Shwe Sa Bwe
A meal at this fine-dining restaurant set in a mansion with a lovely garden (used in the dry season for outdoor dining) is a pricey affair. Dishes are expertly prepared, if overly fussy, and run the gamut from foie gras to prime rib. There's an excellent wine cellar and a stylish cocktail lounge.
Taking obscure local cuisines upscale is usually dangerous culinary territory, but the self-professed ‘Shan nouvelle cuisine’ at this, Nyaungshwe’s swankiest and most ambitious restaurant, is worth investigating. On the ground floor of the same building, Lounge-E (get it?) does French food.
Blink and you'll miss it, this tiny little shopfront restaurant is well-regarded thanks to the chef-owner's extensive experience at Le Planteur Restaurant in Yangon. The menu is predominantly French-accented or Asian fusion and includes a delicious pan-fried fish with lemon butter sauce.
In a quiet residential neighbourhood, this breezy open-air restaurant and bar under a covered patio is a relaxing place to put the cares of Yangon behind you. The house specialities are tagines and couscous, but it also does good steaks and sandwiches as well as killer cocktails.