filipino food berlin germany

 

You know that feeling when you’re traveling and you get cravings for food from home? You just can’t ingest another plate of schnitzel or curry wurst anymore? I sometimes have that. I want to pig out on adobo lechon kare-kare sinigang na ulo ng bangus tinolang manok longganisa shet pati dinuguan pinakbet ginataang alimango ok tama na. Nagutom ako bigla.

But it’s always difficult to find a Filipino restaurant in Europe even in the big cities eh so I always end up going Vietnamese or Thai just to satisfy my cravings, you know? Naging conyo bigla haha.

Imagine my excitement when my Fil-Am friend Anne told me that there is a Filipino restaurant in Berlin and asked if I wanna go check it out with her. I said YES without batting an eyelash.

 

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Located in Prenzlauer Berg, Pan Restaurant is small, cozy and not overran by hipsters. It has bamboo walls on one side of the restaurant and the interiors have a bit of Filipino feel to it. The restaurant is actually just called Pan and not Pan Filipino Restaurant. It had the words “essen trinken leicht” (food, drinks, light snacks) underneath the name.

We met the Turkish owner who took our orders. I’m kind of anal about how companies brand and project their brands into their products and spaces. So I asked him why his restaurant doesn’t say Filipino on it even though they clearly serve Filipino dishes among others. I mean it would totally help differentiate his business from the thousands of restaurants in Berlin. He shrugged. He seemed not prepared to answer such questions.

 

Pinakbet FINALLY!

Pinakbet FINALLY!

 

I ordered lumpiang shanghai (fried spring rolls) and pinakbet bagoong (mixed veggies in fish sauce) which is kind of redundant because pinakbet will ALWAYS have bagoong. Apparently, he is married to a Filipina which is why they have this restaurant. Anne had adobong manok and mango juice (and cassave cake as takeaway).

The food was both good and a bit disappointing. The pinakbet was good. It was nothing special. My mom cooks way better pinakbet but I’m not complaining. I devoured the plate like a hungry beggar and even asked for extra rice.

 

Lumpiang shanghai

Lumpiang shanghai

 

The lumpiang shanghai was served with fresh vegetables on the side. The lumpia was good but the salad on the side was drowned in patis (fish sauce). Who does that? Since when was patis ever used as a salad dressing? I ate it nevertheless because I was so hungry. I warned Anne not to have hers though.

Anne didn’t seem impressed with her adobo too. The rice was drowning in soy sauce and I can just imagine how salty it was. But nevertheless I was happy that I satisfied my cravings for Filipino food. The price is very wallet-friendly. The appetizers are around 5 euros and the main dishes are between 8-15 euros.

 

Adobo

Adobo

 

Will I eat here again? Maybe. They are very friendly and the food is affordable. I’ll probably try their tapa next time. If it still disappoints me then I’ll keep searching and let you know if I find a good Filipino restaurant.

Pan Restaurant

Marienburger Str. 38, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Open daily from 9:30 – 23:00
Check their menu here

How to get to Berlin

The cheapest way to get to Berlin is by bus. I took Flixbus from Cologne for only 15 euros. WIN. They have buses all over Germany.

DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

What do YOU think?

10 Responses to “Comfort Food: Pan Filipino Restaurant in Berlin, Germany” Subscribe

  1. Jonny Duncan August 17, 2014 at 4:59 AM #

    I was travelling around the Philippines earlier this year and loved some of the fish dishes I came across there. Nothing better than a fresh fish dinner on the beach 🙂

    • DJ Yabis August 18, 2014 at 5:41 PM #

      Fresh fish is EVERYTHING! One of the things I miss dearly from my country.

  2. Katie August 3, 2014 at 3:04 AM #

    Ever since I had homemade chicken adobo in Manila, I have random cravings for this amazing dish. I think it’s time I returned to the Philippines!

    • DJ Yabis August 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM #

      Do it! Missing adobo too!

  3. Ann July 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM #

    The presentation was wonderful, but yeah – the food was just not what I was expecting. Also, for the price of the Adobo I really would’ve expected more than the chicken thigh and tofu – but that’s because I don’t like dark meat chicken.

    They were really nice, the place was really cool looking, but they should definitely have branded it more. I think he said something about Pan being bread – but I think Pan is bread in many languages, a cooking instrument in other languages, and has a lot of meanings related to food. Filipino fusion or Filipino-German would’ve been better.

    And DJ: open a restaurant!!!

    • DJ Yabis July 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

      Yeah pan in Filipino means bread.

      I already have my menu and interiors sorted out. Now for the time and money…..

  4. Jean | Holy Smithereens July 24, 2014 at 5:39 AM #

    Comfort food indeed!! I agree with the adobo, it does look like its drowning in soy sauce. Better to have served it separately. I personally like just a smidgen of sauce in my adobo.
    There’s a Filipino cafe that just opened here in Bondi Junction and it’s also marketed just as JG Cafe (not sign / words of Filipino cuisine ) but they make good sisig! Run by a Hungarian owner and staff, the cook is his Filipino wife.
    Man now I’m hungry!

    • DJ Yabis July 24, 2014 at 6:47 AM #

      Right? Yeah it would have been better if they served it separately. The patis as salad dressing was a huge mistake! EEEK.

      If I had the time and resources I would actually love to open a Filipino restaurant in Germany. Maybe in 5 years.

      Do they cook fusion or mostly Filipino food? It’s so weird when they don’t brand it more specifically!

    • Ann July 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM #

      Jean – come to Germany and the three of us (me, you, and DJ) will explore German Filipino restaurants.

      Or maybe DJ and I should just go to Australia.

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