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Lime House restaurant in Amherst, offers Burmese, Japanese, housemade tofu

A Burmese family that got its start in America making sushi in Wegmans has opened an Evans Street restaurant featuring family specialties like housemade tofu.

Family patriarch Sein Win owns the Lime House restaurant, 424 Evans St., after a 14-year stint as the sushi franchisee working at the Wegmans around the corner on Sheridan Drive.

His wife Thet Lwin is in charge of the kitchen, including using family recipes for dishes, said her daughter Thanda Win, who does not work at the restaurant but acted as a translator. Her sister Saw Su Aung is taking care of customers in the dining room.

On the menu are Burmese classics like pork curry, coconut chicken soup, and tea leaf salad, plus noodle soups like kyae oo, which offers pork meatballs and quali eggs. The Japanese side includes sushi pieces, standard rools and creative rolls, plus dishes like tempura.

Thet Lwin's specialties include fresh housemade tofu, made in a three-day process. It's currently being offered, tempura fried, as a complimentary starter, for now.

The space, formerly Blu Nightclub, seats about 70. There's no alcohol now, but the restaurant will eventually serve beer and wine.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: 276-3522.

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