Author – Natty Tangmeesang
Sometimes it seems Myanmar’s rainy season lasts forever – especially in Yangon, where the downpours can last for six months. Yet that hasn’t stopped the growth in rooftop bars and restaurants in the capital as revelers look to brave the weather in search of a good night out. And one rooftop bar in particular that has been warmly welcomed by Yangon’s expat community is The Penthouse, a Mediterranean bistro sky bar.Located on the 8th floor of the Park side one building, the bar gives breathtaking views of Shwedagon pagoda on one side and downtown Yangon on the other. The bar has an outdoor lounge and standing area, and an indoor restaurant and bar.
“We want to bring the Mediterranean cuisine into Yangon with loungy design and atmosphere like in Thailand or Hong Kong,” said Amine Zlaoui, The Penthouse’s managing director.The bar sets itself apart with its top notch food, the work of renowned French chef Jean Marc Lemmery, whose more than 20 years’ experience includes working at the Guy Savoy, a three-star Michelin chef restaurant in France.Lemmery is famous for his mastery of cooking fish, using herb-infused oils and spices to give his dishes a unique kick.
The bar’s menu contains his signature dishes, such as the sea bass tartar, spicy chorizo and grilled grouper steak.But his real masterpiece is the whole roasted sea bass stuffed with rosemary, a perfect plate for sharing. For the main course, a must-try is the fresh oysters, imported beef tenderloin, and prime rib from Nevada in the US. The stuffed chicken with tapenade, a dish of finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil, is also a good choice. And for something sweet, there is the roasted mango with caramel, lemon and fresh thyme pie, chocolate lava cake, and fruit salad. “We pay attention to every detail and use high quality ingredient for every dish served to meet with the sophisticated demand from our customers,” Zlaoui said. As for drinks, The Penthouse has around 110 different types of wine, top quality whiskies, and cocktails. Their signature drinks are mojito, margarita, and mango daiquiri. The bar’s Sangria is made with fruits that have been marinated 24 hours before serving. And the best bit is, the happy hour 2for1 offer, from 5-7pm, is every day.The bar has lunch offers from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm on weekdays, which includes two starters and two main courses for 14,000 kyat.For food lovers looking for something new, there is a tasting menu on Wednesdays from at 6.30 p.m.Diners are served two starters, two mains and a dessert for 55,000 kyat.Being so popular, The Penthouse is fully booked most evenings. However, diners need not despair as there is always the company’s sister property, The Lab, a tapas bar, which will soon have a menu designed by Lemmery.“We are now planning to redesign the menu for tapas at the Lab by Chef Jean Marc Lemmery. We are expecting the new menu to come out soon,” said Zlaoui.