Panama is a country sandwiched between two continents, North and South America, therefore it has a rich variety in its cuisine. Various kinds of regionally occurring fruits, vegetables and herbs are found here, which are extensively used for cooking in the country. Maize, rice, wheat, beef, chicken, pork and seafood are typical food items served in the Panamanian cuisine. You can find the flavor of the Caribbean’s cuisine as well as North and South American cuisine in Panama. Just like the native cuisine, Chinese and Spanish meals are also well served in the country. Corn is used in most of the food items in the region and the usage of corn also differs to most Latin American countries. The food occurring natively in Panama is significantly low on spice. You might find quite a few hot sauces in numerous restaurants here, but they are certainly not much picante. The Panamanian drinks are particularly famous, as well as the desert served after the main course meal. As the country is also sandwiched by sea and ocean, seafood covers most of the non-vegetarian proportion of the Panamanian cuisine.
Finding a good place to eat, especially in urban localities, is not much difficult. You can find numerous food joints serving from French cuisine to sushi in urban Panama. Arabian food can also be found quite easily in the urban region of the country. Outside the urban region of the country, the majority of food joints serve local food in conjunction with seafood cooked in the native style. Food is not much costly in the city, as you can find a plate of quality food for $1.25 to $5.00 in a humble accommodation. You can find quite a few Subway’s KFC’s and Wimpey’s in the region, but the local food is by far much better and cheaper than these fast-food joints. Here are a few places you must give a try while visiting Panama:
Located in the capital of Panama, this restaurant is one of those places in the country where you can find amazing meal at prices like never before. The great lighting inside the restaurant is good enough to read the menu and sets you for a romantic date without getting too harsh on your eyes. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and late night romantic dinners. The restaurant is also quite great for business meetings as you can serve your clients with some great Panamanian, French and Chinese cuisine. Ambience and décor are also nice, so you get quality food served in great accommodation. The place also takes good care of the noise, so that you don’t have any disturbance while talking with your clients or friends while eating. The tables are plentiful but still the place gets crowded at times, so reservations are requested, which can be done through phone calls or on the restaurant’s website. The restaurant won’t get much on your pocket as it is quite cheap. Its itineraries vary between a price range of $10 to $60. Don’t forget to help yourself with the amazingly refreshing Panamanian drinks once you get in here.
Another great space to relax and eat in the Panama City, this restaurant offers a wide range of plates for lunch, dinner and after hours dinning. You can take your clients for a meal here, while it is not a bad place to hang around with your friends after a tiring day at the beaches in the city either. The restaurant specializes in local cuisine and offers some great amenities for couples. The food is presented in an amazing way. This home-like place also has provisions for open dinning, where you can have a great view of the outdoors while you eat with your friends. Reservations are preferred as the restaurant may get crowded due to its popularity in the city. You can find numerous tourists dinning in here along with the locals. The price is also reasonable for the great amenities they offer. The price range varies from $20 to $50, which is way too less than other comparable places around the globe. The restaurant is more known for its presentation of food along with the great service. Don’t forget the wine while you visit the place.
It’s the best place to dine in while exploring Panama. Serving Peruvian cuisine only for dinners, the restaurant is also one of the costliest in the country. The restaurant is especially famous for the seafood, which is served with the blend of Peruvian and Panamanian cooking styles. The fresh seafood served here is by far the best served anywhere in the whole country. You can find the very rare and best amenities in the restaurant which makes the $30-$150 price range of the restaurant look very affordable. The restaurant is famous for Tiradito de Corvina, which it serves on personal requests. Do check out this dish while visiting the restaurant.
Rohan is a travel enthusiast and has written extensively about tourism in several countries. He has recently planned a trip to Ghana with Palace Travel after getting influenced by the tourism there.