The Swan Burmese Cuisine in Chiang Mai was recommended to us by a couple of people we met during our stay in the area. Having not tried Burmese cuisine before, we were both curious as to what it had to offer and a restaurant with such stellar reviews on TripAdvisor and so close to the border with Myanmar seemed like a great chance to give it a go.
Upon arrival, the staff greeted us warmly and sat us down at a big table not far from the kitchen.
The menu surprised us with such an extensive variety of food. Both Burmese and Thai food available looked great and we found it really hard to decide what to try. Luckily, there was 5 of us in the group so we chose to order a couple of dishes and share them all so that everyone could try as much as possible.
What to eat at The Swan Burmese Cuisine?
Coming to The Swan Burmese Cuisine I already knew that I wanted to try a traditional Burmese tea leaf salad, Lahpet Thoke. I’ve only heard good things about it from other people’s reviews of the restaurant.
It tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before. And it did not disappoint – the salad was very filling, delicious, and full of ‘crunch’. Plenty of nuts, beans, seeds, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes and spices such as ginger and chilli. It was definitely one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten in my life.
Considering how important a tea leaf salad is to the culture of Myanmar, I think it should be a must-try dish at The Swan Burmese Cuisine in Chiang Mai.
We also ordered a beef soup and a beef curry that both had a very strong stew-like aroma and plenty of spices. The mouth-watering smells reminded us of Mexican cuisine – rich flavours, hotness and saltiness.
Another meal we ordered was minced pork fried with chilies, mint leaves and lemongrass. It seemed like a Burmese take on Thai pad kra pao moo. Perhaps even spicier?
The Swan’s take on Burmese cuisine
The level of spiciness of all the food that we ordered at The Swan Burmese Cuisine was much different to regular Thai food. Thai food tends to hit me in the face with the initial kick of chilies. Burmese food we had at this restaurant had a build up of spiciness to it. We were fine for the most of the meal, but towards the end, I thought the dishes were getting spicier and spicier. The only dish we couldn’t finish was the minced pork with lemongrass. We were all full and at the same time defeated by the chili.
All in all, we were really, really happy with the meals we had ordered. And I was glad we all decided to order Burmese food even though Thai was available as well. And a bit of a wait for food was definitely worth it! That was one of the best meals we’ve had during this trip to Thailand. It was just so unexpectedly different from what we were used to. It’s a fantastic option to take a break from Thai cuisine and yet still try something new.
Dessert you can’t resist
Yeah, we were all full after the main courses – but it was such a success, we couldn’t resist. We asked for desserts. Fried bananas served with ice cream and chocolate sauce tasted like heaven. Quite soothing us after our spicy meal!
Our overall opinion on The Swan Burmese Cuisine
Prices in The Swan Burmese were very considerable for the quality food we received. Main meals started at around 90 Thai baht and would go up to 200 Thai baht. We paid around 300 baht per person including drinks.
The Swan Burmese Cuisine was definitely one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. We were all really impressed with the meals and variety of food. Everything seemed to be cooked fresh to order. If I’m back in Chiang Mai anytime soon, I’ll definitely go for another lovely dinner there!
Let us know how you enjoyed The Swan Burmese Cuisine. Tell us if you’ve had any other great dining experiences in Chiang Mai! We’d love to try them out next time!
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