Food and drink: Sharky’s Downtown (Yangon)

 

Sharky’s are no strangers to Yangon’s restaurant scene and their restaurant on Dhammazedi Road has attracted tourists, expats and diplomats alike for years. In fact, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was said to order goats cheese from them during her period under house arrest. If anything, that alone pays remarkable testament to the restaurant’s reputation and outstanding commitment to quality.

 

Only a stone’s throw away from the iconic Port Authority building, Sharky’s newest addition is located in the heart of downtown, making it a convenient stop for anyone looking to sample their delectable, homegrown organic produce mid-tour.

 

Shark's downtown Yangon interior

Happy diners enjoying a meal in Sharky’s well-presented downtown restaurant and shop

 

The dishes served at Sharky’s are all European in-style, which may come as a disappointment for those looking to devour Myanmar cuisine throughout. Don’t let that put you off however, as the majority of ingredients served here are mostly organic and it is all produced right here in Myanmar. Seeing as the concept of organic farming is pretty much non-existent out here, what they have managed to achieve is extremely impressive.

 

The brain child behind the idea is a U Ye Htut Win (also known as Sharky), who spent a decade hurdling the obstacles of producing European food in the tropics. With 20 years worth of Swiss catering experience under his belt, his dream was finally realised and the business has quickly become one of the most sought-after suppliers of fresh produce in Yangon.

 

Sharky's produce on display in fridge

Sharky’s – Quality proudly made in Myanmar

 

On a recent ‘undercover’ inspection to the restaurant, Tour Mandalay went all out and ordered the following (we hope the photographs will do the talking!).

 

Sharky's Mediterranean dip selection

A selection of Mediterranean dips with freshly baked pitta bread

 

Sharky's Yangon pumpkin and goat cheese salad

A pumpkin and goat cheese salad (without the pumpkin as it wasn’t available, so they replaced it with grilled carrot and egg plant).

 

Sharky's Yangon roast chilli chicken

Half roasted chilli chicken with roast carrots, potatoes and onion

 

Sharky's Yangon Swiss chocolate chip ice cream

Scoop of Swiss chocolate chip ice cream in what looks like a trinket

 

Sharky's Yangon cafe latte

Cafe latte complete with small cube of dark chocolate

 

Now imagine that it’s your first full day in Yangon, you’re jet-lagged, your senses are slowly adjusting to the crowds, traffic and noise. We can guarantee that a stop here will quickly help you to forget about all of that!

 

The restaurant interior has been cleverly designed to make the most of the building’s colonial style features. With tall exposed walls, steel beams, polished concrete floor and handmade wooden benches, it evokes a strong sense of upmarket rustic charm (a bit like the food we might add!).

 

One of the tables inside Sharky's Downtown Yangon

Snarky’s Downtown – A restaurant that’s certainly not lacking when it comes to rustic charm

 

The restaurant also has access to an impressive selection of imported wine. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to sample any this time around, but we have been assured that a bottle of the entry red perfectly compliments their signature meat and cheese platter.

 

Wine at Sharky's

The wine selection at Sharky’s

 

In a country not known for quality, fresh and organic produce, what Sharky’s are doing right now is revolutionary and we hope the inevitable success of their downtown branch will help to encourage more locally owned food businesses to follow suit. There is quite simply nothing like it and to quote a client who recently ate here, “This restaurant wouldn’t look out of place in London’s Borough Market’. Now that’s quite the accolade as we’re sure you’ll agree.

 

Whether it’s the Dhammazedi branch or downtown, be sure to pay Sharky’s a visit now – we are confident you won’t be disappointed.

 

Address: 81 Pansodan (Lower), Yangon
Opening hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Website address: www.sharkys.com.mm

 

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