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“Wonderful Cafe in the Historic Heart of the City”
Review of Ego y Narciso - CLOSED

Ego y Narciso
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Ego (no local uses the full name) sits quietly on a corner of Bolivar Square in Panama's historic quarter, Casco Viejo - a handful of outside tables, and a few tables inside ringing an L-shaped bar. Nothing in its modest appearance can prepare the first-time visitor for just how good this place is. It looks like a bar that serves food, when in fact it's the other way around, offering a menu that is international in its intention, and Peruvian at its heart. Much of the food is available as tapas, perfect accompaniments to the drinks for which Ego is well known, especially a fantastic mojito.

Casco Viejo is the southeastern corner of the city, alongside the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. On a breezy evening, it's an ideal place to watch ships coming and going and people strolling by. Don't miss the ceviche, the tuna tartare with a thick layer of avocado and any number of offerings on the thick corn tortillas one finds only in Panama.

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Thank Lyn_Farmer
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

A warm summer evening. a square with twinkling lights and a flood lit church facade, a strolling guitarist and then very good food and wine - heavenly!!

We ate ceviche that was fresh and flavorful then shared a locally caught simply grilled fish with a bottle of very acceptable Sauvignon Blanc while serenaded in part by a strolling guitarist with a very pleasant voice. All this for under $80 for the two of us, including a good tip.

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Thank rbradb
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Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

The Peruvian flare is gone... octopus have no identifiable taste... taste of chicken rolls w/risotto is too cheesy... service is mediocre... Peruvian style ceviche and tiradito were ok... but fish was no fresh...

Dined here 3 yrs ago... sorry to say will not make it back anytime soon

Thank Ronald L
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Reviewed 16 November 2015

This is a great date spot with many tasty menu items. It's on the pricier side in terms of food in Panama, but about on par with less-fancy Canadian restaurants. Have the hot chicken stew ravioli or the octopus- both were fantastic!

Thank Tessa B
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

My visit to Ego was very good. I found the food to be exceptional, the ambience was just right and the service good. I found the carpaccio exceptional and the pasta dishes seem like authentic Italian. The restaurant is located the old part of town, making the ambience exceptional.

Thank Jimmy M
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