The Fish Market
The Fish Market introduces a new concept of serving up honest food from a food truck in the ruins of a colonial building.
White picnic tables topped with navy parasols on a raw concrete floor with ceilingless columns help to create a casual, fishermen’s-wharf-style setting. The rotating blackboard menu of fresh seafood fuses flavours of Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean and might include fish gyros, gazpacho with prawns, thai green fish curry, Vietnamese sandwiches, furikake tuna steaks – all for under $10.
Friday is Fish ‘n Chips day, a tribute to the chef’s British roots. Originally from Manchester, United Kingdom, Michael Thompson, age 32, landed in Panama in 2005 after living in Indonesia, Thailand and Greece, and ran the Lemongrass restaurant in Bocas del Toro for five years.
In 2011, he and business partner Maurice Cohen launched The Fish Market in the City of Knowledge’s Patio del Sabor food court before setting up their own shop in Casco Viejo.
Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch, hours are extended until midnight for Thursday acoustic music sessions and Friday hang outs with $2 local beers, $5 Lost Coast Brewery craft beers and $3 wine by the glass.
Da Vinci Deli Pastas Gourmet
The Da Vinci offers great homemade pasta and drinks. Everything is made with very fresh ingredients and that alone makes the simplest dishes superb. For example, for drinks, the mojitos (three kinds: strawberry, coconut, and passion fruit) are all made with fresh fruit. The pasta is extremely fresh and light nothing is overly done with the cheeses, even the gnocchi that is stuffed with cheese is fantastic. They even had alfajores for desert as well as tiramisu and a passion fruit mousse- all fantastic.The service is excellent and the staff are very kind and helpful.
The Diablicos restaurant is a place to sample different foods and drinks, and at the same time enjoy music and shows which change daily, both during day and night hours. Inside, the atmosphere is very colourful, and cheerful wist rustic details in the décor. There are exciting folkloric shows with live presentations for you while enjoying a delicious meal. As an example of local dishes try roast pork rinds with boiled cassava; seafood stuffed plantains; Panamanian stew; Diablicos chicken; Diablicos burger with bacon and American cheese; fillet of sea bass seafood sauce; jumbo prawns in passion fruit sauce; or Angus beef steak. And why not finish of the meal with a desert option, like rice pudding or chocolate fondant.