Royal Rangoon (Formerly Rangoon Super Stars) 2826 Telegraph Ave./Oregon St.; (510) 647-9744. L-D daily; $$. Located in an out-of-the-way spot, this Burmese restaurant features a hidden-away dining room. Entry is through a long bar leading to a back room filled with comfy booths and also some smaller tables.
The lunch special features many tempting authentic dishes and includes soup, salad, and steamed rice. You choose which meat or vegetarian option you like and the degree of spiciness, and the optional upgrade to coconut rice is a delicious choice. I feasted on medium-spicy Rangoon Lemon Grass Chicken, a delicious wok-tossed combination with green beans, red bell peppers, and fresh basil.
My dining companion chose the yellow Burmese Chicken Kebat with fish, which was stir-fried with tamarind, mint leaves, and cilantro in a hot-spicy sauce, and it was indeed hot but delicious.
The regular menu offers an array of delights such as samosa soup, tea leaf salad, sesame chicken, stir-fried pea shoots, pumpkin chicken stew, fish soup with noodles, and fried banana with coconut ice cream. Drinks include refreshing beers as well as a non-alcoholic mint soda. This is a menu that I want to return to and explore in more depth.
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