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“Very good restaurant in Panama” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Chic

Cafe Chic
Calle Uruguay | en frente de Ligne Roset, Panama City 00507, Panama
005073917070
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Ranked #54 of 526 Restaurants in Panama City
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Brasserie, Café
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A European French styled restaurant- bar- terrace, a very upscale nice place for an international crowd. 55 seats inside, 24 seats on the terrace for lunch, tea & drinks and dinner. Open from Monday till Saturday from 11pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm. The menu does have French & Mediteranean classics with daily fresh "honest" food for reasonable prices, a very smart bar and a Paris styled terrace.
Paris, France
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very good restaurant in Panama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I was in Panama last week for business and went to CAFE CHIC as a read good reviews on Trip. I was not disapointed; food was excellent and the staff was very friendly. I had a nice talk with the Dutch boss who is found of jazz. Will go back for my next trip to Panama !

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A touch of European chic in Panama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Cafe Chic is a great asset to the diversity of restaurants Panama already has to offer. Its 'European chic' is unrivaled.

The atmosphere is cozy and classy. The finish of the interior and quality of the materials used is way above Panamanian standards.

The menu might be limited, but this is not uncommon in European restaurants. The quality, freshness and eye for detail are superb. The service is very friendly and professional.

You can tell the owner takes a big pride in making this restaurant among the best Panama has to offer. He is always there, being a perfect host to his guests, coaches his staff to become the best they can be and is always looking for innovative ways to improve his service to the customers. The valet parking Cafe Chic is offering is a perfect example.

Cafe Chic is highly recommended and I hope it will help to raise the standard of quality and customer service in Panama.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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roeland b, Owner at Cafe Chic, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Dear Maarten, Thank you so much for your review!. It is very stimulating for us that you have
noticed all these details in the design and decoration of Cafe Chic. Our intention is to create
a European urban bohemia atmosphere with great honest food, a good glass of wine, nice people in a nice setting with lots of Jazz & Bossa!

Look forward to welcome you again soon!

Thanks,

Roeland Biever
Cafe Chic
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Koksijde, Belgium
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Second to none... the very art of simplicity.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Here I finally found a cosy dining room and a nice intimate terrace where graceful yet uncomplicate service by most friendly young ladies is completed by every a quality ingredient freshly prepared.

The limited menu card offers exactly what is written ( the preparations as we know them from the famous classic cooks) and allows for the kitchen to have food stock quickly rotating. During my repeated visits I tried already most of the plates and the lamb chops from Down-Under, perfectly broiled to your liking, the rich Ratatouille and tasteful puree of potatoes on the side or the 'Pate de Campagne' housemade as a starter are not to be missed. It was nice to learn lately that a menu has been created with bites and little hunger-killers.

If you use to be pampered by the great houses of genuine gastromy in the Low Countries of Western Europe, it will be hard to find a second place in Panama equalling Cafe Chic.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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roeland b, Owner at Cafe Chic, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Dear Werner!.........Thank you for your detailed review. It surely shows you're a gourmet expert. We highly appreciate your positive comments. It helps us to improve the quality of our food and the
standard of our service. As you correctly have noticed our concept is based on fresh "honest"
food prepared with passion.

Hope to welcome you again any time soon!

Thanks,

Roeland Biever
CAFE CHIC
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Miami, Florida, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Big Time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Wow! Just a few days in Panama and then such an extraordinary dinner at the Cafe Chic! I know Mr. Roeland Biever from his restaurant Tiffany´s in Rio de Janeiro, some time back and where I also had a great dinner. His establishments are always inspiring with good service and great food. If you like dessert I can recomend the Crème Bruleé! Hope to see you soon in Miami Mr.Biever!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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roeland b, Owner at Cafe Chic, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear Wayne!.........So nice to hear from you!.........you were always around at the Tiffany's in Rio, it has been quite a while but now you found us here at Café Chic in Panama. Thanks a lot for
your visit, I'm happy you enjoyed our food so much. Knowing you are an expert on food and wine
I take it as a big compliment that you were so impressed!

Hope to see you back soon!

Soulful regards,

Roeland Biever
Café Chic
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Panama City, Panama
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Inconsistent quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Been there 3 times in the past 3 months. First and second time were fantastic: excellent food, very good service (which is uncommon in Panama) and wonderful atmosphere. It has a minimalistic but classy decor, with Jazz and Blues musicians posters on the walls. Jazz and Blues at a low volume is always playing.
Menu is rather limited, but the choices are varied.
1st time (September 2012) we were 2; we had the lamb chops and the mushroom and sausage risotto. Both excellent; as well as the drinks. The 2nd time (October 2012) we were 4, and it was very good as well; we had the salmon, pork chops and oriental seafood pasta (which wasn't as good as the rest). Both times we ordered the ratatouille as a side dish, an it is - without a doubt - the best I ever had. Highly recommended.
Prices are a little steep, but the quality of the food, drinks and service made it worth.
The third time (November 2012) was awfully disappointing: food took about an hour to arrive (without and explanation or apology), and the same dishes we ordered before weren't as tasty (except for the ratatouille, which is still the best); we even had to send back the lamb chops, as they were going bad. Same goes for the drinks.
Being a french restaurant, I was surprised creme brulee wasn't on the menu; so I suggested it to who I think was the owner. The 2nd time we went there, I reminded him again. Both times he said he was going to tell the chef, so they could include it. The 3rd time, it still wasn't available; so it's pretty clear to say that they don't care about the customers' opinion.
It has very limited parking, but they offer valet service.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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roeland b, Owner at Cafe Chic, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear Sir ( Eldisplicente) Thank you for your review concerning your visits at Café Chic! We are
happy to know that you were very satisfied with the quality of the food, the service and the décoration during your first visits. We took note of your complaints during your third visit. We regret and agree with you that the lamb chops were not of the same quality as usual, they are now replaced by a delicious lamb stew. The good news is..........we are now able to offer you the Crème brullée you were waiting for, please come and join us for lunch or dinner.........your dessert will be on the house!!

Kind regards,

Roeland Biever
Café Chic
( owner)
Tel. 391 70 70



P.S. please give us ( David the manager) a call prior to your visit to make sure we have everything available for you
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