Our quest to find the best Filipino restaurants in Dubai continues. And this time, we didn’t need to venture too far. 🙂
Luckily, there is this quaint restaurant in Al Nahda 1, Dubai which is famous for their pandesal.
Pandesal, (also called salt bread) by the way, is a bread roll made from a combination of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt. Next to rice, this is a staple breakfast item in Filipino homes.
I remember back in the Philippines when Nanay used to complain because each 1 peso pandesal she buys from the nearby sari-sari store keeps getting smaller and smaller. And then later on they increased the price to 2 pesos! Naku!
Then there’s this bakery in Tarlac called ‘Mulawin’. When I was a teenager, we would walk few kilometers just to have a taste of their hot, freshly-baked pandesals. The panaderos would hand it straight from the oven so imagine the pleasure of eating them fresh and warm. They are so tasty, I tell you!
Anyway, thanks to Pan De Manila, I can finally taste freshly-made pandesal here in Dubai.
We found out about Pan De Manila thru a friend. We initially thought they were only serving pastries but we were surprised to see an extensive Pinoy menu. Before inviting our friends, Ian and I tried it first.
Our first order includes a bowl of lomi with complimentary pandesal and a serving of sizzling chicken sisig with rice.
Perhaps it’s really true, good things come when you least expect them. 🙂
See, I wasn’t really expecting anything special from this restaurant — but they surprised me! The pictures above, no matter how appetizing, do not do justice to how the dishes taste. Believe me, Pan De Manila is one of only few Filipino Restaurants in Dubai who served me HONEST and DELICIOUS Pinoy food. Yum!
And since we enjoyed our first time in Pan De Manila, we came back with friends for brunch the following Friday. So when it was time to order,
Rence: Kuya, pahingi kami ng menu?
Server: Wait lang po ate, may tumitingin pa.
After some time, Kuya brought us this. Kaya pala! Hahaha
After reviewing the ‘giant menu’, we came up with these:
Note that all dishes, except for the lomi, include complimentary rice. Really affordable and huge servings! Taste-wise, we loved everything on the table except for the Bopis which was too sweet for our liking. Maybe we should give it another chance next time?
After a hearty brunch, we headed home and slept again! Mga tamad! hahaha
Kidding aside, Pan De Manila is a hidden gem in Al Nahda Dubai. It’s definitely worth a visit! 🙂
Pan De Manila
Amman Road, Al Nahda 1, Dubai
Near ENOC petrol station and Wow Pinoy Supermarket
+971 56 340 6642
I heard they have other branches in Dubai but I’m too lazy to search for the details. lol!