What is it?
Located on Upper Pansodan Road, the newly opened Rose Garden Hotel houses a fine café and lounge “The Portico”. It offers International and Asian cuisine with professional service. If you are looking for a place to meet your business partners, a stop for tea during the day, or even dinner with your counterpart or significant other, The Portico is the answer .

The café is part of the hotel’s lobby lounge with open seating and kitchen. Customers are able to take a look at their food preparation by chefs. The café lounge is decorated in traditional Myanmar theme with the use of Hsuno and lacquer containers used for offerings to the Buddha and monastery. Myanmar umbrellas shelter the tables, and decorative ponds make the area peaceful and relaxing.


Myanmar Executive Sous Chef Myo Min Soe Oo prepared a colourful international course menu featuring seafood, soups, meats and delicate vegetables as well as his award-winning signature dessert. This is how it unfolded: Red Tuna Tartar as Amuse Bouche, Pan-Fried Goose Liver with Olive Soil, and Crispy Chicken Skin as appetizer. Then came the Corn Chowder soup, followed by the main course: a choice of either grilled beef roulade with pumpkin puree, garden fresh vegetable, roasted potatoes and fresh mushroom sauce, or herb crusted sea bass with coconut risotto, bock choy, and pineapple salsa. Coffee and dessert beautifully closed the meal.

Apart from normal butter, three types of sauce were offered – olive paste, salsa, and tomato pesto – to enjoy with the bread.

I would say the key highlights are in the taste and presentation.

My  favorite was Red Tuna Tartar with asparagus and organic leaves. The Tuna Tartar was placed in a tiny green bowl, served on a wooden basket shaped dish. This presentation lit up my excitement for the rest of the meal.

Next highlight was the corn chowder soup with an actual ‘ring’  of bacon – instead of a chopped one.

Last but not least, the climax of the dining course is the dessert, the  Rose Garden Signature Dessert Plate. It was awarded the gold medal in the Myanmar Culinary Challenge 2015.

Presented in a verrine next to a rich brownie, it was a composition of pistachio, 3 layers of panna cotta and raspberry sauce. It was scrumptious.

Final Thoughts:
I would recommend for business lunch, dinner or special occasion. Also, if you are a dessert lover, you should not miss this award winner.

Opening Hours : Lunch & Dinner
Business Lunch is served from Mondays to Fridays.
Address :
171 Upper Pansodan Road, Mingalar Taung Nyunt, Yangon, Myanmar
(95) 1 371992, (95) 1 371993
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Natty is a digital native who loves food. In her free time, she likes to explore new eateries in Yangon and beyond. Her friends often say "Natty is everywhere."


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