As Burger Joints Proliferate, a Look at Some of Rangoon’s Best

The first dedicated burger joint in Rangoon, Burger Buster on Inya Road, opened in the early 2000s and became popular with the city’s youth. It remains open on the original site but now competes with a range of popular burger places—the best of which, according to Foodie Myanmar, are introduced below. Prices are on the high side at these places, partly because they are not cooked in advance, as at fast food outlets, but instead cooked to order using fresh ingredients—with tastier results.

1) Savoy Hotel

The burgers at Savoy are especially popular among foreigners. Seven types are available to choose from: The hottest two are Le Marcel Burger, made up of a beef patty, bacon, lettuce and cocktail sauce; and the Cheese Burger, which comes with cheddar, mozzarella, lettuce and tomato. For non beef-eaters, the Ocean Three Burger contains seafood. Burger prices are around US$17 and on Wednesdays come with a free glass of Tuborg beer. They can be ordered in all three eateries at the Savoy—Captain’s Bar, Le Bistrot, and Kilpling’s Restaurant. The Savoy is located at No. 129 Dhammazedi Street in Bahan Township.

2) Sharky’s Food & Passion

Popular among both foreign residents and Rangoon locals. Five types of burgers are available—chicken, beef, prawn, goose liver and cheese, and vegetarian. The Beef Burger—made up of beef, cheese, tomato and potato—is the top pick and costs around 14,000 kyats ($12). Sharky’s is located at No. 81, Pansodan Road, Kyauktada Township.

3) Yangon Bakehouse

The price is not exorbitant but the burgers taste as good as in other popular outlets. Particularly recommended is the Beef Burger, followed by the Bakehouse Spicy Burger, which comes with chicken. Prices are at 8,600 kyats. Bakehouse is located at No. 10, Inya Road, Kamayut Township, as well as in Pearl Condo on Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Bahan Township.

4) Café Thiripyitsaya

This pool-side eatery in Sakura Residence allows you to relax with your burger. The special dish is the Mega Beef Burger, made up of beef, tomato, onion, salad and egg, and costing around 8,000 kyats. Sakura Residence is at No. 9, Inya Street, Kamayut Tonwship.

5) AJ’s Bar & Grill

One for burger lovers based downtown. Seven types are available. The AJ Crispy Onion Burger is a popular choice made up of beef, cheese, crispy onion, a special homemade sauce and egg. Prices around 9,500 kyats. AJ’s is at No. 132, on the corner of Bo Myat Tun and Anawratha roads, Botahtaung Township.

6) Craft Café

Reasonably priced and a short distance from downtown. Two types are available here—chicken and beef, which both come with salad and egg. Burgers cost around 4,400 kyats. Craft is at No. 33, on the corner of Bo Yar Nyunt and Nawaday roads, Dagon Township.

Source: The Irrawaddy

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