B Star Bar, San Francisco

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

B Star Bar, San Francisco - Tea Leaf Salad
I traveled 400 miles for this salad.

Last weekend, I took a quick trip to San Francisco and was slated to go to Burma Super Star. (Unfortunately, Los Angeles doesn't have much Burmese food. I've been to the Golden Triangle in Whittier, but Burma Super Star is a lot better.) I was hungry when I got off the plane!

However, by the time my UCLA roomie, Diane and I arrived at Burma Super Star, there was a typical Saturday night 1 1/2 hour wait. Ugh. The hostess said Burma's sister restaurant was just down the street...B Star Bar.

We headed there and entered heaven. I'm not kidding! We were so fortunate...we walked in and got seated at the counter instantly. The place is cute and has a different menu than Burma with lots of Asian-inspired food...but with some of their favorites including the Rainbow and Tea Leaf Salad.

We split my favorite salad on the planet...Tea Leaf Salad (see above). A delicious combination of romaine lettuce, ginger, fried garlic, sunflower, sesame seeds, tomatoes, peanuts and tea leaves. Soooo good. $9

B Star Bar, San Francisco -  Basil Chili Tofu
My friend, Diane ordered the Basil Chili Tofu. Pressed tofu, eggplant, bell pepper, asparagus...over coconut rice. Oh that rice! So delicious. The dish was pretty spicy. While I'm not a fan of the pressed tofu, Diane liked her dish. $11

B Star Bar, San Francisco - Ochazuke
Although I wanted to try a bunch of different items on the menu, I kept looking at the Ochazuke. This a Japanese comfort food that just says, "Mom." It's the equivalent of tomato soup and grilled cheese for me. Of course, my mom's is nowhere near this fancy.

Rice, salmon, poached egg, topped with an umeboshi (pickled plum) and surrounded by pickled greens and crunchy rice...all in a green tea broth. Delicious! If this dish were a person, I would hug it. $11

The Tea Leaf Salad is tossed and the green tea is poured over the ochazuke tableside. Here are my action shots!

B Star Bar, San Francisco
If you are in San Francisco, head over to B Star Bar or Burma Super Star!

B Star Bar
127 Clement (between 2nd and 3rd)
San Francisco, CA 94118
They do take reservations (unlike Burma Super Star)
(415) 933-9900
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Carolyn Jung said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, the wonderful tea leaf salad. I never tire of that. I'm glad you got a chance to enjoy a Burmese feast, even if you didn't get into the original restaurant you wanted to try. Sometimes, though, the second choice turns out to be even better. ;)

MyLastBite said... [Reply to comment]

I've never had Burmese food. The Tea Leaf Salad looks amazing.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

WOW, amazing restaurant location photos! I really enjoy reading your blog.

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

that sounds so interesting! i'm going to keep that in mind when i go to san fran.

Anh said... [Reply to comment]

In Sydney where I am living, it's hard to find Burmese cuisine. perhaps because I have not looked far enough.

Love the tea salad look!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my that looks good! Great photos! Glad you had fun in SF!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

There's another Burma Super Star on Telegraph Ave. in North Oakland (cross street 48th St.) where the lines are generally quite short. It's a few blocks from my house, so let's go when you're next in SF! ~Shannon

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

How cool! I've never had Burmese food. It sounds delicious.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Tea leaves, seriously? How interesting! I SO want to try this dish. Wow, you go to the greatest restaurants. How do you find them all? Your fan, Racheal xox

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Haha love the action shots! So cool that they pour the tea out of a little tea pot over your salad at the table.

Miss Z said... [Reply to comment]

I love B-Star. I honestly think it's better than Burma Superstar. It has all the best of Burma plus a few other innovative dishes. Also the atomsphere at B-Star is so much nicer. I' glad you got a chance to try a great place in SF. There so many amazing restaurants here.

2.46% said... [Reply to comment]

This looks delicious. I'll have to remember this place when I go to SF again, which, sadly, will not be in the near future. At least I can eat vicariously through you!

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