Where are the newest and best places for you to eat in Yangon? Restaurants are cropping up all over the place, and we’ve selected our favourite new ones, which you should definitely go and try when visiting Myanmar.
1. The Yangon Restaurant
Despite the slightly unoriginal name, this newly opened restaurant is well worth a visit. Located inside People’s Park, the first and only restaurant to be allowed, diners eating on the outdoor patio can walk out into the gardens for a great view of the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Chef Rollinson has created a menu that is broadly based on Mediterranean food, but which uses local ingredients as much as possible. As a result expect perfectly cooked steaks, oysters picked fresh from the sea, and some very appealing salads. The Yangon Restaurant is one of the more expensive in Yangon, with a meal for two likely to be close to the $100 barrier, but for the quality of food and location, this is well worth it.
2. Root Kitchen and Bar
One of the trendiest new additions to Yangon’s food and drinks scene, Root was opened in August this year. The restaurant serves Wa food, a spicy style of cooking which is taken from the Wa people, an ethnic group found in northern Myanmar. Note: when we say spicy, we really do mean it. The chili’s feature prominently in most dishes for all those heat lovers. The concept of Wa food is mainly based around sharing, so order a bunch of different dishes and put them slap bang in the middle of the table for everyone to try. The final bill won’t set you back too much, so don’t miss out and order as many different dishes as you can muster.
The latest addition to Yangon’s nightlife scene, the Penthouse also serves some seriously good grub. Though quite hard to find, on the top floor of an office building, the views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, and great design make it an instant hit. There is an outdoor terrace for you to sip your cocktails, before heading indoors where there are floor to ceiling windows that don’t impair the view. The menu is once again predominantly Mediterranean, featuring bruschetta, grilled fish, risottos, steaks and much, much more. Particular highlights are the hugely impressive wine list that is one of the best in Yangon. The Penthouse has really gone all out for its design and as a result surpasses many other Yangon restaurants.
An art gallery come restaurant, Pansuriya has flown under the radar compared to other Yangon restaurants, but don’t let this fool you, we are big fans. Cooking traditional Burmese dishes, including tea leaf salads, mutton curries and Shan noodles, the emphasis is on simplicity, but high quality. It’s easy to fill your belly here for around $10, which is never a bad thing. Once you’ve finished eating, it’s time to take a look around the gallery. With its high ceilings and airy atmosphere, it’s easy to spend a couple of hours here relaxing and enjoying Burmese culture.
5. Rau Ram
Last on the list, but certainly not least is Rau Ram, a Southeast Asia bistro, which takes influences from Indochina, and in particular Vietnam. They’ve carefully thought about the design when creating this place as you’ll note from the chinosorie wallpaper as soon as you enter. Scallops, oxtail stew, lemongrass chicken and coconut curries all make up the menu, with a main dish costing around $13. It’s the kind of place where you can sit back and relax over a couple of drinks after your meal for hours, and not realise. A great addition, and one which certainly holds its own against other Yangon restaurants.