For traditional Burmese, Linn Htet is popular – but we're not sure why. The prices are low but the food was quite disappointing, consisting mostly of fried side dishes of meagre portion sizes. Even worse, the family lets their kids run wild through the restaurant. One started screaming at the top of his lungs in front of a German couple while another started touching our vegetables, all while the family ignored them and watched TV in the back. A better local option we reckon is Maxim Shan Restaurant, located on Yone Gyi Street near the canal. The Shan village soup, a type of local hot and sour chicken soup, has that intense flavour that we love about Southeast Asian soups.
With Inle Lake being such a popular travel destination, a large number of Western food options are available in Nyaung Shwe. With The Golden Kite, specialising in pasta and wood-fired pizza, being the most popular. The pizza is excellent, especially if you're tired of rice. Down the street you'll find King Rabbit. They serve Western favourites, including a 'world famous burger.' While the burger could never actually compete in an international setting, it's tasty enough and we liked the friendly family who owns it. Further down the street, towards the canal, is Everest Freshly Roasted Cafe. If your body runs on caffeine, this is your place. The long blacks are strong and fresh, the way they should be. Additionally, they have evening drink specials and sell locally produced wine from the Red Mountain Winery.
Indra Indian food ('the only one in town') is worth a visit. The tandoori chicken and fresh lassi are delicious – this is one of the best restaurants in town.