Marco’s Cellar review: ‘Go for the wine, stay for the food’

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I had been bemoaning the lack of a decent wine bar in downtown Yangon over the last year, so was thrilled to see Marco’s Cellar open in a heritage building on Merchant Road a couple of months ago. My first visit did not disappoint: Marco serves up a large variety of wines handpicked by a sommelier based in Singapore. To line the stomach, the menu boasts a good variety of fairly reliable and reasonably-priced western dishes. I would go back for the wine, and stay for the food.

Marco’s wine list is vast. With bottles from around the world you’re likely to find some old favourites as well as something new to try. There’s only a handful available by the glass (around 7,000 kyats) so best to get a group of friends together if you want to try a couple of bottles. I started with the Cape Dreams Sauvignon Blanc—a crisp clear white wine that was perfectly refreshing for a sultry Yangon evening. The Huma Four Seasons Pinot Noir was rich and full bodied. I also sampled the Chateau Chapron Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which was lighter than the pinot, but also scrumptious.

The cheese plate made for a decent accompaniment. At 8,000 kyats, it’s reasonable for Yangon and had some tasty strong cheddar and blue cheese. The mozzarella and brie were, however, fairly tasteless. The bruschetta (3,500 kyats) was reassuringly standard – ripe juicy tomatoes atop a crispy crunchy baguette slice. It could have done with more garlic, good quality olive oil, and perhaps a little more fresh herbs. The truffle fries (3,500 kyats) were a bit cardboard-tasting but the punchy garlic mayo made up for that.

For mains, the the baked fish fillet (9,000 kyats) was not overly fresh tasting but came with a good tomato and cheese topping. The oven roasted chicken (11,000 kyats) was served with a punchy wine sauce and herby roasted vegetables. The penne al funghi (8,500 kyats) was deliciously creamy.

Marco’s should become a downtown go-to for wine lovers. The sophisticated environment,
with a lot of the wine bottles on display, natural wooden tables and good lighting, is the
perfect place to peruse the impressive wine list and indulge in a tipple. The food is reasonably priced and reasonably-flavoured—perhaps not a reason to visit in itself but good enough to turn an aperitif into a supper into a postprandial.

Address: No. 499, Merchant Road, Yangon
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm
Phone: 09 789 499777

MYANMORE restaurant reviews are done independently. Meals and drinks are paid for by
the publication.

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