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Rangoon Ruby
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Ranked #11 of 362 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Burmese
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: University
Transit: 5 minutes walk from the CalTrain station in Palo Alto.
Description: Now open in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine will have two Wins insuring authentic, Burmese cuisine. Chefs Win Aye and Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively, will jointly be heading up the kitchen at the new Rangoon Ruby venue. With proven chefs proficient in all of the specialties that make Burmese cuisine sought after by Asian food aficionados, plus a modern, upscale ambiance located in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine expects to strike a chord with Silicon Valley diners looking for a fresh, clean approach to one of the worlds great cuisines. Influenced by Indian, Thai and Chinese cooking, the traditional Burmese menu will be complemented by a full bar with signature tropical cocktails including the eponymous Rangoon Ruby, a mid-century libation thought to be the forerunner of todays Cosmopolitan.
Reviewed 25 April 2014

We started coming to Rangoon Ruby about a year and a half ago because we were scheduled for a trip to Myanmar/Burma. It has become one of our favorites. The staff (Teresa, John, Marco, Ashley, Darrell, Thin et al) are fun and very customer-oriented. The food is consistently good. As others have said, you must try the tea leaf salad which is a traditional dish and done very well here. The place is always crowded and buzzy. The décor -- especially the lovely Medusa-like lighting fixtures and the awesome photos of Myanmar scenery -- is tasteful. Try the basil chili beef, the garlic noodles, the lemongrass chicken, the eggplant and green bean dishes...and so many others. I am not usually a fan of Asian desserts but several of theirs starring coconut ice cream are yummy. We bring people here all the time and everyone -- except on British gent who hats anything but English food (huh?) -- has loved it. Oh and they also have a nice wine list and some foo-foo drinks.

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Rangoon Ruby is nice Burmese restaurant tucked away in side alley of University avenue in Palo Alto. Service is good and food is even better. I had tea leaf salad which was delicious and had Chicken Kewat which we had ordered spicy, but turned out to be too spicy for our taste and waiter happily exchanged for less spicy dish. Food is delicious and very flavorful. Will definitely visit again when I visit Palo Alto again.

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Burmese food is an intriguing combination of Indian. Chinese, Thai and some Vietnamese flavors - but with some very unique and exciting variations to familiar flavors and ingredients. It's yummy and a go to Asian cuisine.

We are fans of Burma Superstar in SF, were thrilled to finally get a local option where we could make reservations. Tea leaf salad without the drive and the wait!!

This place does a very good job with the appetizers like Burmese standards like tea leaf salad and rainbow salad. But -- it is not as good as BS. Friendly service, they serve you quickly to keep up with the crowds.

The food is a little more oily, spicy and salty. I love Burmese because it incorporates a lot of flavor without being too heavy. Rangoon Ruby can be a little heavy. Superstar has incredible drinks - the fresh lemonade with mint is to die for. The drinks here are very average.

I'd say it's about 60% as good as superstar. 60% of amazing is still very good - but it's not the knock your socks of amazing food of Superstar. The best option locally, so I'm glad we have it coz I got hungry writing the review.

If you have never eaten Burmese: tea leaf salad, rainbow salad (both mixed right at the table!), samosa soup, samosa, ruby shrimp, lemongrass chicken, kebat and coconut rice are great choices. I have not tried their coconut noodle soup, but it sounds very interesting ... on my list of things to try! I'll be back.

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Thank Sunnymom2000
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

This place disappointed in several ways. I ordered a dirty martini and the olive juice had expired.. it was rancid.. horrible. Even the waiyer said is smelled disgusting. Second try.. same thing.. why wouldn't someone taste it with the little straw trick? Ok.. on to food.. it was ok but do not get the shrimp curry. The shrimp were undercooked and its not in a curry at all!! Just some watery spices.. our table tried it once then didn't touch it again. The other food was average.

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Absolutely fantastic food and drink! In particular ask for the 1942 Mai Tai. It is not yet on the menu but will be added in the next version of it. It is FANTASTIC! Rainbow Salad, Pumpkin Tofu Stew, and Coconut Rice were also divine! Happy hour is 5-6 and has 1/2 off appetizers and many drinks are heavily discounted. It gets very busy, so reservations are highly recommended! Highly, highly recommend this eatery!

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Thank David G
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