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Address: 7810-C Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-289-0013
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Burmese
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday noon to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tea-leaf salad; ginger salad; shrimp-and-bean-sprout salad; gram-fritter salad; onho kaukswe; mohingar; chili belly pork
Price Details: Appetizers $5 to $7, entrées $8 to $11.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

June 2006 Cheap Eats

Salads are little more than afterthoughts at many restaurants, a wan reach-out on the part of the kitchen to dieters, picky eaters, the carniphobic, and the allergic. But not at this Burmese gem.

Burmese cooking blends the styles of its neighbors Thailand and India into something bracing and original, and nowhere is that more evident than in the salads here. "Salad" is perhaps a misleading term for such intricate concoctions as these, full of sharp, contrasting flavors and varied textures. Green Tea Leaf Salad, made from fermented tea leaf, garlic, tomatoes, onion, and broad beans, is a smoky, resiny, utterly mysterious dish. Nearly as good are the ginger salad and mango salad, both lively and bright.

The menu is brief, and it's not particularly deep beyond the salads and starters and soups. Among the latter, the keeper is the Ohnno Kaukswe, a delicate, comforting brew made from chicken broth, coconut milk, shredded chicken, and egg noodles. Still, the adventurous are sure to find something to stir their imaginations--a shrimp in chili sauce with Chinese cilantro and tomato or a stir-fried pork with fresh mango, either of which will provide a jolt for any palate jaded by generic Asian cooking.
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