There are a number of restaurants on Namtu Road that don't have names. Actually, that's not strictly correct - they do have names but I just can't read the Burmese signs. This is one such place.
It was a bit of a culinary adventure as there is no English menu and not a word of English spoken. It was a matter of looking in all the pots and pointing at what you want. I plumped for a sort of vegetable soup which was delicious.
The lovely lady you can see in the photo appeared to be the head chef, although she didn't bother much with the kitchen and did most of her cooking on the front step. For such rudimentary conditions, she did knock up some very tasty grub. The second picture shows the young "waiter" who would literally run out the back to get me each beer as I ordered it. I've never seen such service. I also got talking to a couple of young girls inside who were preparing various vegetables, most of which I had never seen. I was duly invited to sample them all. Talk about friendly. It really felt like you were one of the family, even if you could only communicate in mime.
It is also a superb place for people watching. It was from a table at the side of this place that I took all the photos you can see in my "Streetlife Snaphot" travelogue.
Favorite Dish: No idea what it's called but it was a thick vegetable soup with a few noodles. Tasty and filling, and I think it cost me the equivalent of about 50 cents US.
This place is quite sizeable by local standards and seems to have quite a reputation amongst travellers, although there are equally good places nearby that never seem to be patronised by Westerners at all.
Having said that, the place is clean, service is good and it has an English menu. It has a fairly wide selection of Chinese and Shan dishes and the prices are about average. Probably a "safe" option if you are a conservative eater.
Although it is officially the Law Chun restaurant, it seems to have fallen victim to the local practice ofcalling everyone Mr. - Mr. Charles, Mr. Book etc. This one is known locally as Mr. Food if you need to ask directions.
My meal cost 1200 kyat (about 1:20 USD).
Favorite Dish: Ground pork in bean paste with rice. Quite an unusual but pleasant taste.
OK, so this is not the most imaginatively named restaurant in the world (it's not even the most imaginatively named restaurant is Hsipaw!) but don't let that put you off. The food in here is really good. All meals are a "set" curry which means you get your bowl of curry, an impressive array of condiments, and a plate of rice that is refilled constantly until you have to beg them to stop.
Be aware that all the curries on the menu will not be available on any given day, it's just a matter of what they have made that morning.
The curries are of the Burmese variety, as the restaurant name implies, which might mean that they are slightly oily for some palates, although I love them. They are not particularly spicy.
As you can see from the photo, the menu board is in English, although there is little English spoken by the staff who are, nevertheless, friendly to a fault. A great meal, and a nice change from the noodle dishes so common in this region.
The whole meal cost 1500 kyat which is about $1:50US or just over £1 sterling.
Favorite Dish: Pork curry with all the trimmings - delicious.