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Filipino food in Reno

bill2975 | | Jul 19, 2007 06:19 PM

Has anyone tried the new Filipino restaurant - Pearl of the East - that has opened on Kietzke near Big O Tires? It's in the little plaza near the intersection of Kietzke and Gentry Way.

The place has been about 27 different Mexican restaurants, none good enough to survive, apparently. The new owners have put some money into decorating, making it lighter and brighter (though unfortunately playing undecipherable Filipino game shows on TV at high volume).

I've stopped there a couple of times now to pick up a dozen Lumpiang Shanghai (small spring rolls filled with ground or finely minced pork and served with sweet and sour sauce) for takeout. You may also see these written as just "Lumpia". Pearl of the East offers a vegetarian version, too.

They have a steam table where you can get a hot meal, or order individual items for eat-in or carry-out. Prices seem pretty reasonable with a dozen Lumpia costing $4.00 plus tax. They're still waiting for their menus to be printed and delivered, so they can't yet hand you a menu when you walk in.

While not a huge fan of food from the Philippines, there are some dishes I like, especially Lumpia, which I could easily eat more than a dozen of. I seem to remember liking some of the Pancit noodle dishes when I was a guest of the Navy in the Philippines many years ago, too. And they also have "Pork on a Stick".

Have any other chowhounds tried the food here?

bill2975

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