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“Looks can be deceiving - one to avoid”

The Shan Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 112 Restaurants in Nyaung Shwe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: "The Shan Restaurant" by ViewPoint Lodge is the best local restaurant in Myanmar according to the Routard Guide and Lonely Planet Travel Guide books. At "The Shan", you can dine while enjoying an amazing view of the canal, rice paddies and the highest mountains in the Inle region. The food and service are equal to the beautiful and exotic surroundings. "The Shan" restaurant includes a full-service bar with a wide selection of the finest wines from France, Italy and, of course, Myanmar. Yes, Myanmar!
London, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
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“Looks can be deceiving - one to avoid”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

After a week in Myanmar eating at pleasant but simple restaurants, I craved something a bit more glamorous. What a mistake to make - this was probably our worst meal in the country.

It looks great - that part nobody will dispute. The location is a bit out of the way if you're staying in town.

The trouble started with the service - they ignored us for ages, and then had trouble taking our order (only one member of staff spoke reasonable english). And the food took ages to arrive, with one meal arrived as the rest of us were nearly finished.

The food itself was of mixed standard - some was good, but some was really dull.

All of this would have been ok, if it wasn't our most expensive meal in the country. Really not worth it - go to Lin Htett instead.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Good food, a little disapointed by the service”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The best choice of food in the area and a degustation menu that is really a good way to discover new tastes and get a good overview of the Shan dishes. The wine card is probably the widest we have seen in Myanmar, only good choices.
only downer, the service can become a bit slow and unefficient when the room is full (and it is easily full).

Visited November 2012
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“good food but expensive compared to the country”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

The restaurant is in the first floor situated at the river front of Inle lake overlooking the river and the town of Nyaungshwe. We tried the Shan food platter, which is costly for the country but really excellent and is a good choice. They also serve a lot of delicious small starters, all not cheap. Their staff is working fast and is friendly.

  • Visited August 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Food in a Vibrant Town!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We arrived in Nyaung Shwe on October 13, 2012 from Bagan. We were booked for lunch our first dsy of four days at Inle Princess. The restaurant is highly attractive with waterfront lodge in the rear with tasteful rooms. Lunch was on a spacious and scenic rooftop. Our meal was a French inspired rendtion of Shan cruise. Fourst courses included green tomato salad, chicken satay, fish balls (excellent) and crispy shrimp fritters. This was enough for a full meal but the next courses were just as extensive and delicious -- chicken curry, vegetable curry, local fish in banana leaves (great) and more. French/Swiss owner knows food and has an impeccible wine list of carefully stored wines at good prices.

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Thank lawyer47
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“average food at high prices”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

As others have said, the setting of this restaurant is very nice, overlooking the water (though this means you'll get nibbled by mosquitos, so spray yourself before you go). If you're lucky and there's a breeze, it is nice. We got the Shan sampling menu, which comes in two courses. In each course, there was one thing we really liked and the rest was mediocre. We're adventurous eaters, it's not that the food was unusual....in fact, it's that the food was uninteresting and bland. There are much more interesting eating options down the street at much more reasonable prices.

  • Visited October 2012
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