When planning a trip to Southeast Asia, the cuisine emerged as an important cultural aspect to explore. Everyone speaks of Thai or Vietnamese food and we often forget many other tasty alternatives. I will not lie, Burmese cuisine is not up to those two, but it is true that if you look hard in Myanmar, you can find great dishes that could rival the famous Pad Thai, Tom yum or Cha giò. This restaurant in the capital of Yangon came on the recommendation of one of the workers of the hotel where I was staying. The restaurant may be too touristy, who knows, but when I was having dinner there I was the only person sat at a table in the whole place and both the dishes were perfect, as was the service. I tried the grapefruit and shrimp salad, beef with yoghurt and grapes ... it was my first introduction to Burmese food. Then there were more dishes, some better than others but beef was the best I had during the whole trip.
One of the best bars in Yangon is 50th Street Bar. Ant Alderson is a one of a kind place with both a bar and restaurant with class .. There are all kinds of events, such as: On Monday Night Poker on Tuesday steak and wine happy hour on Wednesday pizza on Thursday or Friday, half price cocktails for ladies on Friday band the house playing jazz and blues, brunch Saturday and Sunday. The staff's favorite! Happy Hour all day! It has a pretty environment, expatriates playing pool, Burmese of the emerging middle class of the cities eating, drinking, dancing ... It is the ideal place to watch a football game (several screens with major satellite channels sports) tastefully decorated and the best shelter if you are tired of exoticism penetrating the rest of the bars in the city or harassment. There are many beautiful ladies flitting in search of their daily man with joy and self-confidence in many other bars in the city. I really recommend this bar!
The food from street stalls is a good choice so you can start to feel integrated in a city like Yangon. You sit on plastic chairs at a small plastic table and enjoy the variety of food. I had a tea behind one and just people watched. During the days I was there, every night was better than the last.
Most of the restaurants in Nyaungshwe are intended for visitors, and many offer international cuisine, plus Bimana, Thai and Chinese food, but if you leave the main road, as in the case of this small restaurant with 5 tables, you have very good Burmese cuisine at a good price. Specifically the Inle lake fish served here in several ways are all delicious.
This small yet colourful restaurant caught my attention because of its decoration, becasue in general in Myanmar they don't usually pa too much attention to such things, but this was an exception. The table was made of glass and under totally kitch decor. Other than that, the food was very good, and they made a lovely soup with coconut milk and it was delicious
This restaurant is located on the outskirts of Yangon. It's a beautiful house with different charming rooms surrounded by a small garden. The walls are adorned with Burmese motifs. The food is typical Burmese. I recommend ordering the tasting menu. Delicious lentil soup and vegetable dishes.
We decided to go out to dinner at a traditional Burmese restaurant, and they recommended this one. We took a taxi and we found a lovely restaurant in a traditional area where we could eat at low tables and drink tea, and then a Western restaurant, with walls made of plaited palm leaves. The food was made up of typical Burmese and Chinese dishes. There were of course curries with chicken, beef or pork, and ability to order soup or fried noodles or fried rice.
After traveling all day and visiting the pagodas of Bagan, we decided to go out to dinner at a place near our hotel. Since it's located in Nyaung U, we were told to go out to another area of restaurants, a single street, full of tourists, and although we liked the idea, we finally decided to stay in our area. After walking a lap or two, we opted for the "A little bit of Bagan Restaurant". The menu offered typical cuisine (curried rice, rice with chicken, noodles with chicken), but it also had some western dishes that we were craving (pizzas, grilled meat, etc.). The place was nice, decorated with lanterns and all wood. The staff was very friendly, as it always is in this country.
Every great journey deserves a farewell dinner to remember the good times and laugh at all the problems that arose along the way but now do not matter at all. The Myanmar farewell dinner was in this place, a fairly new restaurant, we learned later, that had been half-opened by a Spaniard. Right on the bridge across the pier. If you do not raise your eyes, it's easy to go unnoticed. The interior is spacious and very nice but the best part is the terrace on the first floor overlooking the lake. It's a great place to spend hours and hours watching as the activity of the city gradually winds down and stops. The street lights are turned off, the boats stop sailing and everything stops. The food is fantastic and if you decide to pay the million that it's worth, try the Burmese wine made with grapes near the lake itself. It's interesting to say the least. Every journey has its whim. The good thing about Myanmar is that you can go out for less than 20 euros.
The most popular restaurant in Hsipaw has Chinese style large circular tables. The perfect place to meet friends after trekking or one of the tours that are done out of Hsipaw. The beer and food are cheap and the Burmese and Thai food comes in generous portions.