Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area

B Star Bar

tyler k | | May 15, 2007 02:08 PM

Burma SuperStar owners have opened a second location up Clement. No signage yet (just says "B"), only open about a week.

We went last week - twice. On Wednesday, we wanted Pho, but didn't want to drive out to Sunset, but we remembered new construction where Clement Bistro (maybe, don't remember the old name) used to be and thought...they looked close to opening. So we stopped by. Didn't know it was BSS #2 until after we ate and started to chat with the staff.

We had Chicken Satay, Garlic Noodles with roasted duck, and a basmati rice claypot with roasted chicken. The satay was simple but well prepared, with a good sauce. Garlic noodles very good with just enough red pepper spice to give it a kick (see below). Basmati rice claypot was very good, a little too much cardamom for my taste. Rice was a little chewy too, but it was a clay pot so sometimes chewy is good. Manager brought us out a coconut ice cream with mint shavings and thai ice tea to pour over the top after we started to chat. She said they don't have a desert menu yet, but still working on it. I hope the coconut ice cream makes the cut, it was awesome.

Went back on Friday with 2 other friends because we thought they would like it. Ordered Fish as Chips, Lotus Chips, Agedashi mushrooms, Green tea salad, Garlic noodles (again-it was that good), pork dish with fried egg, and another entree that slips my mind. Fish as Chips were fried until crunchy small silver fish (don't remember what kind) very good especially when dipped in the accompanying curry sauce. Salad was identical to BSS version. Agedashi mushrooms had an excellent coating on them, better than most agedashi tofu coatings I have had in recent memory. Other entree dishes were good, but not as memorable as the first visit.

They are obviously still going through start-up pangs. They seem to have some electrical issues with the lights flickering annoyingly all night. Food prep was good, service was excellent. I hope that over time they will evolve the menu a little bit and settle on the better dishes and maybe experiement with some others that are not quite there yet. They definitley have the enthusiasm.

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