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Burma Superstar

309 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
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  • Burma SuperstarPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Mar 15, 2014

    One of my favorite go-to restaurants out in the Richmond district, it's a fun place to bring friends for a Southeast Asian lunch or dinner after you've been exploring Golden Gate Park. The Rainbow and Tea-Leaf Salads are outstanding and mixed table-side, and the main entrees of curries and more are also delish.

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  • Burma Superstar
    Janson Wigo
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    5 Nov 18, 2013

    I've never had Burmese food before. It's very similar to chimes and Thai- I ordered the jook- a tradition Chinese style rice soup with various toppings. I thought it was delicious- needs hot sauce though. I also ordered the veggy curry which was bomb. The couple sitting next to me ordered the tea leaf salad and said it was the best thing ever. Next time.

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    Looking for some exotic Southeast Asian cuisine, look no further, as Burma Superstar makes a grand entrance. If you like Thai, Malaysian, Cambodian, etc. food, then Burmese food should also satisfy your palate, as the cuisine is similar in scope but also offers its own unique tastes and aromas. The tea leaf salad was particularly good, and is certainly special.

    Tea Leaf Salad*
    Featured on Food Network
    Yes, we really do go to Burma to get the tea for this salad, and it's worth the trip. With textures from fried garlic, peanuts

    Vegetarian Samusa Soup*
    Featured on Food Network and Bay Area Backroads!
    Even though it's vegetarian, this remains our most popular soup for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike

    Vegetable Curry Delux*
    Burma Superstar's special curry made with tomatoes, squash, eggplant, lentils, and tofu

    Burmese Style Curry *
    (shrimp or catfish)
    Burma SuperStar's speciality curry made with tomatos. Medium spicy

    Garlic Chili Shrimp*
    Wok tossed shrimp in our garlicky infused oil, and topped with toasted garlic

    The food is plentiful, aromatic, full of spices, and bursting with flavor! On top of the coconut rice, it's heavenly!!! Yummy! Do yourself a favor and give this place a try, but be warned, many others are doing the same; hence, Burma Superstar gets immensely packed and the lines stretch outside for quite a bit. The restaurant takes no reservations, so expect a long wait, but it is well worth it.

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  • Burma SuperstarCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    5 Feb 15, 2013

    If it's your first time at Burma Superstar, order the following:

    - Tea Leaf Salad
    - Samusa Soup
    - Burma curry with your choice of meat (I loved the lamb)
    - Coconut rice

    You will see why I give this place five stars. The service is also great, leaving the only downside the wait. But the food and staff are so spot-on that it still gets five stars.

    Come for lunch if you can.

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  • Burma Superstar
    Mark Del
    5 Jan 28, 2013

    Best Burmese food in the city. Tea Leaf Salad, Platha and Dip, Lemongrass Salmon, Basil and Mint Chicken and a white sangria to wash it down!

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    5 Jan 18, 2013

    Spectular food! The flavors and combination of ingredients were like none other. The tea leaf salad is a must try. We have heard that the wait for this small venue can be extremely long. We on the other hand did not have to endure the pain of waiting since we had a late dinner after a great day at Outside Lands Festival. Even at 930 PM we did have to wait for about 20 minutes to be seat with a call ahead to be added to the waiting list. I would wait to eat here.

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  • Burma SuperstarPro 2014
    Trina D.
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    5 Jul 01, 2014

    My cousin and I made our way to Inner Richmond on the MUNI to Burma Superstar after running the Nike Women's Half Marathon. We were exhausted and hungry. So we were hoping that the wait wasn't too long. Luckily it was about 15 minutes before a table opened up after 1pm. We sat down and ordered 2 Thai Iced Teas. One with soy milk for her and one with regular half & half for me.

    The waitress was really nice and she told us about the menu, specifically highlighting that both the tea leaf salad and the rainbow salad were featured on the Food Network. Of the two, we decided on the rainbow salad that has 22 ingredients: crispy fried shallots, tomatoes, potatoes, 4 types of noodles, tofu, carrots, cucumbers, shrimp, cabbage, tamarind, fish sauce, crispy fried garlic, won ton strips, cilantro, crushed yellow beans, green papaya, roasted chilies, onion oil and some secret ingredient I lost track of. The salad is brought to you with piles of ingredients and tossed table-side for your viewing pleasure. It was really good. Crunchy, sweet, salty, spicy, sour flavors blended in a wonderful mixture and made me really happy.

