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Manila Sands, Vallejo

Melanie Wong | Jul 18, 2002 10:50 PM

Found another Filipino restaurant - Vallejo has a remarkable concentration of Filipino cookery for a city of less than 120K residents. The other two independents I've posted on were owned by Pampangan and Ilocano cooks. (linked below) The owner of Manila Sands is from Bikol.

This is a more stripped down place, but also busier. Part of the attraction may be the very low prices. Lunch plates with rice are only $2.50 for one item or $3.50 for two items from the steam table. I went with the hot and sweet pork ribs and the Bikol express. The pork ribs were not as hot spicy as I expected, and were very fatty as well as tough. The Bikol express though was a new taste sensation for me. Strips of bell pepper and yellow wax pepper added a slight piquancy, as did the red chile flakes. Chunks of pork were simmered in a pinkish coconut milk with a bit of fermented shrimp paste. Not elegant but awfully good. The serving size is big, two items was too much for me for lunch. Not great food, but satisfying, and certainly more quantity and better quality than the $3.50 torta from the truck the other day. The cooking is more refined at CMC, but prices are a third less here.

On Wednesday and Saturday, they have kambing (goat) that may be cooked kilawen, kaldereta, pinapaitan, sinampalokan, or adobo style. I'll have to come back to try those.

Manila Sands [Solano County]
Restaurant and Catering
40 Springstowne Center
(corner Oakwood St. and Springs Rd.)
Vallejo
707-648-3277
Open Mon-Sat, 8am to 8:30pm

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