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“Rakhine Seafood Place with Top-notch Crab and Lobster”
Review of Minn Lan - CLOSED

Minn Lan
Cuisines: Burmese
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

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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5  Thank Bourgeois_Lunatic
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Have been patronising this joint for the past 2 years.
Always enjoyed the great variety of seafood offered.

Well loved by my business associates as well.

Prices have increased quite sharply in recent months as compared to before thou.

Still a great place to enjoy fresh seafood thou.

Thank Niahkong_JJ
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Ok, I'm being a little dramatic. I didn't die, but I had food poisoning for 9 days after eating here. Hands down, worst in my life. However, that was on my second try and Im convinced it was from the mixed fruit smoothie, not from the food. I have been there at least 4 times since then and have loved it. Variety is great and the service is quite good amidst the chaos. I recommend this place to travelers, despite my one bad experience. Dont order the fruit shake.

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Thank Damian L
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I went twice to the Inya Lake branch and had two of the best meals ever. You have to like seafood and spiciness to enjoy the restaurant and if you're a fan of both you can't really go wrong with whatever you order. We tried dishes with 'bamboo clinch' (like a razor clam), giant prawns, oysters, and crab and they were all fantastic. The spicy rice was amazing too. You can wash it down with local beers and it'll all cost no more than about 15 dollars per person. One word of warning: you can also order live fish from the fish tanks and I heard of a group inadvertently ordering a very expensive fish this way so it's maybe best to stick to the normal menu. But in summary, this place is world-class and was my stand-out meal in Myanmar by a mile.

1  Thank ScoundrelDays
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Three of us shared noodle soup, thai tiger shrimp, bbq'd tiger shrimp, fried soft shelled crab, crab in garlic sauce, rice, and it was around twenty bucks and simply and quite really amazingly good. World class. Not in presentation and veneer, in flavor.

Thank Aromasguy
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