Burma Superstar

  • 1345 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
  • (510) 522-6200
  • www.burmasuperstar.com
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03/24/2020
Owie

2.5 Stars

I've been here twice at this location and each time there was always something wrong.

First time was a takeout order. Bestest only live one freaking block away from this restaurant, but we wanted to take the food and eat in our own comfort living room.

Strike 1!

Skimpy portion of fiery chicken that was supposed to feed 2-3 person. More like one! Ughhh!!!

Strike 2!

Garlic noodles that came in the smallest to-go container?!?! Seriously inadequate portion and not even enough to feed one person.

Strike 3!

When my Bestest gives his bill, we never got our changes back until we had to ask three different waiters. On top of that, they didn't even bring back the right amount. Aiyah!

Don't think we will frequent this place even if it's a block away from our place. I actually prefer Royal Ragoon better. Kthanksbye!

03/24/2020
Stephen Hubbard

Burma Superstar is great. The food is worth the wait and you will always have to wait.

03/24/2020
Travis Katz

We had tried to go to Burma Superstar in SF but the line was always too long. They don't take reservations, but you can call 15 mins before you arrive and they will add you to the list. The space is trendy and fun, with d lighting and mirrored walls. The food was good, but not the best Burmese I'd ever had. Get the tea leaf salad, the flatbread with the curry dip, and the coconut rice for sure.

03/24/2020
Ingrid Katz

Trendy Burmese restaurant in Oakland. Cool atmosphere. Food was good but not outstanding. There is mostly a line outside and you can only call to be put on the list 15 min. before arrival.

03/24/2020
Yogic Traveler ❀

My goodness! Honestly some of the best food I've ever tasted! I went with friends and we shared and EVERYTHING was DELICIOUS! The place was packed, line out the door and we had to wait but totally worth it. I highly recommend the eggplant, like sweet velvet with the coconut rice and the incredibly addictive layered bread. MIND-BLOWING!

03/24/2020
Barbara Kossy

Noodles! The noodles were tender, not mushy. Perfect.
We arrived at 6pm on a Friday night and were seated immediately. The three of us had the far end of a long shared table. We all loved the tea leaf salad, which is really a chunchy peanut salad with an interesting tea leaf dressing. We also had garlic noodles with pork and tofu, and a shrimp dish. In the garlic noodle dish the sauces were good but I would have liked a bit more of the port and tofu. The shrimp in the other dish was perfectly cooked and arrived hot at the table. What I most loved was the desert which was a sort of yam fritter with excellent coconut ice cream. All that came at a really reasonable price in a place with a fun atmosphere in trendy Temescal. After dinner we walked up and down the street, enjoying a summer evening in Oakland. I would have like to see a few more vegetable dishes on the menu, since I'm not really a noodle person. But if you're a noodle person, this is the place for you!

03/24/2020
Jenn B

There are several locations of this restaurant and I like this one much more than the one in SF. There is a wait, but it's nowhere near the craziness you'll surely encounter in the city.

Burmese food is really delicious, and this restaurant also serves Asian inspired cocktails! Be sure to order the famous fermented tea leaf salad and samusa soup. Prices are reasonable - expect to spend about $20 to $25 per person, excluding alcohol.

03/24/2020
Pillow

Burmese cuisine

03/24/2020
Kimberly P

They are known for their tea leaf salad but I also enjoy their pumpkin pork stew as well as the Burmese chicken & shrimp casserole. (The casserole is like a biryani.)

03/24/2020
Paul @ OLIVE THIEF

Nom nom nom. The line stretches forever because the food is spicy, sweet, familiar (think Thai, Chinese, Indian) and yet shocking and completely new. If you're in the Bay Area, you must go.

03/24/2020
Susie - Oakland-Berkeley Food Guide

Burma Superstar reliably has a line when they open at dinnertime. That's because the restaurant has a great buzzy ambiance and super flavorful burmese food, which is kind like thai and vietnamese, only different. They will recommend their most popular dishes which will simplify your entre to this type of food if it's new to you. Great cocktails too!

03/24/2020
Zhanna K

First time trying Burmese food and do not regret it! Lamb was tender and flavourful, lemon and mint added a nice touch to chicken! It's a family/sharing type of place. I will definitely be back for green tea salad!

03/24/2020
John P. Sherman

Best Burmese restaurant I've ever had. The flavors were just amazing. Beef steak kebat was delicious. Nan Gyi Dok noodles were awesome. Can't wait to go back to try the other dishes.

