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May 29, 2012 07:53 AM


Would you suggest dining at any of the high end hotels in Yangon and Bagan such as Governor's Palace, Strand and Thirpyitsaya. Does anyone have any dining suggestions for great food experiences in Myanmar. Thank you.

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  1. Myanmar is not known for its food but we do have some outstanding places. Regarding hotels, Strand's chef is superb and delivers consistently high quality dishes. Lunch time is more 'comfort foods' where as dinner is a mix of fine western dining and Asian cuisines. Thiripyitsaya has gone downhill in terms of F&B and general service since the management changed last year. Gov Res is good but nothing great and I think much better off at Strand.
    In terms of non-hotel restaurants, in Yangon check out Taing Yain Thar, a new place at the top end of Inya Lake for amazing Burmese food in a clean setting (not yet on the guidebook/website/tourist trail). Better at dinner. Feel Myanmar is great at lunch time for a 'first lunch' but you will see other tourists! If you like seafood seek out Min Lan Rakhine Seafood also near the junction of Pyay and Parami. Packed with locals who come here for fresh seafood and spicy traditional dishes from the Rakhine province. A dinner place for sure.
    Go to a teashop for lunch and try meeshay (its a mandalay dish but you can get here) or Shan Khao sway. Also don't miss any of the salads- tomato salad, ginger salad, etc. Or can opt for more indian-style meals at the tea shops such as dosa or palata. if you want fine dining there is a new french restaurant at Kandawgyi Palace hotel- its been inconsistent in the start but some nice dishes. Le Planteur is a long-standing favourite and recommended for a french-asian meal.
    In the night time you should head to 19th street for draft beer and bbq (or even just a snack). They grill up everything like quail eggs, various meats, garlic, veggies, etc.
    In Bagan selection isn't great... the tea shops are a bit more grotty but if you are feeling adventurous ask your guide to take you to 'Sarabar 3' for lunch. (not 1 or 2 which is where tourists go). Its a set of wooden tables under a tree near Ananda Temple. honeslty the best food is at a backpacker looking place called Queen Restaurant ont he road between Old Bagan and Nyaung U. Go at dinner time and the staff are super friendly and will recommend for you (try something wtih pone-yay gyi. the local equivalent of vegemite in many ways but only made in Bagan!) For a nicer setting Beach Bagan and Sunset Garden both have nice decks overlooking the Irrawaddy and decent food. Green Elephant has arguably the best view but the food isn't great.
    Street food/overall food hygeniene is not nearly as good as it is in Thailand or Vietnam but use your judgement and you'll have a great time.
    hope this helps!

    3 Replies
    1. re: annebkk

      In Yangon now, arrived last night and ate at the hotel (Governors Residence) as we arrived quite late. I was quite concerned when I looked at the restaurant menu as us is "international" and pretty bland - didn't stop it being full. I asked if thy did local dishes and was directed upstairs to a room with a curry buffet, which was far from packed. They had four salads: tomato, banana blossom, green papaya, plus on other and probably eight relishes. The curry selection had six: a really sour prawn, pork, butter fish, yam and sweet potato and vegtable and chickpea and duck, again lots of condiments, roti snd rice. And the the dessert selection had two or three choices including mango sticky rice. All where very good, diverse flavours with some pretty spicy. It comes with free flow beer which is OK but at $39++ it ain't cheap. However, a good pretty authentic and safe intro to Burma food - just right for a first night.

      Tonight we followed Anne's advice and headed to Taing Yin Thar ( or National Restaurant). As described it was spotless, really freindly and helpful with Burmese dishes from around the country. We chose a tomato salad, tea leaf salad, spicy aubergine and a sweet pork curry. All again great, the porky sweetness offsetting the fiery aubergine wonderfully. I wish they had smaller serves as the menu had many tempting dishes and we were stuffed after struggling through our four. Here the bill was 16,000 or $20 which shows how much hotels mark up - so cheap even with $10 taxi costs. Trave where you there Sunday - girlfriend with orange handbag?

