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B-Star Report - Inner Richmond [SF]


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B-Star Report - Inner Richmond [SF]

Dave MP | | Apr 17, 2013 10:17 PM

Three of us had dinner at B-Star tonight. It was my first time eating there and I thought it was pretty good overall.

From 5-7 on weekdays, it's happy hour, which means deals on various drinks and appetizers.

We had a reservation for 6 PM, but we arrived late at 6:15, which seemed like it was okay. At that point, restaurant wasn't that busy, and really never got that busy until close to 8.

Shared a pitcher of a drink made w/ beer, lemon and ginger, but I forget the name of it. It was refreshing, though I had just biked across the entire city which might have positively influenced how much I enjoyed it.

Brussels sprouts appetizer (happy hour price of $4) was, in my opinion, outstanding. The sprouts have furikake, fish sauce, popped rice, and parmesan, and the flavor combo was great—slightly sweet, lots of umami. Generous serving, too.

Pratha w/ dipping sauce was good as well. The pratha itself was freshly fried and fluffy, though the cup of curry sauce was tiny. We had to request a second cup of it, which we ate in its entirety as well.

Tea leaf salad was good, but I definitely like Mandalay and Burmese Kitchen versions better. This one had a lot of lettuce, and arrived pre-mixed (all we did was squeeze lemon). However, I guess I should give credit to the folks at Burma Superstar for introducing me to tea leaf salad in the first place, and the BS/BSt version is still very good.

Pork and Pumpkin stew - tender pork, somewhat starchy kabocha squash, and a mild curry sauce. This was nice, but I would have liked a bit more nuance to the flavor. It was comforting, but not very memorable.

Kau Soi was advertised as "medium spicy" but it was flat-out mild (though I suppose we could have added more chili). This version was less-soup like, and more resembled the Burmese versions of this dish (ohn-no khao swe) than it did the Thai versions I've had at Thai House Express and Amphawa on Geary. I liked it overall, but still would give the nod to the equivalent dish at Mandalay.

This was plenty of food for 3 of us, though we ate all of it and still had room for dessert down the street (boba at LovingHut and chocolate-covered-banana at Toy Boat Dessert Cafe.

Bill at BStar was about $65 before, not super cheap, but not a bad deal thanks to the happy hour specials.