Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sharky’s opens new restaurant in Bagan

Twenty years after he returned from Switzerland to Yangon to open his award-winning Yangon restaurant Sharky’s, Ye Htut Win – famously known as “Mr Sharky” – is this week opening a new restaurant in the historic town of Bagan.

Sharky’s owner U Ye Htut Win displays cuts of steak at his restaurant and delicatessen on Dhammazedi Road in Yangon. Photo: StaffSharky’s owner U Ye Htut Win displays cuts of steak at his restaurant and delicatessen on Dhammazedi Road in Yangon. Photo: Staff

Sharky’s has long been a favourite among residents and visitors alike, thanks to its artisan dishes and products made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The new restaurant, which is located opposite Bagan’s Shwezigon Pagoda in the newly restored Aung Mingalar cinema hall, will follow suit, offering a “total artisan food experience”, Ye Htut Win said.

“The essence of the menu remains our quality, made in Myanmar, field-to-table concept: local, artisan, organic. The difference is that we take it one stage further at our Bagan restaurant, where guests can tour our on-site vegetable and aromatic herb farm, which produces all of the restaurant’s fresh salad and herbs,” he said, adding that the restaurant will also feature an on-site bakery.

Some might wonder why the Bagan opening has taken Ye Htut Win this long, given the city’s high number of visitors and dearth of quality dining options. But the new opening is “more than just a restaurant”, Ye Htut Win said.

“Hand in hand with a Sharky’s restaurant comes a support and logistics system for the production of our core products. Without these, it would not be Sharky’s. Creating these key elements, especially the human resources, takes time. That’s why we’re not rushing to open in other locations, despite their potential,” he said, adding that they are also considering opening restaurants in Ngapali and Nay Pyi Taw.

Sharky’s Bagan opens on September 3.