It all began with an online meal service owned by a group of ambitious youths. Mexican food is a rarity in Yangon’s robust F&B scene, especially in the price brackets friendly to the middle class.
Rangoonian Burritos’ focus on offering spicy wraps and snacks at an affordable price struck a chord with the Yangonites’ appetite for hot food and new experiences. Within a couple of years, the group managed to launch a dine-in place in the bustling street of Sanchaung.
MYANMORE’s critic arrived there on a drizzly afternoon for late lunch. The space was small and had only six tables. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere.
The food menu was dominated by classic Mexican delights such as burritos, tacos, quesadillas, etc. However, you can have them with a delivery option. The critic asked for something more suitable for the dine-in experience. The staff recommended the Loaded Nacho (Ks8,500) which wasn’t on the menu yet. So, the Nacho with beef was ordered. Chicken and pork options are also available.
It came after five minutes. “Loaded” was the keyword here since it was enough to share among friends. The generous portion of ground beef was mixed with crispy tortilla chips covered in cheese sauce and sour cream, and Pico de Gallo, a type of salad made with diced tomatoes, onions, chilies, etc. You can’t stop after the first bite. The spiciness was just enough to tingle your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty because they provided plastic gloves.
The Passionade (Ks1,300), a refreshing blend of passion fruit juice and lemonade, was chosen to cool off. This delightful drink not only effectively cleansed the palate but also quenched the thirst.
The next meal was selected from its birria menu: the Birria Ramen (Ks6,000). When asked about the extra toppings, the more experienced staff came and explained the difference between mozzarella and melted cheese sauce. She recommended trying it without any extra topping first and seeing how it went and the critic agreed with it.
The noodle soup took around 10 minutes. The wavy noodles (which looked like instant noodles) were cooked in the hot birria soup covered in cheese sauce (claimed to be homemade) and shredded beef. The soup had quite a kick. If you can’t handle hot food, you might want to ask the staff to ease the spiciness or for extra cheese sauce (+Ks1,000). The beef was well-cooked and the fresh herbs made the soup all the more flavourful.
Overall, it left you sweaty and satisfied. The critic wasn’t sure about the chips though. They got soggy after sitting in the soup for some time. Also, they didn’t add much to the experience except screaming, “This is a Mexican restaurant!”
It’s typical to have cold feet before trying new food. But leave your worries at the door because the staff will explain what you need to know patiently before you place an order. Visit their restaurant if you love dine-in services or want to hang out with friends. But if you just want a savoury bite while watching Netflix on a rainy day, order online through their page. Don’t forget to try their nachos!
No 129, Kyun Taw Street, Sanchaung Township, Yangon
09 757 953 640
11 am – 8 pm