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Pa Lian, Burmese Restaurant in Wheaton
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    Post #1 - March 6th, 2018, 10:06 pm
    Post #1 - March 6th, 2018, 10:06 pm Post #1 - March 6th, 2018, 10:06 pm
    I noticed this new Burmese restaurant in Wheaton, so we decided to check it out. As I've never had Burmese food before, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was very good. I took some photos, but I don't think they came out too well.

    We started with Burmese-style Samosas. They also brought us some vegetables with an interesting spicy fish sauce.
    IMG_0309.jpg Samosas

    We also had the "stew goat-meat curry".
    IMG_0310.jpg Goat curry

    And the "Stew catfish curry"
    IMG_0312.jpg Catfish curry

    Also some chicken soup, which had an interesting strong black pepper flavor.
    They also brought a green tea salad, which was really interesting (and good).
    IMG_0313.jpg Green tea salad

    Their menu also has a number of stir fried items, and Burmese-style salads. Everything we tried was unique and interesting.

    They don't seem to have a web site, but they have some information on a facebook page.

    Pa Lian
    243 E Geneva Rd, Wheaton, 60187
    331-716-7905
  • Post #2 - March 7th, 2018, 7:33 pm
    Post #2 - March 7th, 2018, 7:33 pm Post #2 - March 7th, 2018, 7:33 pm
    Thanks for sharing. Looks pretty good.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #3 - March 10th, 2018, 10:19 pm
    Post #3 - March 10th, 2018, 10:19 pm Post #3 - March 10th, 2018, 10:19 pm
    My wife and I just checked this out today (thanks for the heads up), loved it. I'm 99% sure this is the only place in the burbs where you can get tea leaf salad, and theirs was right on par with others we've had (including in Beijing). The catfish curry stew was excellent, as well. Looking forward to going back.

    Seems to be a husband/wife team running the place, and they offered the choice of water or tea when we were seated -- the tea was on the house, and was quite good (oolong, maybe?).
  • Post #4 - April 9th, 2018, 9:47 pm
    Post #4 - April 9th, 2018, 9:47 pm Post #4 - April 9th, 2018, 9:47 pm
    Thanks for posting about this place Pancake--what a great find!
    I work near Wheaton a few times a month and had the chance to stop for lunch today. I've only had Burmese food a few times so can't speak to authenticity but the items I tried were delicious.
    The owner couldn't be nicer and was happy to recommend some representative dishes. I had the 'roti-esque' Burmese Puri with chickpeas and fried onions (listed on the menu as a breakfast item) and the Nangyi Thoke Salad with rice noodles, ground chicken, shallots with a tamarind sauce. Both were terrific!

    IMG_0190.jpg Burmese Puri with chickpeas and fried onions

    IMG_0191.jpg Nangyi Thoke Salad


    This place is worthy of LTH attention--I'm looking forward to working my way through the menu. For some reason, I'm having trouble attaching the menu pics but I'll working on getting those up when I have a chance (it looks like the menu is posted on FB).
  • Post #5 - April 13th, 2018, 11:05 am
    Post #5 - April 13th, 2018, 11:05 am Post #5 - April 13th, 2018, 11:05 am
    This looks amazing.... hoping to try it out this weekend for dinner!

    Does anyone know if they serve beer/wine? If not, are they BYO?

    Being the weekend, it would be nice to enjoy a bottle of vino with our meal...;)!
  • Post #6 - April 13th, 2018, 11:22 am
    Post #6 - April 13th, 2018, 11:22 am Post #6 - April 13th, 2018, 11:22 am
    Interesting. Another food option. Will try soon.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #7 - April 13th, 2018, 2:15 pm
    Post #7 - April 13th, 2018, 2:15 pm Post #7 - April 13th, 2018, 2:15 pm
    wineaux wrote:This looks amazing.... hoping to try it out this weekend for dinner!

    Does anyone know if they serve beer/wine? If not, are they BYO?

    Being the weekend, it would be nice to enjoy a bottle of vino with our meal...;)!


    They do not server any booze. As far as BYOB, I would assume so, but you'd be better off calling first to confirm. I know I've been in the wrong cracking a bomber before 100% confirming in the past...
  • Post #8 - April 13th, 2018, 2:44 pm
    Post #8 - April 13th, 2018, 2:44 pm Post #8 - April 13th, 2018, 2:44 pm
    I was really excited to hear about this place, its 5 miles away from home.

    I've only been once. On the plus, the service was very cheerful and accommodating.

    I ordered two dishes that I've sampled at other Burmese spots– mohinga and tea leaf salad. Unfortunately they came in under the bar, definitely way below a recent visit to Family House on Devon. Tea leaf salad was okay, heavily dressed, though light on the tea leaves and about 75% fried legumes. Not much in terms of vegetation.

    The mohinga was bad, gloppy and quite flavorless. I was intrigued that it was served with garnishes on the side for customization, but not much could save this lifeless bowl. The only points I can give it were for not over-cooked noodles.

    I will for sure try other dishes and I will follow reports on this thread in terms of what others enjoy. But unfortunately, my baseline order fell flat.
  • Post #9 - April 17th, 2018, 10:48 pm
    Post #9 - April 17th, 2018, 10:48 pm Post #9 - April 17th, 2018, 10:48 pm
    Hi,

    Dropped in for my second visit this evening. It was near closing time, I had a snack of Burmese samosa, spring roll and milk tea.

    What is unique about this restaurant, it is a menu entirely of Burmese food offerings. The Burmese restaurants visited in Ft Wayne, Indiana, Indianapolis, Iowa, Devon Ave and now Highwood, IL, there were Malaysian and/or Thai food dominating the menu. Highwood is a relatively new player whose menu has Chinese, Poke and sushi offered, too.

    When I was there the first time, I enjoyed a tea leaf type salad devoid of tea leaves. Instead there were dried fish (similar to what is offered for Korean panchon) trimmed of their heads and tail fins. I have eaten these 'little dead fish' intact, it was my first experience seeing these trimmed.

    There are a number of weekend-only dishes and at least one that is Sunday-only. There is really quite a bit to explore of their menu.

    Wheaton is not the other side of the world, though Burma certainly is. Distance is only a relative issue.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #10 - April 18th, 2018, 7:06 am
    Post #10 - April 18th, 2018, 7:06 am Post #10 - April 18th, 2018, 7:06 am
    Here's a few lousy cell phone pics of the menu (I couldn't attach the pics to the post without scaling down the size)

    IMG_0199.jpg Menu 2

    IMG_0198.jpg Menu 1

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