Mandalay has a number of good Indian restaurants which sell delicious chapati, puri, dhals, roti, chicken curry, mutton curry, potato curry and various vegetable curries. Most of these Indian restaurants are clusttered around 27th Street, between 80th and 81st streets. Most Indian restaurants that sell delicious but cheap Indian food are either open air restaurants or opened in old buildings. But don’t judge the quality of the food by the appearance of the restaurant. They sell very nice food. Moreover, the open air restaurants offer a unique opportunity for people watching too. While enjoying hot curry with freshly made chapati, you can enjoy watching local diners in turbans, longyis (sarong) and skull caps enjoying their evening meal.
If you want a nice Nepali vegetable dishes, head to a Lonely Planet recommended Nepali Food restaurant on 81st Street, between 26th and 27th streets. This friendly family own restaurant serve a very delicious thali (curry) serves on banana leaves or metal plate, together with chapati, puri, dhal and rice. This is strictly vegetarian restaurant with no meat, no alcohol and no egg.
If you want to have your lunch at a more tidy restaurant, there is a Catholic family run vegetarian restaurant on 27th Street, between 74th and 75th streets. Marie Min Vegetarian Restaurant serves delicious vegetable curries, chapatis, dhals, rice as well as Western breakfast. It opens daily from 8 AM to 9 PM.
Editor’s Note: Many of the above information has been obtained from our reference book Lonely Planet Guide to Myanmar (Burma). This is a very good guide book on Myanmar, and essential book that you must bring on your trip to Myanmar. The book can be obtained from Amazon store.