Note: The Myanmar Times reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals.
After a nail-biting final round, the results are finally in – the results of of the hotly contested Whisky World Cup, that is. The final five whiskies – the most popular from each group, plus one runner-up – faced off in a blind tasting July 1 at The Savoy hotel.
Established in 1972, this humble chit tee restaurant, hidden away on the second floor of a rundown apartment on 29th Street, is a family affair. Owner U Khin Maung, now 59, runs the restaurant with his wife and children after his father passed the business down to him. Climb the narrow stairs and step inside, and you’ll find the owner himself cheerfully waiting tables.
The shop has no name, but everybody knows it. All you have to do is ask. I’m speaking of the Indian breakfast place in Kyun Taw Market, Sanchaung, that sells what we call ar luu pu ri, or potato puri. If you want a change from the usual breakfast staples of mohinga, coconut noodles or Shan noodles, or the deep-fried dough sticks they sell in tea shops, try this.
Back when I was a young 20-something, with holier-than-thou ideals and second-hand Dr. Martens, I’d have considered a US$140 six-course menu with six wine pairings to be a bit poncy. I mean, who really likes foie gras? As it turns out, I do. I like foie gras. And just abotu everything else aboard the Strand hotel's swanky sister property, The Strand Cruise.
Jay Yang is the chef behind KK Pots, one of the best-kept culinary secrets in Yangon for well-balanced Asian favourites and one bangin’ burger. Not bad for a neighborhood hotpot joint. Now Yang has taken his burger to the larger space upstairs, where he’s trying out his own takes on American cuisine and cocktails, some classic, some his own. The results are worth getting excited about.
"Wild Boar and Foie Gras Ravioli, Jerusalem Artichoke Mousse and Morel Broth" – that’s one of several courses planned for an exclusive series of dinners being put on by chef Christian Martena and the team from the currently under-renovation Strand hotel.