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Burmatown opens second location in Corte Madera – Marin Independent Journal

Doors are now open to Burmatown’s second Corte Madera restaurant just around the corner from the original on Corte Madera Avenue.

Although this “new home” is almost twice the size of the first, co-owner Jennifer Fujitani notes that it’s still the same cozy and welcoming home that she and her mom, Jenny Gee, the restaurant’s chef , presented to the community in 2014.

Since then, queues have often formed on the sidewalk in anticipation of Gee’s Asian fusion on traditional Burmese classics and the restaurant’s mood, making the move to a larger space a cautious progression.

What was not expected was the long two-year process it took to transition to the restaurant that housed Benissimo for 30 years. The original launch date was early 2021 after signing the lease mid-2020.

Although the planned changes were more cosmetic than structural, the pace was hampered by permission issues and, of course, a global pandemic.

“Fortunately, the takeouts exploded (in their original location), which helped to compensate for the delays,” says Fujitani.

Renovations included exposing the redwood ceiling, covering the walls with brick, punctuating the interior with white tile and tropical leaves, and adding custom live wood tables.

“I love the feel and energy of the space,” says Fujitani, pointing to French doors that open onto a patio where seating is available for diners who have ordered takeout or are waiting for a table. on the inside.

Chef Gee shares the traditional foods and cooking style of her native Myanmar, following old family recipes and incorporating innovations she’s become familiar with since moving to San Francisco.

The soft-opening menu is limited as the team settles in, but naturally includes favorites such as fermented tea leaf salad, hoisin-glazed ribs, crispy angel wings , mushrooms mixed with garlic noodles, coconut chicken curry with squash and Burmatown Bao. Miso-glazed black cod is back after being omitted from the take-out menu during the pandemic, and the list of special dishes changes daily, most recently with smoked duck breast curry and braised ribs. Wild prawns and chicken satay come off the kitchen’s new grill. Most of the menu items are family served.

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Burmatown Tea Leaf Salad will be included in the menu at its new location.

The wine list is made up of small Californian producers. “We try to stick to organic and biodynamic farmers as well as some natural wines with no additives…mixed with Spanish and French imports,” she says.

Craft beer and hard kombucha are tap, canned, or bottled.

Burmatown is open 4-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday for walk-in service at 18 Tamalpais Drive across from Old Corte Madera Square. The restaurant does not take reservations. Find the full menu and other details at burmatown.comand call or text 415-985-5060 for takeout orders.

The original location at 60 Corte Madera Ave. is closed for now for minor updates. Plans are to reopen in a month or two for take-out only, which means the days are numbered for the curbside parklet.

chilli time

The calendar shifts to September this week, which makes thoughts of overflowing bowls of chili a little easier to digest seasonally. Whether you’re an amateur, pro, or connoisseur of chili preparation, it’s time to get out there and polish your best con carne, veggie, or verde variety in preparation for Sausalito’s 43rd Annual Chili Cook-Off from noon to 4 p.m. September 24 at Dunphy Park.

Andrew Wellar, 11, of Novato watches his mother Jill stir a large pot of chili in the Chillin' Chili Stand during the 38th annual Chili Cook Off in Sausalito, Calif., on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Andrew Wellar volunteered to wear a corncob costume for the event.  (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

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Try all kinds of chilis at the 43rd Annual Sausalito Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 24 at Dunphy Park.

The application deadline is September 16. Registration is free, but teams must prepare at least 15 gallons (20 recommended) of chili on site.

The Quest for the Best will cover three categories – Judge’s Choice, Audience’s Choice and Best Booth – setting the stage for a festive day for families and dogs that includes live music from the dance band BeaufunK featuring Fred Ross. Admission is free and unlimited tasting wristbands with voting rights are $20.

What’s new? Organizers from the Sausalito Department of Parks and Recreation are launching a Best Homemade Hot Sauce contest and chili eating contest at this year’s event.

If chili isn’t your thing, hot dogs, sno cones, beer, wine, and soda are available for purchase, and there’s a water bottle refill station.

Competitors can find details and register, and tasters can purchase wristbands at Sausalito.gov/chilicookoff or call 415-289-4152. The wristband can also be purchased on site during the event from 11:30 a.m.

Leanne Battelle is a freelance writer and food columnist. Email her at [email protected] with news and recommendations and follow her on Instagram @therealdealmarin for more local food and updates on the launch of The Restaurant Guide Real Deal Marine.