10 April 2011

Kambozza Restaurant ~ Burmese and Sushi - Parramatta [CLOSED]

And now for something complete different, Kambozza Burmese in Parramatta for tea leaf salad, Burmese pie floater, fish tomato rice, fried rosella leaves, noodle soup and sweeties.

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Giggles of joy slip out when we first spot Kambozza, a genuine Burmese hole-in-the-wall joint in Parramatta. This is what we live for folks.



Inside is basic and tidy, the high ceilings give it a spacious feeling. Having never been to Burma, or a Burmese restaurant, we had no idea what to expect. Our plan of attack is to go for the more snacky menu items, which are cheap so we can order up and taste a range of dishes. The food seems to have various influences: Chinese, Indian, South East Asian; but is unique within itself. We highly recommend Kambozza for folks keen to try something a little different. And there's also some stir fries, curries and noodle dishes for the less adventurous.

We have to say that the lady who served us, and also did the cooking with think, was possibly the nicest restaurant lady we ever have come across in Sydney, and believe us, we've met a lot of incredibly nice restaurant ladies! She had a huge, warm, genuine, welcoming smile, and her eyes sparkled with pride when she saw how much we were enjoying her food. Oh, the blokes are nice too.



Shan fish tomato rice - $7.50.  This tastes like it was cooked in a light broth, almost like a rissotto, the flavours are subtle making it a nice alternative to plain rice. The shards of crispy fried garlic on top were a nice touch. It was very nicely presented with a drizzle of oil over the top and on the plate.



Crispy pan fried flat savoury bread served with onion based beans curry - $5.90. The bread is light and not too oily, well countered with the peas mixture. Kind of like Burmese pie & peas.



Preserved tea leaf, tomato, and cabbage tossed with Burmese dressing and crispy yellow peas - $7.50. The first two dishes were simple stodge fillers but this is a 'wow' number. The mixture of crunchy nuts and leaves were amazing in taste and texture. Best wrapped up in piece of cabbage. Served with whole, brutal looking chilis (Alison took a tiny nibble on the end of one and they were as hot as she feared), and whole garlic cloves. (We've been eating takeaway El Jannah chicken with garlic sauce all weekend, we couldn't possibly eat any more garlic without being arrested on public nuisance charges, we stink!).



Look at that georgous mixture of crunchy goodin's.



Fried Rosella Leaves - $7.50. This curious mix of rosella leaves, tiny prawns and bamboo shoots has a spicy, sour aroma and a medium chili kick, and gives us wonderful flashbacks of South East Asia.

Our other choice for snackages was 'Pork Goodies' - how could we not order something with such a happy name? But alas it was off the menu tonight.



Kyae Oo - $8.50. We round the meal off with some soup for rehydration. This has a simple, Chinese style broth, thin rice vermicelli noodles, quail eggs, chicken meatballs, tongue and a few little chunks of intestines. We imagine this would be an everyday roadside meal in Burma. Served with a little side dish of chilli sauce.



Shawn is very proud of himself for seeing seminal punk band Dead Kennedy's play the night before (yay to the blond chickie who did a perfect rugby league tackle on the lead singer), and not have a hangover...



...therefore he rewards himself with dessert. How un-punk is that?  Moh Let Saung - $4.50. Chilled coconut milk with green pandan snakes and what Shawn thought was sago but Alison suggested might be basil seeds. They definitely had a seed-like texture, most intersting. Not an amazing dessert but simple and tasty.



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu




Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu



Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu




Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant Menu.

There's also a small range of Burmese sweets and ingredients. And also boxes of sushi ready to go, complete with the Kambozza label on the box. We'd love to know if anybody digs the sushi here :-)


Kambozza Burmese Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant is at Shop 1, 125 Church St, Parramatta. Phone (02) 8677 4195.



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11 comments:

  1. The food is great here isn't it? We tried to order the pork goodies but they were sold out unfortunately, and I agree, service is lovely.

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  2. I loved the look of the soup until you said intestines...eep! Everything else looks great. Shall give it a while seeing as it's just up the road from us.

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  3. I say we storm the premises and demand the Pork Goodies which are rightfully ours! MissPiggy, I don't think you want to know what Pork Goodies probably are...

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  4. Looks interesting and how cheap is it!!! Next time you are out my way, call me and we will join you, maybe A's "mystery critics" lol. I so love that El Jannah chicken, might even make the short trek t Granville methinks.
    Oh, and good on you Shawn for escaping the hangover. Me too. I think it was the chicken:)

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  5. Miss Piggy, if you ate the pork goodies would that make you a cannibal?

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  6. What an extensive menu, and an amazing array of salads. Looks great!

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  7. Noticed your comment about the lady with a huge, warm, genuine, welcoming smile. I don't know if it is a coincidence or it is common for Burmese ladies because I met a lot of them in Daly City, California where a large Burmese community resides. They are warm and cheery. Some of them work in a Burmese restaurant in Daly City, California. The restaurant serves Burmese street food. It is called, Burma Cafe (http://www.burma-cafe.com).

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  8. Highly recommended to this Kambozza Restaurant as we eat up there at least once a week. Food are variety, home style cooking, cheap and delicious. Don't listen to other criticism who buy cheap voucher and greedy to get more than what they pay for. I love it and most people like it. Definitely my favourite restaurant.

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  9. Burmese people are all very warm and friendly. It is nice to see people try different food and I hope one day Burmese food will become like Thai and Indian as I have to go home to eat Burmese food.

    Thanks for posting this as I plan to try them out soon.

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  10. ...sadly this place is now closed

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    1. Awwww bummer - thanks for letting us know...

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