Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:59

Union Bar and Grill
Although the theme of this up-market establishment has changed to a British gastro pub with a new menu that reflects this, the legendary Union Burger is still served. At $15 USD it is one of the pricer burgers in Yangon, however packed with real cheddar, drizzled in club sauce and with a healthy side of fries it won't disappoint taming the tickle on your taste buds or the rumble in your tummy. With so many other great dishes on the menu you might feel guilty choosing the straight and narrow option of a burger, especially as for $15 USD at Union you can get some really fantastic meals you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in Yangon - scotch egg, pork belly, calves liver, apple crumble to name but a few. The good news is that if you do end up picking the burger and find yourself tapping the table in anxiety wondering if you have made the right choice, your heart and conviction sinking further as sublime looking alternative dishes are laid out in front of the diners around you; fear not, for as soon as the Union burger arrives and you sink your teeth in for the first bite the decision will seem simple – and you nailed it.


42 Strand Road, Left Corner of the Myanmar Red Cross Building, Botahaung Tsp. 09420101854
Mon to Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-10pm


50th Street Bar and Restaurant
Arriving late into 50th Street on a Saturday evening I looked around for my sister's friend who was visiting Myanmar on work. Once upon a time, 50th Street was one of the few western style bars in town and Saturday night would see it heaving with expats, now there was just a sparse splattering of customers making the task of spotting my assignation relievingly easy. Although the plethora of new venues have torn many customers away, 50th Street still has a certain charm perhaps because you're unlikely to have to face the collar and cocktail brigade, who often seem better prepped for a night out in Chelsea (London) than in Botahaung!


We greeted and joined the small group waiting to grab dinner with us and I hastily ordered a burger. The Manager came down and talked us through the events he was in the process of organising. The burger came and didn’t disappoint; it is a solid, unflashy, and tasty meal (knocking you back about 10,000 Kyats). 50th Street is a smart bit of rough really, a bit like me.
 9-13 50th Street, Botahaung Tsp. 01 397 060
Mon to Fri 11am-Late Sat & Sun : 10:30am-Late


Owned by a businessman known as Sharky, by which the establishment gains its name, Sharky's is a fusion of delicatessen and restaurant. As one of the first high quality Western food restaurants on the scene it is held in high regard amongst the great and good of Yangon's expat community. They operate their own vegetable garden and source much of their ingredients locally. Many will tell you they have the best burgers in town; particularly highlighting the froie gras burger. Unfortunately every time I visit they have been out of stock, but I am sure that it is just my bad luck! Trust the crowd and try it. Burgers cost between 9,000-20,000 Kyats.


117 Dhamazedi Road, Kamayut Tsp.
01 524 677, 01 373 009


Fatman Steak and Bistro
When I first moved to Yangon I lived in Yangon's own Hipster hood in waiting: the Nawaday / Yaw Min Gyi Parallelogram (the tag name needs work, I hope it will be soon become labeled as Naw Min Gyi). Despite visiting many times I still haven't met the Fatman, leading me to believe he may not be fat at all, in fact he might even be a woman – whose dimensions we can only tentatively speculate on. The burgers have improved drastically over the last year. The cost is 4,500-5,000 Kyats.


26B Bo Yar Nyunt Road, Dagon Tsp.
09 732 08 132


This East Asian fast food goliath has a firm grip on Myanmar's burger store fast food market and rightly so. Affordable, tasty and with local flavour options; Lotteria is going to give the other internationals a firm fight when they eventually set up shop here. I have always been particularly impressed with the friendly atmosphere and customer service in the Tamwe branch (located in Ocean Supercentre Tamwe Junction) and for that I'd like to give them a special mention. A Burger, fries and soft drink costs between 4,000-5,000 Kyats


Various Branches
Junction Square, Between Kyun Taw Road and Pyay Road, Kamayut Tsp. 012 305 798


Freshness Burger
There are two things you need to know about Freshness Burger; one, their Facebook page banner looks like the Power Rangers yearbook photo and two, burgers cost between 2,000-4,500 Kyats. Both of which I respect.


No.18/D Nawaday Road,Dagon Tsp.
0932316061, 01-375900


The Harley's I know best is on the corner of Mahabandoola and 37th Street. It used to be open 24 hours however now it closes around two and there are worrying rumours it may now close at 11pm – farewell oh late night post beer burger. No burger will cost over 4,500 Kyats and the chilli fries are immense.

Various Branches
380 Mahabandoola Road, Kyauktada Tsp.
09 250 086 204


New Burger/ New Kham Wai
Yangon's original burger restaurant, now renamed New Kham Wai faces stiff competition from the newcomers and in light of this has expanded into the unusual mix of Burgers and Chinese hotpot! Despite this, burger wise it is surprisingly good especially as the burgers only cost 2,000-4,000 Kyats. I recommend the beef bacon burger for 3,300 Kyats and being attached to a hotel it is open 24hrs – late night post beer burger you have not forsaken me.


Green Leaf Hotel, S27, U Chit Maung Road, Bahan Tsp. 018 603851


EK Enjoy Kitchen
Me and my home-girl Musty B found this cool Halal burger joint in early 2015. The space is well ventilated and trendy with glass tables and wooden benches. Bathrooms are clean and the owner speaks perfect English. Try the delicious home-made chicken nuggets. A burger will cost you 2500 Kyats.

68-B, Daw Thein Road & Bandar Gone Street, Kandawkalay, Mingalar Taungnyunt Tsp.
09 310 41 915

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