:) = The only restaurant in Metro Atlanta serving authentic, delicious Burmese food. Clean, spacious dining area. Friendly and attentive staff. Diverse menu includes very kid-friendly Chinese and Thai staples, such as fried rice, chicken wings, noodles,and tom yum soup, in addition to traditional Burmese dishes. A really unique dining experience.
:( = The restaurant is located right at a busy intersection on Memorial Drive, in an area heavily patrolled by DeKalb County police. However, diners who are unfamiliar with this area may prefer to visit during lunch or early evening.
|4761 Memorial Drive|
Decatur, GA 30032
Hours: M-F, 9-9
Sat, Sun, 8:30-8:30
Today we had the opportunity to visit a brand new restaurant in town called Chin Star Asian Cuisine. Chin Star serves various standard Asian dishes, but is currently the only Metro Atlanta restaurant offering authentic Burmese cuisine.
When Mr. Biak lived in Myanmar, he loved to cook and often made meals for family and friends' parties. He fled Myanmar in 2006 because of the civil war in that country and settled in Malaysia, where he opened a small restaurant. In 2008 he got permission to come to the U.S. and permanently resettled here. In September 2014, Mr. Biak opened Chin Star. The restaurant now serves as a popular weekend gathering place for local Burmese families who want to socialize, watch soccer, and eat authentic Burmese-Chin dishes.
Excited to try Burmese food for the first time, we arrived at Chin Star around 11:45 AM, before the restaurant filled up with its usual Sunday lunch crowd. We were accompanied by our Burmese friend, Mr. Nun, who assisted us with ordering almost every Burmese dish on the menu. In a short time, our table was filled with steaming plates of exotic-looking food.
|Our huge spread of yummy Burmese dishes.|
Clockwise from left (dishes described in detail below): Palata, lahpet thoke,
pork and vegetable stir-fry, ba kut te, samusa, Myanmar team, & mot hinn kha
|Tiny hand grabbing a samusa with tamarind sauce.|
|Palatas with curry broth for dipping.|
|"Must. Not. Squeeze. Into. Eye."|
|"That salad is spiiiiiicy! I'll let Mommy and |
Daddy eat it all."
Note from the Toddler Foodies
The Metro Atlanta cities of Clarkston, Stone Mountain, and Decatur are home to many newly resettled refugees from conflict-torn countries all over the world. Here is a website you can visit to learn more about Atlanta's refugee populations and the local organizations that help them settle into their new lives in the United States.