So we’d read the Trip Advisor reviews and sought advice from expats living in Yangon and, all leads steered us to the Sunday Brunch at Traders Café for a fun weekend dining and wining experience.
|Asian Inspired Dishes|
Abuzz with expatriates, the restaurant was full when we arrived and alive with that energy that only seems present on non-working days. The sound of bubbly bottles popping added to the festivity and a line-up of hopefuls, who hadn’t made a reservation, waited at the reception trying their luck for a table to open. Packed with foreigners, it felt like a social club with tables intermingling and enjoying the free flow wine, beer and bubbly. Friendly conversation dominated the air as the crowd lingered throughout the afternoon and the joviality intensified.
Fresh local seafood, including fat prawns, crabs, mussels and clams were iced and rapidly disappeared from the display (only to be replaced minutes later). A sashimi counter was very popular and the chef manning it worked tirelessly throughout the feasting session as customers pointed to the fish they’d like and he skillfully sliced it into soft pieces of tenderness.
|Grilled Lobster – worth waiting for|
The noodle station too was popular. Both Chinese and Japanese noodles could be ordered seasoned with condiments of your choosing and bulked up with your personal selection of protein and vegetables.
From the dessert buffet, hubby lapped up multiple servings of the bread and butter pudding, crème brûlée and numerous cheesy and mousse-y concoctions. House made ice cream and the crepe station got repeat visitors and I was happy with a spread of fresh fruit and European cheeses.
An article on the brunch can’t be written without mention of the super friendly and efficient staff. Plates were quickly swept away, glasses speedily refilled and warm smiles and explanations of dishes available at the slightest raise of an eyebrow.
Reason to visit: One of the only hotel buffet brunches in the city, an excellent feast especially when you’ve been traveling and need a good dose of Western cuisine, free flow beer and wine, good value, an easy spot to meet other foreigners
Traders Hotel, Yangon