Shan YoeYar presents itself as a premier restaurant serving authentic Shan cuisine and in many ways it lives up to its claim.
WHERE IT IS
Situated in the bustling eastern downtown district, it’s set back slightly from the main road so it might at first be hard to find. Made from recycled wood, the appearance of the building is impressive. It has the feel of an old style Burmese wooden house.
WHAT IT IS
This is the very first Shan-style fine dining restaurant in Myanmar serving dishes from different parts of Shan state. The inside décor is impressive with a bar area to have your pre-dinner cocktails. There are private rooms upstairs for those who want to have gatherings or corporate functions in privacy. There’s also a landing area for your kids to amuse themselves.
WHY IT’S HOT
We all have had Shan noodles at some stage. This is the first time that I’ve been to a Fine Dining version where upon looking at the menu, realized that there’s more to just Shan noodles. The set-up, indoors and outdoors is simply inviting. There are ample parking spaces. The staff are friendly and attentive. I really enjoyed the generous portions of the Pork Sashimi (pork & rice topped with fried garlic with a chilli mix on the side) and Deep Fried Tofu which had a beautiful dipping sauce. The Stir-Fried Pork with Sour Mustard was also impressive.
WHY IT’S NOT
I was less impressed with the Whole Baked Fish, as it was over-cooked and dry. The Sour Mustard Soup made up for this, a perfect balance of sour and sweet with ingredients of garlic, coriander and chilli. Desserts unfortunately are not really part of the menu though we were given some complimentary fruit.
My Shan friend with whom I was sharing the meal assured me that all the dishes were authentic and very well cooked. This is also a great way to introduce your overseas friends to the various culinary offerings from Shan states.
Prices range from 3,000Ks to 12,000Ks.
SHAN YOE YAR
169 War Tan Street
Phone: 01 221 524, 09 250 566 695.
6:00 AM – 10:00PM