Unexpected Yet Good

One fine dining place worth the effort through Yangon downtown’s traffic is Burma Bistro, on the corner of Merchant Road and Shwe Bon Thar Road. Look carefully for the luminous sign outside on the street since the restaurant’s misleading façade can be easily missed. it’s a beautifully restored colonial heritage building with attention to details. Once you make it up the old and creaky staircase to the first floor, Burma Bistro awaits you with its impressive high ceilings and old ventilators in a rustic but modern vibe, along with beautifully chosen furniture, exposed brickwork and lovely balconies.

Almost completely empty when it opened, Burma Bistro is now gaining popularity with thanks to people and their social media postings of meals. For aperitifs, Burma Bistro offers an impressive selection of beer, wine, champagne and cocktails to choose from or go up the spiral staircase to find the island bar and a walk-in wine cellar. It’s slightly more private here with ‘VIP’ style booths, and good for a nice and quiet conversation.

Burma Bistro’s signature dish of rice cooked in bamboo is one of the restaurant’s must-eat dishes. The spicy pork ribs are textural and rich, the meat used in the satay is of good quality and the peanut sauce, first class. Here, the vegetables in curries get steamed, differing from the usual fried method and there is no shortage of vegetarian dishes.

If you’re looking for a unique place to dine, Burma Bistro comes highly recommended with superb, traditional Burmese dishes with a modern twist. The prices totally correspond to the food’s quality and it’s perfect for locals tourists and expats.