Rangoon’s Rare International Cuisines

By Foodie Myanmar 5 March 2016

RANGOON — Asian cuisines from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and India are not considered unconventional among food lovers in Rangoon. But German, Russian and Mediterranean dishes challenge the traditional palate and offer an opportunity to try flavors not available in Rangoon until now. The Foodie Myanmar guide profiles five restaurants below which offer “rare” eats in the historic capital.


The German word “Mahlzeit” is a salutation translating to “mealtime” in English. The charmingly decorated eatery offers traditional German foods such as sausages, chicken schnitzel, and German beef roulade—with a cheeseburger. The restaurant lies at No. 84, Pun Hlaing Street in Sanchaung Township.

KVAS Restaurant and Bar

“Kvas” is a fizzy drink sometimes referred to as “Russian cola.” This Russian shop teaches its customers how to both mix and drink vodka and beer. It also provides visitors with an introduction to holodets—cold meat jelly traditionally served at the holiday table. Cuisine from Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and across eastern Europe is available at KVAS, which is located at No. 202/8 Yanshin Street in Yankin Township. The restaurant also provides delivery service in the local vicinity.

Monsoon Restaurant and Bar

Cambodian and Lao cuisine is available at Monsoon. The restaurant offers traditional Khmer dishes such as fried pepper beef and samlor kako—a soup which is considered by some to be Cambodia’s national dish. Or lam, a rich buffalo meat stew, is a featured Lao dish. Monsoon is located at No. 85/87, Theinbyu Street in Botatung Township.

La Taverna Mediterranean Bistro

La Taverna is a perfect place to indulge in Mediterranean cuisine, most of which is cooked with a seafood or vegetable base and is therefore considered healthier and less oily than some other dining options. The restaurant is situated at No. 330, Ahlon Street, Dagon Township, inside the Yangon International Hotel compound.

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