Tuesday, 05 January 2016 10:39

Hidden Restaurants


Tucked away, down lanes and side streets, are some great restaurants. Most don’t advertise – getting their customers solely on word of mouth. Here are some restaurants definitely worth seeking out:


Legacy Restaurant (Thai)


Tucked down a side street off Dhammazedi Road, on the right just past Coffee Circle is an unassuming restaurant serving great authentic Thai food. They have aircon rooms and an open air terrace which is surprisingly quiet considering all the traffic travelling down Dhammazedi Road. They have a great fried catfish salad and are known for their grilled beef salad. The place is very popular with the Thai community – a testament to how good the food is.

99, Dhammazedi Road,Bahan

Tel: 01 709 748 , 09 799 308 479 ,09 730 12890  

Open: 10 am to 10 pm


Onyx Wine Tree Restaurant (Steakhouse/ Wine Bar)


Onyx was previously located off Dhammazedi Road, and was a small rough and ready restaurant serving great steak dishes. They relocated a few months ago to a large, modern restaurant with a cosy industrial feel on Bogyoke Pya Tike Street earlier this year. The food is still delicious, and very reasonably priced, and the restaurant hasn’t lost its charm.

A12B ,Bogyoke Pya Tike Street, Bahan Township

Tel: 09 254 158 167, 09 507 1847

Open: 11 am to 11 pm




U Tun Lin Chan is a busy street in Hledan – full of restaurants, shops and people. But if you ignore all the tempting restaurants, walk to the end of the street and you will come to a compound. Enter the compound on the left hand side and you will see the hidden restaurant, Shake. It has two stories – downstairs is European style with large white tables, and upstairs is Japanese style with low tables and cushions to sit on.  They specialise in Shan Food, but also provide tasty Chinese and fresh fruit juices. They are open from 9am to 9 pm.

U Tun Lin Chan Street, Hlaedan ,Kamaryut Township

Tel: 09 731 660 45, 09 541 1855

Open: 8:30am to 10:00pm


Shwe Ba Myanmar Traditional Restaurant (Hla Myanmar)

shwe ba

If you are in Dhammazedi Road and in need of Myanmar traditional food, don’t do the obvious and go to Aung Thukha. Go past them, turn the corner onto 5th street, you will come across a hidden gem. The restaurant’s real name is Hla Myanmar Restaurant, but it is known as Shwe Ba, named after a famous actor from the 1960s who used to live near there.   The restaurant is busy, serving over 40 different traditional dishes a day and is known for its great fish intestine curry. Here you can get the full experience of Myanmar traditional lunch in a silent environment near Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

No.27, 5th Street, West Shwegoneding ,Bahan Township

Tel: 01 526 822

Open: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm


Wild Ginger

wild ginger

Just off Shin Saw Pu Street, down an unnamed side alley of only three houses, is Wild Ginger Restaurant. It has a very cool decor with the walls decorated with lines of lit bottles and ropes. Despite the restaurant being very trendy, it has a warm homely atmosphere. They focus on Southeast Asian dishes, and they pride themselves on their mutton dishes – ensuring that they find the best meat available. Their chef has 15 years of international experience. Private rooms can be reserved.

No. 12 (A), Shin Saw Pu Street, Sanchaung Township,

Tel: - 09 260 690 135

Open: 4 am to 11 pm


Fook Mun Lau Chinese Restaurant


This restaurant, hidden behind the Nawaddy Cinema in 8-mile, is like a grand Chinese traditional house as the interior is decorated with fine furniture and Chinese decorations. There is a stage for entertainment and spacious private rooms. They serve a wide range of Cantonese style seafood prepared well by native Chinese chefs. Among their specialist seafood dishes are the Shark Fin and King Prawn. There is one unique seafood dish which costs 150,000 kyats for one setting – it is based on a royal recipe and has many exclusive ingredients. Generally most of the foods are a bit pricy, but after the great taste of the food, you will not regret the cost for sure.

No. 102, Nawaday Cinema Garden, Corner Of Kaba Aye Pagoda Road & Oak Pone Seik Road, Mayangone Township

Tel: 01 663 743

Open : 12 am to 12 am


Golden Crab House Restaurant


Just past 8-Mile junction, and down a side road off Pyay Road, is this Chinese style restaurant. The place is nice and crowded with the customers so it is no doubt that the food is delicious and tasty. Chinese pictures decorate its wall and the restaurant is set in two separate houses. The trade-mark of the restaurant is its fresh seafood - they have fish tanks around the restaurant so you can choose your crab, prawn or fish. They are known for making a great Golden Crab (Yunnan Style). The prices are affordable.

ThiriMingalar lane, 8 Mile Junction, Mayangone Township

Tel: 09 4500 4632, 01 663 035

Open: 10 am to 10 pm


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