Thursday, November 21st, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. 22 November 2013 - Burma Lane - The Chef

Adam Trengove is the head chef of Burma Lane.

“I’m thrilled about the challenge,” he says. Adam is not new to the challenges of a new restaurant, since he and chef John McLeay worked together for the opening of Red Spice Road in McKillop Street in 2007, and he has been head chef there since 2011.

For Adam, the challenge is also in interpreting Burmese food for Melbourne diners.

He loves the flavours of Burmese food, and its differences from the cuisines of its Asian neighbours.

“It’s got a different balance of flavours from Thai food, for example. It’s spice-driven, but not necessarily hot. You can taste the influences from India and China, but it’s got its own styles. There’s lots of onions, fresh ginger, turmeric, and blachan, a dried prawn paste.  Texture’s important, there’s always some crunch.”

Adam trained in a classical French kitchen. His interest in Asian food began when he was diagnosed with lactose intolerance and started exploring new ways to eat. Then he went on a cooking tour to Vietnam, and discovered a new approach to cooking.

“I loved it… and when I starting working with John McLeay, I learnt more about Thai food, and that’s when I knew I was going to be cooking Asian food for a long time,” he says.

His trip to Burma showed him how different cooks prepare classic dishes, and what individual variations there are – even in simple dishes such as the tea leaf salad.

“We’re not trying to be authentic,” he says. “We can’t be, we’re not Burmese. What we’re doing at Burma Lane is to replicate flavours, and we’re interpreting dishes for Melbourne.” 

For him, that’s an extension of the kitchens at Red Spice Road, where Asian street foods are re-interpreted for a restaurant setting.

At Burma Lane, there will be noodles and rice, salads and pickles, fish dishes, and curries. Signature dishes will be Mohinga, the best known of Burmese dishes – a fish and noodle broth served with lots of condiment – and the tea leaf salad.

Burma Lane is open for lunch from Monday to Friday noon-3pm, and for dinner from Monday to Saturday 6pm-late. (03) 9615 8500

For more information, please contact:

Gavin van Staden
Managing Director
Apples and Pears Entertainment Group

0404 815 349
[email protected]

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Apples and Pears Entertainment Group

Apples and Pears Entertainment Group is a restaurant group established in 2007. It's core restaurant is the Red Spice Road Group, along with Burma Lane and The Orchid Room Function Centre.

The Group is managed by Gavin van Staden and John McLeay.
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P: 0396031601
M: 0404815349


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