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“Substandard” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Niko's Cafe

Niko's Cafe
Ranked #11 of 21 Coffee & Tea in Panama City
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Seating, Takeout
Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Substandard”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Niko's Cafe is a large restaurant chain in Panama. Most of it's locations are open 24-hours a day. It's really hit or miss on whether or not you'll get a good meal on any given visit.

I used to only eat the sandwich meals here, until they served me old meat, with a bad smell and rubber-like texture, in a club sandwich I ordered. That one experience was enough to put me off from eating any other sandwich from this place, which contains meat.

The regular meals are ordered cafeteria style. In other words, you pick and choose what you want from large trays, and the server will add it to your plate. Like I mentioned earlier, it's hit or miss on whether or not you'll get a good meal on any given visit. There's some level of consistency in terms of the quality of non-meat food items. I say some level, because the taste is usually the same, but you can't always count on these items being fresh.

Regarding meat food items, you'll find that the quality is more consistently mediocre than good. I've had the turkey breast about 4 times, and on three occasions the turkey was room temperature, very dry, and hard. The only good meat food item I've had here was the honey glazed ham, which was surprisingly tasty.

The only reason I continue to eat here from time-to-time, is because of the convenience of being available 24-hours a day. Every time I visit, I worry if I'm going to get a good meal that day or not.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Frankfurt, Germany
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Love Niko's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

Great Food, love their gyros and their fries are top! They also have great pastries in their coffee shop. Niko's is a definite stop any trip to Panama City.

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Panama City, Panama
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A basic place for typical panamanian food or sandwiches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is not fancy food but your basic cafeteria style food and sandwiches. It is cheap and it is fast, clean and no frills. There is bread and desserts too.

Visited December 2012
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Alberta
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Typical Panamanian food for a reasonable price if you know how to order”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

Nikos was recommended by a few Panamanians we knew as a place to get typical food for a reasonable price. Our group went one evening and those who ordered the sandwiches got a reasonable deal (sandwich, fries and drink for $5.25 to $5.75). My other friend and I ordered dinner, and instead of getting a combination, we ended up with individual items, so two entrees, rice, a drink and dessert cost $17.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Panama City, Panama
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Typical Panamanian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

Cafeteria style set-up. You can get good food 24/7 During the lunch and dinner times they have sandwiches and full meals. The prices are very reasonable for what you get!

Visited January 2013
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