The Shan State is a Myanmar inspired restaurant serving up classic dishes from The Shan State in Myanmar and also classic South East Asian dishes. Their menu is vast, serving up tapas, noodle or rice dishes and every kind of waffle or ice cream combination you can think of! They specialise in milk tea and also bubble tea which is a popular choice. The Shan State is based next to China Town on Shaftesbury Avenue and has plenty of seating.
Of course we started off with bubble tea; they have a good variety of flavours and toppings. We went with mango green tea with passion fruit popping balls and mango green tea with strawberry popping balls. You can request the sweetness of your tea and ours were just right, the passion fruit popping balls were the best!
For the food we decided to try a few tapas dishes, recommended by the lovely and helpful staff. First we tried the Tempura Prawn: panko coated king prawns, and the Thai Fish Cake: yummy little Thai spiced fish cakes. Both were fresh and tasty. Then we tried the Shrimp Cheung Fun, a classic Cantonese dish which is one of my favourites. It’s basically very soft glutinous noodle rolls served with a meat or fish. This cheung fun was served with prawn fishcakes and was very tasty; the thick salty soy sauce was delicious. To finish our tapas dishes we had the Tempura: which is vegetable tempura in classic Myanmar style and was fresh and yummy, and finally the Tako Balls: fried octopus balls – very popular in Japan and much tastier than it sounds!
For the main event we ordered the State noodles: Sticky rice flat noodles with seasoned vegetables, bean soup, mashed tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt, black pepper and mushroom. You can add tofu or a meat and so we chose the duck – which was delicious! It was nicely seasoned and the duck was crispy and tasty sitting on top.
Our eyes were too big for our bellies unfortunately so we didn’t get to try any of their impressive looking deserts but looking around the restaurant it seems that many people visit just for that! The waffles and ice cream rolls looked delicious and we’ll be sure to go back and try them out!
The tapas dishes start at £4.20 and the State Noodles cost just under £10. The portions are generous but not overkill so make sure you try them out next time you’re near China Town…but leave room for dessert!