A two-floored bar with the interior of a grungy club and the kitchen of a top Indian restaurant is set to spice up Yangon’s nightlife scene.
Fire and Ice opened in late August at downtown’s Urban Asia Center where it aims to cement its name as a lunch time and afterhours joint.
In its dimly lit bowels are barrels for tables and spirit bottles for lampshades, while springing from the concrete floor are red-bricked pillars holding an elevated seating area. Disco balls illuminate the many black spots and graffitied behind the stage is ‘Fire and Ice.’
The name teases the tagline “a hot place to chill,” according to the owners, who also run quality Yangon Indian restaurant The Coriander Leaf. A team of talented chefs with decades of experience cooking in Southeast Asia work in an open kitchen near the back entrance.
Served in a saucepan, their Chiang Mai Train Station Noodles (6,500 kyats) coated in a punchy gravy and sprinkled with peanuts is destined to be a popular dish. More Thai cuisine is on the menu, as well as Chinese wok curries including chicken, star aniseed and spinach for 6,000 kyats, and sea food dishes that include huge prawn tempura.
The kitchen expertly utilizes a tandoor for roti naan (about 1,500 kyats), and also serves biryani, a mean chicken makhani (6,000 kyats), and other classic Indian mains.
Also available are beer snacks, sharing plates, salads and desserts (1,000-4,000 kyats) that include ice cream and tarts.
For entertainment, the Fire and Ice stage will host live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and three DJ nights per month (themed International, Myanmar and Bollywood). An open mic night and karaoke have also been mooted.
The only element holding back Fire and Ice from becoming a much-needed breath of fresh air in late-night downtown is a lack of alcohol license, which is currently pending. But fear not, you can BYOB in the meantime.
Address: G-61, Ground floor, Urban Asia Center, Maha Bandula Road, between 47 and 48 streets
Hours: 10am-2am everyday