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Business/Location: Burma Superstar
Address: 1345 Park St
City: Alameda
State: CA
Zip Code: 94501
Phone: 510-522-6200

Posted by:  Eva Silverman
Photo:  Eva Silverman
   Burma Superstar
From the owners of Burma Superstar (BS), the outrageously good Burmese restaurant in San Francisco, comes an East Bay counterpart: Bagan Restaurant, on Alameda's Park Blvd. The environment is cozy and elegant without a hint of pretension, and while the restaurant gets comfortably full, you never have to wait for a table. Bagan's fare is scrumptious, with strong spices and subtle flavors, beautifully prepared dishes, and meals that leave you full and with leftovers. One of the signature dishes is the Rainbow Salad, with 22 different items, including four kinds of noodles, fried onion bits, papaya, tofu, potato, garlic, and a tamarind dressing. The Rainbow Salad comes to the table on a square dish with each of the ingredients in separate little piles, each which will be described by your waiter before mixed tableside. Try the Samusa soup, which is like a stew with parts of samusas, falafel, lentil and cabbage. By this time your mouth should be watering. The rest of their menu is virtually the same as Burma Superstar, but if you haven't had Burmese food before, it reflects the cuisines of Burma's borders: India, China, Laos, and Thailand. The owners of Bagan and BS hope to introduce people to the culture and cuisine of Burma, through the restaurants, and their new line of t-shirts which promotes Nobel Peace Prize winners as the "real" superstars of the world.

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