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Burma Superstar

by Robin Donovan

309 Clement Street (between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave.)
San Francisco 94118
(415) 387-2147

Cuisine: Burmese

Pluses: Fresh and unique dishes, friendly atmosphere, a small but pleasing wine list, spectacular sangria and non-alcoholic fresh fruit drinks including coconut and avocado

Minuses: The wait for a table can be long

Don't Miss: La Pat Dok (tea leaf salad)

Prices:: Inexpensive

Overview: Open for lunch and dinner daily

No reservations

Credit cards accepted

Street parking

Completely non-smoking

Wheelchair accessible


In a neighborhood virtually seething with Asian restaurants, this cozy spot stands out as a true gem, filling up nightly with hordes of 20- and 30-somethings who wait patiently on the sidewalk or across the street at the The Blue Danube coffeeshop (owned by the same folks who own BSS) for a table.

The restaurant's Burmese specialties offer a welcome jolt to the jaded palates of a town so “foodie” that it’s hard to think of a cuisine that isn’t already passé. Every bite of La Pat Dok (Tea Leaf Salad)— shredded lettuce, tomatoes, dried shrimp, fried garlic and shallots, sesame seeds, peanuts, and split yellow peas topped with a dollop of tea leaves (hand-carried from Burma)—is a palate-awakening burst of salty, sour, sweet and crunchy morsels coated in just the right amount of the tart, lemony dressing. Salt and Pepper Chicken sounds dull, but the tiny nuggets of perfectly crisp fried chicken sprinkled with salt and crushed red pepper are unavoidably addicting. Curry dishes are rich and complex, and stir-fries are surprisingly delicate and chock full of bright, crisp veggies.

Once you’ve eaten at this superstar among neighborhood eateries, you’ll want to tell everyone you know about it, but I’d bet good money that you’ll at least try to keep this “secret” to yourself.

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