Pōpa Bringing Burmese Cuisine to Canada


TORONTO — Pōpa, a restaurant with a blend of Burmese, Macanese and Balinese flavourings, is opening its first Canadian location this winter in Toronto.

Pōpa is set to open by the end of January, and hopes to bring a unique, and for the most part, untouched palate offering to the city. The restaurant, created by Trevor Lui and Hemant Bhagwani, focuses on authentic Indonesian and Southeast-Asian cuisine.

The menu boasts signature dishes such as, Rangoon Samuza, a handmade pastry filled with potatoes, turmeric, shallots and ground pepper served with tamarind chutney ($7.50); Pyaa Jo Kyaw, Burmese falafel made with yellow lentils, spices, onion and coriander, tossed in garlic sauce ($12.75); Indonesian Beef Sambal, beef in chili-lemon-grass shrimp paste, shallot, tomato and tamarind ($17.75); and Rangoon Chicken Curry, a Burmese chicken curry served with coconut rice ($17.75). 

The new restaurant is located at 2901 Bayview Ave. and will be open, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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