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Superstar became a hipster foodie favorite in San Francisco with its authentic Burmese flavors. At the restaurant’s popular new location in Oakland’s Temescal district, salads provide a perfect intro to the cuisine. The tea leaf salad is deservedly famous, but we loved the refreshing rainbow salad, combining 22 ingredients into a sour, spicy, garlicky, and ultimately delicious creation. The lettuce cups starter, filled with cured pork, pickled radish, carrots, and water chestnuts, was solid while the crispy fried morsels in the salt-and-pepper chicken were heaven dipped in a mouth-puckering sour-and-spicy fish sauce. The Burmese-style lamb curry offered lean, tender lamb, with a smooth, thin sauce but little heat. No such problem with the wok-tossed superstar shrimp, with its slow, lingering spice, garlic, and tangy cured onions. Aromatic coconut rice is an absolute must. Lunch and dinner daily.
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