The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Housed in a French-style manor set in more than 1ha of grounds be­side Lake Inya in Yan­gon’s Bahan Town­ship, Le Planteur is a lovely spot for lunch amid trees hung with dec­o­ra­tive bird cage­sor for al­fresco din­ner on lan­tern-lit evenings in the dry sea­son, from Novem­ber to March. Meals are also served in a se­ries of rooms stuffed with eclec­tic de­sign fea­tures, from pink chan­de­liers to so­fas with curvy “legs” and painted toes. It all feels like Shang­hai Tang retail em­pire meets the Penin­sula Ho­tels’ Sa­lon de Ning bar con­cept and if you want to take some chic booty home, there’s a small branch of Yan­goods, which stocks bags and tex­tiles printed with 19th-cen­tury im­ages of Burmese life and racy­look­ing ladies. Af­ter­noon tea (2pm-5.30pm) is a treat at $US20 ($28), or $US35 with a flute of Tait­tinger fizz; ex­pect an abun­dance of mini-sand­wiches and mignardises. There’s a Swiss-French chef at the helm and it’s one of the few restau­rants in Yan­gon that opens late. Le Planteur is at 80 Univer­sity Av­enue, one of the city’s most fa­mous boule­vards, and it’s a short walk to No 54, Aung San Suu Kyi’s home. More: le­p­; yan­


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