The Rangoon Diner is a Monday night pop-up from chef Olly Daniaud, known for Westbourne in Notting Hill W2 (where this takes place), the Pig’s Ear Bar and Dining Rooms in Chelsea. As the name suggests, it focusses on the cuisine of Myanmar (formerly Burma), but also includes dishes from other parts of South East Asia, including Laos and Thailand. Diners typically spend £10-£15 per head, and it's on every Monday night in February and extending into March. I've now tried it and can confirm that it's delicious!
"The Rangoon Diner is the result of French born globe trotting Olly Daniaud’s long love affair with South East Asian food in particular Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and North East & West Thailand. The focus is on recipes from the area called The Golden Triangle
Olly co-founded the Westbourne in Notting Hill W2, the Pig’s Ear Bar and Dining Rooms in Chelsea SW3 and The Island in Kensal Rise NW10. in 2005 he also set up a travel business in Luang Prabang (Lao PDR), Naga Express Travelwhich provided him with an additional excuse to discover and embark on lesser known culinary adventures. His wife’s extended family in Myanmar has allowed him understand the finer points and techniques of this often overlooked cuisine.
The Rangoon Diner regroups favourite dishes from these lesser know areas while also including selected Isaan dishes which are found in the area of what is now North-East Thailand.
The Isaan region borders Cambodia and Laos and the food found there remains quite distinct from Burmese, Lao and Thai while having elements in common with all three. The Rangoon Diner will hopefully appeal not only to those of you who already have acquired a fondness for SE Asian food but also to those adventurous diners among you looking for new ways to liven up your tastebuds while discovering some of the lesser known and in some instances undiscovered cuisines of SE Asia.
Golden Triangle and Isaan cuisine offers an enormous range of dishes with a subtle blend of flavours which the Rangoon Diner is faithfully reinventing. Although the region’s tribes and people generally prefer super hot, spicy food not all dishes are equally fiery. This food is not bland! With centuries old influences from China and India, The Golden Triangle cuts a vast swathe across Burma, Laos and Thailand bringing together local ingredients and recipes distinct to all three making it even more vibrant and colourful."
When - Monday nights - 15th, 22nd and 29th February, 7th and 14th March 2016
6,30pm - 10.30pm
Where - The Westbourne - 101 Westbourne Park Villas, W2 5ED
Booking - Not essential, but you can book on 0207-221 1332 or 07768 405 633
Link 1 - The Rangoon Diner, inc menu
Link 2 - The Rangoon Diner on Instagram