Best restaurants in Western Myanmar

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chin State

    Cherry Hakha

    There's no better exemplar of traditional Burmese food culture than this always-busy, atmospheric, wood-floored restaurant, crowded with families, couples and office mates holding meetings. The menu includes classic mohinga, roasted duck (K15,000), a half-dozen crab dishes, grilled fish, spicy prawns and a squid hot plate. Fried rice and noodles are cheapest at K2500 to K3500; most meat dishes start at K800.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chin State

    Eden Restaurant

    New and fairly modern in decor, Eden serves up the most satisfying meal in town, especially the hotpot (K25,000) for groups of three. There's no English-language menu, but an English-speaking staff member was on hand at our visit. Does standards like fried rice and noodles, as well as fried pork ribs, plus rare finds in Chin, such as French fries and real iced coffee. It's a bit hard to locate – the entrance is on the road below and behind the entrance to the guesthouse of the same name (which wasn't yet licensed to welcome foreigners), just south of the road junction with the church.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Rakhine State

    River Valley Seafoods Restaurant

    Popular among foreign visitors and the local gentry, Sittwe’s most upmarket restaurant has a prime location on Strand Rd facing the river. There's a big garden, lit up at night, in which to eat and a menu loaded with seafood dishes, though it's pricier than other places in town. There's a less atmospheric branch on Main Rd, close to Shwe Thazin Hotel.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chin State

    Lois Cafe

    You might find yourself becoming a regular at Lois, easily the nicest place in Tiddim. Admittedly, pickings are slim, but it's worth the walk uphill from the two guesthouses for the comfortable, relatively modern dining room and cheap noodles, omelette and, if you really want to do it up, the fried chicken (K8000). Also has real Tiddim coffee (K1500).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chin State

    Shandlay Hot Pot Restaurant

    Variety is rare to come by in these parts, and hotpot – essentially a cornucopia of vegetables, noodles and meat – provides plenty of food diversity in one go. Come with a group since it's enough for three or four healthy appetites. The entrance to this basic space is up the stairs to the left of the ground-floor pharmacy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ngapali Beach

    Pleasant View Islet Restaurant

    Set on a rocky islet at the beach’s southern end (you may have to wade through knee-deep surf to get to it, or catch the free boat service at high tide), this stylish eatery serves Western-influenced seafood dishes at a better price than most hotel restaurants. It’s also perfect for sunset cocktails.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ngapali Beach

    Sandoway Resort Restaurant

    An elegant place to dine by the beach, with one of the more creative menus among the big resort restaurants. The Italian co-owners ensure that the pasta is made al dente and you can also dip into local dishes, such as laphet thoke (tea-leaf salad).

  • Restaurants in Chin State

    Kan Thu Ya Restaurant

    After transitioning to a full-service restaurant four years ago, after 25 years as a coffee shop, the cavernous Kan Thu Ya is known for its roasted duck (K12,000). The friendly English-speaking owner is happy to run through the menu, which covers the gamut from pizzas and burgers to an array of Burmese, Chinese and Thai soups, salads, noodles and meat dishes.

  • Restaurants in Chin State

    Hakha Town Coffee

    The closest approximation of a modern coffeehouse in all of Chin and one of the few (or only?) where you can order an espresso. It's dimly lit, with a TV and soft music playing; the narrow balcony overlooking the busy street is the best place to enjoy a cappuccino. The menu includes Thai dishes (K7000), fried chicken (K5000) and fried fish (K9000).

  • Restaurants in Rakhine State

    Moe Cherry

    More sophisticated than the other restaurants in Mrauk U – a shaded terrace on which to eat, and tablecloths! – this is a good place for both Rakhine-style curries and Chinese-Burmese fusion food. Service can be slow and the quality is hit or miss, but there's an extensive English menu (prices aren't listed) and beer as well.

  • Restaurants in Rakhine State

    Aung

    Located off Ye Dwin St on a small street directly behind the museum, this popular, bare-bones place does Burmese-style set meals with an emphasis on Rakhine-style spice and tartness. You could work from the English-language menu, but pointing to whatever looks tastiest is an equally good strategy. The fish curries are ace.

  • Restaurants in Gangaw

    Tawin Restaurant

    An all-you-can-eat buffet of chicken, pork, mutton and fish curry, along with various noodle, rice and salad dishes as sides is served up in this broken-down and ramshackle green building directly opposite the police station. Look for the small sign in English (under a Burmese one) that says 'Tea & Coffee'.

  • Restaurants in Chin State

    Yangon Cafe

    Wondering what hath the internet wrought? The owner of this newly opened, small and cheerfully decorated restaurant taught himself how to make pizzas via YouTube videos. It's also worth a visit for the best espressos in town. Also does smoothies, ice cream and more ordinary curry and fish dishes.

  • Restaurants in Chin State

    Maymyo Food Centre

    Simple noodle and rice dishes and better salads are on offer at Kanpetlet's best restaurant. No alcohol is served, but there's a pleasant outside garden area in which to eat. It's just off the main road through town, opposite Shwe Taung Tang Guesthouse.

  • Restaurants in Rakhine State

    Kaung Thant

    A bare-bones Burmese-style curry shop at the foot of the bridge just north of the market, 'Good and Clean' does Rakhine-style set meals (meaning they're accompanied by small side dishes and salads), which are served by an affable local family. Look for the partially hidden English sign.

  • Restaurants in Gangaw

    Premier 2 Restaurant

    Come at night when the huge back terrace overlooking rice paddies is lit up. The extensive menu of meat, fish, noodles and sides, including a good quail-egg salad that we enjoyed, is fairly ordinary. During the day, there's no shade, but you can eat in the simple front dining area.

  • Restaurants in Ngapali Beach

    Htay Htay’s Kitchen

    At the northern end of the main beach, near Lin Tha Village, this attractive restaurant is run by a friendly couple. Expect tasty, if gentrified, Rakhine soups (if you want your food local-style – ie spicy – just ask), as well as decent curries and salads.

  • Restaurants in Ngapali Beach

    Zaw-II

    Popular with the locals, the Rakhine food here comes with a kick, but the spices can be toned down if you ask. Also does good grilled seafood, such as king prawns (K10,000), the recommended hot and sour mussels (K7000), as well as curries and salads.

  • Restaurants in Chin State

    Mr Jin

    The bland, if upscale (for Kalay), dining room lacking in atmosphere shouldn't put you off. Mr Jin is one of Kalay's best restaurants, with a wide variety of dishes, including prawn tempura, fried chicken wings, pizza and fruit smoothies.

  • Restaurants in Rakhine State

    Móun·di Stand

    Móun·di, thin rice noodles in a peppery, fish-based broth, is Rakhine State's signature noodle dish. Sittwe’s best – many claim – is served at this stall (look for the green awning) facing the city hall.