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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Ranked #22 of 43 Restaurants in Panajachel
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Lima, Peru
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very vegetarian friendly, pretty good fod considering lack of asian ingredients in Panajachel. Chinita is a character, if she is there your experiece upgrades to one more star :)

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Tecpan, Guatemala
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a reliable place for good Asian food with a Guate twist. It is in a great covered patio and the service is good.

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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wonderful atmosphere, great food (and tea); creative menú. Ling (owner) is a wonderful lady - very kind and attentive.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had a group of 10, and all enjoyed the evening. Food was great, and service excellent. A local musican entertained us, who was OK. He was a bit too chatty, spending more time trying to engage our group in conversation than playing music!

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Panajachel, Guatemala
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Chinitas is one of a few Asian-ish restaurants ... You can tell by the soy sauce bottles next to the salsa ... the food is basic, bland and not well served. I would not mind the funk of the place if the presentation were more artful, more Asian. But it is disappointing chow.

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SF Bay area
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102 reviews 102 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Asian fusion food is good, set in a covered courtyard with entrances to a bookstore and Internet cafe. Background music was quiet and good, but then a live musician made conversation impossible. Cost is high for Pana (but still very low compared to US). Despite the mild negative comments, still a very good place to eat.

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Schenectady, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Our group (which included two vegetarians) ate here twice during our stay. Lots of different options on the menu. Delicious soups and ample portions of everything. Nice relaxing setting.

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Sorry but we thought this place was gross. Sad, floppy vegetables cooked within an inch of their life in a weird, flavorless sauce. Place is also kind of dirty inside and food made me sick afterwards. I came for the tofu and tempeh but it wasn't worth it. There are lots of places in town that offer those things and... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is my husband's favorite restaurant in Panajachel, so we keep coming back. Food is healthy, they have vegetarian option. And the flavor is unique.

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Dennis Port, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Great food, and not a lot of $$. Felt like we were in an Asian garden. Another "safe, no belly ache" place to eat. We went 3 times, and loved it every meal.

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Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
Cuisine: Malaysian

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