Joyce and I frequented Sylantro Vietnamese Cuisine on one of our date nights last year. Apologies for the late restaurant review. Sylantro is in the same plaza as the post office, the collectible cards shop (M&M Cards & Comics), and Bubbly Tots Preschool. It’s near the back corner of the plaza so it’s easy to miss from the street. Since it’s in the plaza, parking is readily available. It’s also pretty clean and spacious. Manor Bowl is next to this plaza.
We got there for an early dinner and were the first ones that were seated. The place filled up a bit during the course of our meal and as we left. Throughout the meal, I noticed that quite a few number of people call in their orders. We sat at table #14. The tables had the usual hoisin sauce and sriracha sauce you’d find at any Vietnamese restaurant along with salt, pepper, chili sauce, and soy sauce. They also served us hot tea and refilled it when requested.
We ordered the recommended signature dish, which was Sylantro Salad. This consisted of thin slices of pork, shrimp, jellyfish, lotus rootlet, and shrimp chips (prawn crackers). This dish also had what all the other salads on the menu included, which is cabbage, mint, onion, cilantro tossed in a vinaigrette dressing, topped with fried garlic, shallots and peanuts. The salad was pretty tasty. It was like salad mixed with the jellyfish appetizer platter you would get at a Chinese 10-course meal.
For an appetizer, we ordered the shrimp and pork spring rolls. We received 3 huge rolls cut into three pieces each, leaving us with 9 mouth-stuffing portions. Of course, a bowl of peanut sauce was included.
Joyce and I shared a Thai Iced Tea which had an interesting design on the straw cover. I guess the people in back had time to be creative?
For some reason, Joyce had a hankering for Wonton Noodle Soup. A bit awkward ordering wonton noodle soup at a Vietnamese restaurant instead of Pho, but that’s what she wanted. Go with it. We got the complimentary plate of mint, bean sprouts, cilantro, and lemon/lime slices that come with Pho anyways. We’ll have to come back next time to order and review the Pho.
The entree we ordered was Tossed Garlic Noodles with Beef. It tasted like how it was listed on the menu…..garlicky. You can see the minced garlic all over the dish.
Overall, this was a pretty good Vietnamese restaurant in San Leandro. It’s clean, tasty, has a large menu to choose from, has parking, and is somewhat hidden in the Manor Square Plaza.
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