      One other mention, breakfast at the Goverors has five local dishes, all good: fresh spring rolls with tamarind, the butter fish curry with roti, a sour fish noodle soup and a coconut noodle soup. I tried them all, and full marks to the hotel for delivering some challenging breakfast flavours. Fish soup won't be on my regular menu but the coconut soup was really good. Most fellow guests were sticking to omelettes and bacon....!

      1. re: PhilD

        PhilD--thanks so much for the current info on Yangon. We will be arriving at Governor's Residence on Oct. 10 so your food descriptions are of great interest to us. Please keep posting if possible and enjoy your trip. We will also travel to Bangon, Mandalay and Inle Lake.

      2. re: annebkk

        Not known for its food because foreigners haven't really stepped foot in it, or because when the Burmese emigrate cooking isn't the first thing on their minds?

        I had a few good dishes there, with a significant amount of the meals being influenced by its neighbors to the west. I guess lentils are an Achilles' heel of mine.


        1. re: antonego07

          Do you really think Ironloyalty is going to make it? Certainly lots of people will be trying to make vast buck. Hopefully Burmese food had it's own qualities - aiming to get there later this year so Anne's post is very useful. I like the idea of the Indian influences.

          1. re: PhilD

            I had a Burmese classmate Stateside. I taught him to drive (youre dead without a car! ) and he cooked me a high end meal. I suppose it would have wowed a Westerner, but I'm Indian: you can't beat us for exotic spicing!

            Anyhoo, let's look forward to some cross pollination:

            India-Myanmar Tamu- Kalewa friendship Road


            The military junta's isolationist policy meant that Myanmar was out of the loop for quite a while. Now with the new democratic government, hopefully they will catch up soon.

            1. re: antonego07

              Glad my comments helped you Phil! I was at Aung Thuka yesterday for lunch and continues to be a good option for a very local style lunch. Likewise was at the fish restaurant on Bogyoke Aung San road with local friends last week (near 47th St) and still one of my fav meals in town- steamed fish in lime (you will see it being served on just about every , excellent salads and shan noodles or shan tofu.
              not too many new restaurants on the horizon- although Nacha just opened (I have yet to go), Linkage (good food, charity profits from it) and Maison 20 (not recommended!). Rent prices are so high at the moment that its not very practical and there is still no guarantee with biz licenses. lots of tourists though but not nearly on the scale of a Siem Reap or Hanoi so if anyone is considering a restaurant here must have a strong marketing toward local residents rather than focusing on expats.
              anyway, still a fabulous place to be!

              1. re: annebkk

                Anne - do you have the name of the fish place, back in Yangon on Sunday so maybe an option. Staying at the Traders so hopefully not too long a journey.

                Fairly mixed food experience in Manderlay. First lunch was in the ubiquitous Green Elephant, that worried me but the food was good despite the tourist but that arrived mid meal. May try the GE branch in Bagan one night. Spices was the restaurant at our hotel The Red Canal, it is mainly Indian and our first meal was bland with zero spice - caters to the European tourist palette. We did eat there again, as taxis are criminally priced in Manderlay and there seemed to be little opportunity to haggle. For the second meal we asked for it to be spiced better and it delivered - good but no different to HK, Sydney or London. Also ate Too Too which is a local buffet place with strane pricing, 2,500 for a main plus three saads, how much for another main, well another 2,500 but no extra also only sells water! Food was OK but the weakest of th local meals we have eaten, that said it was by far the cheapest. We headed up to the old British hill station and national gardens which is a good day trip. We were taken to the "tourist" stop which was reluctant to serve us local food but could do a good Chinese or Thai - our guide managed to order locally which included French fries with butter and chicken salt - when in Rome.....

                Now in Bagan and it is a mi of wealthy European/US tourists and backpackers so lots of restaurants brag about "lonely planet" recommendations. One meal at Aroma 2 a goodish Indian dishes are not cheap but the are large. Had a drink at Black Bamboo but the menu was too tourist for us.

