About a five-minute drive from Inya Lake is a new café serving English fry ups that will satisfy most fans of the hefty breakfast.
Mary’s opened in early June to the delight of British food lovers, with affordable English breakfasts, Myanmar classics and egg-based dishes on the menu.
Owner Honey Oo, who named the café after her grandmother, spent six years living and studying in England, where she gained an appreciation of British fare through a part-time job at a hotel in the historic town of Bath.
The 26-year-old has decorated the café’s small space with family heirlooms and curiosities, such as vintage cameras, sports trophies, her grandmother’s sawing machine, and an invitation to the wedding of King Thibaw Min (her partner is a descendant).
A couple of benches and a wicker egg basket chair shaded by mango and thanaka trees make for a pleasant outdoor sitting area, to the right of the entrance-cum-basketball court.
But what’s on the plate? Two Thai-imported pork sausages, two eggs and two bacon rashers (both locally-sourced), tomatoes, mashed potato and Heinz baked beans. Good.
Honey has plans to introduce black pudding and hash browns to the 6,000-kyat dish, as well as bamboo straws to her establishment. Naturally, Twinings tea is available (1,200 kyats) and hot coffees are only 900 kyats.
Other offerings including eggs benedict, cheese and ham omelets, and eggs on toast (from 1,500-4,000 kyats), and rice salad with chicken/fish/beef/mutton for 3,000 kyats.
Honey, who runs a delivery-only florist out back, recommends the fruit yoghurt, fruit salads, and ice cream and cake (all from 1,500-3000 kyats) too. From the all-day 4,900-kyats lunch sets is a delicious beef stew with mashed potato, or the half-English from the all-day breakfasts deals.