10 Minutes With…Nelson Htoo, Founder of Club Rangoon

An interview with Nelson Htoo, Founder of Club Rangoon

Name: Nelson Htoo | Occupation: Founder of Club Rangoon| Location: Hong Kong | Known for: Being the founder of Hong Kong’s first Burmese restaurant, Club Rangoon, and also being the founder of U.K. clothing brand, Les Jeunes

Hong Kong is home to an abundance of creative talent, spanning across different career paths from artists to entrepreneurs. Each week we interview creatives and entrepreneurs from across the city to learn more about their passions and aspirations. This week, we got up and personal with Nelson Htoo, the Founder of Hong Kong’s first Burmese restaurant, Club Rangoon.

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Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers Times

A Little Background…

Nelson Htoo was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. He interned at Quintessentially Wine, then obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Cardiff, and a Masters in Science from Hong Kong Baptist University. During this time, Htoo also co-founded Burman Barbershop in Yangon, and founded Les Jeunes, a quality clothing brand. Following on from his business ventures (which are still in operation), Htoo moved to Hong Kong, where he realised that there was a wide gap in the market—Burmese cuisine was no where to be found.

Opened in August 2020, Club Rangoon is nestled on Central’s Aberdeen Street, serving authentic Burmese cuisine in an intimate setting. The restaurant is helmed by Brazilian Chef Karisa Cheque, who brings a unique combination of modern and traditional cooking to every dish. At the bar, Jack Byrne previously led the teams at Hugger Mugger and MEATS, before joining the Club Rangoon team, where he curates the most innovative Burmese-inspired cocktails.