New Japanese restaurant Gohanya is enticing students and other Yangonites with its traditional donburi rice bowls.
Set on the third floor of Kaplan Myanmar University College in Kamayut Township, the airy restaurant has a modern interior of wooden furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing the light to spill in.
Japanese-themed graffiti made by local artists decorates the place, and there are plans to bring everything together with a faux-sakura tree in the center.
Underneath some art of Mount Fuji, Myanmore was invited to sample three donburi bowls, each served with miso soup. The first was succulent chunks of sweet and sour chicken (4,800 kyats) with peppers and eggplant and dressed in sweet vinegar sauce.
Pan-seared Norwegian salmon with cabbage salad and teriyaki sauce (6,200 kyats) and gyudon—thinly sliced US-imported beef sautéed with onions and beef sauce—were the other two. The bowls were heaped with fresh ingredients; simple, healthy fare that would fuel any diner through the day.
Singaporean head chef Gabriel Tan has insisted on making all the sauces in house using a dashi base and seasoning with additions such as Japanese soy sauce, mirin, saki, and ginger.
A range of fruity teas including passion fruit and peachy oolong are available for 2,500 kyats, along with coffee and soft drinks. Small plates (2,600-4,500 kyats) such as agedashi tofu, truffle fries and tempura are served on attractive wooden boards in the clean