Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine - SF
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I am a frequent visitor to Burma Superstar and this place is a close 2nd. They do a great job and have amazing food!!!
This was our second time in 5 weeks and the food is excellent. Thai was my favorite food until eating here. The flavor of dishes and the coconut rice fit together nicely. Each time the room was only one-third full, which meant excellent service. It was a good choice for Bay Area friends, as well as entertaining friends visiting from the Mid-West.
This place is a gem! Delicious, reasonably priced, nice ambience, the whole package. We were there early (6pm) on a Monday night and it seemed pretty slow, so I hope it was just because it was a low time because this place deserves all of the attention!
Party of 3- couple plus one guest. We were able to share all items. Generous wine list available.
We had the shrimp with walnuts, sesame chicken, mango salad, and Chicken Kabat. The chicken kabat had an asterisk and was more spicy than our group preferred- so go for the asterisk items only if you really like hot items. Service was prompt and helpful; even with a good turnout the noise level was quite good. Not cheap- but good value and beautiful dishes served with style.
The place is nice and the staff is very good, but the food we had was just ok
Recently my wife and I took an out of town guest to Rangoon Ruby for lunch. We were warmly greeted by the manager and wait staff. We had one hors d'ouevre, Seaweed salad,Chicken salad, and a shrimp dish, with wine and Thai tea. Presentation was attractive; the waiter mixed the salads at our table explaining what each ingredient was. All were delicious-- and they were very accommodating in providing boxes to take the surplus home. All-in-all an outstanding lunch. Prices are appropriate to the quality of the food and service- not intended to be a bargain oriental restuarant. Highly recommended.
had a lovely xmas eve dinner and wanted to return. alas, the food was lukewarm, overcooked chicken in squash dish, service was slow and we didn't get our rice until halfway through. i would be reluctant to try again.
I was surprised how good it was for simple food. Had a decent glass of wine too. Wished we would have tried it sooner
Food was ok, less exciting than somewhere rustic than burma super star. The over-the-top lighting and decor suggested an experience that never materialized. It was like a street food experience in a fine dining establishment, and it really didn't fit. The staff were over-attentive, asking how each course was before we even took a bite.
Service was attentive without hovering. Tea leaf salad was nicely presented and flavorful.
Rangoon Ruby offers an ethnic food experience that differs and varies sufficiently from the many Asian varieties that exist in the neighborhood, including the Tenderloin. The quality is especially high and much attention is paid to flavors, seasonings as well as lesser known dishes. The wait staff is trained well to explain the sometimes unusual ingredients and at mixing the ingredients that come presented as visually appealing, separated arrays. Three of us had 5 courses that ranged from the Northern fried tofu to the soofi desert composed of a rice cake with coconut ice cream. The variety of Eastern Asian beers was welcomed. The interior decor is worth a visit and the service was exceptional.
The food is good but I would not say great as I have had better. The price is more than I think it should be. If I happen to be in the area and crave for the food, I would go. Otherwise I will skip. Though the service was great. Very attentive.
Tea leaf salad
I love burmese food and this restaurant was better than Burma Superstar, and had greater vegetarian options. My friends who were not vegetarian loved their food items too. The portions are generous so its a great place for large groups and sharing.
Great service. Iconic tea leaf salad nice but not great. Love the fact that it is close by.
Food was solid, service was good!
I enjoyed the entire experience at Rangoon Ruby. The servers were very friendly, attentive and courteous. The manager, Joey, was especially helpful as he spent time talking with everyone at our table to be sure we had everything we needed. The food tasted excellent - bold flavors and large variety of ingredients to choose from. The food was served in family style portions so it was easy to share several dishes.
Rangoon Ruby is a very welcome addition to Polk Street and to my personal list of restaurants to return to on a regular basis. We had the tea leaf salad---my standard test of Burmese restaurants--and it was excellent. So were the prawns with walnuts. The third dish---a chicken dish whose name I've forgotten--could have been spicier, but was still tasty. Add to that a pleasing interior, a sound level that allows two people to converse without difficulty, and efficient friendly service, and you've got a hit. Rangoon Ruby is at least on the level of Mandalay, a longtime favorite of mine, and moreover RR takes reservations.
I loved rangoon ruby in Palo Alto and am very pleased they now opened up in the city too. Great food, not cheap but good portions, friendly service and classy restaurant for its neighbourhoud.... Def will come here more often...
Not yet discovered, having been told it was pricey, I was pleasantly surprised to get good food at a reasonable price. Service couldn't have been better. Thumbs up.
Delicious variation on the usual Thai or Vietnamese Cuisine, the Burmese dishes were fragrant and delicious. Nice atmosphere without being stuffy. Quick and friendly service.
Service & food were excellent. Very nice food presentation as well. Great place for special occasion celebrations. Our 2 birthday celebrants were even treated to surprise birthday ice cream treat complete with fireworks. Thank You.
