Burmese Ideas (where reservations are possible)
It's going to be Friday night soon, I'm at a convention at the downtown Marriott, and having dinner with a group that could be anywhere between 6-10 people. I don't think I'm masochistic enough to try to go to Burma Superstar and wait in line.
Any Chowhounds have an idea for good Burmese food for a group that is adventurous but with a couple of exceptions, has never tried this wonderful cuisine? We're more than happy to travel a bit to get there.
You could also try Pagan Restaurant, in the outer Richmond. Not sure if they take reservations either, but maybe they would for that large a group.
I'm glad you guys are going to try Burmese food! Did anyone ever make it to Larkin Express Deli?
re: Dave MP
Not an SF native but FWIW we went in November 2007. LED was not open for dinner so we had lunch instead; here's the relevant excerpt:
Headed to Larkin Express for lunch (452 Larkin btwn Golden Gate and Turk M-F 10-4). We ordered a pork curry (which came with 2 sides -- we chose rice and "sourleaf", which was a bit like beet greens but more sour), coconut soup and tea salad. The curry was delicious, not too spicy but flavourful, the coconut soup like a more mellow version of tom ka gai with noodles and the tea salad was wicked good. As there are no Burmese restos in Van, I have nothing to compare to but we both loved it, especially the salad. And it was ridiculously cheap (under $20 for the lot with leftovers). The space is utilitarian at best but the staff were friendly and helpful.
You could try B Star Bar, Burma Superstar's offshoot restaurant. I think they take reservations for larger groups. I haven't been to this location though. I've also started going to Mandalay since the wait at Burma Superstar is so long.
B Star Bar
127 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Pane & tatertot, what do you recommend at either place beside the tea leaf salad? I ended up ordering veg. dishes as I was with my in-laws & we didn't care at all for the two items ordered (poori w/ potatoes & some spicy tofu dish-tofu tower?). We all loved the tea leaf salad sans shrimp. Also, FIL had a yummy beer (w/ ginger or lemon?).
B Star has a fairly different menu from Burma Super Star (but with some of the greatest hits). I was skeptical about it for some reason but wound up there this week and had a delicious meal. We ordered:
Tea Leaf Salad - always great, though at B Star it comes tossed in a bowl, none of the educating and tossing at the table as they do at BSS, which I actually prefered.
Vegetarian Samusa Soup - always good
Burmese Nicoise Salad - again skeptisim reared its ugly head when a friend really wanted to order this but I was thrilled with it. Large slices of seared ahi with delicious greens, avocado, tomatos and taro chips all dressed in a wonderful mustard miso vinagrette.
Platha with Curry Dip - I order platha whenever I can get it. This could have been hotter, but other than that it was wonderful. My friends who hadn't had it before really liked it
Pot of Pickles - this was a great bite to have around to cut through some of the thicker flavors, very bright flavors
Steamed Cod - fantastic, the fish was really well cooked
Chicken Curry Noodles - this was my least favorite dish of the night - though we still finished it. While it was spicy, it didn't seem to me to have the depth of flavors the rest of the meal.
With 7 alcoholic drinks (wine and the refresher mentioned below) and a generous tip it came out to $35 a person for the four of us.
Even better, because they don't have the crazy crowds of Burma Super Star we were able to linger over the meal and really get to talk, as there were empty tables around us so we didn't need to hurry up for the next patron. I will definitely be back.