309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411837.782948 -122.462547
Sun-Thurs 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 55:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m
Neighborhoods: Inner Richmond, Northwest
It's no surprise that there's a constant wait for a seat in this Inner Richmond staple. Tea leaf salad, samusa soup, coconut rice, pea shoots, and more are always satisfying, and always on the tables next to you. If you don't want to wait, go very early or drop in for lunch.
the rainbow salad is a must try. there are so many ingredients in it - that it is truly unique. also, dont be frustrated with the long line, walk around clement street - check out park life gallery or grab a drink nearby.
When can we go back & order the superb tea leaf salad, garlic prawns & coconut rice? Plus an order of a whole young coconut milk, please.
great food – The food is really, really good, and they give you nice portions.
The only downfall is the wait on a Thursday night was 45minutes, but the good thing is they let you leave your number and go for a walk, and there is a cute cafe across the street that you can go chill out in.
Now I get the line! – Even though I am not vegetarian, I just loved loved loved the vegetarian samusa soup here! It was delicious, and the little samusas in it were just the right little surprise in my soup, esp. since they were crispy at one point then soaked in soup.
The curry I had was good also but nothing completely stand out to me. Also the tea leaf salad, their signature dish, was something that I think I will like over time, but for the first time, it was a bit strong for me. Still, it is one of their most popular items so I know it's just me needing to adjust to the strong flavors. As I ate more and more to me it was less of a strong taste in my mouth.
Service is excellent, and if you ever come here for lunch and it's past 11:30am you can expect to have a bit of a wait. But you'll like your foot at least!
Amazing food, great service, get there by 5:30 – Sought this place out with my sister, who'd been before and knew about getting there before 5:30. Absolutely true. We got right in, and watched a horde form outside our window table. The food was stupendous. Flavors and combinations unlike anything I've had anywhere. Service excellent and informative, friendly, energetic staff. The decor is gorgeous. Topnotch
Too much Hype and over rated – This experience was a downright waste of our time. Long wait of over an hour. Small and overly crowded place. Also noticed how close the Bathroom to the Kitchen. Disgusting. In addition to all of the above....they will not allow you to sit next to your Fiance. My Fiance and I were asked to sit across from each others instead of sitting next to one another. I could not believe it. We asked if other Patrons have complained and they told us no. for a moment I thought I was in a Talaban territory. We asked for the manger but were told the same thing. We have waited in the rain and cold for over an hour, paid for parking to be told that I could not sit next to my Fiance. We have decided to leave this place instead. SF has plenty of great places to eat and with great service. This is clearly not worth it. NOT RECOMMENDED At All.
Not sure what the hype is about? – We ordered take out because we had heard that if you don't get there at 5:30, you'll be waiting for at least an hour. We arrived at 8:00 to pick up our food and there was an hour and a half wait. The staff was very friendly. They got our order right. We ordered the Mango beef, the beef was chewy and the sauce was too sugary. We also tried the Nan Gyi Dok, it was ok, a little slimey. Both dishes left us feeling greasy and wondering what all the hype is about? Maybe we ordered the wrong dishes, but we won't be returning to try it out again.
Lived up to the hype – We've been trying to eat at Burma Superstar for months but can never seem to get in. Just the other night we were driving by and decided to try our luck. As luck would have it we were able to get in and I'm happy to say that the food was delicious. We started with the Tea Leaf Salad and Vegetarian Burmese Samusas with a sweet sauce. Both were terrific with just the right amount of spices. The salad is tossed tableside. Our main course was the Broccoli, Coconut Rice and the Lamb Burmese Style Curry. The Curry had a spicy (hot) kick to it but not too hot. The serving of broccoli was more than enough for 2. It was so big that we couldn't finish it. All in all it was a terrific dinner. The tables are very close together so it's easy to hear others and be overheard. This place is worth every penny. Oh yeah the wines are reasonably priced.
Go at lunch time, folks! – Unless it's a restaurant like French Laundry where you can't get in for months, I'd recommend that you go at lunch time (I've been told it's the same for French Laundry, chances are better on weekdays) to get a table. We arrived at 11:30a on a Sunday, and there were only 8 other people in the restaurant. Even after we finished, there were only 15 others dining. It's the same menu for dinner, no lunch specials or rates. It's overpriced for the food, but we really liked the Tea Leaf Salad, which wasn't overloaded with tomatoes, but the dish was delicious, tangy and a nice blend of flavors with a tea leaf-like pesto, lettuce, dried shrimp (optional), bits of fried garlic, peanut & sesame seeds. They mix the dish up at the table. Yummy but steep for nearly $9. The See Jyet Kaukswer (noodles, garlic, duck or pork) was bland unless you mixed in the spicy sauce served on the side. I didn't like this dish as much. The chili lamb was good but so hot (can't be prepared mild, only moderately hot or hotter!) that they couldn't fill my water glass fast enough. All that came to almost $40 for 2 persons for lunch which is expensive, in my book. AND, we only had tap water. How this place made it into the SF Chronicle's "Bargain Bites" edition is beyond me. The waitress was friendly. Perhaps they can't handle the crowds in the evenings, but lunch was a breeze to get in and given the same menu, it makes sense to avoid the dinner scene by eating earlier if you're going to try the food.
Why the hype?? – I still can't figure out the hype. I'm a huge fan of international cuisines ranging from Russian to Cambodian, but do not enjoy the food here. I don't know if it's Burmese food in general or just the way they prepare it. I won't eat here again. The food is simply not good.
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