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Bagan RESTAURANTS

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Silver House

A welcoming family-run restaurant that offers large, tasty portions of dishes such as traditional Myanmar chicken curry and tomato salad.
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Nooch Thai Restaurant

New Bagan's only dedicated Thai restaurant overlooks the eight faces paya. The menu includes a tour of popular Thai dishes and doubles as a drinking den by night, churning out chilled Myanmar beer. ...

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San Kabar Restaurant & Pub

The birthplace of Bagan pizza, San Kabar’s streetside candlelit courtyard is all about its thin-crusted pies and well-prepared salads. The three menus the staff present here also include Thai and Chinese-style dishes. ...

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King Si Thu

Another riverside setting, another Myanmar restaurant mainly serving Chinese and Thai dishes such as sweet-and-sour pork, or fish with ginger. Order one hour ahead for Burmese food. There’s a half-hour puppet show at 7.30pm. ...

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Be Kind to Animals the Moon

The original among the vegetarian restaurants clustered near Tharabar Gate, this place offers a friendly welcome and delicious food including pumpkin and ginger soup, aubergine curry and a lime and ginger tea that the owners claim is good for stomach upsets. ...

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Mother's House

Big and busy teahouse with plenty of outdoor seating and an attached restaurant next door. Good for a traditional Burmese breakfast before exploring the temples, or after catching sunrise somewhere near New Bagan. Try Shan noodles or deep-fried doughnuts. ...

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Black Bamboo

Run by a French woman and her Burmese husband, this garden cafe and restaurant is something of an oasis. It's a pleasant place to relax over solid Burmese, Thai and Western dishes, a well-made espresso or a delicious homemade ice cream. Service is friendly but leisurely.
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Red Pepper

Serving a broad range of Thai dishes, freshly made with an authentic spicy kick, this relaxed venue takes a stab at sophistication with silky pillows on concrete benches in a courtyard facing the main road. It had just reopened following a renovation during our visit.
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Golden Myanmar

Keep-it-real seekers (and lots of horse-cart drivers) favour this excellent roadside eatery with shaded seats on a brick floor. The ‘buffet’ (your pick of chicken, pork, fish or mutton curry) comes with the usual tableful of condiments. There’s another location near Ananda Pahto.

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Naratheinkha Restaurant

Blink and you'll miss it, this tiny little shopfront restaurant is well regarded thanks to the chef-owner's extensive experience at Le Planteur Restaurant in Yangon. The menu is predominantly French-accented or Asian fusion and includes a delicious pan-fried fish with lemon butter sauce.
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Beach Bagan Restaurant & Bar

Signs lead past backstreets from the Nyaung U market to this slick, breezy spot with plenty of parking space for tour buses. The restaurant overlooking the river has wicker chairs and offers Thai, Chinese and Myanmar dishes. Try the roof-top bar for a sunset cocktail, with a happy hour from 4pm to 6 ...

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Pyi Wa

Slightly less stylish than some, but Pyi Wa is the only restaurant on the row with a Bagan-era zedi (stupa) as a neighbour and staff light up its base at night. The best dishes are Chinese, but do try the ‘potato cracken’, fried potato wedges that go particularly well with a bottle of Myanmar Be ...

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Green Elephant

The good-value and tasty Myanmar set meal (K8000) comes with a couple of curries, vegetable tempura, soup, dessert and coffee. There are small and large portions of other dishes (including local curries). But it’s the setting that’s the deal, with shaded tables on a lawn overlooking the Ayeyarwa ...

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Sunset Garden

Boasting the best riverside setting of any of the New Bagan restaurants, Sunset Garden has a huge deck above the Ayeyarwady with spectacular sunset views. Head here for a sundowner before the tour groups pile in for dinner. The menu includes a greatest hits selection of Burmese, Chinese, Thai and in ...

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Fuji Restaurant

An unexpected find in downtown Nyaung U, this Japanese restaurant is one of the cheapest you are likely to find in Myanmar. There is no sushi and sashimi, maybe a blessing given the distance to the coast, but plenty of classics such as ramen, udon, kyoza and tofu. Affordable international and Burmes ...

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Sarabha II

Of the two Sarabhas back to back by the Tharabar Gate, we like the one behind best, away from the road. It’s a great midday resting point for shade and its range of food (Chinese, Thai, Burmese, pizza). The food’s good, and cheaper than hotel restaurants, but best are the cold towels handed out ...

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Aroma 2

'No good, no pay' is the mantra of this justifiably confident operation serving delicious veggie and meat curries on banana leaves (or plates) with an endless stream of hot chapattis and five different condiments (including tamarind and mint sauces). With some advance notice, the chef can al ...

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Weather Spoon's Bagan

Brits abroad may be familiar with the name, borrowed from one of the UK's discount pub chains. Owner Winton studied balloon piloting in Bristol and clearly spent some time in the local boozers. But Bagan benefits from his experience and he offers the best burger in town, as well as some Asian an ...

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Myo Myo Myanmar Rice Food

Deservedly popular restaurant that specialises in the personalised tabletop buffets that characterise the national cuisine. But here they really go to town, with 25 dishes or more appearing at the table, including seasonal specials like asparagus. English is spoken. Bring a crowd to share. ...

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Starbeam Bistro

Located close to Ananda Pahto, this garden bistro was set up by Chef Tin Myint who spent several years working with the Orient-Express hotel group. Dishes include Rakhine fish curry, market fresh specials, traditional salads such as avocado or tea leaf, and classic baguettes and sandwiches. Best acc ...

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