Cheap Eats 2009: Burma Road
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 18, 2009
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Burma Road
Address: 617 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: 301-963-1429
Neighborhood: Gaithersburg
Cuisines: Burmese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pickled-tea-leaf-and-ginger salad; coconut noodle soup with chicken; mohinga (fish soup); shrimp with onion/tomato curry; fried shrimp over batter-fried greens; stir-fried pork with mustard greens; noodles with chili sauce, chicken, onions, and cilantro.
Price Details: seafood & meat dishes below $15; appetizers between $1.25 and $5.50

Why go: The cooking—from the stellar salads and soups to the rich and expressive curries—is as exciting as the setting is soothing. Burmese restaurants are gaining in number and quality here, and Charlie Sheh’s is at the head of a good class.

What to get: Pickled-tea-leaf salad and ginger salad, their flavors intricate and complex; any noodle dish, including a version drenched in chili sauce and topped with onions, cilantro, and chicken; mohinga, an aromatic fish soup that’s the national dish of Burma; PaZun hin, jumbo shrimp in onion-and-tomato curry; stir-fried pork with sour mustard greens.

Best for: Leisurely exploration of the long menu.

Insider tip: The menu is divided equally between Chinese and Burmese dishes. The former have their moments, but you’re here for the latter.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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