Everyone raves about this restaurant, but I don't think it deserves all the praise it gets. I think it's become popular because: it fills an under-served ethnic niche (where else can you get Burmese food?); is sort of hole-in-the-wall but not entirely (so it feels authentic to foodies, but not so authentic as to scare off unadventurous suburbanites and people afraid of spicy food---you know the type); and it has at least one grand-slam dish in the Tea Leaf Salad.
We started off with a Tea Leaf Salad ($10). We made it vegan by omitting the shrimp. To be fair, this dish is excellent: it's a wonderful mix of crispy, soft, savory and subtle with a mixture of split peas, shallots, lettuce and the delicious, unusual nature of tea leaves. At $10 it's an expensive appetizer (but all the other appetizers are roughly the same price), but definitely worth getting.
We then had a "poodi" ($10) and a tofu vegetable kebat ($11) for our main dishes. Thankfully, Burma Superstar offers brown rice to go with the dishes (albeit at an extra cost).
The poodi is basically potatoes in an Indian-style garam masala/turmeric/onions/garlic/ginger sauce. It comes with four pieces of fried wheat bread (akin to Indian "puri"). This dish was eminently passable and bland. The bread was too hard and the curry itself lacked any depth; it felt watery, really. A coconut milk base might have given this dish more heft and interest.
The tofu kebat was also pretty bland. It was a simply curry/stew with tomatoes and soft tofu (not fried and only barely stir-fried) and some other vegetables. Easily forgettable.
This place is always packed, seemingly no matter the time of day; we came at nearly 3 p.m. on a Saturday and it was still bustling. Groups larger than two can expect long waits.
The service was friendly and prompt.
In the future I'll try B Star, the sister restaurant a block away, which seems to have some more unusual-sounding dishes. On a whole, Burma Superstar underwhelmed me, with the exception of the Tea Leaf Salad, which is legitimately awesome.