Amble’s favorite restaurant in Panama City may also be the darling dining spot of other Panama travelers, but probably for reasons all their own – the eclectic Manolo Caracol is always bringing something new to the table, and every visitor leaves with a unique experience in concept dining.
It’s a great place to stop in frequently, because the menu always changes to feature the freshest seafood available and the best in-season local produce. The décor is equally varied, a mixture of religious artifacts, funky accoutrements, and whichever fine art installation has most recently captivated owner Manolo Madueño.
Watch the video for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the exotic ingredients and innovative techniques that go into a meal at this fine dining establishment in Panama City:
Although the variables keep things interesting at Manolo Caracol, there are a number of constants you can rely on when you come for the prix-fixe dining experience at this Casco Viejo institution. For one, the restaurant boasts an impressive wine list and their superb service makes every dinner guest feel like they’re in the home of an old friend. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, you’re certain to be accommodated by the dedicated culinary artists at Manolo Caracol.
Whatever unpredictable array of delights Manolo and executive chef Dany Suaya have been cooking up all day, your meal arrives in a parade of beautifully-presented plates, all featuring high-quality natural and organic ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.
Your place setting includes standard utensils as well as a pair of chopsticks, so you know you’re in for a culinary experience that reflects Panama’s privileged location at the crossroads of East and West. The food at Manolo Caracol takes off from the traditional cuisine of Panama with plenty of kick and fun flavor-play while remaining authentically Panamanian in the sense that it blends tradition and innovation – making this restaurant the perfect complement to the surrounding historic district.
If you walk up to Manolo Caracol as the sun is setting over Panama City, you’re likely to find Chef Dany sitting outside in front of the restaurant, sharing a bottle of wine with friends and dinner guests as they wait for the dining room to fill. In the casual atmosphere of Manolo Caracol, you’ll never feel underdressed, but you also won’t feel out-of-place if you don your best to step out after dinner for a taste of Panama City’s vibrant nightlife. The sequence of delectable dishes you’ve just enjoyed is the perfect preparation for exploring Casco Viejo, a unique place that – like a meal at Manolo Caracol – offers a surprise around every corner.
What People are Saying about Manolo Caracol
“a dining experience on par with any you can find in a major international city”
– The New York Times travel guide
“a must in Panama City”
– Frommer’s traveler reviews