Rangoon restaurant features a menu of Burmese and Western cuisine. Casual setting with upscale food.
We wanted to try something different for dinner and so we went to Rangoon for Burmese food. It’s located in Kitsilano. It has a nice outdoor patio. I found the inside of the restaurant to be not very well lit and so for my tastes I found it to be a dull and dreary. It was very quiet on Sunday night when we were there. There was 1 couple that had just finished eating and there was only 1 other table for dinner while we were there. This is a family run restaurant and they had a couple of very young girls bringing candles to the tables and handling minor chores around the restaurant. Service was decent but certainly nothing special. After our meals were brought to the table we did not see our server again until we had finished eating. The food was somewhat disappointing. I’m sure it was well prepared but we both found our dishes lacking as far as flavour was concerned. I decided to try the pork belly with pickled mango. At first I had a hard time finding the mango but when I did find a few chunks of mango they just had a very salty taste to them. There were also large pieces of mango pit still attached. My husband had the spicy butter chicken. It was not really very spicy. Our server gave us a complimentary dish of apples and cantaloupe after our meal. My husband said he would rather have gone out for Thai food.
The prices were not too bad but we found the food to be very basic and lacking any distinctive flavours. The entrees come with grilled vegetables and buttered rice or buttered mashed potatoes.
I have to agree with my husband’s assessment. We should have gone out for Thai food instead. This was our first experience with Burmese food and for us it was not as appealing as other Asian cuisines.
Having just arrive to Vancouver from Burma it is hard to find a Burmese restaurant anywhere in Vancouver. I was amaze that I found one in Kitsilano. My first impression that this restaurant ran by a Vietnamese family their food might not be authentic. For first time tasting as this restaurant I tried the seafood salad and the Mohinga. However to my amazement the salad and soup is great and as authentic as how they would taste like in Burma. They also have a Vietnamese menu, however I haven't try any Vietnamese dishes but I can only assume that it is as good as the Burmese menu.
It is a bit quiet in this restaurant but I didn't come at dinner time so I don't know if it would be busy then. There was only one server on shift, however the level of service was outstanding. I would definitely come back and would refer my friends to come. Thank you Rangoon.