Located in a “cursed” Berkeley location that has housed several short-lived restaurants, the Burmese eatery Royal Rangoon, formerly known as Rangoon Super Stars, has a dauntingly lengthy menu. Our advice: Get a soup and a salad. Chances are your meal will be off to a great start. Here in the US, tea leaf salad is probably the most well-known Burmese dish, and the colorful, multi-textured version doesn’t disappoint: a sizeable platter filled with assorted nuts and seeds, crunchy fried garlic, and dark-green fermented tea leaves served whole — everything mixed together tableside. The cool, refreshing Rangoon Rainbow Salad is another successful melding of contrasting flavors and textures, as are several of the hearty, entrée-size soups: the monk hingar (a puréed catfish chowder) and the samusa soup. Finally, don’t miss the palata, a flaky pan-fried flatbread that’s paired perfectly with a mellow coconut chicken curry.

— Luke Tsai


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Price: $$

Kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m.

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