This week a craving for fresh Asian food coincided with the random number generator landing on number 16 Vietnam – brilliant! A quick google search of ‘Vietnamese restaurant Berlin’ brings up at least 30 places so we had to narrow it down. We chose to go local and picked a place in Neukölln called Pho Phan based on reviews and claims of authenticity. We traveled to Hermanstrasse at the end of the U8 and then crossed over the ring-bahn. This place was literally on the wrong side of the tracks in deepest, least gentrified Neukölln and we decided that this was a good sign as so many online reviewers had traveled here just for the food.
The door was hidden behind scaffolding so we nearly missed it. Inside was a very simply decorated restaurant with plenty of tables half full with people from all around the world. We were warmly greeted and given menus. We chose to try the Vietnamese beer which was good and tasty, much better than the bland Korean Hite that we have tried before. It was cheap too at two euros a bottle. There were lots of fresh teas and milkshakes available.
The menu (German only) was long with lots of variations on salads, stir fries and curries with tofu, fish, prawns, beef, chicken and duck. The prices were unbelievably cheap so we went a bit crazy and ordered three starters of satay chicken, spring roll with prawn and chicken won tons with sweet chilli as we couldn’t decide. The starters came quickly and
were really tasty and huge portions! The salad that came with everything was really tasty and fresh with mint running through it. Very impressed already.
For mains we chose a duck massaman curry (31) and a beef, peanut and chilli stir fry (28). They came soon after the starters had cleared and were again really tasty and fresh. The curry was rich and fragrant with lots of duck and vegetables. Small issues were that the duck was a bit over and Richard was annoyed at the lack of chilli in the stir fry and realised that as we are in Germany we should have asked for ‘extra spicy like you serve in your country’ as everything here is cooled down for the German palette.
We left almost half as the portions were so big. If you are a small eater you could definitely share although you would feel as though you were being tight as it is sooooo cheap. The bill came to 25 euros with a generous tip and we left very full and very pleased at our find. Very happy with the mission so far.