                It's a great place, loving the food which when good is really great, I do feel we get westernised dishes in some places but when the spicing is right they really come into balance. Our guide asked for a mix of garlic and green chilli that had be crushed to a paste to liven up a dish - it really worked. The other top tip is Manderlay beer far better than Myanmar beer. A few more Bagn meals to to go then next week the beach.

                1. re: PhilD

                  Hey Phil... yeah, Green Elephant is bland at all of their shops. just a nice view at the riverside one in Bagan. check out La Min Thit if you want a family style meal of curries---tucked away near Kumudara Hotel (new bagan) --as well as the aforementioned Queen for excellent home-cooked food.
                  Steamed fish place- still drawing a blank and none of my colleagues know the name despite going frequently! I'll try and go by there tomorrow but just in case... get a taxi to Memory DVD Shop. Its No.178/180, 47th St, Upper-middle Block. Exiting Memory, turn right and then your first left on to Bogyoke Aung San Road. Its the 2nd or 3rd shophouse on left. 20-30 min walk from Traders. They only have MYR beer but there is a bottle shop next door and they let you bring your own (I have bought gin and tonic from there and they dont care at the restaurant). its busy from 6pm onwards so just look for steaming silver trays of fish on the tables on the sidewalk.

                  1. re: annebkk

                    Nan Htike. Went by there though and the sidewalk has been ripped up so not sure if they are serving outside at all....maybe just inside.

                    1. re: annebkk

                      Bagan pt 2. We ended up trying the hotel dinner on our second day after a full day of templing - I think we saw about 300 over the day!

                      We are staying at the Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary which has a good deck over looking the river. The service is good and the food is fine is a little bland, not a great deal of salty, sour or spicy contrast despite asking for it to be like local food. There set menu is US$20 which isn't bad for a hole but expensive compared to other spots.

                      We asked reception about recommendations for food and tested a few names. The receptionist told us they were wary of sending guests to local places as most people didn't like the strong flavours. So for yesterday lunch we headed to the green Elephant ( the one by the river) and had a great meal. A tea leaf salad and an onion and lime leaf salad which were both fresh and feisty coupled with a sour mango and pork curry made for a very enjoyable meal and definitely not bland. Maybe is is a bit of a safe option but not had a bad dish at either of the ones we tried - approx 15,000 (including two large beers).

                      That night we headed off to Queen Restaurant and had a pretty poor meal. Little advice was on offer, and the menu was worryingly broad - pizza, pasta, burgers, Thai and Chinese. We of course opted to go local and had a a fish curry and a chicken curry with black beans, both came with fairly average salads and vegetables and we struggled to get excited about any of it. With a couple of drinks the bill was only US$20. Did we bit it on an off night or was Anne lucky, it is the start of the season so maybe not in full swing yet.

                      We did ask for the food spicy and the waiter told us local food wasn't at all spicy, this oddly contrasted with what the hotel told us and our experience of the better dishes. I am not looking for bum burning hot food, but I do appreciate the balance between the saltiness, sourness and spiciness of the ingredients. When you dishes that allow you to mix snatch these flavours it's great, but all too after each dish has been bland and rarely do you get lots of the relishes and accompaniments you need to liven up the food. We love the food when it is good - so high hopes for some more good meals but at the moment it is a bit of a lottery.

                      1. re: PhilD

                        Hi Phil- sorry to hear about the experience at queen. i mentioned it looked touristy (ie- menu covering every continent) but the local dishes are usually great- perhaps, as you said, low season has left it all a bit lax as is often the case here. From my local friends, not just my experience, the traditional food is not spicy so its odd the hotel told you that- but what i love about it is the blend of flavours (namely the sour that often melds nicely with the sweet and salt), and the contrasts of textures (crunch, mush and liquid often found in every spoonful- such as the mohinga, tea leaf salad, etc) which is a surprise to most tourists.

                        anyway- hope you enjoyed your visit and thanks for the useful comments!

