Orzo has a most unpromising location in the basement of the Sedona Hotel, looking out on the pool. The restaurant has a clattery ochre tiling on the floor which makes it loud and rather impersonal. However, the food every time I have eaten there has been excellent. Forget the ambiance and focus on the food!
On this trip I had the pork chops in a a tomato and black olive sauce and the chef had prepared the dish to perfection - the meat was succulent, the sauce packed with intense and contrasting flavours and the diamond of polenta which accompanied it was just right. One friend had the generous portion of white fleshed butter fish, which was also cooked to perfection in a tomato sauce, and the other had the sea bass, which was an enormous chunk of fish, albeit in a rather strange sauce (less recommended).
The minestrone to to start was very green in the Ligurian style with spinach, basil and beans, and I had the beef carpaccio, which was excellent, with razor thin slices of marbled red meat topped with salty parmesan slivers and crisp arugula. It was a very good meal and we accompanied it with a bottle of Prosecco, which at $55 was very reasonable by Yangon standards. There were little bottles of olive oil and balsamic on every table, and an array of grappa and liqueurs to excite even the most jaded palette. I'd go back again - even if I wasn't staying at the Sedona. L'Opera has much better atmosphere, but Orzo rivals it in terms of the cuisine and is a lot easier to get to.
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