Lunch at Pantay

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Mandan Lynn on March 6, 2013

We stopped at this place by accident, having intended to go into the restaurant next door. Pantay and Todo al Carbon share a building, and we just kind of went to the wrong side, thinking it was all one place. No matter -- we hadn't been to either one of them yet, we sat down on the patio.

The waitress was very nice, and spoke to us in English although we kept asking the questions in Spanish. She is also the artist behind the hand-painted trucker hats on display by the desk. (If you don't see one that you like, she told us that she could paint whatever you wanted on a hat.)

The menu was full of the normal stuff you see in restaurants down here: salads, fish, steak, chicken. Having had my fill of salad for the moment (we're living in a place with no stove for the time being, so I'd been having salads almost every day), I ordered the vegetarian pasta. It came with choice of sauce, and I elected the curry sauce. The waitress then recommended the garlic sauce, but I stuck to my original selection.

The sauce was fantastic. There were quite a few vegetables, though not as many as I would have liked, covering a giant bowl of spaghetti. Curry spaghetti. I'm just not that big of a fan of pasta, and come to think of it I'm not sure why I ordered it. I guess I focused in on "curry" and "vegetables," and I was very hungry and a little grumpy after several days of oatmeal and salads in our stove-less casita, and I'm making a conscious effort not to eat much meat, so I was sort of out of options.

My boyfriend enjoyed his fish and side salad.

It's not that the food wasn't good, but I doubt we'll go back here. Prices are about the same as they are everywhere around here, and the selection didn't give a grumpy salad-stuffed girl enough options. You can get the same food at several other places which, at the same time, provide other more creative dishes to suit people who are tired of just a piece of chicken and a side salad. That said, if what you're looking for is a good piece of chicken or fish and a side salad or some French fries, this place is as good as any, and the waitress was so nice and good at her job that I almost feel bad not raving about the restaurant as a whole.
Pantay Restaurante
Punta Prieta Blvd., Playa Coronado
Coronado, Panama

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