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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:15

Best-of-Sushi

Edo Zushi
Edo Zushi is hailed by many people in Yangon as the best sushi spot in town. Edo Zushi is definitely all it’s cracked up to be. The restaurant is tucked away down a side street just off U Wisara road, just short of House of Memories Restaurant. Walking into the restaurant you are greeted by a wall of luxury Sake. Edo Zushi probably has Yangon’s most extensive Sake range including the delicious Dassai 39 Sake, which is smooth to the taste and served in hearty stone cups. Entering further into the restaurant is the classic sushi bar style seating in front of the chefs, as well as standard seating and two private rooms. The maximum capacity for the private rooms is twenty. The sushi itself is made in the traditional style and is fantastic. Some of the sushi is sourced locally such as the snapper and squid, the rest such as the tuna and swordfish is sourced directly from Tokyo. There are two sushi chefs, both who speak Myanmar and Japanese, and one can speak English.

 

Ko Win Tun Aung, who is the English speaker, moved to Japan from Myanmar over twenty years ago. He got a job cleaning pots in a sushi bar in Tokyo and from there worked his way up to become a sushi chef. Now a master of his craft, he happily will explain the correct way sushi should be prepared- what texture the rice should be, the traditional way sushi should be eaten and share an engaging story or two! Speaking to the chefs and staff you can also tell they have carried out extensive research into the competition and as a result have designed a restaurant which is smart, affordable, traditional and yet still unique. It's no surprise then that 80% of the clientele are Japanese who come to get a taste of high quality sushi with a reminiscence of home. A sushi plate will cost you around 6,000 Kyats and for the quality it is very reasonable.

 

They have just opened another branch at Star City as well as Yaki Niku a Japanese style BBQ in the same location. Yangon clearly has good taste-this is hands down the best sushi Restaurant in Yangon.

 

Open 11am-11pm. Sunday 5pm-9pm 290 (B), Block (10), U Wisara Road, Kamayut Tsp – 09259040853

 

Mondo
Mondo’s only serves sushi for dinner (5.30-11pm Mon-Sat); yet even at midday on a Monday, Mondo’s had a healthy crowd of Japanese customers. Despite being tricky to find (look for the tiny door on Yaw Min Gyi Street, Opposite The Loft Hotel) it is often busy, which is a testament to the high standard of the food. Although it is not specifically a sushi restaurant for dinner the menu does have a nice selction of sushi, sushi rolls and sashimi. Most of the sushi will cost you between 5-6 USD apart from the tuna, which costs between 8-12 USD depending on the cut (fatty tuna is more expensive). Likewise the sashimi will cost you between 5-9 USD apart for the tuna, which costs between 12-18 USD depending on the cut. The sushi rolls cost between 10-15 USD and particularly look out for the unusual but tasty Japanese roast beef and avocado roll (15 USD) and the minced tuna and scallions roll (10 USD). All sushi is handmade by Mondo's in-house Japanese sushi chef. The place is under new management but has retained it's calibre and quality.

 

Lunch 11.30 am – 2 pm Mon-Fri, Dinner 5.30 – 11 pm Mon-Sat. 26 (B) Yaw Min Gyi Street, Dagon Tsp – 01 252 261

 

Shiki-Tei
Sitting in the Park Royal Hotel lobby it is clear that this is one of Yangon’s finest hotels-clean, cool, air-conditioned with staff that can boast international experience from Dubai to Tokyo. Marketing executive Ko Myat Zun Oo greets me in easy English and takes me up to their luxury Japanese restaurant that is popular with Japanese dignitaries. The décor is wooden and gives the impression of being in a modern exclusive dojo diner in Kyoto. There are two private rooms, which cost 30 USD (7 people) or 20 USD (5 people), both come complete with a daily Japanese newspaper. The main restaurant has seating for over 100 and has a Japanese buffet from 6:30-10:00pm, every evening- which will cost you 42 or 47 USD inclusive depending on if you want alcohol or not. From the set menu 6 slices of sushi will cost you between 10-18 USD and a Sashimi plate will cost you 25-35 USD. For lunch there is a special promotion menu, which will cost you 16 USD. The restaurant does not have a great range of sake but does have a descent variety of Shochu, including Ichiko Shochu, as well as Sake based cocktails. Shiki-Tei does do Bento Box delivery with a minimum order of 5 boxes. The boxes cost 16 USD each. The restaurant has recently employed a new Japanese Chef De Cuisine from Osaka who is in the process of designing new dishes and giving Shiki-Tei an exciting new flavour.

 

Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner 5:30 – 11pm, Park Royal Hotel 2nd Flr, 33 Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Tsp – 01 250 388

 

Oisshii
From the outside Oisshii Sushi on Latha street does not particularly stand out, a little set back and up a short flight of stairs the exterior shows little fanfare looking much like any other downtown Yangon restaurant. Likewise walking inside the restaurant is plain and simple with dark wooden tables with the specials advertised on the walls. What is different is that it is more often than not packed, especially in the evenings. Needless to say this is a very popular sushi restaurant and it may take a while to be seated. The menus are easy to follow and look out for the specials, when ordering. Food wise they offer the standard mix of modern style sushi, sashimi and rolls with an added twist of seafood salads. The mayonnaise pawns are great, the sweet crunchy roll is stand out good and the service plates are pretty stylish. The best dish is the salmon sashimi. Another huge plus is that it is easy on the wallet with most dishes costing only a few thousand kyats. Although the sushi is a far cry from the traditional Japanese style and really a hybrid of modern sushi cuisine with a bit of Myanmar flair it is certainly very tasty and a thoroughly enjoyable evening out. There are two branches open 10am-10pm

 

98 Latha Street (Middle Block), Latha Tsp -09 734 94 207, 01 708 685, 69 Shwe Daung Tan Street (Middle Block), Lanmadaw Tsp – 09 312 87 053

 

Ajishin
Sleekly decorated with dark wooden tables and chairs, each table has a ventilation shaft over it for Yaki Niku BBQ and the air conditioners are painted to resemble Yokai (Japanese monsters). On the walls are hanging picture-sculptures of bowls and spoons. Ajishin has got the look and feel nailed. Unfortunately it will be closed from March to June as they relocate to the new Vietnamese backed hotel and apartment complex next to the Sedona Hotel. When they reopen they plan to reduce there sushi menu to starters and focus more on Yaki Niku and hot pot. They will however keep two of there signature sushi dishes the Blue Fin Tuna with a meso soup base (8 USD) and the pangoage sushi roll (6USD) which is a fried sushi roll. Needless to say MY Yangon will be missing it over the coming months but is excited to be there at the new opening!

 

Closed till June, New Opening Location tbc

 

Family Sushi
This small but lively sushi restaurant is reliable, clean and always full of families enjoying a wide range of conventional sushi options. The informal atmosphere, super-friendly staff, affordable prices and decent food are good reasons why this place is always packed. The service is quick, the sake is cheap (you can even keep a big bottle waiting for your next return) and the sushi fresh. The octopus is particularly good and the range of vegetarian plates seem to be slightly more extensive than other places.

 

Rm #104, U Chit Maung Housing, U Chit Maung Street, Bahan Tsp-09 731 56/ 095 077 223


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