                        1. re: annebkk

                          The second to last leg of the trip in Ngapali Beach. The beach area has a number if resorts and a few local restaurants and at first seems to offer slim pickings, but fortunately we found every meal was good, albeit very fish focussed. Our hotel (Sandoway Resort) had a fairly typical mixed European and local menu, it is half Italian owned so lots of pasta. We grabbed a quick lunch on arrival and were quite surprised by a very punchy tea leaf and green papaya salads, good salty, spicy sour combinations, it was good enough to temp us back for dinner. But, whilst this was perfectly cooked, it was quite mixed. A good red curry of fish, but a very underpowered fried fish with basil dish - great ingredients simply bland.

                          The next day we ventured to one of the roadside local places and had some very good food. We tried another the next day and had equally good food. Good salads, some nice hot and sour squid curry's, simply gripped squid, and in one a local leaf made into a tempura. At both we were given extra dishes to try. Very welcoming and good food, they are cheaper than the hotels and food is not far off in terms of quality.

                          The best place to eat though was the Pleasant View Resort Island (PVI) bar. It isn't the best resort on the beach but the bar is on a real island that you wade to through the surf or catch a boat if it is high tide. Their fish is very good and we enjoyed three meals there: a great red fish curry; some very delicate hot and sour squid; a great hunk of barracuda; and a mixture of prawns, fish and squid that was engulfed by enough garlic to feed a small Italian a few salads. All well cooked and all well flavoured.

                          We were there a the season kicked off so few tourists and places still shaking down as they gear up. One was being built out of bamboo and palm fronds on the beach and each day we saw it evolve. Our last night was their grand opening (OK they connected the light bulb) and we had a few beers and a fantastic piña colada on the beach, no food as yet but the owner was off to the fish market the next day! It is the shack next to the PVI - definitely worth supporting a local entrepreneur.

                          1. re: PhilD

                            Back in Yangon for our last meal. We play it safe and head back to the Governors Residence to repeat our first nights meal. It is still good and still in my mind represents the food of Myanmar well. That said after two weeks eating cheaply the US$39 charge per head now really hits home, coming from HK that is a small bill for a meal, but now in context it really stands out as a lot of money. The food is good but not significantly enough to justify the price.

                            A couple of other notes: First, how I tend to use the term "spicy". For me it is the context of the flavours, I agree the local food isn't fiery hot, but it has a lot of depth, balancing the salty (fish sauce), sour (tamarind) and hot (chilli/garlic/ginger) flavours across dishes. When I mention the food is bland or not spicy it is missing the depth of these flavours, and in Myanmar these types of flavours really lift the food, without them the food lacks the essence of what makes it special. Unfortunately too much food is dumbed down for tourists - you need to ask for it to be real in many places.

                            Secondly, food hygiene isn't great. I wanted to try the famed Samosa Salad from a street stall in Yangon but was never brave enough. Some of it looks very good, but the overall level of poverty and general environment makes it a little risky. Over the two weeks we suffered three bouts of gastro, nothing serious that a quick Loperamide didn't solve, but worth being prepared even if trying to stick with obviously safe options.

                            Overall a good food destination, no really bad meals, and some really nice dishes. Definitely worth testing the extremes of the menu.

                            1. re: PhilD

                              Hi Phil,
                              I was back in MDL last weekend for work and popped in to Too Too. indeed disappointing now in its new location- small serves, expensive (relatively! Still far from breaking the bank), and not much flavour. My myanmar friends all concurred.
                              Two other options in MDL for similar style places (ie- point and serve curries) that are excellent: Mi Thu Sar (‘Family’)- 71st Street off the main road- this one is hard to find but if you have a moto or driver for the day they should be able to show you. Its near amarapura worlds better than the touristy-places in the area. Also Daw Lay May Restaurant- 73rd street between 29th & 30th Streets continues to be a good choice and more in the town centre. Both are lunch places though!
                              happy eating

                              1. re: annebkk

                                Thanks, Phil and Anne for this thread! We are off for Yangon and Bagan in 10 days. I've taken notes on this thread. If you have any other suggestions, please post! :-) Thanks again!