03/24/2020
Amanda Brenneman

My first time trying Burmese food, and I love it! They do such a great job with all of their dishes. You can actually taste the details to everything. Their thai chicken soup is great. The spicy chicken, or mint chicken are my favorites. There is almost always a wait, but it moves pretty quickly. And boy is the wait worth it! One of the only places I am ok waiting for food. YUM! I have heard good things about the tea leaf salad, that is next on my to do list!

03/24/2020
Marieta Em-brasser

A little waiting time but well worth it. You can smell the delicious aroma from the kitchen seaming through many dishes! The waiters are friendly and accommodating. The large selection of fresh menu and deserts. Good time!

03/24/2020
Wanugee

Well this location of the popular Burnese restaurant is nicer than the San Francisco one by far, with a lot less wait.

I never understood why thousands of Yelpers would wait 2 hours in San Francisco's Clement Street, Richmond District to eat at Burma Super Star. It is cramped (almost elbow to elbow cramped), shabby in decor, slow service, and the food is good, not fantastic. So why so many 4 and 5 star reviews?

I figure it was all a bunch of Politcally Correct, Socially Conscious, Bleeding Heart Liberal SF'ers trying to show their trendy support to the Burmese democracy movement by eating here. Suffering like Suu Kyi' and her long stint under house arrest, and supporting her by waiting in line endlessly here.

But this location in Alameda has none of the bad factors of the Clement street location, and all of the good. It is cleaner, newer decor, better service, and you barely have to wait.

We split the popular Rainbow Salad (#12, $9), which is a fresh and tasty salad with 22 ingredients, nicely organized, then promptly mixed for you by your server (after the foodies take their pics, of course!). The menu is not huge with variety, but good enough choices for an occasional visit. For lunch after the salad, my friend had the Lamb Kebat (#73, $10) with Tan Poi rice, which is like a basmati type long grain with spices, like cormoran ($0.50 extra). I had the Fiery Chicken Tofu (#33, $8) with Brown rice. We really liked both of these dishes. The Fiery chicken wasn't too spicy, but you can ask to make it more. The Kebat wasn't spicy either, but tasty.

Sodas are $1.50. So the prices are not too bad at all for lunch, and we were pleasantly stuffed afterwards with a total of about $30 with tax. We did come late for lunch, toward the backend of the rush, and left at 2:45 on a Thursday, and there was no wait.

I would recommend this location over the San Francisco one, if you haven't been yet. I believe they have another location in the Temescal area of Oakland, too. I might have to try that next.

So all that waiting for 2 hours by those 5,000 Yelp reviewers at the Clement Street location worked!, since Suu Kyi is now a member of the Burmese parliament. So don't consider yourself just a foodie, but a volunteer for global democracy!

Your chant and cry for Democracy?

Nom Nom!

03/24/2020
Foreignlady

Great Burmese restaurant. No reservations taken, very popular. Well worth the wait. Full bar and good wine list.

03/24/2020
Eric Brink

I don't know who you are
But you must be some kind of Burma SuperStar....

One of my co-workers has been Home for several weeks after a shoulder operation. When he left work back then, he told me that he was so over this place. Now that cabin fever has set in, he can't wait to get back. He's a great guy and an excellent professional, and I'm happy that he'll be returning soon.

In the meantime, I offered to drive to Alameda to take him to a Lunch place of his choice. He immediately mentioned Burma SuperStar and raved about the good food and crazy Asian flavours. Why not?

We arrived at ~12:30 with no line and immediate seating at a table near the front window. My friend wanted me to try a variety of dishes including:

Tea Leaf Salad (nicely explained and mixed at the table)
Burmese Casserole
Mango Chicken
Fried String Beans
Coconut Rice
Black Rice Pudding for Dessert

It was all super delicious and involved enough food that I stretched the leftovers into 2 additional meals. The decor was comfortable and well appointed, the service was attentive and friendly, and our conversation was fun and engaging. There was also a neat mix of fellow customers and some excellent people watching opportunities. All this together made for a fantastic outing!

I understand that this place gets busier in the evening and I would like to think that customer care and feeding stays at this high level during those peak periods. I'm sure I'll be back regardless of what time of day.

I'll be your groupie baby
Cuz you are my Burma SuperStar....

03/24/2020
DGDoyle

Local version of a Bay Area legend. Good veggie options include garlic fried noodles and pumpkin tofu. Friendly staff too!

