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Yar Pyi

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )
Contact 259051436

north of Ananda temple, Old Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar,

An indoor and outdoor veggie cafe in the tourist area of Old Bagan. right next to Moon Restaurant (similar menu). Run by a local family, very limited English. Specialties include pumpkin soup and bean curry. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Burmese

Reviews (5)

First Review by Chelmi

Annoying owners! - Edit

The food was average and expensive for what you got (the tomato and peanut curry was particularly dissapointing) but the worst thing is that the owners sit and moan openly and loudly about the Moon Restaurant opposite - moaning about how busy they are just because they're in the Lonely Planet - yet they have blatantly stolen the Moon's concept and entire menu!

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Great food and friendly service - Edit

I ate dinner here in January 2013 after touring the Ananda temple in Bagan. The family who runs the restaurant were very welcoming and spoke excellent English. The dinner: bean curry, pumpkin soup, and fried bananas with honey, was excellent. The restaurant is across the street from another vegetarian restaurant, The Moon, and they both have the subtitle 'Be Kind to Animals'. I think the food at Yar Pyi was better although the Moon was also very good. Yar Pyi is not yet in Lonely Planet so was not as crowded.

Pros: Great food, inexpensive, friendly staff

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Good food and sweet family - Edit

We went here several times during our stay in Bagan, and like other places in Asia, if you eat twice in the same day you will get sick. Still despite that, and despite the fact that this place is totally ripping off names, concepts, etc from their competitor across the street "Moon: Be Kind to Animals" we have a soft spot for this place. It's a family run restaurant where most of the family is up front seating and conversing with customers and the oldest daughter is in the back doing all the prepping and cooking. She is an excellent chef and though no formal Western training, makes an impressive salad (and other dishes) that could be served in any Western restaurant. They have an excellent dish called Shan noodles. It is somewhat elaborate when it comes out of the kitchen and needs some professional mixing which the daughter-cum-chef did specially for us (every time we had it). can't say enough about this kind family, our bike tire had a flat and they lent us theirs to ride back home that evening and had their son take us to the bike repair shop the next day. Do try to support them if you can. They don't have the appearance and the tourist-friendly trendiness of Moon, but it is good food and nice folks---just don't go twice in one day!

Pros: Well made tasty food

Cons: Suspect cleanliness, not very atmospheric sitting area

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Double check ingredients but worth supporting! - Edit

In a country that has little concept and exceptionally few vege/vegan restaurants Yar Pyi, which classes itself as a veg resteraunt (ovo/lacto) is worth a visit. I'd advise, as i would with any vege/vegan food place, to double check ingrediants and in this case that there is no fish/shrimp paste lurking. Some choices contain egg. The menu is small, the food delicate in taste and the presentation lovely. Big portions of fresh vegetables are a bonus, the citron salad interesting and scrummy and the tofu, made with channa, a Shan speciality, worth a try. The family are lovely and comments/suggestions to enhance their understanding of vege/vegan faire is welcomed, they really put in the effort.

Pros: Lovely family run place, Healthy food, lots of fresh ingredients

Cons: Check ingredients

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Not that vegan friendly - Edit

This restaurant is not that vegan friendly, they add an egg to the vegetable soup and their tofu looks a lot like the egg tofu I saw at a supermarket. Otherwise, the portions are pretty small (especially if you have been on a bike all day) but the food is OK.

Pros: nice owners

Cons: not that vegan friendly, small portions

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