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“A true gem”

Fanny's Terrace Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$30
Cuisines: Sushi, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: We guarantee a unique esperience that you will never forget
Reviewed 28 February 2014

When our good friend who lives in nearby Volcan suggested we dine at Fanny's, we promptly agreed and were truly delighted. The charming cabin is below the road, perched over the river with wonderful scenery during daylight hours. But it was four of us for dinner on a Wednesday night, and since we called ahead she agreed enthusiastically to feed us. And what a meal! Fanny's menu is the definition of the freshest form of farm to table one can find, especially in Panama. The tiny lettuces and arugula that regaled the marvelous salads were picked an hour earlier from the restauran't's garden; it is onion harvesting season in the highlands of Chiriqui so we ordered the sublime cream of onion soup for starters. Yum! Chicken breast with mustard sauce or with wine and herbs was wonderful. So sorry we had no room for desert. And last but least, our hostess and chef has to be the most gracious, warm and capable restauranteur in Panama, bar none. She and her partner and son, the smiling server, made our evening, magical in this true gem, and all for a very reasonable tag. Kudos all around.

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Thank greennman
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We were amazed by this place. It is a modest looking restaurant from the road. Just a small building with outdoor picnic table seating and some indoor seating as well. The view up the side of the hill is breathtaking. Classical music plays in the background. And then, a chalkboard with the night's specials is brought out and the decision-making begins. We were served a crisp white wine with tuna croquettes to start. My husband had tornedos of beef, which he claims to be the best steak he has ever eaten. I had mahi mahi in coconut curry sauce, which rendered me speechless. Too full for dessert we had to pass on the chocolate cake, flan, strawberries and more. Too bad. But we returned the next day for lunch. And the next. And the next.

Do not miss this place. Fanny and her husband are the chefs and they know what they are doing. Jonathan, Fanny's son, is a delightful host who speaks impeccable English but is only there when he is not in medical school in Panama City.

Such a wonderful and unexpected find.

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Thank Getback420
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Our hosts at Cielito Sur recommended this place to us. We had two really good meals there. It is a tiny little wooden building perched below the road on the hillside, and with a very informal atmosphere. Fanny and her husband and her son prepare and serve the food. You feel as if you are sitting in their kitchen having a meal with them. The food was excellent too, fresh and prepared with love. This was the one of the best places and the best meals we had in Panama. It felt like a privilege to be there!

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Thank Fisheagle2513
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

One of those unexpected jewels that makes traveling so rewarding. The outstanding food pales only in comparison to the Fanny's warm welcoming demeanor and the graciousness of her family and staff. We dined with them twice in our 3 day stay and felt like we were leaving old friends when it came time to depart.

Thank YoHT3
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Can't say enough good things about Fanny's. I had their filet mignon and it was quite simply the best steak I have EVER eaten. Do yourself a favour and go there - you will be amazed.

Thank William F
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