Best restaurants in Mandalay

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    City Hotpot & BBQ

    Come hungry to this downtown spot that clocks in with over 80 varieties of meat, vegetables and side dishes, all stored in colourful bins in refrigerators. Choose your base, from nonspicy to kimchi or shrimp paste, and make as many visits as you can stomach. It's another K1000 to add do-it-yourself BBQ at your table as an option.

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    Prime Restaurant & Bar

    Everything is outsized and every appetite satisfied at Prime. The menu covers Burmese, Southeast Asian and Western favourites, ranging from tea-leaf salads to roast duck, stir-fry Taiwan style, Thai fish cakes, imported steaks, pasta and burgers. The large outdoor patio area, lit up at night, is filled with covered picnic-style tables that are especially good for groups.

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    Super 81 BBQ & Restaurant

    Excellent, beautifully presented Chinese food in very generous portions, plus typical Burmese dishes, barbecues and cheap draught beer in frosted glasses. Downstairs is a convivial beer station, but prices are the same upstairs in the pleasantly appointed air-conditioned restaurant. Handy place if you're waiting for a Moustache Brothers performance. The main kitchen tends to shut down closer to 10pm.

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    Mingalabar Myanmar Restaurant

    This massive, two-storey, traveller-friendly favourite doubles as a traditional Burmese pick-and-pig-out kind of spot, or you can sit down and order by menu: select your soup, (incongruously small) curry or salad, and have it served with a veritable forest of side dishes. Best visited in a group since there's no way a single eater can make a dent in things.

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    Shan Ma Ma

    Plastic stools and chairs? Check. Delicious aroma of food awaiting your inspection? Check. And the friendly sisters who run it will offer you a taste of what's on offer before you decide. This is Southeast Asian budget dining at its best, with a range of meat, fish and vegetable dishes served in a semi-open-air dining area that buzzes come nightfall.

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    Hana Yakiniku

    Saying it's easily the best Japanese restaurant in Mandalay isn't necessarily high praise, because competition is slim. However, Hana Yakiniku could hold its own in Yangon. Best appreciated in a group, when you can go for a big order of Kobe beef to grill table-side, or order a bunch of small plates such as fried Japanese tofu and prawn tempura.

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    Aye Myit Tar

    Brightly lit, this simple but historic thick-walled colonial-era-merchant's building houses central Mandalay's most popular upmarket curry eatery. There's a big range of chicken, fish and pork curries; all come with sides, soup and rice. Alternatively, boost your meal by choosing from the salad and vegetable dishes on the menu.

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    Spicy Pot

    Fill your bowl with a mix of veggies, meat and seafood, weigh it at the cashier and wait as the whole thing is cooked up. You know things can get hot when asked to choose both spiciness and pungency levels – be safe out there.

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    Koffie Korner

    This gently buzzing lounge-style cafe-restaurant is set behind palms; indoors is a little bare bones. The predominantly Western menu has lots of coffees, pizza, quesadillas, pasta, steak and some imaginative sauce flavours such as lime-caper-butter, spicy raisin-orange and garlic-mint. It's popular with young, moneyed Mandalay folks, and a large cocktail menu makes the outdoor patio a trendy nighttime hangout.

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    Marie-Min

    An all-vegetarian menu fits the owners' stated principle: ‘Be kind to animals by not eating them’. The food largely references Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar; highlights include tofu curry, a meal-sized aubergine 'dip', and avocado milkshakes (K2000) that are as fabulous as promised. Very popular with backpackers. It's off 27th St, between 74th and 75th Sts. Hours variable in low season.

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    Pakkoku Dawlaymay

    This basic, archetypal local restaurant is a garage-style room with whirring fans and light panels that indicate (in Burmese) which of some three dozen possible curries are available (printed list usually available in English on request). Curries come with a panful of rice and accompaniments, usually salad herbs, tomato-bean curry, peanut salad and a semi-sweet dal.

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    Pan Cherry

    It doesn't look like much – you sit on pink plastic chairs in a floral-ceilinged box room – but the curries at this neighbourhood Muslim joint are clean, excellent and great value, served with dal, veg, rice, pappadams and condiments. No alcohol.

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    Tum Lai

    Blandly modern, if sparkling clean, this contemporary Thai place makes up for its lack of atmosphere with convenience (close to several recommended hotels) and easily decipherable menu (English and colour photos). This isn't meant as backhanded praise, only that the dishes, from steamed sea bass to tom yum and pad thai, aren't done with much flair.

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    Green Elephant

    This is basically Burmese cuisine for tour groups, though individuals can usually get a slightly adapted version with six or so dishes on request. The food is good, so if you're nervous about trying Burmese outside on the street, this is a solid bet, but otherwise it's local cuisine with significantly marked-up prices.

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    Café City

    Red 'leather' booths and classic vintage signs add to the feeling of a comfortable, Myanmar version of a retro American diner. The menu ranges from steaks and English triangular sandwiches to 'lobster' and delicious coconut-basted fish kebabs. Oh, and the coffee is great. It’s popular with wealthy local families.

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    Cafe House

    Easily missed in the gold-pounders' area, Cafe House is dimly lit with forgettable decor but strong air-con. The big draws are the dumplings and the superb fried wonton wheel with ginger sauce, a great snack for two to share. That said, the menu draws from an eclectic array of cuisines (Thai, Chinese and Western).

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    Central Park

    Quench your pizza cravings with locals and the Mandalay expat community, especially on trivia-night Tuesdays (7pm), which is popular with teachers who, along with students, get discounts. The pizzas are large, made with local ingredients and more than decent, even to a New Yorker. Burgers, pasta, and beer on tap.

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    Nova Coffee

    Frigid air-conditioning, friendly staff and excellent coffee greet you at Nova, which is popular with Mandalay's young laptop-toting crowd. The menu runs an eclectic gamut from Vietnamese spring rolls to roast corned beef; we're fans of the waffle breakfast and desserts such as chocolate pudding.

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    BBB

    This Mandalay classic is a regular hangout for the expat/NGO/businessperson crowd, who pack in for stiff cocktails and good Western food. It's one of the more attractive restaurants in town, and manages to re-create a cosy and sophisticated Paris-bistro feel in the heart of Mandalay.

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    Healthy Me

    Detox smoothies and other juices and teas targeting specific 'conditions' – the rage elsewhere in the world – have come to Mandalay in the form of this friendly, modern restaurant. The fairly large menu ranges from the expected oatmeal and vegan standards to protein rice bowls.