photo credit: Spencer Cotton
Planning a last-minute group dinner at a great spot can get tricky. Want to go there? They’ve been fully booked for days. What about that other place? Your only chance was two months ago, at 9:45pm. It’s not hard to find yourself casting about on a reservation app, three hours before mealtime, feverishly hunting for that perfect place.
Enter Burma Love. The Burmese restaurant in the Mission has an expansive dining room with lots of space for you, your friends, and your co-workers who believe team bonding dinners are the key to a sense of normalcy. Burma Love is also slightly faster and better than its older, more established sibling restaurant Burma Superstar. The fact that reservations are usually easy to come by, there’s a large separate bar area, and we love it for date night, casual meals, and pretty much every occasion, makes Burma Love a reliable go-to.
Like other restaurants in the Burma Superstar family, Burma Love has a great selection of noodle and rice dishes, curries, soups, wok-tossed meat and vegetables, and starters, like the always necessary platha and dip. The tea leaf salad always delivers a nice mix of tang and earthiness. The curries and spices are hits across the board. And everything is well-portioned and great for sharing.
If you and the rest of the group don’t gobble everything up in one sitting like world-class hot dog eating champs (we don’t anticipate that happening because the food here is really good), be prepared to fight over who gets the takeout boxes when it’s time to go.
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Tea Leaf Salad
They mix the nuts, garlic, shredded lettuce, fermented tea leaves, and other ingredients right at your table. Just like at Burma Superstar, order this, especially if you’ve never tried it.
We prefer this salad over the tea leaf salad since it’s more flavorful and refreshing. There are a ton of ingredients in this one, including noodles, tofu, fried onions, and tamarind vinaigrette dressing. Get this to start.
Does spicy shrimp with chili, garlic, and lime served in a piping-hot skillet sound good? It should.
Chicken With Mint
This dish is a pile of minced chicken in a bowl and really brings the spicy/minty flavor. Definitely a get.
Often a super boring fish, because there's not a lot of flavor. Not so here. The garlic and chili amp it up. The bones are a bit annoying to deal with, though.
Just a really solid red curry. We always like going with beef and are never displeased with the quantity.