                                1. re: dai11

                                  Hi Dai11...

                                  Glad to hear you are coming. Horrid perception here that rainy season is a bad time to travel in Myanmar but I think its the best. Yangon gets dumped on but up country is great this time of year. Quick showers and less dust than normal.

                                  FYI- I now live in Mandalay (great for foodies!) but was just down in Yangon.

                                  New in Yangon- real coffee! 2 new coffee shops which should cure the traveler lament about horrible coffee. I am quite fond of the local coffee but....most are not. One is downtown (coffee club) on 11th Street and Mahabandoola junction (its above a shop, so you have to look hard!) with great coffees, good sandwiches and bakery. The other, Cafe Nervin, is on Kandawgyi Lake near the Karaweik Barge. Good coffees and panini sandwiches, salads, etc

                                  But of course, let's talk Myanmar food. Nan Htike continues to deliver great 'street food' and since you are not going to Shan State you may want to try some of the dishes there (fried tofu, shan khao sway, and the fish in lime). A fun first Myanmar Barbeque experience (beer + grilled food basically) is Shwe Pan Sai on Sayar San road. You point, they grill but also order the 'malar hin' which is a slightly spicy noodle dish. Their plain steamed dumpling buns also good. one of the first BBQ in Yangon and still a local fav. Clean too. Maison 20 opened up town which is decent burmese in a nice setting. Wine list is horrid but that's the norm. I guess a good 'first meal' if you want to play it a bit safe. The new Union Bar opened near Strand Hotel and is now quite popular. Great cocktails and good wine selection with a sort of 'urban chique' vibe. I would not highly recommend dinner but check out the 'bar snacks' menu- I love the new potatos with rakhine sea salt and the pickled quail eggs with the indian-influenced dip is quite unusual.

                                  I don't know why i never mentioned this before but you are staying up town, my mate and his wife run a noodle shop behind Sedona hotel on Yan Shin Street. The best noodles in town and she does not use MSG or chemicals. Only open till 9.30 AM. Its all in Myanmar but if you are heading north it is on the left side and has an orange sign and awning. Only about 8 tables. Ko Ye and Mi Mi are the team running it. Friendly folks, highly recommended if you are up that way.

                                  In Bagan there is nothing new- I was there last week and Queen was sadly quite touristy as Phil mentioned, but still love their pork with pone yeh gyi (bean paste). Sorry I cannot give more promising info. The very local 'Sarabar 3' as mentioned was still good as always. A new bar called 'Hti' (Umbrella in Myanmar) is serving up nice mango daquiris and free wifi if you are in Nyaung U.

                                  Its mango season so be sure to get your hands on some. Ask for sein tha lone (diamond mango). They are hard to come by but well worth it.

                                  If you have any specific questions please let me know. If you are very adventurous can send you a few more places!

                                  1. re: annebkk

                                    Hi Anne -- thank you so much for all this! Yes, we are ready to get wet, but even more ready to eat! ;-) We are all pretty adventurous in terms of eating, so we are definitely looking forward to trying new things. LOVE the fact that it's going to be mango season. I'm not as crazy about the mangos we tend to get where I am in Delaware.

                                    1. re: dai11

                                      Great to hear you are looking forward to the trip and the mangos! Yangon is very wet at the moment so this means you do need to take a bit more precaution with street food... some nasty bacterias come out during the monsoons! But Bagan is pleasant and tourist-free. You'll have a great time.
                                      A couple expats put together a great site that I suggest to my friends who like to really go local:
                                      It gives transliterated pronunciations and photos to help you at the street stalls and tea shops.
                                      Another good tip, if you are keen to try local, is just to walk in to a tea shop, look at what the locals are tucking in to and point to their table/plate and say 'Tit bwe' which means 'one serving' or simply point then hold up on finger.
                                      Have a good trip!

