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8FFLFOE MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ RESTAURANT REVIEW ■ MOVIE TIMES ■ BEST BETS FOR ENTERTAINMENT beautiful BURMESEFARE N R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W Story by Sheila Himmel // Photos by Michelle Le PALO ALTO’S BUSTLING RANGOON RUBY SERVES UP BRIGHT FLAVORS AMID UPSCALE SURROUNDINGS J ust about everyone orders the profoundly beautiful tea leaf salad at Rangoon Ruby, downtown Palo Alto’s upscale Burmese hot spot. It tastes as good as it looks. The only issue is to gauge how much salad you or your party can eat, because you’ll want to leave room for other dishes and this one is not good as a leftover. Tea leaf salad quickly degrades into a sad, limp memory. Rangoon Ruby’s gleaming beachhead is fortified by the young and well-heeled. It is nothing like Rangoon, the plain Jane Chinese-Burmese restaurant that used to be on Bryant Street. Rangoon Ruby is pretty much the opposite of the other Burmese restaurant in town, Green Elephant Gourmet, which caters to a neighborhood and family clientele. Located in South Palo Alto, Green Elephant is quieter and cheaper, and features many Chinese dishes. Under high ceilings and swirling Medusa-like light fixtures, Rangoon Ruby bustles with people enjoying the scene, the bright flavors and the Continued on next page March 7, 2014 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 25

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