03/24/2020
Na Lin

Great food and great service! There was a line to get to the hostess but we lucked out and only had to wait 10 mins if that for a table. Don't let the line deter you. It is worth the wait!

Tip: Tea leaf salad is a must!

03/24/2020
Pillow

Popular spot serving an extensive menu of Burmese cuisine in a compact, simple setting.

03/24/2020
Philip Kim

My first time here and also trying Burmese food for the first time and I absolutely loved it. The Tea Leaves salad is really good; has so many different flavors and textures! Their lychee ice tea is amazing.

03/24/2020
Ryan @ OnyxHotels

Definitely worth the wait, and this place stays busy at all times, despite its unusual location on Clement. Everything they have ever served on multiple occasions has been delicious.

03/24/2020
jjj524

If you are in San Francisco you must go to Burma Superstar. Our normal order always contains sweet and sour chicken and tea leaf salad. Your world will change when you eat the tea leaf salad!

03/24/2020
Krista Canfield McNish

Excellent Burmese food, but expect a wait. If you're looking to take your tastebuds on a trip to Burma, head to Burma Superstar.

03/24/2020
Pete Kang

Tea leaf salad, coconut samosa soup, nan gym dok noodles, chili lamb... The list goes on. These Burmese dishes will make your heart all warm, fuzzy, and weird. They'll also make you want to hug all the chefs. GET SOME!!

03/24/2020
Michael Tab

We have visited the place for the second time after 3 years and it's still very good!!
We had the samosa soup, rainbow salad and the lamb chili, which were absolutely tasty!

03/24/2020
msmelodypink

Everything here is A-Mazing! The lines are long but oh so worth it. This is the first place I take my out of town friends.

03/24/2020
Yến Dương

This is asian fusion. Tea leaf salad wouldn't have lettuce in it. The tea leaf salad only had a scoop of fermented tea leaves in the middle, but the salad itself was still good even though it had no meat in it.

I wasn't impressed with their lychee iced tea since it tasted more like iced tea and barely any lychee in it although there was about 5 canned lychees floating in my pitcher.

Platha and curry dip was so crispy and the mild orange curry went well with it.

Garlic noodles with duck was very garlicky! Soo good!! We got it with duck and it didn't disappoint. Had a good ratio of duck to noodles and garlic. Kinda wished the noodles were hand pulled or homemade though.

Burmese curry with beef had lots of beef and some potatoes. Honestly, the sauce didn't strike me as being super awesome, but it was alright.

There was only a 15 min to 20 min wait because we had come at 2pm on a Sunday, but usually this place has long lines. And the restaurant was packed.

03/24/2020
Anne Lowrey

I didn't even know Burmese food could taste this good. And I've been to Burma.

03/24/2020
Janson Wigo

I've never had Burmese food before. It's very similar to chimes and Thai- I ordered the jook- a tradition Chinese style rice soup with various toppings. I thought it was delicious- needs hot sauce though. I also ordered the veggy curry which was bomb. The couple sitting next to me ordered the tea leaf salad and said it was the best thing ever. Next time.

03/24/2020
Stanley Chan

Looking for some exotic Southeast Asian cuisine, look no further, as Burma Superstar makes a grand entrance. If you like Thai, Malaysian, Cambodian, etc. food, then Burmese food should also satisfy your palate, as the cuisine is similar in scope but also offers its own unique tastes and aromas. The tea leaf salad was particularly good, and is certainly special.

Tea Leaf Salad*
Featured on Food Network
Yes, we really do go to Burma to get the tea for this salad, and it's worth the trip. With textures from fried garlic, peanuts

Vegetarian Samusa Soup*
Featured on Food Network and Bay Area Backroads!
Even though it's vegetarian, this remains our most popular soup for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike

Vegetable Curry Delux*
Burma Superstar's special curry made with tomatoes, squash, eggplant, lentils, and tofu

Burmese Style Curry *
(shrimp or catfish)
Burma SuperStar's speciality curry made with tomatos. Medium spicy

Garlic Chili Shrimp*
Wok tossed shrimp in our garlicky infused oil, and topped with toasted garlic

The food is plentiful, aromatic, full of spices, and bursting with flavor! On top of the coconut rice, it's heavenly!!! Yummy! Do yourself a favor and give this place a try, but be warned, many others are doing the same; hence, Burma Superstar gets immensely packed and the lines stretch outside for quite a bit. The restaurant takes no reservations, so expect a long wait, but it is well worth it.

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