If you're short of cash, the noodles here are very good, but the real attraction of the place is fresh crustaceans - particularly crab, lobster, and tiger prawn - prepared Rakhine-style on an open flame grill.
I have been eating here regularly for six months, ordering seafood 'by weight' rather than the standard plates, and have never once had a problem with the bill. A couple of huge crabs and a good-sized plate of prawns, some veggies, along with a nice set (say five) bottles of Myanmar beer will set you back a good deal south of 25 USD. The same quantity and quality anywhere in the West, you would be looking at eight times that amount.
The original Minn Lan is the one ... surprise surprise ... just off Minn Lan (Minn Road) near Asia Royal Hospital, but there are currently four others. Which one you choose is much of a muchness. A lot of people have a soft spot for the one next to Inya Lake, but you should go to the one nearest wherever you are.
All of the staff - like the produce itself - has been brought in from Rakhine state on the Bay of Bengal. Take it easy with them - generally speaking they aren't used to being in a city, let alone dealing with foreigners who don't speak Burmese. This is a place that is mainly patronised by local people, so don't expect to reel off your order in English as though you were in the Tottenham Court Road branch of Starbucks. Have some respect and explain what you want slowly and clearly, and all will be well.
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