The 6th annual MYANMORE Dining and Nightlife Awards will be held on March 6th. This greatly anticipated 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.

Award Categories

Members of the public will like last year 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. Attention is being focussed on three specific areas of excellence: product, environment and service.

The Venue Excellence award categories are:

  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Café of the Year
  • Bar of the Year
  • Myanmar Food Restaurant of the Year
  • Myanmar Premium Beer Bar/Beer Station of the Year

Download the Sarmal app here to nominate your favourites:
iOS / Android

In addition to this, six awards that celebrate special contributions to excellence by individuals and teams will also be awarded. Nominations for these awards have come from leaders in the food and beverage industry and are being judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

The Special 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

U Aung Kyaw Myo, the deputy CEO of KBZ Bank, said “We believe in the importance of discovering, recognising and promoting budding and thriving talents in the dining and nightlife industry who will serve as inspiration for the rest of the industry. As entrepreneurs take on the challenges of doing business sustainably, and not just with profits in mind, KBZ Bank wishes to reinforce our position as the country’s leading private bank which is in a strong position to assist them. An example of this is the launch of our mobile wallet, KBZPay, which has allowed us to form partnerships with 39,000 merchants, many of which include businesses started by entrepreneurs in the dining and nightlife industry. We at KBZ Bank would like to encourage all entrepreneurs to participate and submit their applications to be the winner of the KBZ Entrepreneur of The Year 2019”

Nominate using this form.

The winners will 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 Dining and Nightlife Awards 2019, MYANMORE will publish the second 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].

Nominate your Favourite Restaurant, Cafe and Bar

Download the Sarmal app here
iOS / Android


2018 Winners

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)