The ambience is remarkable due to the subdued and clean decor - and few customers. The center support and continuation to the sculpted ceiling was quietly dramatic. The wait staff was reasonably knowledgeable about the ingredients. The tea salad was an exuberant experience in the mouth due perhaps to shrimp powder and crunchy peanuts; the deep fried tofu with chili sauce was a welcome change in consistency ; and the coconut milk rice was surprisingly tasty and a perfect accompaniment to the dishes with gravy and sauce.
New restaurant on a corner with large windows for watching what´s happening on the streets. Tables are set with white linen tablecloths and napkins. Interior has been completely redone with very attractive sculpted decoration rising from the main pillar and onto the ceiling. Décor is clean looking and minimalist.
Food was tops each of the three times I´ve dined at Rangoon Ruby. Enjoyed a totally vegetarian meal and also meals that included various meat s and seafood. A highlight is the tea leaf salad, naturally; but the other dishes: lamb, chicken, Burmese pad thai, etc. were all exceptionally good. The wine list offers a limited but adequate list of wines by the glass or bottle.
Our wait persons were all very helpful, pleasant and knew when we were kidding them. They went along with it in the nicest way.
I plan to return and would recommend that you give it a try.
Great food, even better than Burma Super star and Mandalay, in my opinion. best tea salad I've had in the city. Great style of preparation, they explain each of the ingredients to you and mix it together. The waitress was very sweet and attentive. My water was always filled. I was surprised at how quiet the restaurant was for a Thursday night. I don't think people have caught on to this hidden gem yet! The only thing I would change is the ambiance. They have tried to make it to high end and fancy, with the fancy white tablecloths and décor. This is Polk St. a bit of casual environment would suit the neighbourhood and clientele better.
The food was excellent which made up for the annoying waitress. We asked for slices of lemon and she said: you want even more!! When you are a group of 8 and ask for some lemon, 2 slices won't do it for everybody! She also kept on popping up every few seconds. I believe she meant well, but she didn't realize she was too intrusive. The restaurant was not busy so I can't assume they wanted us to leave because there were many available tables.
I hope they start to get busier because their food is great. I also hope they work on improving their waiting skills.
Great food at a new restaurant serving Burmese. Very busy on Friday night and quite loud inside...hard to hear dinner companions even at a table of four. Food was delicious...had dishes with pork, lamb, shrimp, and chicken in different sauces. Worth a try if you like Thai or Indian or Chinese...
Thank god Sushi Rock was finally put to rest. Out of its ashes comes Rangoon Ruby. Excellent food, really top notch. I would say it's on par, maybe even slightly better, than the popular Burmese restaurants in SF (Burma Superstar, Mandalay).
The staff were very attentive and helpful. The restaurant looks great inside, although the white table cloths made it seem a little formal / fancy. I would have preferred a more laid back feel, but the warmth of the staff made up for it.
With a group of 4 other people, we ordered the tea leaf salad (best I've had yet), the Monk Hingar catfish stew (it was so good we had to order a second!), Nan Gyi Dok - coconut chicken curry noodles (one of my staple Burmese dishes that I use to judge a restaurant, along with team leaf salad), the lamb kebat (really tender bite-size pieces of lamb), and the Rangoon Chicken Curry, with a side of coconut rice and biryani rice. All of the dishes were top notch. They are not afraid to add a little heat! I was afraid it might be watered down for the typical Polk street crowd. We ordered our dishes slightly hotter than medium, but not too spicy, and they had exactly the amount of heat that we had hoped for (slightly more than we actually expected).
We also tried a few of the desserts. The fried banana was good, the fried coconut pudding was ok, but the real star of our dessert courses was the sooji. The coconut ice cream actually tasted more like pina colada, but it was still good.
The price was definitely higher than what you would pay at the other popular bay area Burmese restaurants. However, you will not be disappointed (except for the portion size of the Monk Hingar -- it seemed way too small for a $13 soup; part of the reason we ordered a second). I really didn't think Mandalay and Burma Superstar had much room for improvement, but Rangoon Ruby takes it up another notch.
I'll be back. VERY soon.
The food was delicious and the service was top notch. The atmosphere is white table cloth elegant, but with a relaxed style.
It is within easy walking distance for me, so I will return!
As they have only been open a short time, it is still aa work in progress with the bar portion/menu still to be set up. When I went there a couple of nights ago some of the waiters were receiving on-the-job training with reference as to how to set a table properly. Love the food and the newly remodeled space of what had become the tired and worn Sushi Rock Restaurant. It is definitely a step up from the previous restaurant and I hope it continues for a long time. On the first visit I had their Palata with Lamb appetizer and the Sesame Beef as a main dish. There are a lot of interesting dishes to be tried during the coming weeks and by the way, there is a take out menu also.
Could have had a better experience but crammed tables and not so personal attention for a $$$ menu. Speaking of the menu it can be simplified to a one page menu and hence mimic/command a high end affair. Either way nice addition but prices not in tune with the "chef's creations";
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