6 Restaurants You Must Try for A Traditional Myanmar Lunch or Dinner in Mandalay
When you reach Mandalay, the former capital of the Burmese kingdom, try some Burmese cuisine or have Myanmar traditional dining. Mandalay is famous for multicultural foods with Chinese, Indian, and Burmese styles and it is also the best place to have Myanmar traditional meals in a full course.
Myanmar traditional meal usually includes main dish, many side dishes with various vegetables, and soup. Don’t forget to try the local dessert, htou-mont which is sold only in Mandalay, after your meal.
MINGALABAR MYANMAR RESTAURANT
This two-storeyed massive restaurant is so traveler-friendly and it doubles the sense of traditional Burmese foods and dining. You can either serve as self service or sit down and order by menu. Select your soup, curry or salad, main curry and have it served with a veritable forest of side dishes.
TOO TOO MYANMAR CUISINE RESTAURANT
Here, you can find traditional Burmese dining where you can choose a curry dish and three cold vegetable dishes to have on the side. Respected home-style local fare, precooked and served in a bland box room with unflattering fluorescent light. Most of the curries feature lamb, chicken or prawns. But it may be difficult to find vegetarian options. Pick your main curry from the display, and two side dishes, soup and rice come free.
AYE MYIT TAR
Close to the Mahumuni Temple’s golden Buddha and spectacular pagoda, Aye Myit Tar is a favorite among locals. The dining is set in a gorgeous room covered with photographs of Myanmar. The most popular choice here is the Burmese curry combines Indian and Chinese flavors and comes with a smattering of complimentary vegetables and salad.
A LITTLE BIT OF MANDALAY
Situated in an outdoor pavilion, the restaurant offers traditional Burmese cuisine without copious amounts of oil or too much spice. You can sample local specialties like hot and sour chicken or beef curry, and banana cake. Don’t forget to order before 8:30pm because the orders are closed after 8:30, so make sure you get there early.
This buffet-style restaurant offers an introduction to Shan cuisine through copious portions and low prices. Usually 20 dishes are offered, including Mandalay-style fried potatoes and quail eggs with watercress. An excellent choice for ones who want delicious foods with backpacker’s budget.
Here comes the vegetarian option. The best place for strict vegetarians but craving a delicious meal; no further recommendation is needed than Marie Min. Here you will find a wide array of Indian dishes made from local, cruelty-free ingredients. Moreover, friendly English-speaking staff are willing to make adjustments to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs.
Tip on accommodation
Although Mandalay has less traffic jam as Yangon does, staying close to the places and restaurants you want to explore has many perks like saving time and being able to enjoy the local life while walking to the nearby restaurant. If you are looking for an affordable hotel with restaurant & café in Mandalay, 4-star hotel Mandalay Lodge is your first choice to consider.