Mahlzeit: Fantastisch German fare… in Myanmar

The Germans are good at many things: cars, beer festivals, World Cups, punctuality. They’re also the masters of hearty – albeit lifespan-slashing – food. So, when I heard about Yangon’s only German restaurant Mahlzeit, visions of smoked meats and pickled cabbage had me salivating in expectation. If you were expecting a Bavarian bier house with dirndl-clad…

The Strand Restaurant: A spellbinding reinvention

I have had the misfortune of meeting many chefs. A lot of them are everything you’d expect them to be: Smug, self-congratulatory types with such a deluded sense of their own fabulousness that they make Donald Trump look like a humble wallflower. Very few, it has to be said, are as likeable as Christian Martena,…

At Mr Jones’ Orphanage, parents’ nightmares come true

Readers of Charles Dickens would be forgiven for thinking orphanages are rather joyless places, but anyone who has visited Mr Jones’ Orphanage in Bangkok will know that they can in fact be splendiferous places of extreme bliss, filled with giant teddy bears, mountains of chocolate lava cake and miniature bottles of strawberry milk. Good news…

Fine dining without the faff at The Yangon Restaurant

Let’s get one thing perfectly clear: The Yangon Restaurant isn’t cheap. In fact, if the thought of spending over US$100 on dinner makes you choke on your noodle salad, you may as well look away now. It is, however, one of the best dining experiences I’ve had this year, so if you’ve made it this…

A grape escape on the Strand dinner cruise

Back when I was a young 20-something, with holier-than-thou ideals and second-hand Dr. Martens, I’d have considered a US$140 six-course menu with six wine pairings to be a bit poncy. I mean, who really likes foie gras? As it turns out, I do. I like foie gras. And just abotu everything else aboard the Strand…