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betterbeheaven Oct 18, 2010 08:14 PM

Has anyone tried the new vegan Filipino restaurant No Worries yet? It's on Franklin, between 14th and 15th. The reviews on Yelp are quite good. They are open for lunch (11am-3pm) and dinner (5-9pm). Lunch menu offers 2 items with rice for $5.95; 3 items for $6.95, and 4 items for $7.95.

I had a rather small sample at a Yelp event tonight, the "afritada" (soy chicken, potatoes, red bell peppers, green peas, garbanzo beans in a tomato based sauce). From my small bite, I found it good but not particularly impressive. The sauce was too thin for me. Still, I look forward to trying for lunch as the options near me are not so great.

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    Martin Strell Oct 18, 2010 09:00 PM

    Yes, I've been there a few times and worked through most of their small menu. My favorite is the Adobo "Chicken," which features pieces of seasoned, textured tofu that were quite tasty. Nothing else has really knocked me out. They're proud of their Lumpia, but I thought these were fairly ordinary. I thought the Afritada was one of the better options. Overall, though, I think it's reasonably priced food and something a little different. They are still getting there act together service wise.

    1. Robert Lauriston Oct 22, 2010 07:26 PM

      Do they make fresh lumpia?

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        Martin Strell Oct 23, 2010 08:45 AM

        The lumpia I had were freshly made. I don't really know what they're supposed to be like, but I felt these were too thin, with thick skins and not very exciting contents. The restaurant was proud of them, though. They indicated that the lumpia were one of their most popular dishes.

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          lexdevil Oct 23, 2010 09:34 AM

          Fresh lumpia are a different animal from fried lumpia, freshly prepared. They are more like a crepe than what most think of as lumpia.

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            Martin Strell Oct 23, 2010 04:45 PM

            I definitely would not describe the lumpia at No Worries as like a crepe. They were more like a thin version of an eggroll that you'd get at an American-Chinese restaurant.

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            No Worries
            1442 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

          2. re: Martin Strell
            Robert Lauriston Oct 23, 2010 12:06 PM

            I liked the fresh lumpia at Taste of Manila a lot. From what they said, it's traditionally a vegetarian dish, except for the optional dried pork sprinkled on top.

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            Taste of Manila
            2619 Oliver Dr, Hayward, CA 94545

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          Martin Strell Aug 24, 2011 03:02 PM

          I was in here for the first time in a long time. I stopped going when they took the Adobo "Chicken" off the lunch menu. They had a notice up that their last day is this coming Sunday, Aug. 28. They are going to continue as a food truck, but the restaurant is no more. Incidentally, I was not very impressed with my meal today. Salty and not very flavorful.

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