I don’t remember when I first heard about the Royal Myanmar restaurant here in Pittsburgh, although it wasn’t too long ago. But for various reasons, it always (at our hands) eluded us even though we had never eaten Burmese food before and it was only a 15 minute drive away. Last fall we finally made plans to go until we checked (before venturing out, fortunately) and found that they weren’t open on Sundays. And then we tried to go on Monday, the day before Halloween, only to literally be unable to get there due to the borough where the restaurant is located having their annual Halloween parade; the streets were all closed. So we tried again two days later and I vowed that if anything still prevented us from dining there, it wasn’t meant to be. This time we made it without issue and they were open.
The restaurant itself is tiny and very plain, comparable to any unassuming eatery serving Asian food and one that probably does a hefty take out business too. We both ordered Thai Ice Teas ($2.50) to start. (I’ve gotten so addicted to these condensed milk beverage treats.) Let me just say these were the largest Thai Ice Teas I have ever seen.
I also want to fully acknowledge that we went slightly overboard on the ordering, especially since everyone receives a tiny salad to start. However, I was just happy that we were finally dining there and wanted to sample. To start I decided to try something I had always been intrigued by-Royal Myanmar Crispy Tofu ($5.99). I’ve certainly eaten tofu before and cooked with it as well, but I had never had it fried and in Asian cuisine, I know it’s a big thing. This was actually delicious and was made of deep-fried homemade yellow chickpeas tofu. It came with a red chili sauce for dipping.
D decided on the Chicken Satay for his appetizer. This was served with a cucumber and peanut sauce and was met with fast approval as D likes anything peanut related.
And then our gluttonous over-ordering came into play. We got a bowl of the Tom Yum soup ($7.99) and truthfully, it was way too much with everything else we had ordered. This lemongrass soup is famous throughout Southeast Asia. But don’t get me wrong, it was still very tasty.
For my entree, I ordered the Stir Fried Chicken and Assorted Vegetables ($11.99). It didn’t seem particularly “Burmese” to me but I enjoyed it all the same and coupled with how much else we had ordered, I had enough for another dinner.
D’s selection did see more authentic as he selected the Spicy Curry Beef ($11.99). His dish consisted of marinated beef cooked with onion, garlic, ginger, spicy curry sauce, and cumin. He chose a 6 (out of 10) on the spicy factor and acknowledged it was very spicy.
We both thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried here and found the service to be great too. As it’s only a 15 minute drive north of downtown Pittsburgh and just off the highway exit, I highly recommend venturing here, especially if you’ve never tried Burmese food before.
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Royal Myanmar Restaurant
644 Center Avenue | West View, PA