I was surprised and happy to learn that there is a Filipino restaurant in Berlin. It’s called Pan. Pan is Filipino for bread (similar to Spanish) but I am not sure if they called it pan meaning bread or pan like a frying pan haha. Does anyone know? My Filipina friends organised a get together with some friends from other countries, and they enjoyed the food. Full disclosure most of us ordered the tapa. =p
One thing that you need to know about this restaurant is that there is no pork – GASP! IKR?! Filipino cuisine without pork is like saying German food without pork. Nevertheless, I wanted to eat Filipino food without having to cook it. I was told that one of the owners, the husband, is Turkish while the wife is Filipino, hence halal.
The restaurant is small and cozy. I’m glad that they were able to incorporate Filipino elements in a fresh and modern way. Hindi siya mukhang bahay-kubo explosion diba?
The prices are moderate, about 8-15 € for a dish, but the weekday lunch menu are really cheap. You can get small salad or soup + the special for the day (2 choices per day) for less than 7 € and it’s the main dish is a good portion size. It’s no wonder the restaurant gets full during lunch. I was apprehensive that my beef tapa would be tough, but it was so tender and delicious and different from any other tapa I’ve had before. I think Pan was able to translate simple Filipino food into a form that can be appreciated in multi-kulti Berlin. In fact it has few, but great reviews on Trip Advisor from non-Filipinos.
In super cool Prenzlauerber, Pan is a breath of fresh air. Welcoming, not hipster-y and family run; the friendly and efficient service makes you want to come back for more.