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Burma Superstar -- Don't Bother

Syre | Mar 7, 200412:25 AM

I and two friends ate at Burma Superstar on Clement between 5th and 4th Avenues tonight, on the recommendation of various postings on this board.

First of all, there was an hour wait for a table. The place was jammed. This could be a good sign, but unfortunately is usually a bad sign when it comes to ethnic restaurants, especially when the crowd waiting is devoid of the given ethnicity.

After we were finally seated and ordered, we were presented with food that ranged from Okay to inedible. I have eaten quite a lot of Burmese food both in restaurants in New York and in Southeast Asia (though not in Burma). I must say that this was the very worst Burmese food I have ever experienced.

We started with Mu Shu vegetables, because they were a special favorite of one of my dining companions. These were fine, though nothing special.

Next was a sambosa (sp?) soup, which was interesting though too sour for my taste and definitely much too salty.

Next up was a "yellow bean curry" which turned out to be the classic Burmese lentil stew. While my friends both liked it a lot, and I found it to be not bad, it was by far the worst example of this dish I have had at any Burmese restaurant. This was served with four breads described as "nan" but which were actually very similar to parathas. They were crisp on the outside, but unfortunately very greasy.

Our next dish was supposed to be a vegetable curry, but it was inedible. It was so heavily salted that we sent it back and asked for the check.

In summary: don't go to Burma Superstar. Even when it's good, it's not very very good, and when it is bad it is horrid.

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