Hey chy, had an amazing meal in #Panama at a restaurant called Fonda Lo Que Hay (which translates to whatever is around) the owner also owns Donde Jose, a fairly well know and fancy restaurant in Panama City. Lo Que Hay started as a pop-up with a constantly changing menu but has since adopted a more stable menu of food. I wish I could remember the description of the things I got but wow— amazing. The service, the food, the decor of the restaurant was great. Before I went, I definitely but this restaurant on a pedestal. It had rave reviews and when we got out first dish (pic 2), a salmon carpaccio on yuca tostado (similar to a yuca chip) I was a little underwhelmed. But I can’t explain it, the dish grew on me. It got better with each bite. Is there a word for that? Is that a thing? Have you had any meals like that? I feel like we never talk about second or third bites; I guess it’s because that’s when our taste buds truly settle in. they know what to expect. Am i making sense or did I imagine this shift in flavor in a stagnant dish?
Pic 1 was my meal. It was a bass fish with patacones (like tostones), a mix of garlic and green onion, a kind of cooked escaviched onion and bell pepper and a sweet, thick tamal de olla, tasting similar to sweet potato. After being told how to eat it twice, I could no identify. i didn’t listen the first time, I also realized how much better it was. I was eating eat part by dipping the fish into each part and the chef say me and explained everything must be eaten together and WOW. How do you feel when chefs tell you how to eat your meal? Is a meal really that good if the chef has to tell you how to eat it? Don’t be me wrong, I loved this food but I’m curious. When did we even get here where we tell food patrons HOW to eat? the concept is new, isn’t it? With this new, elevated, hipster form of dining? It’s interesting.
Loving panama btw. Wish you were here!