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The Filipino Cuisine (TFC) El Sobrante

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The Filipino Cuisine (TFC) El Sobrante

lmnopm | Oct 4, 2006 08:06 PM

The place has been open for several days now, and I was up in the old 'hood, so I stopped in for lunch. Bright and clean, I thought I was off to a good start. There are a myriad of options, many on the steam table. The items I had most wanted to try were not available today (at least not at 12:00). Rice plates are available with 1, 2 or 3 items for the under $5 to under $7 range. They come with rice (white or fried) or Pansit (vermicelli). The vast majority of the items come with "interiors" or "parts", such as pork ears, liver, "organ meats" (nondescript), tripe, and other pieces I don't care for, limiting my selections to the two available items that didn't have these.

Chicken Adobo - a small portion of mostly skin, fat and bones. I had to spit out almost every piece I put in my mouth because of the stewed skin and fat in almost every piece. The sauce seemed ok, but I was so annoyed by the food that it didn't really matter.

Bagis - a ground beef dish - "sauteed in garlic and onion, lemon juice and chili pepper". Taste wasn't bad (couldn't detect the chili), but it was salt city.

I had it with the Pansit, which was ok. I had wanted the Pork Adobo (not yet ready, she had no idea when), and the Goat.

I saw a couple plates of fish come out after I had my food - I didn't see it on the menu - it looked ok.

The place was full, so maybe I am missing something, but I can't say I'm in a rush to return.

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