For those daring enough to brave Friday evening uptown Yangon traffic, LOTTE Hotel and Resort’s Poolside BBQ & Bar is a paradise bathed in sunset hues as the cool breeze of Inya Lake refreshes work-weary patrons looking to relax and usher in the weekend. LOTTE invited MYANMORE to sample its newest pre-set menu offering, the first in an upcoming series of dining events hosted at LOTTE with local Yangon restaurateur partners (US$50 per person for event set menu).

LOTTE’s restaurant manager Oakkar Kyaw said, “There’s a wealth of talent in the Yangon restaurant scene. By collaborating, LOTTE offers our customers a unique dining experience hosted by our luxury staff services while expanding cuisine offerings available to our guests.” This evening’s partnership was with Cellar Door, located at Marketplace 6 ½ Mile, a Mediterranean bistro with a focus on its extensive wine selection.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with flutes of Prince de Richemont sparkling wine and a variety of canapés: Caprese-salad inspired skewers of mozzarella, olives, and roasted cherry tomato drizzled in pesto, chicken meatball and pineapple spears with marinara sauce, and grilled garlic-basil prawns.

A live band played modern pop classics while guests enjoyed crisp mixed green and artichoke salad and a creamy mushroom soup accompanied by a Gallo Family Pinot Grigio.
A main course of charcoal-grilled beef tenderloin in a black pepper sauce and roasted pumpkin rounded out the savory plates of the evening paired with a velvety smooth Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon.Free-flowing sparkling wine was available throughout the meal, poured from the evening’s pièce de résistance – the sabrage. Gavin Davis, Cellar Door’s business manager and resident sommelier, demonstrated the technique of opening bottles of chilled bubbly using a sword, much to the merriment of diners. A sweet ending of hazelnut praline mousse cake with strawberry compote over passion fruit ice cream and Hardy’s Crest Moscato was served as hopeful dinner guests anticipated their chances at winning several lucky draw prizes.

Visit LOTTE’s website and Facebook page for information on upcoming dining events. An a la carte menu is available daily ($3-25) and vegetarian and food sensitivity options are available upon request. Business hours: Bar 10am-10pm; BBQ 6-10 pm.


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