Mandalay is unique because it is the only restaurant in Central London that serves Burmese food, bringing Londoners the secrets of this great cuisine.
Mandalay is very simple and resembles a small sandwich bar rather than a restaurant. The decor is very plain and unfussy - almost unsophisticated - but totally in keeping with the ethos of this family-run eaterie, which offers delicious food and is very good value for money.
Many people dining in Mandalay have Burmese connections or have travelled in the country, although there are people from many other countries who gather together in this little diner to enjoy Burmese food. The atmosphere is friendly and cheerful and the staff are attentive and fun to be around.
Burmese food can be described as a fusion between Chinese and Indian cuisine with a slight Thai influence. Rice and noodles are the most important staple food. Stir fry and curry dishes make up everyday meals and soups and salads usually accompany the meal. For example, starters include mixed assorted fritters served with three sauces. For the main course the chicken dishes are recommended – such as the chicken with lemon grass accompanied by steamed rice. For dessert you can have delicious offerings like banana fritters with ice cream, or coconut jelly and semolina to name but a few.
Rose, white or red wine is available but it is recommended that you choose oriental beer over wine. The oriental beers sold at Mandalay are from Laos, which shares a border with Burma and Thailand, and they are delicious. Also recommended is mango juice and green tea.
The Last Word
Once you have been to Mandalay you will want to go back time and again. This is one of the best places to eat in London because you can enjoy good, home cooked exotic food at low prices.