the mojioto – a cuban classic often found in Panamanian restaurants
Panama City has a dining scene as varied and colorful as the people who reside here. Here are a few of my favorites.
Twist — Thai food and possibly the best mojito I’ve ever had. The thom kha gai soup is killer, as are most of the entrees I’ve tested. The ambience is hip and classy without being terribly stuffy. Located just a few meters uphill from the Hotel Miramar, located on Ave. Federico Boyd. For reservations call: 302-7997.
Ego — There are quite a few interesting dining spots in Casco Viejo, but this is my favorite. With outside seating that provides a great backdrop, the location looks upon one of the more attractive plazas in the old town. The menu consists of unique, minimalist plates just a little larger than Spanish tapas. The seafood skewers are fantastic.
Barandas @ Bristol Hotel — Enjoy very fine dining from one of the country’s most famous chefs, located inside one of Panama’s classiest hotels. Many dishes are interesting variations on traditional Panamanian fare. The appetizers, main dishes and desserts are all worth trying. I’m about halfway through the menu and have yet to find something I didn’t like. Located in the heart of the financial district, just a block from Calle 50. Call: 265-7844.
Ten Bistro @ DeVille Hotel — The Ten Bistro at the Hotel DeVille is unique, to say the least. You notice that immediately upon entering the stark white environ, reminiscent of Kubrik’s film, ”2001: A Space Odyssey”. I had the sea bass last time I was there and it was incredible, as was my chocolate dessert. Right off Calle 50. Call: 263-0303
Market — A fairly new hot spot located near the nightlife center, Calle Uruguay in Bella Vista. This local version of a New York steak house is a huge hit and has yet to let me down. The atmosphere is super cool and the wine list is massive. The steak could be the best in Panama.
Patio Mexicano — The food here isn’t that noteworthy, but the authentic Mexican decor and lively atmosphere makes it worth a visit. Located in El Cangrejo, just off Via Argentina. Phone: 263-5684.
Certainly there are a dozen more restaurants worth of this list, but these are my faves of late. Please let me know if you’ve got others in mind that I need to consider!
|Written by Casey Halloran|
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Filed under: Food on March 13th, 2008