How can a restaurant called Burma Superstar be one worth visiting? If it had not been for a friend of a friend, who happened to use a spare ticket for a play, I would never have thought of visiting this San Francisco gem! We showed up bright and early, dragged there to line up before the restaurant opened its doors. It was packed within 15 minutes of opening and people were lining up outside the door to put their names on the waitlist. This Clement Street restaurant is so popular that the owners have now opened a B Star in the next block that does most of the popular menu items, and now a regular Burma Superstar is open for business in the East Bay (Alameda).
So what did we eat? The meal began with Samosa Soup – a tangy, filling soup with potatoes, broken up samosas, and something very much like the phulauri my mother puts in some of her curries. This was followed by a tea leaf salad – lots of crispy lettuce garnished with fermented green tea leaves and many kinds of chopped nuts, this salad is bursting with contrasting textures and flavors. The rainbow salad is a noodle salad with cold noodles and greens mixed in, lots of crunchy bits, and unique flavors in the dressing. There are lots of meat dishes, some fiery hot, but I loved the spicy stir fried tofu for its firm texture and flavor.
If one misses Burma Superstar due to long lines then B Star is a worthy alternative. The Samosa soup and the tea leaf salad are available, and for the main courses we have tried the chicken biryani, the green curry salmon pot pie and the staple spicy stir fried tofu. The food is wonderful, the wait staff a bit distracted and busy but friendly, and I cannot imagine not having a Burmese meal at Superstar or B Star when I am in the city. The food is a cross between the earthily spicy Indian and the lightly spicy Thai – more Indian in textures and flavors, but with many unique ingredients that are blended in with mastery by the chef. So far 10 visits and counting…….
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