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Sep 7, 2013 10:42 AM

Rangoon Super Stars - Berkeley

New Burmese place opened this week. Chef-owner was formerly at Rangoon Ruby's.

Got mohinga ($11), ginger salad ($10), and rainbow salad ($12) to go, all were very good, packaged thoughtfully so that stuff didn't get soggy.

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  1. Cool. U Win Aye has the chops and maybe in Berkeley he won't feel compelled to dumb down the food.

    Wondering if BSS owners will fire off a cease-and-desist over the name.

    Rangoon Super Stars
    2826 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
    Phone: 510.647.9744

    1. Went back for a sit-down dinner.

      Fried yellow bean tofu with chile sauce was delicate and delicious.

      Burmese rice salad was one of those dishes with lots of crunchy elements. Good, spicy, aromatic from fried shrimp and garlic.

      Samosa soup was very good though more filling than I remember Burma Superstar's being. Had not just crumbled samosas and falafel but chickpeas and potatoes. About as hearty as vegan food gets.

      Burmese pad Thai, too sweet for me, would not order again.

      Stir-fried broccoli was simple and good. Maybe the Chinese dishes are worth a try here.

      1. Wow! Am I impressed with the quality of the meal a group of us had yesterday. Y'all should run and see what the chef is creating in this new location.

        The 2 big tests:
        - Palata: As good as Little Rangoon in Daly City. The dough is quite flavorful -- a different texture than Daly City or Mandalay, and the chicken curry sauce for dipping was a knock out. I woulda licked the bowl clean...
        - Tea Leaf Salad: Some will be disappointed by the presence of chopped lettuce. But the flavor.... wow. A huge success.

        Then equally pleasing:
        - Rangoon Shrimp - a large serving of shrimp in a red curry sauce with tomatoes, garlic and a good hit of chile peppers. It's a winner.

        One disappointment:
        No liquor license -- kinda confusing since that location has always had a bar. Hopefully the city of Berkeley will OK that sooner rather than later.

        Run don't walk.

        2 Replies
        1. re: escargot3

          There's a license application in the window, type 41, beer & wine only. Shouldn't be any problem with the city given the history.

          I wonder if they know they might be able to get a temporary license pending the ABC's approval of the permanent one?

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            It doesn't appear that they do know about the temp license. But I will mention it to them next time. I'm sure to be back soon.

        2. Would you know if it's related in some way to Burma SuperStar in Oakland?

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          1. re: arktos

            Only connection is that the chef worked at one or more of the Burma Superstar branches before he worked at Rangoon Ruby's.

          2. I dropped in this week for a quick dinner, ordering one of my favorite Burmese dishes, ono kauk swe. Here's the menu description:

            "Ohnoh Kawt Swe (Coconut Noodle Soup)
            A rich and creamy bisque with flour noodles. Served with chicken, onion, tamarind powder, paprika, and garnished with onion, cilantro, and lemon "

            This was very heavy and sweet with coconut, more like gravy with noodles than a soup. Much too sweet, I squeezed in all the lemon and added most of the chile flakes that were served on the side. Still lacking spark. The pieces of chicken were tender, actually nearly mushy from overcooking but that's pretty typical. Only shaved red onions, no fried shallots as garnish, and it has a hard-boiled egg that's not mentioned. I'd say this was above average, but not a dish I'd order here again.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              a cautionary tale -- seems like I will have to tiptoe thru the menu carefully.

              just curious -- did you consider sending it back or talking with the chef?

              1. re: escargot3

                No, I think that's just the style here. If I'd had more time and wasn't in a hurry, I probably would have asked if fried shallots were available as well as chicken soup to dilute the thick gravy. It's served in a rather shallow bowl, so really not what I'd call a soup dish.

                During the time I was there, I overheard two different parties emphasize to their server that they wanted no spicy heat at all. Then another that went into a long litany about low sodium needs and dialysis. All I could think was "Welcome to Berkeley".

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I didn't have to ask for the lime and cilantro for the mohinga.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    My poor syntax in the post about the coconut chicken noodles. Shaved red onions, cilantro, lime, and chile flakes were provided as garnish when the dish was served. No fried shallots. I asked for chopsticks and was handed a disposable pair.

                    And your mention of mohinga reminds me that the woman sitting at the table next to me ordered it. When it arrived, she proceeded to spoon it over here coconut rice and eat it off a plate. Whatever.

                  2. re: Melanie Wong

                    It's also not far from Alta Bates hospital and lots of medical offices and facilities in the area.