Ever had the strong desire to try something new and delicious? I thought so. Would you wait in line for almost two hours for it? If it's Burma Super Star, you should.
I know, two hours seems excessive. Fortunately, they'll call you on your cell when your table is ready, and in the meantime you can roam the neighborhood doing fun stuff like exploring the shelves of Green Apple Books, or the tanks of the aquarium store. (Not sure of the name, but it's right there on Clement between Green Apple and the restaurant. Don't miss the adorable Box Fish!)
When your table is finally ready, prepare your taste buds for deliciousness. (Ignore the fact that your eardrums may be attacked by the noisy group at the next table, which is literally inches away from yours.) Here's what we had:
Rainbow Salad Salad made with 22 different ingredients. Four types of noodles, green papaya, tofu, onions, dried shrimp, and a tamarind dressing. (Apparently this dish was featured on a Food Network show - so of course I had to try it.)
Spicy Calamari with Fresh Basil Calamari prepared with lemongrass, garlic, ginger and peppers.
Classic Burmese Chicken Casserole with Cardamom Cinnamon Rice Braised chicken and shrimp buried in a clay pot and baked with biryani rice, raisins and nuts
Wok-Tossed Broccoli in a garlic sauce, topped with fried onions
The menu in the restaurant is even more extensive than the one you'll find on their Web site. I wish we could have ordered more, because I loved everything we ate, and every other dish I saw come out of the kitchen also looked amazing. Since this was my first experience eating Burmese food, I have no basis for comparison, but from the reviews I've read, Burma Super Star is authentic and probably the best in the city. I don't doubt it for a minute (or 120).
Burma Super Star
309 Clement Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)
(415) 387-2147 - no reservations