Our Top Five Restaurants in Myanmar
Our Burma expert Jade lets you in on our top five favourite restaurants in Burma and we learn a little about Burmese cuisine.
Burmese cuisine has a wonderful mix of cultures – being a blend of local Burmese dishes, Mon, Indian and Chinese influences. Noodle dishes, curries, rice and salads are all staples of a Burmese diet.
Burma is one of the only countries to eat, as well as drink, their tea leaves – you have to try a pickled tea leaf dish, as Burma is one of the few countries you’ll be able to find it in. Called leq-p’eq it can look a little off-putting being a mixture of fermented green tea leaves, mixed with sesame seeds, fried peas, dried shrimps, fried garlic and peanuts. But it’s guaranteed to be very tasty – and give you a hearty caffeine boost – so maybe not something to have late in the evening.
Here you’ll find our Top Five Restaurants Jade recommends to try when you visit Burma.
1) Moon Cafe – Bagan
Found North of the Ananda Temple in Old Bagan, The Moon Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant which is a fantastic dining experience in Bagan for all. Great fresh, tasty food, with attentive staff who are happy to offer suggestions. Costs around $5 per person, and seats roughly 15 pax, so you won’t be surrounded by tourists.
Jade recommends: The Pumpkin Curry as well as the Green Papaya Spicy Salad (Hard to choose at the Moon Cafe!)
2) Le Planteur – Yangon
Le Planteur offers great French food with an Asian twist in a colonial mansion setting. It has a wonderful garden and the option for outdoor dining during the dry season and a well stocked wine cellar and cocktail lounge. More expensive than the average Burmese restaurant but a real treat.
Jade recommends: The Firewood Grilled Lobster Tail with Cashew Nut Butter and Sweet Peppers
3) The Silverfull Seafood – Ngapali Beach
The Silverful Seafood Restaurant has great seafood at reasonable rates, including jumbo tiger prawns caught fresh each day, and fresh fish brought straight to your table. Also a great place to enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sunset over the Bay of Bengal.
Jade recommends: The Grilled Tiger Prawns and Passionfruit Mojito
4) MingaLaBar– Mandalay
Mingalabar is a Burmese greeting but also a fantastic restaurant in Mandalay located near the historic Mandalay Palace.
Jade recommends: The Fish Ball Salad – for those who enjoy spicy food only!
5) Live Dim Sum House – Nyuang Shwe – Gateway to Inle Lake
Live Dim Sum House is one of the top restaurants in Nyuang Shwe –the gateway to Inle Lake – all food is made fresh to order, with many vegetarian options, all at exceptionally reasonable prices.
Jade recommends: Grilled Dim Sum Platter
Did that whet your appetite to create some of your own Burmese dishes? With all of our Treasures of Burma trips you have the option to attend authentic cooking classes to learn how to create spectacular dishes.