Burma Lane on Little Collins – Burmese in the city CBD


 Burma Lane is the first Burmese restaurant I’ve tried – actually I only know of this one and another one in Springvale I’ve been meaning to visit!

It’s a sister restaurant of the well established Red Spice Road and the menu and style of the place and food are rather similar.  The place itself has a similar decor with lots of space and interesting paintings.  It was easy to get a table here and we opted against ordering the banquet meal.  We ended up ordering most of the items on the banquet list however!

There’s always nice mocktails at these restaurants and Burma Lane is no exception.  I tried the Thai Dai which had pomegranate and passion fruit and it was rather refreshing.  My friend had the swami delight.

Appetisers wise we were unfortunately rather disappointed by the fried shan tofu.  The whole dish was rather salty and rather plain. 

The potato and spicy shredded lamb cakes however were lovely – crunchy deep fried potato gems with a generous portion of tender shreds of lamb. 

 

Mains wise we opted for crispy duck leg which had a lovely refreshing salad and was served with some cubes of potato.

We also had the rangoon mohinga which is a pot of rockling served with noodles.  This was a rather odd dish in that we were wondering how this went with rice given there’s noodles in there.  Also the rockling was a bit overcooked.

Having had the pork belly at Red Spice Road, we really had no choice but to try Burma Lane’s rendition and it was pretty good – a bit on the sweet side but lovely succulent pork belly and the same refreshing salad with a tangy vinaigrette.

We had all these dishes with a side of burmese fried rice – be aware the portion is rather small – the photo depicts two portions which we shared between four. Just.

Desserts wise we tried out their coffee cheesecake topped with coconut water jelly and served with coconut ice cream.  The ice cream was great but the cheesecake was nothing special unfortunately.

Their chocolate, chilli and peppermint parfait with salted caramel was on the heavy and sweet side – being a disc of ice cream smothered with caramel.  Having tried the desserts at Red Spice Road in the past, I’d have to say I was rather disappointed by these two. 

So whilst we enjoyed Burma Lane and the staff was wonderful and facilitated our many late guests (oops), we found the food a bit hit and miss.  I’d recommend the pork belly and lamb cakes but the rest weren’t too exciting.  

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