Burmese food is amazing and we had some fantastic meals while in Bagan to fit all price ranges. Here’s a list of places we ate at and recommend. Cheers!
Our first dinner was at Prince Restaurant at the Thande Hotel (read more here). It was absolutely amazing. They had a fabulous menu of local and western foods. We ordered the fried fish, Pennyworth salad, Rakhine Vegetable Curry and their Burmese slow braised chicken with coconut milk. Dessert was fried crispy bananas. We washed it all down with Aythaya, an excellent local wine!
Shwe Yar Su
Our second dinner was at a local’s restaurant, recommended to us by Pho Se from Sagacious Myanmar (read more here). The name of the restaurant is Shwe Yar Su but locals also know it as Beer Station. It is located in Nyaung Oo. We ordered two plates, chicken and pork, and 4 beers. The total came out to just $8.00, plus they gave us a free beer to boot.
No name restaurant
Pho Se from Sagacious Myanmar also recommended this local’s only place. It has no name but locals know it well. It’s beside the Ananda Temple in Old Bagan, under a Tamarind Tree. It closes by noon, so best to get there early. We paid only $6 and 4 of us ate. It’s excellent authentic home cooking. You order the type of protein you like and they through in all the extras – steamed rice, salads, toppings and soup. We opted for prawns (which were gigantic), pork and chicken.
Be Kind to Animals, The Moon
The vegetarian restaurant The Moon was an unexpected surprise. The location is so charming and the food was absolutely delicious. Excellent spot for lunch while checking out the nearby temples. Also close to that no name restaurant mentioned above. We ordered spring rolls and a few of the daily specials. The best thing on the menu was the dragon fruit juice. It was so good we ordered seconds.
Weather Spoon’s Restaurant
Probably the best meal we had at just $14 for 2 – Tea Leaf Salad, Tomato Salad, Veggie Tempura, Mutton Curry, Steam Rice and a large Mandalay beer. Oh and Spring Rolls. We ended up ordering Spring Rolls quite a bit during our trip to Myanmar because they make them so darn good! Everything was delish!
HTI Bar & Restaurant
We ended up visiting this nice outdoor location a couple of times for their cocktails. They have happy hour and their Mandalay Rum Sours are less than $0.80 a pop. What is not to love about that? We also enjoyed their $2.00 cocktails of gin, soda, lime, basil and palm sugar.