Meet the foodies bringing Burmese cuisine to East London

Two years ago, Dan Anton spent a month zipping off the beaten track in Burma on a scooter and sampling amazing regional cuisine.

Now he runs Lahpet - a stylish restaurant in Shoreditch and a street food kitchen at Old Spitalfields Market. Together with his Burmese business partner and chef Zaw Mahesh, they’re introducing exciting flavours to the East London foodie scene and making Burmese food more accessible. And the two-year-old business already employs 30 people.

Dan, who previously worked in the city as a head-hunter for the construction and manufacturing industries, took some time to tell us his story:

His father is half Burmese and left the city of Yangon in 1958 for the UK just before the military took control.

Dan said: “Growing up I ate a lot of Burmese food – cooked by my aunties and my Grandma. My dad and I were frequent visitors of the Mandolay, a Burmese res