Golden Bagan
Akebonobashi: Burmese
Golden Bagan (Akebonobashi: Burmese)
Golden Bagan
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.

This unpretentious neighborhood shop serves a wide variety of home-style Burmese dishes, prepared by chefs from Myanmar. If you just want a simple meal you can sit at the counter and order one of their many noodle or rice dishes, or you can bring a group to share with and explore the menu in more depth.

Fermented delicacies seem to be a strong point here, with intriguing dishes like Shan Fermented Tofu, Shan Fermented Onions, Shan Fermented Soy and Peanuts, and Soup with Pork and Sour Bamboo Shoots. There are also deceptively ordinary-sounding items like Fried Rice with Steamed Peas, and Fried Chicken with Vinegar and Tartar Sauce. The Burmese-style stewed pork makes a nice meaty starter, similar to Kyushu-style kakuni but with more Chinese-tasting spices and red chili peppers to heat things up.

The setup is typical of Tokyo ethnic restaurants, with travel posters and maps on the walls, and Burmese pop and techno playing in the background. The counter overlooking the kitchen seats eight people, and there are two tables for four if you come with a group.

Dinner runs around Y2000-2500 per person, and at lunchtime you can choose from three noodle-soup dishes, green and red curries, and a Shan-style yakisoba, all priced at Y780.

Akebonobashi
Shinjuku-ku, Tomihisacho 8-20.
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