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Review

Burma Superstar

$$$$
Burmese  in  Richmond
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Burma Superstar is always packed, and the tables are basically competing in a furniture game of sardines. Not into eavesdropping? Too bad. You will learn about the neighboring table’s latest Hinge date. It’s non-negotiable.

But we don’t go to Burma Superstar for the scene. We hit it for the Burmese food. The spicy, rich curries, tea leaf salad, and garlic chili shrimp are all incredible. Despite a few misses - with a menu of 50+ dishes you’re bound to drop the ball every now and then - this is one of our favorite spots in the city.

There’s just one problem: a lot of other people are on the same page, and waits on a weeknight can be over two hours. There are some alternatives within a few blocks, like Burma Superstar’s sister restaurant, B*Star Bar, or an equally good Burmese option, Mandalay, both of which generally have shorter waits. Burma Superstar also does a serious takeout operation, and it’s probably the best way to game the system.

Food Rundown

Tea Leaf Salad

We’re usually opposed to ordering things described as a “party in your mouth!” But we make an exception for the Tea Leaf Salad. It’s composed of fermented tea leaves, romaine, and dried shrimp, among other assorted ingredients, and it’s somehow amazing. It’s crunchy and salty with a hint of sesame, plus fried garlic and fried beans.

Platha & Dip

The dip is essentially the same curry sauce you’ll be eating later with meat. The platha, a Burmese take on naan, is tasty but a little greasy. Not a must order.

Garlic & Chili Shrimp

The shrimp gets a crisp crust of red chili pepper, spices, and garlic. It’s not available in mild - and it shouldn’t be. This is pretty amazing and you need to eat it.

Burmese Chicken & Shrimp Casserole

We were scraping the pot of this dish. Order it.

Nan Pia Dok

Is this how flour noodles always are? We eat a lot of pasta and most of it isn’t slimy. These were weirdly slippery and didn’t hold the sauce well. Underwhelmed.

Burmese Style Curry

Lamb is the way to go - kick-ass curry sauce, crazy tender meat.

Pork Pumpkin Stew

This was a waiter recommendation. Wrong choice. The squash was undercooked, and while smaller pieces of pork were super tender, the bigger pieces were uncomfortably chewy. At least the sauce was fantastic. We drowned our rice in it.

Vegetable & Tofu Dishes

These are all really good. The tofu is crispy on the outside and soft and silky in the middle.

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