Saturday, January 18, 2020

2019 MYANMORE Awards Photos from the Awards event can be found here! and our full collection in this Google Photos Album.

About the MYANMORE Awards

The 6th annual MYANMORE Dining and Nightlife Awards was held on March 6th at Novotel Yangon Max. This event is the only awards ceremony in Myanmar celebrating the attainment of excellence in the food and beverage sector.

The MYANMORE Dining and Nightlife Awards are focused on facilitating an environment where the attainment of excellence is supported throughout the year, not just celebrated on an annual basis.

A Programme of Excellence is held throughout 2019 in which award winners will be encouraged to share their knowledge with others to promote the continued improvement of food and beverage standards, whilst developing an ethos of excellence throughout the whole industry.

Venue Excellence awards

Members of the public nominate their favourites on Sarmal app which includes over 2,000 different venues. The venues from each category with the most nominations will be compiled into a shortlist, and a panel of independent expert judges will conduct thorough and undercover evaluations of the shortlisted venues. The jury consists of industry professionals and experienced food reviewers.

The 2019 categories are:

  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Café of the Year
  • Bar of the Year
  • Myanmar Food Restaurant of the Year
  • Best Myanmar Premium Outlet of the Year
  • Best Myanmar Beer Outlet of the Year

Attention is being focussed on three specific areas of excellence: product, environment and service.


This relates to the product that is provided by the venue, this could be food, drink, or a combination of the two. This includes presentation, taste, temperature, style, quality and individuality. This also considers menus, specials, wine and drinks lists.


This relates to the venue itself, and includes all the elements that make up the environment: atmosphere, decoration, lighting, noise, cleanliness, layout, ambience, temperature, even the toilets and the entrance to the venue. This also includes the relationship between the environment of the venue and the style of food and service.


This relates to human interactions, these could be face to face or over the telephone/email. But mainly this considers the quality of service provided at the venue. This includes: product knowledge, speed of service, friendliness, helpfulness, professionalism, and personal presentation. This also considers the relationship between the service and style of food and environment.

The awards will go to the venues that that the independent jury finds performed the best in all of the areas the previous year.

Contribution to Excellence Awards

These award categories are to celebrate Contributions to Excellence by individuals, venues, teams and organisations. Nominations for these awards come from industry and are judged by an independent panel of industry experts that review all the nominations and make the decision.

The Contribution to Excellence awards categories are:

  • Chef of the Year
  • Wine and Spirit Ambassador of the Year
  • Newcomer of the Year
  • KBZ Entrepreneur of the Year (see video how to nominate)
  • Green Award of the year
  • Special Award for Contribution to Excellence

The winners become MYANMORE Ambassadors of Excellence – whose standards and qualities will inspire others to aim for excellence. Likewise, award-winning venues will also be profiled as benchmarks of excellence. Winners will be featured in regular print and online articles and exclusive video ‘catch-ups’ throughout the year.

In conjunction with the MYANMORE Awards, MYANMORE publish a TOP 100 Dining and Nightlife Guide. 

This comprehensive guide contains detailed information and reviews of the top 100 dining and nightlife venues across the city.

The venues included in the TOP 100 have been selected by an independent panel of industry experts and this was driven by and closely reflects the public nominations in Sarmal for the MYANMORE Dining and Nightlife Awards.

Dining and nightlife venues across the full spectrum in Myanmar are included in the guide, and a star rating system has will highlight those that are at the very top of their game. A select number of the very best restaurants, bars and café’s in Yangon will be awarded three, two or one MYANMORE Stars of Excellence.

For more information, please contact the team at [email protected].

Restaurant of the Year: SEEDS Restaurant & Lounge

Bar of the Year: Harry’s Bar Myanmar

Cafe of the Year: Cafe Salween

Myanmar Food Restaurant of the Year: Khaing Khaing Kyaw

Best Myanmar Premium Bar of the Year: 50th Street Cafe Restaurant Bar

Chef of the Year: Min Aung Myat Thu (ORNG Kitchen)

Wine & Spirits Ambassador of the Year: Jen Queen (57 Below)

Newcomer of the Year: Babett Eatery & Bar

Entrepreneur of the Year: Isabella Sway Tin & Htet Myet Oo (Rangoon Tea House)

Green Award of the Year: Nourish Cafe

Special Award for Contribution to Excellence: U Ye Htut Win (Sharky’s)