I went to Burma Superstar for the first time last night....I was pleasantly surprised by the meal. I think this place actually lives up to its hype, which is nice to see. Main downside was the wait: We were a party of 2 and we arrived at 7:25 on Friday night. We put our name down and were told 25 minutes. It ended up being well over a 1 hour wait....we were seated at about 8:45. We were pretty hungry and excited to eat, so we ordered a lot.
We started with the Samusa Soup, which I liked a lot (but didn't love). My friend liked it more I think. The serving was pretty big for 2 people, so there was a lot, more than 2 small cups for each of us. It was different than anything I'd had before, so that was a plus.
Next came the tea leaf salad which was the highlight for me. The tea leaves themselves are delicious, and the fermented taste in the salad almost reminded me of gorgonzola. All of the ingredients were very fresh, I liked the different textured ingredients, and the serving was big. I think this dish is worth a 1 hr wait.
We shared two main dishes: Shrimp w/ Burma Superstar's "specialty curry" was excellent...the shrimps themselves were nothing exciting, but the spicy red sauce was great, especially when combined with the coconut rice (we ordered two of these on the side). This, plus the appetizers, probably would have been plenty of food for the two of us.
We also had, based on our waitress's suggestion, the tofu vegetable kebat. I thought this was fine but kind of unexciting...the sauce was similar to the curry, but less intense and flavorful, and the tofu and vegetables were not that exciting. The mint added a bit of an interesting flavor, but I still thought it was kind of boring. We were going to order the tofu tower, which looked good and different. Next time I might try this. Has anyone had it?
I drank some ginger lemonade, which was delicious, and my friend had a Thai iced tea which was good.
The tables in the restaurant are very close together, and after the long wait, most people seem to be pretty excited to finally be eating. We were seated right next to a party of 3, and we ended up trading some tastes of food with them (we ordered all the same appetizers though) and making friends! They had some pea shoots which were sauteed w/ garlic....well prepared, and nice to have some greens on the table. They also had a beef dish that I didn't get to try....maybe if they read this report they'll chime in and say how it was. We shared some of their dessert too...not sure what it was exactly, but it seemed to be a flavored glutinous rice roll (maybe banana flavored?), deep fried and topped with ice cream. Not bad.
What most impressed me about Burma Superstar was their ability to run things really well despite the mob of people. Even though they were crazy busy, our server still took the time to explain different menu items to us, to serve us our soup, point out each ingredient of the tea leaf salad, etc. Also, as we chatted w/ our new friends at the next table, we never felt like we were being rushed out. A place this popular could easily get away with worse or less-friendly service, but the fact that they don't do so is pretty great.
I ordered different dishes when I went to Mandalay in January, so it's not fair exactly to compare, but I enjoyed this meal much more than my meal at Mandalay. Overall, Burma Superstar was a lot of fun (despite the wait) and it was nice to try such great food and make some new friends.
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