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“Tourist farming” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Garden of the Small River Restaurant

Garden of the Small River Restaurant
Unmade Road From the Ferry to the Monastery, Mandalay, Myanmar
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Ranked #35 of 86 Restaurants in Mandalay
Cuisines: Asian
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UK
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175 reviews 175 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Tourist farming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

A fairly predictable open-air and fly-infested restaurant to catch tourists on the little island of Ava, there to endure a horse-cart ride to the impressive temples. There's nothing distinguished about the restaurant - very bland but perfectly edible food and none of the party fell ill after eating there, I suspect there's no alternative and it's not particularly expensive, but don't go with high expectations !

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Warners Bay, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Small River restaurant at AVA near Mandalay, Myanmar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Went there in February 2013 as a small private tour. Quick service from smiling happy staff. Vegan is also available. Delightful under the spreading Banyan tree with a good choice of meal types. Alcohol is also available as well as delicious fruit juices. We had lunch so not sure if open for dinner.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious fish curry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

If you cross the little river by the ferry and walk up the track from the jetty, this restaurant is on the left as the track turns left and widens. Their signs say Khin Mg Yi and Small River (Ava) Restaurant.

We had a delicious lunch, especially the fish curry made with local butter fish from the river. Vegetables to the usual high standard for Myanmar and the beer reasonably priced. Staff delightful too.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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