This small, wildly popular eatery falls geographically and gastronomically somewhere between Thailand and India, sharing ingredients and spices with both, but interpreting them in uniquely Burmese ways. Lines start forming a half-hour before opening for house specialties such as tea leaf salad, a deliciously crunchy combo of dried tea leaves, fried yellow beans and garlic, sesame seeds, tomatoes and dried shrimp; samusa soup; and pumpkin pork stew slow-cooked with kabocha squash and ginger. Expect a wait at this no-reservations spot—the best bet for immediate seating is to get there at 5pm for dinner.
|Venue name:||Burma Superstar||Contact:|
309 Clement St
|Cross street:||at 4th Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am–3:30pm, 5–10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–3:30pm, 5–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Bus 1, 2, 44|
|Price:||Main courses: $9–$18|
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Tea leaf salad! Seth is right, it's 100% worth the hype. Look at all this hype! It's warranted! You should also definitely try the platha and dip—not only is it fun to say, it's otherworldly to eat: buttery, flaky, multi-layered bread served with a coconut curry dipping sauce so flavorful you'll be licking the serving dish. And ordering another. I have done this multiple times. It's all good here, it's worth the wait when there is one, which is often. I'd never had Burmese food before and now I can't shut up about it. Tea leaf salad, guys!!
During my three week fling with San Francisco one summer (it was very steamy, but I'll spare you most of the details) this place was the only restaurant I hit up twice. The tea leaf salad is Worth. The. Hype. although I will say it looks much prettier before they mix it in all the ingredients. This is the place where I fell in love with drinking out of a coconut. This is the place where I fell in love with Burmese cuisine. This is the place where I fell in love.
When I took my first trip to San Fran and asked for dining recommendations, Burma Superstar was the most common suggestion. If you're a fan of Thai food (specifically the spicy curries) than you'll enjoy the saucy mixtures of veggies and proteins. Your waiter will unfailingly suggest trying the tea leaf salad, and you should definitely take his or her advice. It's like a nut-heavy trail mix atop a bed of lettuce, tied together by some savory fermented tea leaves—delicious.