From unique tea leaf salads to wow-factor fruity ice-cream desserts, The transports classic Burmese cuisine with a modern twist to the heart of Chinatown.
At the end of 2016 The Evening Standard declared Burmese food as “set to be London’s hottest food trend” thanks to a plethora of cool pop-ups and supper clubs appearing across the Capital. It comes with perfect timing that Chinatown welcomes its first ever Burmese restaurant, The Shan State, adding to the area’s ever-growing portfolio of pan-Asian eateries.
The Shan State is part of Myanmar (formerly Burma) and borders China, India and Thailand. As such, its cuisine is informed by its neighbours, resulting in a gloriously schizophrenic mish-mash of Asian flavours and ingredients. The restaurant, The Shan State is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue and showcases a greatest hits menu of traditional Burmese dishes like the iconic Laphet. Made from fermented tea leaves, it’s a salad like no other accompanied with peanuts, dried prawn, garlic and tomato.
If that sounds a bit too quirky for your palette, The Shan State have classic favourites like lightly battered tomyum prawns, monk noodle soup, not to mention a wealth of sweet, fruit laden ice cream desserts, plus hot bubble teas. All served up in a super-cool, hipster-pleasing setting.
History bit: Myanmar was under dictatorship until 2011 so it has only been in recent years their cuisine has begun infiltrating its way across the world, as have tourists finally been able to visit Myanmar. There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of Burmese cuisine than to pay a visit to The Shan State.
The Shan State, 102 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D, 020 7437 0439< Go Back