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Family of 6 report - Burma Super Star - Burmese

Native SF in Midwest | Mar 21, 2006 01:06 AM

Today's visit for the family to Burma Super Star was very enjoyable. We arrived Monday at about 2:30 with a party of 6. Since they only have one large table, we had to wait about 10 minutes for the other large party to finish.

Service was attentive until the deliveries starting showing up around 3:30 or so, presumably for the evening meals so no fault there.

We tried the ginger lemonade and it seemed like regular lemonade, until about 3 seconds after sipping and then the pleasant ginger taste appeared, ever so subtly. Great refreshment! We ordered one smoothie, but the smoothie machine was broken.

We followed the suggestions of the hounds for choices and we not surprised when everything was a treat. We had two salads, the green leaf tea and rainbow salads. None of us particularly liked the green tea leaf salad, yet the unique flavor was a treat in itself. The rainbow with its 22 ingredients was liked by all and have the potential for addiction. At the time it was qute good, but later as I think of it, it will prove to be a long term memory of the visit. The presentation of tossing them at tableside after a brief introduction of the ingredients was a very nice and appreciated touch for all of us.

We also had the highly recommended Samusa soup and all but my youngest were pleased. The curry is pretty evident, but still quite good. My son liked the flavors but felt the spice was a little hot. The bouquet of flavors was outstanding and I can see why it is recommended by all. I highly recommend this as a safe family bet and also for those adventuresome.

The Super Star noodles was the most controversial. As we ordered it, the waitress cautioned us to the heat in thinking of the children. Since they generally can handle some heat we went ahead. Everyone had at least one serving, but the 2.5 year old didn't care for it. I would have like to tried one of the curry/coconut noodles instead. That said, I found it outstanding.

The coconut rice was extremely liked by all. The fragrance of the jasmine rice and coconut went well with the Burmese curry shrimp. My wife does not like curry, but it was so minimal, and she loved it. I would say that everyone would have been very happy if the entrees consisted exclusively of this shrimp and rice combo. It was a dark sauce, likely soy with hints of spices including the curry. Strongly recommended for all. Had about 12 shrimp in the dish.

We did not try the tan poi rice due to the amount of food already ordered, but it sounds great with the raisins and mango.

We ordered the coconut custard fritters and generally enjoyed them, however, the crust seemed to have an over adundance of a baking powder or baking soda taste. A little tweaking and it would have been lighter and allowed more of the coconut to express itself.

The children loved the coconut and mango icecreams served with very ripe, sliced strawberries. It was a great topper to a great meal.

Given that everyone, except Dad, thought that Burma was near Russia (?) and expected a bland meal, this was quite a surprise. I am sure we will be back and be hard pressed not to order our favorites from this meal, but there is no doubt there are many other items that must be tried and we will be back!

Overall, a great meal and an even better value. Total for six with tip $100.


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