Burmese Kitchen

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    ( 5 reviews )

3815 Geary Blvd (at Inner Richmond), San Francisco, California, USA, 94118

Serves meat, vegan options available. Home-style Burmese food menu where veg choices are marked with a green leaf; has a vegetarian combo platter. Uses spices like tamarind, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, chili powder. In 2015 relocated from 452 Larkin St. Open Tue-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm, Wed-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm.

Categories: Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Burmese, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by alebovic

i WOULD give this 5 stars if happy cow allowed it - Edit

This was my first time having Burmese food and it was absolutely incredible! All the vegan items are clearly labelled (though one has eggs and is marked vegan, so steer clear) and there are sooo many options. I got the mixed vegetable curry and coconut rice, then we finished with the tapioca dessert. The staff was friendly and helpful, super responsive. Unfortunately I'm not native to San Fran so this can't be a regular spot, but next time I'm here I'll DEFINITELY come back.

Pros: vegan options labelled, incredible taste and unique food, friendly staff

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Delicious, authentic Burmese food - Edit

I dream about Burmese Kitchen's tea leaf salad, ginger salad, spicy sliced bamboo and falafel soup. These dishes are authentic, flavorful, fresh and wonderful. Love the variety of veggie dishes that aren't simply a meat dish made with tofu. The decor is simple and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful. We miss lunch at the Tenderloin location but love getting dinner at the new location -- very easy parking. A real winner.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Quiet

Cons: Small space

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Good family Burmese restaurant - Edit

Although not an institution like the more well-known Burma Superstar, you won't have to wait for a table at Burmese Kitchen, tucked in one of the city's last remaining low-rent areas (read: creative and inexpensive family restaurants), the Tenderloin, with a number of authentic southeast asian restaurants worth the trip down otherwise unsavory blocks. This one is in close enough proximity to civic center, you might combine a visit to Burmese Kitchen with a trip to the beautiful main public library, Asian Art Museum, or city hall.

It's a small restaurant but I've never had trouble getting a seat. The dishes you'll eat from are plain and plastic -- there's not attention to presentation here -- but the gorgeous colorful salads speak for themselves. The menu helpfully includes a label for all "vegan" dishes (of which there are many) although I believe there's one exception to watch out for, a dish made with egg noodles that is labeled vegan. It clearly says egg noodles in the description. I recommend ordering mostly from the first page; I believe the exciting and flavorful salads and noodle plates are the menu's highlights, while the "vegetables" section features simple curries and dishes that will fill you with goodness, but are not outstanding.

An interesting, affordable and delicious place.

Pros: Flavorful, Fast, Near city center and public transit hub

Cons: Main dishes a little plain, Neighborhood not the best

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Great lunch place. Skip combos if sharing. - Edit

My partner and I came here for lunch around noon time and the place was packed. I wasn't surprised at all given the inexpensive lunch combo menu they had. Two of us shared a vegan combo-tea leaf salad, sautéed peas and onions with coconut rice-and a regular order of the golden tofu salad and the sour leaves with bamboo shoots.

While most people seem to rave about the tea leaf salad, I preferred the tofu one. Burmese tofu is made with chickpea flour and has a jiggly but firm texture (kind of like a soft and smooth polenta). It was a unique dish, well spiced, and bursting with flavors. Definitely my favorite of the meal. The rice was also good with a lovely and pervasive coconut aroma. The sour leaves with bamboo shoots was a tad greasier than I would've liked, although still tasty. It did have a tart edge to it as suggested in the name, but pleasantly so and actually paired well with the earthiness of the sautéed peas.

Serving sizes were adequate. However, if you get a combo, expect to have a lot of rice in relation to other contents, not to mention the combo menu was already quite limiting as to what you can choose. Many dishes were not included or cost extra. I guess it just wasn't meant to be shared. I kept wishing there were more peas and tea leaf salad on the plate. So, as long as you're not alone and decide to split everything, I think you'd be better off going for the normal portion. Your bill won't be much more anyway, since I don't recall anything over the $10 mark.

Vegan options were clearly indicated and plentiful. Only minor issue was the décor - plain walls and simple furniture except in the bar area, which was somewhat ornate by contrast. Our table was slanted because the floor was. But then again, the food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. It really can't be beat!

Pros: food, value, options

Cons: décor

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awesome - you should eat here - Edit

The sign out front has the name of the restaurant, and just below it says "Vegetarian Friendly." It sure it!

I had everything the server said was traditional Burmese food, and it was all so delicious!

Tea Leaf Salad (nuts & veggies), Sauteed Yellow Pea and Onion (chickpeas, curry, and some onions), Coconut rice dessert, and Fresh lime juice for the drink (more like sweet lime-ade (like lemonade)).

The restaurant is small but it was only half full on a Tuesday around 6:30pm. The phone was ringing a ton for takeout and delivery.

So good!

Pros: tasty!, price, variety of options

Cons: sketchy neighborhood at night, small (although no prob to get a seat)

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