Japanese food enthusiasts, rejoice! The country’s first ‘genuine’ Japanese food court officially opened its doors this week.
The new ‘Tokyo Dining City’ is located on the lower floor of Sule Square, right next to Shangri-La.
“Japanese food has gained great popularity in Myanmar and there are many Japanese restaurants here. What makes us different from the others is that we aim to present genuine Japanese dining and Japan’s culture of hospitality to our customers in Myanmar,” said Tokyo Dining City’s operation manager Zarni Kyaw, as quoted by the Japanese Times.
The food court contains a total of six restaurants and can seat approximately 200 customers.
The establishment is a joint venture by Japanese firm Sojitz Corp and Arctic Sun Co, a subsidiary of City Mart Holdings. If things go well, the two companies plan to open more branches throughout the city.
Myanmar’s first Japanese restaurant, called ‘Furusato’, was opened in 1988 by a Japanese-Myanmar couple. It is still standing today in its original spot in Bahan Township.
In 2014, the Myanmar Times interviewed Yuki Ko, the founders’ daughter and the restaurant’s current manager. Yuko Ko explained that her parents opened Furusato because they “wanted to give a feeling of home for Japanese workers in Myanmar who were homesick.”
Now with the opening of Tokyo Dining City, both Japanese and Myanmar citizens can devour a wide range of Japanese cuisine to their hearts’ content. To get an idea of which restaurants are available at the food court and what foods you can order — udon noodles, ramen, and (of course) sushi are all there — check out the company’s promo below: