We were in Silver Spring on Tuesday night and decided, while there, to try out Mandalay Restaurant and Cafe. As you may recall, Mandalay is set to occupy the ground floor of a new mixed use (residential/retail) development coming to the corner of Ninth and P Streets, Northwest (see rendering of same here). Unfortunately the waitstaff did not have any specific information on the new location in Shaw.
Virgins to Burmese food (which is distinct from but influenced by the cuisine of China, India and Thailand), we asked our server to order for us, and we loved everything we tried. We split an order of spring rolls, a chicken dish (KyetThar ALoo Masala Hin), and a pork dish (WetThar ChoChin Gyaw). Others have since suggested additional must-haves from their menu, so we look forward to going back.
I have a feeling that the atmosphere of their new restaurant on Ninth Street will be a big upgrade from that of their Silver Spring location, which is in a a no-frills, kinda worn, and older looking building. I think Mandalay will be a favorite for many in our neighborhood, and can't wait for it to add to our dining options.