It’s hard to remember a time when Burma Bistro wasn’t around, so quickly have they become such an integral part of the Yangon dining and nightlife scene that it is easy to forget that having only opened their doors in 2018 they are still technically newcomers. That said, it wasn’t the most auspicious start, and there were a fair few teething problems. Despite some early grumblings from an eager and slightly disappointed Yangon crowd, the Burma Bistro quickly picked up their game, sorted out their initial difficulties and they haven’t looked back since.
Burma Bistro has now established itself as a firm favourite with locals, expats and tourists, both the bar on the third floor and restaurant on the second floor are busy every night of the week. They are building an international name for themselves too. Last year they hosted a wonderful pop-up event with celebrated Myanmar Chef Zaw Manesh, from the renowned Lahpet Restaurant in London. They were also handpicked, despite their relatively young age, (though bar years in Yangon are very much like dog years), by the hospitality industry to represent Myanmar cuisine at the Wonderfruit festival in Pattaya, Thailand.
The restaurant and bar is nestled in a beautiful heritage building that was saved from demolition with the help of Yangon Heritage Trust. It is worthy of a visit just to enjoy the space, marvel at the impressive colonial columns, and let the opulence and grandeur of the high ceilings, ancient brickwork and beautiful vintage tiles transport you back to another time.
The service is exemplary, perhaps too eager at times, but the smartly uniformed staff, (lots of them), are on hand to meet your every need. You are well looked after throughout your visit, from the warm welcome you receive at the top of the stairs, which is a great relief to first-time visitors that they’ve found the right spot having negotiated the ‘interesting’ entrance, to the cheerful goodbyes as you make your way back out into the real world. The food is good, the menu is simple and accessible with an interesting selection of Myanmar inspired dishes with some Asian and Western touches. The cocktails are good, the presentation is tidy, and the attention to detail is evident in all areas of the business.
Their Myanmore Newcomer of the Year award is well deserved. The Yangon dining and nightlife connoisseurs can be a fickle and hard to please crowd at times, and the competition is fierce. The fact that Burma Bistro has established themselves as a favourite on the scene so quickly is a testament to the business acumen and hard work of the owners Ma Aye Thuzar Thant and Ko Andy Naing. Congratulations to you both and your team, and we wish you great success in 2019.
Address: No. 644 Corner of Merchant Road & Shwe Bon Thar Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon
Tel: 09 40118 3838
Opens 7am – 11pm