Updated: July 11, 2014 (all prices have been updated too)
I wrote this post in 2009 and never found the need to amend it until now. I’ve tried Delize’s Pistachio Sans Rival before and wasn’t impressed. A couple of weeks ago my friend brought it to a party and I fell head over heels in sans rival love.
Jill’s sans rival has light as air super crunchy meringue with thinly spread buttercream in between layers. You should hear the sound when I cut it. It just proves that you have to give food and restaurants a second chance. Of all the sans rivals I’ve tried this has the best balance between meringue and buttercream. This is now my #1 sans rival. A week after the party I ordered a whole one and kept the leftovers in the freezer for when the urge to eat sans rival strikes.
1. Delize by Jill Sandique – Pistachio Sans Rival P1,300
No. 33 Sunrise Drive, Cubao Q.C.
Telephone: 721-7022, 497-8811 (look for Lea)
Sans rival, without rival in English, is a uniquely Filipino dessert made of crunchy meringue, cashew nuts and rich buttercream. It’s a mainstay in almost all bakeshops and home bakeries.
Many people ask me who sells the best sans rival in Manila? That’s a really hard question to answer because I’ve tried a lot of good ones and some awful.
What makes a good sans rival? For me the most important factor is a very crisp meringue layer. This is the make it or break it point in all sans rivals. Next is the type of butter used and the texture of the buttercream. Margarine or low quality butter is definitely a no-no. I like the buttercream to be thin and light. Last is the quantity of nuts. I like a generous quantity of nuts on my sans rival.
These are my top four to date. I’m sure there are many more out there that are good. I want to try Jill Sandique’s pistaschio sans rival and Classic Confection’s mocha sans rival.
2. Gay Vasquez’s sans rival
35 Firefly St. Unit 3b Villa de Corazon, Valle Verde 6, Pasig City
I first tried Gay’s sans rival at a children’s party. It was a perfect combination of crunchy and firm meringue, plenty of cashew nuts and a light delicious buttercream. I immediately asked Jenny for the phone number of the supplier. She later told me many people asked her for the same information. The price is also very reasonable. Since then I’ve brought this sans rival to numerous parties and everyone loved it.
Just call 1 day before and order your sans rival. Pick up only.
3. Betty’s Sans Rival
101 M. Cuenco cor. Biak na Bato St., Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
Large 9″ x 13″ – P955
Medium 6.5″ x 9″ – P485
Small 6.5″ x 4.5″ – P260
As it says on the box, Betty’s sans rival has been around since 1958. Shockingly I only tried it last September when Janet brought it to my birthday party. The meringue was thick and super crunchy. It doesn’t even crumble when you slice it. My only problem with Betty’s is accessibility. It’s quite far from me.
4. Sugarhouse’s Almond Sans Rival
Ground Flr. V-Mall Greenhills Shopping Center
8″ – P950
For commercial chain bakeshops, Sugarhouse has the best almond sans rival. The meringue is thin, crunchy and crumbly. The buttercream is very light and the almond slices are very generous. When in a bind and no time to order this is what I buy.