Myanmar or Burma depending on who you ask, is one of the world's most magical countries and a world away from neighbouring Thailand and China.
We recently returned from a trip to Yangon and the food is some of the most interesting and delicious we've tasted, a mix between Indian and South East Asian.
We decided to take a look at the best Burmese restaurants in Melbourne and the inner suburbs of Victoria to bring you some new eateries to try when you're craving Burmese food.
What are your favourite Burmese restaurants in Melbourne? Let us know in the comments.
1. Burma Lane
This popular Asian Fusion restaurant is tucked away in Little Collins Street. It is an eclectic hole in the wall which began as a pop up in 2013 laneway event. Their beautiful venue showcases street art, and an open kitchen for the dinners to be immersed in the restaurant experience.
They mix unique techniques and ingredients to make delicious and dishes which bring your taste buds on a journey. They also have a feed me menu which covers lunch and dinner specials.
They cater to different dietary restrictions, and their drink and food menus are ever-changing to keep the fresh, creative dishes flowing.
“Went there for a work lunch. Food was so good, had to extend lunch and order dessert. The lamb was so tasty, so soft & juicy! The chocolate ball with coconut filling was just mind blowing. A bit pricey but so worth it!” - Mehmood
118 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9615 8500
2. Burmese House Restaurant
Located in Richmond, a touch away from Melbourne CBD, Burmese House Restaurant provides authentic Burmese cuisine to its costumers. They have been operating for over 20 years, and are owned by Mimi and Richard who opened their doors in 1998.
By combining sweet, salty, spicy and fragrant flavours such as tamarind in their dishes they provide delicious and fresh food to their customers.
Customers can taste national dishes such as Tea Leaf Salad and Moh His Gha, or a humble curry and stir fry. They provide options for different dietary requirements and also cater to functions, and provide cooking classes.
"Have always found the quality of food excellent. The service is friendly and efficient.” - Gary
303 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121
(03) 9421 2861
3. Red Spice Road
Red Spice Road is a highly rated Asian food restaurant, bringing modern Asian cuisine to the city of Melbourne. They have been operating in Melbourne CBD for over 12 years, providing a delicious variety of dishes to customers.
BBQ Chicken, Spicy Korean Beef and parathas are just some of the dishes their menu offers. They also host public and private functions, with a variety of rooms available for hire in their venue.
They also celebrate different events in the city by offering discount to event participants. They are also part of Bite Club, which offers its patrons dining discounts and exclusive event invitations.
“Loved the ambience, loved the food and loved the service.” - Ben
141 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9603 1601
4. River Kwai Thai and Burmese
Known as the ‘bridge’ which brings together Thai and Burmese cuisine, River Kwai is located in the lush suburb of Clayton. They are open 7 nights a week for dinner hours and offer authentic flavoured dishes, large portions and friendly service.
With an array of menus, there are options for gluten free, vegetarian and takeaway meals as well as an extensive drinks menu for customers to enjoy.
Their speciality menu boasts fresh and flavoursome dishes with seafood, vegetables, spices and specialty jams, and are sure to impress your taste buds. They also provide catering for corporate events, private functions and all celebrations.
‘All dishes served were delicious. Warm atmosphere, lovely decor. Staff were very accommodating and welcoming.’ - May
3/1310 Centre Rd, Clayton South VIC 3169
(03) 9545 5688
5. Little Burma
Little Burma is an authentic Burmese restaurant, serving delightful and fresh Burmese dishes. They have been operating since 2015, and offer a range of affordably priced dishes that range from your standard vegetable stir fry to pork ear salad.
They are extremely reasonably priced, and also have weekly lunch and dinner specials. They also provide share platters and specials for occasions, as well as catering.
Their venue is cosy, bright and offers a variety of seating, and they frequently post restaurant updates on their Facebook page. They are open for lunch and dinner Tuesday - Sunday.
‘Our 1st time at Little Burma we ordered 5 dishes everything was really tasty and the service was fantastic. We'll be back YUMMY’ - Robert
54 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark VIC 3138
(03) 9726 4634