Yangon has many hidden gems; the city is full of historical buildings, which are being renovated and celebrated more often. Located in a colonial building which is 111 years old, Sofaer&Co.’s interior is exceptionally charming.

History seeps from every corner, a lot of care has gone into preserving the space’s original features: the beautiful pattern on the floor, the old-fashioned bar, the original bricks. Any new furniture has been carefully thought out and selected to complement the antiquated surroundings. The brightly lit setting makes Sofaer&Co. the perfect stop for a laid-back weekend lunch or a coffee break.

The owners pride themselves on the freshness and authenticity of the ingredients, buying from the market and promoting local food as much as possible. The Asian inspired menu changes seasonally depending on the availability of ingredients.

The dishes range from more traditional Asian food like the Vietnamese Bun Cha (8,500MMK) a refreshing Vietnamese vermicelli salad with grilled pork perfect for a hot day, to creative Western food with an Asian twist like the Pulled Pork curry burger with green mango (7,500MMK), that comes with Shan potatoes. I loved the unusual but delicious Asian Scotch Egg (4,000MMK), with a perfectly crunchy exterior and inside a layer of pork meat which has been worked with Asian spices, holds a creamy egg.

To drink I opted for the Golden land sunrise (3,500MMK), a revitalising ginger, mandarin and honey juice, followed by a Shan coffee espresso (2,600MMK). The cocktails are not to be missed, and for the Gin lovers Sofaer&Co. offer a special ‘Rangoon G&T Tour’ menu, each G&T has an interesting Asian element to it like pennyworth, Thai basil or local wild honey.

Sofaer&Co. is a beautiful space with great food that is worth checking out. There are rumours that the restaurant will be hosting events in the future, so keep an eye out!

Address: 60 Lower Pansodan Road Yangon

Phone:09 44833 3499

Opening hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM

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