2009

B Star Bar Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

B Star Bar

127 Clement St (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave)

San Francisco, CA 94118

415-933-9900

B Star Bar Website

B Star San Francisco Exterior

B Star Bar serves Asian style comfort foods with flavors from Thailand, China, Burma, India and Japan. It is the sister restaurant of popular Burma Superstar Burmese restaurant and is located a couple blocks from it.

B Star San Francisco Interior

Decor, Vibe – Clean modern Asian oriented decor. Small bar area. Some families, couples, and mostly people in the 30′s and 40′s were dining.

Menu Pictures

B Star San Francisco Menu 3

Menu Cover

B Star San Francisco Menu 5

Appetizer, Soup, Salads Menu

B Star San Francisco Menu 1

B Star San Francisco Menu 2

Drink Menu

B Star San Francisco Menu 4

Dessert Menu

Picks:

B Star San Francisco Vegetarian Samusa Soup

Vegetarian Samusa Soup ($7, small) Burmese soup with flafals, lentils, cabbage, potatoes was delicious, especially the samusa. A little too many potatoes. Slightly spicy, not a lot of broth. Good quantity for even the small size order.

B Star San Francisco Pork and White Beans

Pork and White Beans ($13.50) had tender braised pork belly with jasmine rice, white beans, and bok choy. The meat was delicious and not very fatty. The rice absorbed the meat juice and tasted very good. Not a lot of beans.

B Star San Francisco Grilled Calamari

Grilled Calamari ($8) with cherry tomatoes, edamame, shallots, peanuts in a basil vinaigrette had chewy calamari, but very good greenish broth that goes well with rice.

B Star San Francisco Black Rice Pudding

Black Rice Pudding ($6.75) with coconut ice cream, cream, strawberries and sesame seeds had a big slab of very warm rice pudding. Very good ice cream and moist pudding made it a good balanced combination.

Kabocha Croquette ($6) A BStar favorite! roasted bell, curry spices, lightly panko breaded and deep fried was a delicious appetizer.

Tea Leaf Salad ($8.50) Burmese salad with romaine, ginger, garlic, peanuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, tomatoes, and tea leaves is one of their signature salads.  Unique tea dressing on a mixture of delicious ingredients.

Thai Salmon Green Curry Pot Pie ($12) Salmon and veggie curry with scallion inside a puff pastry and with a side salad. This is another signature dish.  Pretty spicy, but flavorful salmon and a fun puff pastry.

Miso Cod ($15) on arugula with grilled zucchini, shitake, oyster mushrooms, and orange zest was delicious.  Perfectly cooked fish and a nice balance combination of greens.

OK:

B Star San Francisco Spring Roll 2

Portabello Veggie Fresh Spring Roll ($7.75) with tofu, basil, mint, cucumber, carrots and a very good peanut sauce. Without the sauce, the rolls were pretty tasteless. Good for vegetarians.

B Star San Francisco Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad ($9.50) Hijiki with pickled gobo, avocado, cilantro, cabbage, cucumbers, and pepitos with Grilled portabello mushrooms had a small amount of mushroom and lots of brown rice. Flavors were good and this dish was very healthy entree.

B Star San Francisco Mango Mojito

Mango Mojito ($7) was made with Soju and not vodka. A little on the weak side, but very fruity. Soju added a slight after taste.

Prather ranch Braised Ox tail ($16.50) with organic oxtail, baby carrots, shitake mushrooms, and fennel over a parsnip mash was fair.  The meat clung to the bone.  Good quantities, but the ox tail at Coconuts in Palo Alto was far better.

Lychee Tai Chi Cocktail ($6.75) with soju, lychee, jasmine tea was not sweet and had more lychee than just a mild flavoring.  Not balanced.

Pans:
None

B Star Bar had very good service that was friendly and had no issues. The food is Asian fusion fare with good quantities and fresh ingredients.
Prices are reasonable make this an easy choice if you are nearby looking for a decent meal. Clementine across the street is also a very good restaurant.

B Star on Urbanspoon

3/2009 Update:  Service Friday Night when busy was poor. Not enough servers. No water refills, etc.  We added to our recommended lists above.

B Star Bar Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine, Soju
Attire:Casual
Hours:Tu-Sun 11am-330pm, 5-930pm. Fri-Sun 5-10pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$8.50 - $18
Posted on March 27th, 2009
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