We enjoyed our last night in Yangon at La Planteur. We prepaid for the dinner portion as we were the end of a 18 day trip and didn't know how our cash would be at the end of the visit. [No ATM's or CC's.] We had the chef's recommended menu with several selections. The food was beautifully presented and accommodated lots of choices. It was very good but not excellent, certainly not something we will remember. The wine list was way too expensive with very few reasonable choices. The garden setting was lovely but there are several problems. 1. Yangon's pollution is increasing and you can start to taste it. We were there in 2004 and it isn't nearly as bad as Bangkok or Beijing but you can start to experience the taste. 2. But the real problem was their tiki lamps (kerosene oil in the bamboo lights with wicks that light the perimeter of the garden. We were near the lamps and they were irritating. Additionally they set a couple behind us who literally chain smoked the entire evening. There were four of us at our table and I had the corner where the fumes from the lamp and the cigarette smoke seemed to meet. I kept falling asleep. My husband asked me why I was slurring my words. I thought maybe I had caught some bug. It dawned on me way too late in the meal that I was getting the effect of that kerosene (or fuel) burning. We asked the waiter to move us to near the house and the bar for the last course and tea and I immediately felt different. How silly of me/us not to recognize this ahead during our dinner but that's how it is with gases. I am going to write the restaurant but I recommend that you find a table away from the lights. I wish they also had a no smoking section even if it is outside. AND bring some flashlights to read the menu. To achieve the ambiance they want you really have to work at seeing things on the menu and table. We usually aren't that sensitive to pollution and air borne effects but it seemed to be a perfect storm of all the events at once. Diners beware.
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