Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites Panama
Calle D, El Cangrejo
Panama City, 0
Phone: (507) 395 9000
Fax: (507) 395 9001
Guests are welcomed to the Caffé Pomodoro Spaguetteria under a sign proudly proclaiming the specialties that lie within: 120 maneras de comer pasta, or "120 ways to eat pasta", is blazoned next to an image of a spaghetti-twirling fork. Homemade and freshly made pasta is boiled and pan-fried, sauced and stuffed, heated and chilled, plated and placed before patrons enjoying the fresh air of outdoor seating and hopefully feeling hungry enough to slurp it all down. After the success of the first location, the owners have opened a second site with a gorgeous view, on Isla Perico of the Causeway de Amador.
Although the menu list options aside from thick slabs of beef and other meats cooked however you ask, most diners deem these so-called alternatives not worth mentioning. Martín Fierro is undeniably and proudly a steakhouse. It is named for a literary hero of Argentinian legend, who would perhaps be puzzled by the neon lettering spelling out his name but very happy to find his dinner inside. Chilean reds dominate the wine list, tending towards bold flavors to stand their own next to the steaks. A small parking lot for customers is located right in front of the restaurant.
From the blazing ají hot sauce to the Peruvian national drink pisco sour, Machu Picchu serves patrons with a flavor-filled meal that runs from marine specialties like pan-fried sea bass and ceviche prepared according to Peruvian tradition, to land-locked stewed beef or chicken in chili cream sauce. Traditional and unequivocally spicy Peruvian cuisine defines the menu and is served on lovely woven tablecloths which add color to the pretty roofed patio and the dining room, among paintings of Peruvian landscapes on the walls. Machu Picchu is located in El Cangrejo, a busy neighborhood in the downtown area.
The traditional atmosphere of Matsuei, sparkling with strings of Christmas lights and paper lanterns under the terra cotta tiles on its yellow house, is perhaps so unreproachable because it's been practiced since the Japanese restaurant first opened in 1978. A sushi bar stretches across the entire restaurant, and the innovative rolls offered wrap around only the freshest ingredients. The menu also proposes tempura, teriyaki, teppanyaki, and sukiyaki dishes; ask about these traditional culinary styles, or go straight for the dessert menu instead, with its easier-to-decipher listing of brownie, flan, and ice cream tempura.
When inexpensive, buffet-style Chinese-inspired dishes happen to be healthy, low in fat and salt, and vegetarian, who can complain? Spend only pocket change for three portions in any combination you wish, plus a complementary soup thrown in and a variety of teas and natural juices to choose from.The convenient downtown location makes this a great choice for a quick lunch outside of the office or a refreshingly cheap and wholesome destination for visitors. A long list of slightly mysterious desserts is temptingly posted on the counter, and a comfortable dining room is situated on the second floor. Take-out is available.
The bright, warm-colored interior of Al Grano is positively alluring, and patrons can choose to settle in there or be seated outside in the fresh air. A circular window facing the sidewalk reveals the potted plants and red counter within the cheery yellow building, where diners order various soups and salads. All menu options are fresh and light, conceived to be absolutely ideal for the stringently hot days in downtown Panama City.
Teppenyaki specialties, either highlighting one type of meat or seafood or boasting an expert mixture, rule the day at Ginza. Still, they graciously make room for tempura dishes, sashimi, maki sushi, nigiri, and of course for drinks and desserts. With an order of one of the specials, the restaurant includes soup, garlic bread, salad, shrimp, a vegetable plate, and coffee or tea as sides. Cocktails, liquors, cognacs, champagnes, and wine of every color pour from the full bar, while desserts include green tea ice cream, tempura ice cream, or simply a bowl of lychee fruits. Reservations are suggested because a dessert called "Banana Ginza" is complementary for tables who called to reserve.
The magnificent spread of vegetarian options at Casa Vegetariana, presented behind glass along a cafeteria-style counter, is easy to get carried away with; luckily, at such a cheap price per portion, your wallet will still be as full as your stomach when you walk out the doors. The choices range splendidly through proteins (tofu, wheat gluten, seitan, mushrooms, and beans), fresh vegetables cooked with traditionally Asian flavorings or chopped into avocado-topped salads, and a few simple desserts. Some items are crispy and deep-fried, others are vitamin-packed and oil-free, the sushi is rolled thick and the bao dumplings are stuffed with fillings savory and sweet. Juices are at a low price similar to all the other options, but glasses of water, cups of tea, and a bowl of soup are all complimentary with any purchase.
Set comfortably far from the road amongst sprays of foliage, 1985 is a celebrated standard of decadent French cuisine in Panama City. Seafood dishes, gourmet vegetarian plates, and daily specials are lovely meals to be perfectly garnished with a nice glass of wine or the subtle flavor of a rare mushroom. Patrons enjoy the elegant ambiance and smooth service as much as the masterful creations floating out of the kitchen.
The owners of Patio Mexicano, a family from Guadalajara, have unofficially installed a museum in their restaurant, and patrons enjoy the education in Mexican artesanía as much as the authentic cuisine. The menu includes popular fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, vegetarian options, a seafood and oyster bar, and a variety of regional specialties. The margaritas are indubitably worth adding on to any of the meals, which are served in a dining room decorated with a slew of Mexican photographs and artwork that diners can easily view from their seating on traditional leather furniture—although they might be irresistably drawn to have a closer look.
An irresistable blaze of greenery leads customers into Dolce, as whimsical potted plants stretching in all directions give a bit of privacy even to the tables set out beside the sidewalk. Inside, coffee drinks and pastries are the principal theme, but the café offers a whole range of light foods like salads, soups, sandwiches, chili, muffins, and desserts. Seemingly a bit out of place but completely satisfying, bratwurst and sauerkraut are included in the regular menu. Be sure to pay attention to the artistic signs and other decorations tucked throughout the café. Closed Tuesday.
Rockin' Gorilla is near impossible to miss among the restaurant-laden downtown neighborhood, as it sports an enormous, full-color, 3-dimensional statue of a cartoony gorilla posing with an electric guitar mounted on its green-tiled roof. As may be expected from that sort of welcome, the atmosphere inside is casual and fun, great for big groups looking for dinner or just a few drinks. The menu has tasty Panamanian and American foods that go down perfectly around the pool table or at the bar. For customers who feel like becoming fans, by the way, Rockin' Gorilla is on Facebook.