This week we had a visitor staying and so I asked him where he would like to go? He answered Filipino or Cypriot. I had precisely zero knowledge about Filipino cuisine so I was excited to try it out and decided on this. I checked out the options and there seemed to be two choices; one in nearby Prenzlauerberg and the other 45 minutes away in Charlottenburg. According to a blog by Filipino diplomat’s wife the latter is the more authentic, so off on the long s-bahn journey to Pinoy we went.
We were joined by a fourth guest Maija on the s-bahn and arrived to a packed restaurant in a Charlottenburg suburb. The decor was really nice, a very modern style with lots of orchids and huge prints of paddy fields. We decided to share some dishes to try lots of things. Unfortunately Maija was poorly served by the vegetarian choices but we were overwhelmed by meat and fish options. We chose some crispy pork, some spicy pork (chosen by Rich as it’s title included the words baby and bang), some kind of beef dish and what was described by the waitress as a ‘mummy butter fish’ which came out whole and deep fried so you could eat the crunchy bones which was something new for me. Maija ordered a tofu soup and a papaya salad.
The food was pretty good, nothing amazing but everything was solidly tasty. It wasn’t as fresh or spicy as good Indonesian or Thai food can be. The service was awful because the poor waitress was alone, so we waited a long time to get any rice to go with our food and it was impossible to get her attention. In all, it was a nice experience but we wont be making the long journey to Charlottenburg to go there again. Although we might be seeking out the bizarre arts centre along the road which had an audience of humanities teachers all dancing and singing (surprisingly well) to a musician from Burkina Faso. We were lured in by the giant luminous head outside.
(date of visit 14 March)