                                      1. re: annebkk

                                        thank you all for the great info in this thread - we're off to Burma on Aug 31. Any chance it is still mango season?

                                        1. re: debbieann

                                          yes there will still be mangoes at that time, but it is getting towards the end of the season. i don't know if you'll find the famous 'sein-ta-lone' variety by then, but there will be others...

                                          1. re: gelfball

                                            yep, moving out of mango season but in to avacado season. the guacamole at yar pyi restaurant in Bagan is well worth seeking out this time of year (Oddly this very un-Burmese item is their best. I dont rate their other food too highly). They add a bit of the local palm sugar when making it and it is amazing.

          2. Exciting foodie event! Modern takes on Myanmar classics! July 3rd at the Strand!

            Support Musicians Side Effect record an album in France

            Fundraising Dinner and movie @ the Strand Hotel
            Start with canapés and beer in the bar at 6:30PM. Followed by a delicious 3-course dinner. A “Cinema Sweet’s” inspired dessert will be paired with a screening of Anthony Bourdain's newest CNN travel show "Parts Unknown" episode on Myanmar (which features Side Effect)

            Chef Executive Chef Chris Parsons has created a menu that crosses the borders between Myanmar and Western Cuisine resulting in interesting adaptations of local favorites. We will be serving Dagon beer with the canapé cocktail and Plaimont wine with starter & the main course

            Come on out and support the local arts, while eating a delicious local meal!
            All proceeds go to the bands effort to get to France and record

            Sponsored by The Warehouse, Dagon Beer, and The Strand

            Venue : The Grill
            Date : Wednesday 3rd July 2013
            Time : Starting 6:30 pm at The Bar for Cocktails
            Price : US $50.00 net pp

            For reservations, please contact The Strand
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            1. re: gelfball

              Hi everyone - we are headed to Yangon (about to board our flight) and wanted to see if anyone had any updates to the recommendations above.

              We are headed to Yangon, Bagan, Heho and Mandalay.

              We will post our impressions in a few days. Thanks in advance.

              1. re: walkrunstumble

                the only addition that i don't think is on this thread yet is the new branch of Bangkok's Water Library that opened about 6 months ago on Pyay Rd. in Yangon (near the Thai Embassy). its exceptionally expensive (priciest resto in Yangon so far I would say - with the exception of the insane wagyu beef place where your bill can run up to $400/head) but very well-executed haute modern type dishes, and you can get a feel for myanmar terroir ingredients taken to the next level. sous-vide beef cheeks out of control and i had an amazing bacon-mushroom ragout on the side of my halibut that was exceptionally umami filled the last time i was there.

                if you don't want to splurge there, its at least worth a visit to their very handsome bar which makes the finest cocktails (and reasonably priced) in town. set in a gorgeously redone 150 year old burmese house, now with a scandinavian wood vibe to it.

                anne knows more about bagan, inle and mandalay as she is travelling to those places often!

                1. re: gelfball

                  Not much new to report on but some updates on local spots.
                  Ma Tint Pha Thot (31st St between 76 & 77) I do not know why I didn't mention this earlier. Small family-run Shan restaurant. Everything is good- particularly the wontons. The family will surely take care of you. Even if you are going to the Central Shan state later in your trip (Inle Lake) the fare here is more northern Shan and delicious.
                  Beer Stations- I never mentioned beer stations either but they are a Mandalay institution: cold draft beer and barbecue of all sorts (chicken a*s is surprisingly good). Best ones for food are Mr BBQ (including their Kachin Mutton- its spicy) and Joy House (62nd Street around 35th) which has amazing soft shelled crabs in addition to bbq). Queen (65 btwn 33/34) is also a popular one with locals but tricky to find.

                  Bagan- two new Italian places have opened with Italian chefs. The LIbrary is in New Bagan and pizzas around 8000 MMK. I haven't been but expats there say its best pizza in town. The Classroom is in Nyaung U- had a nice pasta there for 2000 MMK last week. Not 100% Italian but very close. So if you are tired of Burmese food, Classroom is a nice lunch option (zero atmosphere though)

                  With regards to Burmese, Pwint Mar Lar continues to be good in New Bagan for very local - if a bit over priced- (lunch time is best- go early) and La Min Thit (again, best to go before 1pm or call ahead if you are coming later so they can prepare fresh). Nyaung U is still same same fare…nothing wow going on.

