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Sun Restaurant Shines

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The Facts

Address: 1989 Niagara St. / Black Rock / North Buffalo | 716-447-0202

Hours: Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-10p.m., Sun: Noon – 9 p.m.

SOB LISTING

 

Burmese, Thai & Asian Fusion

This well known Asian restaurant on Buffalo’s West Side offers Burmese, Thai and Asian fusion cuisines in an enjoyable, authentic atmosphere. Upon entering through the side door you’ll find a sushi bar on a loft to your left, and a mid-sized dining room with large booths and tables to your right.

Signs throughout promote the “Black Rice Bar”. Never having had a black rice roll before, I was excited to see how it compared to my beloved white rice sushi. It wasn’t until I sat down and took a look at the menu that I understood what the deal was exactly. Essentially, there is a good portion of the menu that uses black rice instead of white, including salads, sushi and entrees. Our server explained that black rice is naturally colored and has a greater amount of fiber than white & brown rice, plus it’s stickier. After observing and tasting it, it seems to be a shorter grain and have a more distinct flavor than white rice…it’s hard to explain. Learn more about Black Rice and Sun’s Black Rice Menu here.

To start we ordered:

  • Steamed Dumplings – Dumpling stuffed with mixed vegetable, edamame bean, chicken served with citric soy sauce $6.
  • Mango Roll – Mango, avocado, sesame seed, sweet potato and sweet chili sauce $6.
  • Coconut Shrimp Roll – Coconut shrimp, red pepper, cilantro, cucumber, spicy sauce, rolled with sesame seed soy wrap and topped with Milky Way sauce $8.

The steamed dumplings were outstanding, warm and fresh. The dough was thin and delicious. Six come on a plate, but I could have eaten fifty of them. I ordered the Mango Roll because I overheard someone recommending it to a friend at the next table. Reason enough for me! Mango seemed to be a reoccurring theme throughout the menu, as did avocado. Each chunk was perfectly ripened. Their timing was spot on – not a small feat. The chili sauce added a nice flavor, but the sweet potato didn’t stand out as much as I would have liked. The coconut shrimp roll was also tasty. I enjoyed the touch of cilantro, and the thick pieces of soy wrap holding the roll together. The spicy sauce balanced the sweetness of the coconut and Milky Way sauce. The roll came together nicely.

Entrees

  • Sun’s Black Rice Salad – Black rice with avocado, mango, red pepper, spring-mix, cashews, peanuts, home-made dressing with diced chili pepper on the side $8.
  • Chicken Curry Sun Wrap – Slow Cooked chicken curry, black rice, green leaf lettuce, avocado, mango, sweet potato, cucumber, onion, scallion, cilantro, fried garlic, spicy mayo, cream cheese wrapped with sesame soy wrap and served with homemade sweet chili sauce. $9

I chose the Black Rice Salad because the menu stated that this was the dish that made them famous. Very convincing sales tactic! The “salad” was unlike anything I’ve had before. Heafty pieces of juicy mango and slick avocado covered a bed of black rice and greens. In addition, snippets of cilantro, red pepper and several cashews topped the salad. This dish is not lacking in flavor, thanks mostly to the previously mentioned elements. The dressing didn’t stand out much. I was warned about the peppers in the crafted carrot, and I’ll pass that warning along. They are HOT – and beautiful. This dish was refreshing and I’d order it again.

The Chicken Curry Sun Wrap was possibly the most unique dish of the meal. Even with no preconceived notions of what might be served, we were still surprised when the dish came to the table. A wrap is the perfect description, but it’s probably not exactly what comes to mind. A soy wrap serves as the outer layer, lined with black rice and stuffed with avocado, tender chicken curry, a dollop of cream cheese and plenty of other seemingly random ingredients. The wrap, however didn’t taste random at all. The flavors worked nicely together, cream cheese being the most eyebrow raising component. It works. If you want to add even more flavor, take a dip in the sweet chili sauce. Wow, there’s a lot going on there. One piece of advice, order more than just this Sun wrap. It will be gone in a hurry. I loved the sleek presentation of all the dishes.

The rest of the sizable menu varies from Burmese cuisine to Thai and Asian Fusion. Several curries are offered along with noodle dishes and soups. Pad Thai, Pad Lee Mao, Pad Prig Pow along with seafood dishes can be found under the Thai entrees. Fish is a staple of the menu and options are plentiful.

Menu items I will be back for:

  • Ginger Salad – Burmese ginger salad with chana dal pea, fried garlic, onion, tomato, cabbage, peanuts and lime juice.
  • Pumpkin Stew – Sun’s famous Burmese pumpkin curry with ginger, garlic, and chili served in a green pumpkin. (Veg/Chk/Pork, Fish Cake/Beef/Shrimp, Seafood Combo)
  • Pineapple Boat – Black and white fried rice, pineapple, scallop, shrimp, squid, pea carrot, egg, red pepper, asparagus and scallion.

Very full but intrigued, we decided to taste the green tea ice cream. It sounds so good and each time I taste green tea ice cream I hope to like it, but it just never happens. Clearly it’s an acquired taste. One I have not yet acquired. I do urge you to try new things though! Next time I’ll try the Steamed Banana Rice – famous Burmese sweet sticky rice with coconut milk, banana, black beans wrapped in banana leaves. Sounds good right?

The menu is very well organized and extremely descriptive, easy to read and understand. Our server was helpful and attentive, and I observed other servers acting in the same manor. I plan to visit again soon to continue exploring Sun’s unique offerings. Dumplings to go please!

 

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