Lunching like a local Dinning like a King in Yangon | Yangon, Myanmar | Food is to me, one of the best ways to learn about a new culture and destination, as Myanmar was to me, till a few weeks ago. And to have a well rounded idea, you do, indeed, need to try everything, from the street food to the top luxury cuisine. So I did, during my time in Yangon. Find below the my way eating out in Yangon, lunching as a local and dinning as a King. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar…
Of course I choose to begin with the local food, and although this time, I did not venture to eat at the Street Food Stalls, due to health preventive measures, I did enjoy a true local lunch. If there was something I was expecting to find at all, in Downtown Yangon, walking up this stairs, was such a lovely, happening restaurant, with such lively and eclectic crowd. Locals, tourist, all flocking to Rangoon Tea House in search of only one thing – true local street Burmese cuisine, but ata more comfortable and hygienic environment. Rangoon Tea House draws inspiration from the heritage and tradition of the old city, the wonderful food and vibrant atmosphere of downtown. Must try are: The Samosas (yes, Burmese cuisine has been influenced by Indian cuisine) and of course the local signature dish, the Mohinga. A rice noodle and fish soup from Myanmar and is an essential part of Burmese cuisine. It is considered by many to be the national dish of Myanmar. The fresh taste of Cilantro and Kaffir Limes is just mind-blowing.
If you are a fan of High Tea, this is supposed to be taken at The Strand Hotel in Downtown Yangon. The colourful bustle along Yangon Road streams in along with the sunshine through tall teak framed windows at The Strand Café. Marble floors inlaid with teak and black lacquered ceiling fans recall the city’s colonial era. Artful context to the cool, comfortable room, as does the café’s take on Myanmar’s popular Mohinga noodles and afternoon Burmese tea served daily with homemade pastries.
As the sun sets, I strongly recommend to visit the Grande Dame Restaurant of Yangon, Le Planteur Restaurant and Bar. This was my chosen restaurant, to host an evening of Good Fellowship and Networking in full luxury, for 17 guests of my professional network LGTNetwork – Luxury Gay Travel Network, co-sponsored by Belmond Hotels & River Cruises and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Here we were warmly welcomed by Chef Gil Dumoulin – whom literally I have followed around the world, with my first gourmet experience was at La Samanna in St Marteen – and his wife/restaurant host Emmanuelle Cipriani, for a fantastic soiree. The night began over cocktails and champagne, at the waterfront garden, overlooking the Inya Lake . To continue with a degustation menu of Burmese/French dishes paired with local Myanmar and international wines by Chef Dumoulin and his expert Sommelier. I am a huge fan of Cheese, and I was not aware of those you can find in Myanamar, but at Le Planteur, you will be able to try some of them along son other international ones. Trust me, if you visit Yangon, this is a gourmet experience you cannot miss. And if you are looking for a more romantic of private experience, you should try the Winer Cellar, which comfortably seats 8 to 10 guests, for an upscale and intimate gourmet experience. ( www.leplanteur.net )
Le Planteur Restaurant & Bar, is located only minutes away from Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence. If you are a fan. like I am, do not miss the opportunity to stop by. And perhaps if you are lucky you will be able to see her at Le Planteur where she is a regular.
Another must during you visit to Yangon, is to try the famous Burmese Curry Table at the Mindon Lounge, at the Belmond Governor’s Residence. Fragrant local curries, vegetables and rice are served buffet style over authentic charcoal burners. Enjoy fresh and spicy salads with ice-cold draught beer and delicate Burmese green tea. Set in a spacious Mindon Lounge, the restaurant boasts stunning views across the hotel’s gardens and ponds.
After such local food debauchery, I was up for a walk. Given that we were walking distance from the Shwedagon Pagoda perimeter, I proposed our group, to venture to the streets of Yangon, for a one hour walk to/back. And once back at Belmond Governor’s Residence, staring to bed. Following morning we had an early flight to catch, to our next destination in Myanmar… Bangan. Bon Appetite.!!! Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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