RESTAU­RANT RE­VIEW A health­ier me re­views Healthy Me

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - MYO SATT myosatt@mm­times.com

SINCE I was re­cov­er­ing from a bout of flu, a healthy restau­rant seemed like a good idea. Luck­ily, one has opened just a few min­utes’ walk from my of­fice: Healthy Me, in front of Ruby Mart on the cor­ner of Bo­gyoke and Pan­so­dan roads, proved to be ex­actly what I was wait­ing for.

You may have seen it on Face­book, where it has shot to pop­u­lar­ity – nearly 9000 likes – dur­ing its first three weeks in busi­ness. The day we went, most of the cus­tomers looked like they were there for the first time.

You should know two things be­fore you go in. Firstly, the food and drinks are West­ern. A clas­sic, oily Myan­mar curry isn’t in their lineup, and their idea of a salad won’t look any­thing like the tra­di­tional Myan­mar idea of a salad. If you want to see it be­fore you or­der, the waiter can show you a pic­ture on her tablet.

Se­condly, The back­ground mu­sic is Bon Jovi. You’ve been warned.

Open­ing at 9am, the restau­rant of­fers break­fast, fea­tur­ing var­i­ous kinds of toast and gar­lic bread, oat­meal, poached eggs and fruit, with prices rang­ing from K1200 to K2500. As it was past noon, I skipped ahead to the lunch menu, where I found the Best Omega-3 salad (K5900).

Listed as con­tain­ing salmon, let­tuce, tofu, olives, wal­nuts, chick­peas, pump­kin, cherry to­mato and a spring sauce, the Best Omega-3 sounded like a real mouth­ful. It stood out to me for its health ef­fects: The oil in the salmon keeps skin and hair healthy. It also had eight dif­fer­ent dress­ing choices avail­able, plenty of flavour to make a healthy meal per­haps a lit­tle less so.

My col­league or­dered gar­lic chicken pasta (K4500) with gar­lic-in­fused sliced chicken, car­rots, red pep­pers and pasta. The dish is one of five dif­fer­ent pas­tas and sal­ads, a theme that Healthy Me con­tin­ues with five kinds of pro­tein rice bowls and meat dishes.

To drink, they of­fered a va­ri­ety of cof­fees, hot choco­lates, teas, smooth­ies, juice and soft drinks as well as their own Healthy Me Café. You can also get a detox/cleanse at K2500 a cup or K3900 a jar. I or­dered Flu Fighter juice (K3200), which came with car­rots, or­anges and gin­ger. My col­league chose the latte (K2000), and then we set­tled in to wait. And wait. My Flu Fighter, when it even­tu­ally came, was worth the wait for the fresh­ness of the in­gre­di­ents and a re­fresh­ing hint of sour­ness. I don’t know what my flu germs thought of it, but I liked it.

The salad seemed fresh and tast- ed de­li­cious, if a lit­tle dry. (I added some salt.) My com­pan­ion also found her pasta a bit dry, though I sup­pose that’s to be ex­pected when search­ing for healthy foods.

As we were fin­ish­ing lunch, we re­alised her latte had yet to ar­rive. In the end, we had to ask them to give it to us in a to-go cup.

We even had to wait an un­usu­ally long time for the bill. You don’t ex­pect that, even in Myan­mar.

The latte, at least, was de­li­cious, or so my com­pan­ion said (it did, fi­nally, ar­rive with the bill).

The whole meal cost K15,900, but for this month the restau­rant is round­ing down, and dis­pens­ing with tax and ser­vice charges, which brought the to­tal down to K15,000.

Still, for all the de­lays – I put it down to teething trou­bles – there is room for a restau­rant like Healthy Me in Yan­gon. I’m sure I’m not the only one who eats too much un­healthy food ev­ery day. It’s a lit­tle pricey, but not overly so.

Healthy Me is at 86 Bo­gyoke Road, Min­galar Taung Nyunt town­ship, and its hours are 9am to 9pm. They’ll be wait­ing for you.

Which is the way it should be. Ad­dress: 86 Bo­gyoke Aung San Rd Restau­rant Rat­ing:

Food: Drink: X-fac­tor: Value: Ser­vice: Over­all:

7 8 8 7 4 3/5

I went for the Best Omega-3 salad, which boasted pos­i­tive ef­fects like healthy hair and smooth skin.

Pho­tos: Myo Satt

My com­pan­ion’s gar­lic chicken pasta was packed with nu­tri­ents, if a lit­tle dry.

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