In 1906, Isaac Sofaer, the son of a family of provisions purveyors from Bagdad who came to Rangoon as a child, commissioned the renowned architect Thomas Swales to construct the Sofaer & Co building to be a centre of commerce at the most prestigious postcode in the region at the turn of the twentieth century – Lower Pansodan Road.
In 2016, a group of friends who met in Yangon stumbled upon a derelict unit at the far right of the once thriving emporium, which was being used as a warehouse for plastic packaging.
A dream was born: to revive a place that could be a space for the meeting of minds, to build a home away from home for people at cross-roads in a country at cross-roads.
The brainchild of Ingyin Zaw, Sofaer & Co. adopted the name of its namesake building. Here we celebrate life’s simple pleasures – coffee, cocktails and an open kitchen with the freshest local and regional ingredients.
Sofaer & Co’s space preserved most of the original features of the building – including the encaustic Victorian-era tiles from Manchester, steel beams from Lancashire and wood panels from possibly the era of the Vienna Café and Burma Book Club.
The clean, contemporary design pays homage to the history of the building, featuring our own designed, locally made furniture with the signature Burmese rattan weaving, locally commissioned artwork and reclaimed glassware from Nagar Glass Factory.
Naked is an another desserts place by Rangoon Tea House. Located at 38th Street (Lower Block), Kyauktada Township. They serve Delivery and Catering too.
In Japanese, Gekkõ translates literally as “moon-shine”.
Gekko is located on the ground floor of the beautiful Sofaer & Co. building in downtown Rangoon. It was completed by Isaac and Meyer Sofaer in 1906. Both brothers were Baghdad-born, Rangoon-educated Jews. As well as owning many commercial properties in Rangoon, Isaac and Meyer were successful traders in their own right with interests in wines & spirits amongst others. Isaac was the architectural designer and Meyer made a success of the trading business by getting exclusives for luxury goods and supplying expats with imported groceries and spirits.
Gekko was Yangon’s first true open Japanese kitchen with a charcoal fired Yakitori/Robotayaki grill and cosy cocktail lounge. The menu is focused around charcoal fired Yakitori, with several vegetarian options available, as well as classic Japanese dishes like Katsu Curry, Ramen, and an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi. More recent menu additions include Korean and Vietnamese style dishes, as well as a creative weekend brunch offering dishes such as Matcha Pancakes, Salmon and Scallop Congee, Daikon or Beef Bao and Momofuku inspired Sirloin Ssam The Japanese inspired cocktail menu is courtesy of Singapore’s famously discreet 28 Hong Kong Street, as well as group bar manager Jen Queen and their charming bar manager, Puia.
This is the perfect place to pop in for a beer and some Japanese tapas after work, relax and catch up on emails with their fast fiber optic internet connection or settle in for a proper meal and taste their extensive collection of unusual Sake, Shochu or Japanese whisky. Their Friday night Jazz nights, with live music from 8pm-10pm remain one of Yangon’s most enduringly popular nights out!
Rangoon Tea House draws inspiration from the heritage and tradition of the old city, the wonderful food and vibrant atmosphere of downtown. Prepare to drink tea of different varieties, inspired by the traditional tea houses, and local foods with the best ingredients. Delivery available with Ygn door 2 door.
Sharky’s is an institution. With ‘Food and Passion’ as their tagline, Sharky’s has won the hearts and stomachs of Yangon’s dwellers with its slow-cooked treats. Passionate about making their ingredients in-house, owner Ye Htut Win is always willing to share his experience about the food that is grown and prepared in country.
Omnivore, another side project of Yangon’s much loved Sharky’s, specializes in wine and steak pairing. Australian Wagyu beef and lamb are the special items of Omnivore, which you can either buy in portions or taste the cooking of Omnivore chefs at the place. A perfect place for those who love to taste the best meat in town!
Escape the bustle of Yangon, and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, a light meal or the Strand High tea, a long-standing tradition that harks back to Myanmar’s Colonial past. Using only the freshest ingredients, sourced at grass roots level to maintain the authentic feel of what is on offer, The Strand Café has a variety of dining options available. Relax in a comfortable rattan armchair, under lacquer fans whirring from the high ceiling, cocooned in comfort and luxurious splendour.
In honour of the Sarkies brothers, the original owners and founders of the hotel, The Strand has created Sarkies Bar at the Strand, offering the perfect environment to enjoy afternoon refreshments, sip on an evening sundowner or enjoy a cocktail before dinner, mindful of the rich heritage and history synonymous with this Yangon landmark. Sarkies Bar at The Strand offers a wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an array of cocktails and a comprehensive wine list, allowing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing drink in this historical Bar. We are also showcasing some of the finest single malt whisky selections available within Myanmar, where guests can sample a variety of International malts, under the guidance of our barmen who will gladly advise according to your choice.
Happy Hour (Every Friday and Saturday)
50 % Off on selected cocktails with complimentary canapes
The Strand Restaurant, seating up to 45 diners as well as a private dining room for 10 guests, offers Classic European cuisine, pairing high quality imported ingredients with the varied organic produce found in Myanmar.
They are now reopened in new place. Follow the tiger paw prints to this hidden speakeasy-style drinking lounge, tapas bar, and restaurant. While speakeasies were once illicit drinking dens in 1920s America, there is nothing illegal about The Blind Tiger. Rather, it evokes the allure, mystery, and privacy of yesteryears with modern bar mood.
Vibrant and fast-paced, the brasserie is known for its European dishes such as Salmon Pastrami and our Roasted Porchetta, along with contemporary Burmese dishes. Complementing the menu is a well-balanced international wine list. A dessert station and a crudo bar featuring raw fish, shellfish and meat are located near the entrance of the restaurant.
With over 150 family restaurant locations on six continents, Tony Roma’s is one of the most widely recognized names in the industry. Now in Yangon, Tony Roma’s is causal dining family restaurant that serve premier BBQ ribs and steaks, chicken and seafood entries and their world famous onion loaf.
Barren concrete walls and a wooden adorns the word, “BART,” this bar is far from your usual night-out. It offers premium liquor and many different types of beer; they also have an in-house bartender that will tend to your preferences. Of course, no awesome bar experience would be complete without a food menu to match with–for food, BART has all the traditional snacks and full course meals as well as some Western and Asian choices.