Burma Burma, a name that has become synonymous with authentic Burmese cuisine in India, has now launched in Kolkata. Though Kolkata’s love for Burmese cuisines is not new, especially due to historical connections between the two, Burma Burma with its unique vegetarian and vegan offerings would definitely be a pleasing addition to the existing list of Burmese food options in the city. Though most of the dishes at Burma Burma are vegan, the restaurant prefers to be called vegetarian.
Kolkatians can now relish Burma Burma’s range of Burmese dishes that have been reimagined with vegan ingredients, besides enjoying their tea in traditional tea rooms. Spearheaded by childhood friends, Chirag Chhajer and Ankit Gupta, the concept of Burma Burma hails from Gupta’s Burmese roots. His mother and her family were brought up in Myanmar which set the base for the early introduction of the heady flavours of Burmese cuisine. Gupta belongs to a lineage of hoteliers and restaurateurs and his efforts in combining his mother’s delish recipes with his father’s panache for business culminated in Burma Burma.
The Burmese platter offers a variety of taste and brings in influences from India, China, Thailand, and Laos. Burma Burma serves a variety of salads (thoke) and soups along with mains that are centered around rice, noodles, and curries that are widely popular across Myanmar. It’s signature dish, Khow Suey is immensely popular amongst customers.
The décor of Kolkata restaurant combines a hint of contemporary with colonial-era Burma. As per the restaurant’s social media page, “The long running sofa with a woven chattai panelling, adorned with original vintage Burmese family photos that we sourced on our trip to Myanmar. A place to create memories, and soak in the heritage.”
“We designed this space to resemble a colonial home in Myanmar. Burma Burma #Kolkata‘s design has colonial undertones with elements from authentic Burmese culture. Just like a colonial style Burmese home that is influenced by the British rule but still firmly rooted in its own cultural heritage and traditions,” said another post.
Besides Kolkata, Burma Burma has outlets in five more cities in India, including Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Noida.