When cultivating working relationships, a delicious meal goes a long way, but style and quality are key elements to making the right impression.
The area around Yangon’s impressive Sule Pagoda has a plethora of cafés and restaurants, and the Hintha Business Centre teams have scouted, eaten and drunk our way through them all to bring you the very best places to wine and dine a client when working out of our offices at Sule Square.
Myanmar Food Lovers
Rangoon Tea House
Ground Floor, 77-79 Pansodan Street (Lower Middle Block), Between MahaBandoola and Merchant Road
A 5 minute taxi ride will take you to a place that is rooted in tradition yet so much more than just a tea house. Rangoon Tea House has upped the ante to become a restaurant as stylish as you would expect from anywhere worthy of a feature in the Financial Times (2016). Repatriate entrepreneur Htet Oo saw a niche for refined traditional Myanmar tea and menus, which he subsequently expanded to pair with cocktails at the upstairs Toddy Bar. If you haven’t been to Rangoon Tea House, you simply haven’t been to Yangon and from traditional Mohinga for breakfast, samosa snacks to Biryani dishes and clay pot curries…Rangoon Tea House never fails to impress.
Shan Yoe Yar
2nd Floor, Sule Square Mall
The original Shan Yoe Yar at 169 Wadan St. comes highly rated by Lonely Planet and the establishment recently opened a branch right next door to our offices in the mall at Sule Square. Known for tasty Shan State food, which is a personal favourite of many Yangonites, the portions are also known to be generous. Already popular with office-workers, expatriates, and some tourists during lunch time, the entertainment here is through a big window looking into a clean well-lit kitchen and watching the chef’s at work. Try the fried Shan tofu, fish rice, pork curry, and a brinjal dish; as well as Myanmar favourite – avocado juice.
No.91/105(F), Min Ye Kyaw Zwa Road, Lanmadaw Township, Yangon
When doing business in Yangon, invariably you will be attending meetings, forums and offices at UMFCCI, which is a 10-minute taxi ride away from Sule Square to Lanmadaw Township. Opposite UMFCCI is Orng Kitchen, a gem of French Fine Dining. Chef Orng is from Mon State and speaks English with a Scottish accent. Starting out in the working world as a doorman at a hotel in Edinburgh, over the years he worked his way up the ranks, new skills literally to hand and became a Sous Chef in a 1-star Michelin restaurant in Glasgow. Luckily for Myanmar, he’s now back in Yangon, with his own restaurant and teaching his uncle all about organic, sustainable farming to supply Orng’s restaurant. Serving lunch and dinner menus, dining at Orng Kitchen makes business trips to UMFCCI all the more pleasurable and worthwhile.
Suzuki Thai Restaurant
182 (G/F), Sule Pagoda Rd., Upper Block, Kyauktada Township
Located directly opposite Sule Square, despite the Japanese name this locale has always been a Thai restaurant and café that has embraced Yangon characters over the years. We’re not sure where the name derives from; the Myanmar-Thai owner is an entrepreneur – and you know how hard they are to track down – who owns not only a second branch of Suzuki downtown, but also the popular bar Fatmans in the trendy neighbourhood around Nawaday street. Here at Suzuki though, the Thai food is tasty, reasonably priced and will remind you of Thailand. What is more, the staff are super-friendly and helpful. You may well even hear the dishwasher humming a merry tune and employee appreciation is certainly a key element to this entrepreneur’s success.
Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro
#505, 5th Floor Sakura Tower 339 Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Kyauktada Township
Impress someone from out of town with a panorama view of the city from 20th floor restaurant at Sakura Tower never fails to impress, and it’s less than a 5-minute walk from Sule Square. Book ahead and ask for a window table with a view to Yangon’s Main Trainstation, and if you go after 6pm the rooftop, open air bar one level higher is the best place in Yangon to view a sunset over Shwedagon Pagoda while sipping a cocktail. The restaurant serves daily lunch sets of western and Myanmar dishes, as well as evening a la carte. They can also cater for large groups, so it’s a great place to celebrate with colleagues.
No. 86, Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Kyauktada Township
Take a stroll 2-minutes from Sule Square to the junction at Sule Shangri la, cross the underpass at Pansodan Street and on the opposite the side of the road, facing Yangon’s institutional department store Ruby Mart, is Healthy Me ensconced by all things green. The healthy living – yoga –detox-cleansing lifestyle trend is on the rise in Yangon and Healthy Me restaurant and café is the place to come for salads, soups and juice. With an emphasis on omega, protein and Ironman menus, regular guests include the expatriate workers from offices close by, health-conscious Yagonites stopping off on their way back from a Yoga class or gym workout, as well as well as being a popular choice for take-away delivery by Yangon’s door2door. The window is perfect for a view of the street life, and all it’s just a few minutes’ walk from Hintha’s preferred serviced offices in Sule Square.
From a great first impression, develop a lasting bond, to celebrating the sealed deal and business success, there are plenty of great restaurants in Yangon to choose from. Pull out all the stops and impress your clients and work partners with an experience they’ll remember you for.