Legacy Thai: The best Thai in town?

The cook of Legacy Thai outmanoeuvres some of the better known Thai restaurants in Yangon.

Legacy Thai is a place without pretense. The décor is modest but atmospheric in the evenings, and the food is unassuming. Authenticity is where the strength of Legacy Thai lies. The majority of the plates served could just as well have emerged from a kitchen along Bangkok’s Sukhumvit road.

The penang curry is delicious and spot on. The phrad kapao kai, minced chicken with basil and chili pepper, has a nice kick to it and the flavours to match. This is Thai food like it was intended. Might one of the explanations for Legacy Thai’s very decent output be that some of its staff members hail from Thailand?

Yangon has a plethora of restaurants claiming to cook Thai food. Many of them present interpretations of well known dishes like tom yam kuung and laab. The flavours are sanitized or just plain wrong. That this small eatery, tucked away in a small side street off Dhammazedi road, hits all the marks is no small feat.

Legacy Thai is surely not Michelin-star material. Nonetheless, the cook outmanoeuvres some of the better known Thai restaurants like Sabai and Bangkok Kitchen. Take the flawlessly grilled chicken satay, or the sumptuous green curry for that matter, a coconut delight that brings all the goodness to your plate in the right doses.

It’s not just the kitchen of Legacy Thai that shines. The service is timely and precise, and after our numerous visits to the restaurant we never had to deal with unwanted after effects.

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Pricing of the dishes is reasonable. If you want a curry for under kyats 1,000, go elsewhere. At Legacy Thai a full dinner for two including drinks will come at under kyats 20,000. For the food and service you get, that’s a steal.

Our rating:

Food: ****
Service: *** ½ 
Hygiene: ***
Atmosphere: *** ½

99 Dhammazedi Road, Yangon
Telephone: 01-709748
Open daily from 10am to 10pm

Two additional outlets are located on Gandamar Road and Yaw Min Gyi Road.

By Hans Hulst

By Hans Hulst

Hans Hulst has been writing about Myanmar since 2000. He wrote three books on the country and published widely in European newspapers and magazines.
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