5 Spots to Get Your Pinoy Food Fix in Europe (For Takeaway!)
The first months of 2020 were a difficult time for restaurants in Europe — the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic as of April, according to the World Health Organization. Because of the novel coronavirus's origins in China, the stigma attached to it is affecting Asian restaurants in particular, as restaurateurs around the world report. Consider supporting your local businesses whenever it's advisable to do so. Delivery services like UberEats and Grub Hub are offering zero-contact drop-offs — and as always, remember to wash your hands! (Check out our previous Filipino food listings for more options around Europe.)
Located in a robin's egg-blue historic building near Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, Jabby's has all the understated style the Danish capital is known for. The crispy pata, served on a wooden board like a charcuterie spread, is a crowd pleaser.
Studiestræde 39, 1455 København, Denmark
+45 32 18 00 88
You may not think that Malta — a tiny island nation just over 300 km² — has space for a Filipino restaurant, but Pinoy Street Food found its niche here. The pocket-sized spot in Valletta Food Market serves all the classics. Best of all are seafood dishes like sizzling pusit, pulled fresh from the Mediterranean.
Valletta Food Market, is-Suq tal-Belt Triq Merkanti Valletta, VLT 1175, Malta
+356 2124 0349
Way up in the Swiss Alps, just a short hike away from the Liechtenstein border, there lies a little restaurant called Asiahouse. Don't let the nondescript name and Chinese decorations fool you — this place is so Filipino they're known to roast the occasional whole lechon. Whatever you order, be sure to eat it on the patio, which has a truly majestic mountain view.
Städtchenstrasse 27, 7320 Sargans, Switzerland
+41 81 723 72 77
Like several of the world's Anglophone cities, London is experiencing a bit of a Filipino food renaissance, but Josephine's has stood strong since long before it. The restaurant's old-school atmosphere — white tablecloths and red leather banquettes — is an appropriate setting for its traditional, family-style fare.
4 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LP, United Kingdom
+44 20 7580 6551
"It looks like time did not knock on Halo Halo's door," says Enaly Mounioz, a Filipino-Greek software developer who is nevertheless a big fan of this Athens spot. The decor may have seen better days, but the food is fresh and authentic. Once you've had your fill from the buffet, be sure to order the namesake dessert, just the thing for Greece's hot summer days.
Michalakopoulou 105, Athina 115 27, Greece
+30 21 5560 1678