over $8.00. Wow! I know Burmese food takes time and experience to make and for a dish to be this cheap is amazing! However, the menu selection is not huge, the taste makes up for it. Would love to see them add the Burmese cold noodle salad in there! Its REALLY good.