Green Elephant Gourmet serves the best of Burmese and Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis on healthy, fresh, light and visually appealing dishes. Our charming, cozy interior, decorated with bamboo and traditional handicrafts, creates a wonderful, elegant atmosphere for you to enjoy our delicious food.
The owners of Green Elephant Gourmet, Michael Maung and Christina Yin, are Burmese and Chinese, respectively. They began with a vision of fine food as well as an awareness of the rich traditions behind both Chinese and Burmese cuisines. The name “Green Elephant Gourmet” came from Maung, who was born on a Wednesday, the day of the elephant in Burmese astrology. Burmese cuisine was influenced by the food traditions of China, Thailand and India, then adapted to the local environment and tastes. Chinese ingredients and stir-frying techniques, Indian curries and spices, and Thai fermented sauces all made their way into Burmese cooking. Seafood, freshwater fish, coconut milk, lime, noodles and rice are central to Burmese cuisine.
At Green Elephant Gourmet, we offer a full Chinese menu and a separate Burmese menu, which includes a multi-course Burmese family dinner. Some of the classic Burmese dishes to try at Green Elephant Gourmet include the Tea Leaf Salad, a traditional salad made with Burmese tea leaves, fried garlic, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds, and the spicy fish soup called Moo Hinga, a rich chowder with hints of turmeric, lemongrass, ginger and chili. Our curries, similar to Thai curries, are savory, with gentle heat. Try the curry beef with cubed potato and yogurt for a meltingly tender, flavorful entrée. Be sure to sample some of the dishes from our Chinese menu as well. The honey walnut prawns, salt and pepper fish and steamed dumplings are customer favorites. For dessert, our light, crispy hot banana fritters are the perfect end to a delicious meal.
Come visit Green Elephant Gourmet for a healthy, delicious taste of Burmese and Chinese traditions, cooked with care and served with warm hospitality. We are located on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. We’re open daily for lunch and dinner and for takeout and delivery.