                  Nyaung Shwe - a new restaurant popping up every day it seems. Now has a dim sum place and a Japanese restaurant. I've tried a few of the new ones- only one worth mention is Thanaka Garden. Food is very fresh and the family there is so sweet. Again, nothing gourmet but stays fairly true to the local Shan style of cooking and a good place for a first try at sampling of Shan snacks (onion fritters, sticky rice cakes, tofu crackers, etc).

                  1. re: annebkk

                    Thanks for the update. We are still in Yangon and visited Minn Lan seafood (near Asia Royal Hospital) last night. Mostly locals with a handful of foreigners. We ordered:

                    - seafood fried rice
                    - lobster BBQ
                    - soft shell crab
                    - 2x beer and lime juice

                    The seafood fried rice and crab were phenomenal - perfect spice and blend of flavors. They give you a green chili/ lime sauce that is wonderful and spicy. The lobster BBQ was not that great especially considering the price (25K / half kg = 4 tails). The total bill was 39K. I would go there again just for the fried rice.

                    We went to a local place for lunch today (not sure of the name), which was recommend by our guide who also joined us. You pick meats, vegetables, etc. from a glass case and then are served raw veggies, two soups, rice and some chili mixture at your table. We picked aloo (Indian style potatoes), beef fry, eggplant and fish. It's a mix and match of flavors and was very enjoyable. Total price was 6,800 including 2 cans of coke and a bottle of water.

                    Also note that Myanmar beer has a promotion going on underneath the bottle cap (I won 200 kyat!).

                    1. re: walkrunstumble

                      Haha, indeed its beer promotion time- until 1 Feb.

                      I'm not sure if I can do this (if it breaks some sort of forum rules??) but my company has a food tour in Mandalay if any one out there is interested. Its a half day by local trishaw and visiting local markets, tea shops, snack shops, etc etc. Its not a 'gourmet' tour but more a chance to learn about the culture of Myanmar and the role that food plays in it- and of course a lot of tastings! If you search Grasshopper Adventures Myanmar we will pop up.

                      Happy new year!

                      1. re: annebkk

                        Hi Annebkk, not sure if we will have time for your tour, but I'm going to talk to my friends. We arrive in Mandalay on tuesday morning. I'd love to know more, though. Also, do you have other Mandalay restaurant/bar recommendations?

                        1. re: MikeFree9

                          Hey Mike,

                          That would be great- I assume you mean Tuesday 25 November? I'll be back at midday that day from a visa run but our office number is 09402659886 so call any time.

                          Quite a few new places in Mandalay:
                          Thai Thani- excellent Thai (by MYR standards) with chef from Thailand and the family has another restaurant in Pranburi
                          Bistro 82- 'fusion' European. The manager was the head chef at The Strand hotel (Yangon) in the early 2000s. Some dishes great, some just average- they are still finding their feet
                          Ginki- branch of a Yangon bar that has opened up here. Has some great dishes (pork neck salad with sticky rice-yum) but nothing gourmet.

                          Lots of other 'fancy' looking places but serving decidedly average food. Still a fan of the beer station dinner- barbecue is consistently good and atmosphere is fun.

                          Enjoy your travels and hope to see you next week!

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              1. Just back from Myanmar. Wonderful trip and the food was mostly very good. The only complaint is that it is very one note. We had a guide with us through the Chinese market in Yangon and every time i asked her what she would do with a particular item she said: we would add ginger and garlic and make a curry. that is what they do: they make a curry. The curries are good, but after ten days of curry .... We were very excited to go to Inle Lake in the Shan State, because the food was different. Lots of tomatoes and tomato sauces. We did discover butter fish which is wonderful.