    We also tried the chicken curry noodles which were fantastic too. They also mix that dish table-side. They even squeezed lemon into the dish which gave it a wonderful brightness. Burma SuperStar, you get 5 stars in my book. They take credit cards which is also a plus.

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  • Burma SuperstarPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    We tried the Mango Salad for starters. It wasn't bad. Microscopic julienne slices of mango in this mostly romaine lettuce salad. The grilled crispy onions adds a nice texture to it.

    The Burmese beef special and the Vegetarian Deluxe Curry special were our mains for a late lunch (2:00pm, only 2 ahead of us on the queue) on a Sunday. The red veggie curry was light on the tofu. It also made me a bit supsicious of the carrots, they were small slivers with tiny scalloped edges on both sides. But the pototoes were large cubes, the broccolli was just pulled apart, and the tomatoes were large quarter wedges. So I immediately suspected the carrots as being frozen! Why fuss with the carrot slivers to add decorative edging, when you didn't do anything of detail to anything else in the dish, unless they came that way out of the frozen bag? Their was a curry like flavor to the dish, but absolutely very little heat from the curry spice of the dish. Very tame, very mild, more like tomato bouillebase. The beef was spicier and good. It was like tri-tips, with a lot of beef, slow cooked to be tender and tasty. All 3 dishes were about $9 each.

    They charge $3 for tea, $2.75 for Ginger Lemonade, and I think the rice is extra, too. The bill was over $40 (before tip) for lunch! So in addition to this place having a reputation for a very long line/wait and shabby chic decor with cramped, crowded quarters that seats maybe 35 of which 10 you will know intimately, it may also be less of a bargain than you might expect from the crowds trying to eat here.

    The mystique of a restaurant is a funny thing. All restaurants want it, few have it. This place will have 1,000 curious yelpers write a review before too long, so it definitely has it. Why, I am not sure, since the food is so-so, the place is cramped, the prices could be a little less, and the total experience is average.

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  • Burma Superstar
    Paul Petrick
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Who would have thought that Burmese fusion would be so popular. The place was packed, as was its sister restaurant - B Star - down the block. The lamb and pork pumpkin curries were all good and the tea tree salad delicious, but the true standout was the vegetarian samusa soup.

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  • Burma SuperstarPro 2014
    Ally Wu
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I have never been able to get in this place at dinner time because of the long wait. Today, I was in the area and finally got in for lunch. The restaurant itself is quite simple, but the menu is quite big with. I had a hard time picking what I wanted. I finally settled on a traditional Burmese dish of pumpkin curry with pork with coconut rice. It was a hit! The pork was cooked tender and worked well with the sweet taste of pumpkin. There is no dairy in the curry, so it is quite light. If you are looking for a cheap $5 lunch, this is not it. However, it is a great, satisfying meal that is worth paying more for.

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  • Burma Superstar
    JohnMichael
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    GREATNESS COMES IN SIX WORDS - BURMA SUPERSTAR STAR STAR STAR STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!!!!!

    Wait...stop...think about it....you know deep down inside it's good here. ;D

    honestly I don't even know how I first came across the place. I think a friend of mine dragged me over there and was kind of disillusioned when I first saw that no one was there (mid week - early dinner) but then after we were seated a bum rush came and almost gave me whip lash. I don't know exactly what we ordered...rather what she ordered. She was in control and apparently in the know. IT WAS SOO GOOD! the seating was kind of cramped but it is something I can endure for the culinary satisfaction. never tried burmese food till then. I remember there being chicken, lamb (love lamb), and noodles...lots of noodles. And it smelled so good. Surprisingly enough she had told me that it was the first time ordering these items and she said that it was just as good if not better than what she had last time.
    DAMN!
    Everything is good!

    It's funny that when ever I pass by there now I know exactly when they are about to open because there's already a line forming up outside.
    kekeke

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    Todd Waldorf
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    5 Sep 14, 2013

    We really liked it. The food was good and the kids liked it too. Would definitely go again.

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    5 May 24, 2013
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    4 Jun 07, 2014
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    5 May 09, 2014
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4.5 out of 5
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