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“Nothing special...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bon Vivant

Bon Vivant
Calle 74 Este, Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #192 of 557 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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“Nothing special...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I went to Bon Vivant for lunch with a friend and we shared a Veggie salad, Turkey sandwich and a cheese plate. The salad was good, albeit nothing special, the sandwich was kind of small and was missing some crunch. It could have used some cucumber slices or something that wasn't mushy. The cheese plate was terrible. We were told that it would have Stilton, Brie, Manchego and some other cheeses. It had none of the cheeses that we were told. The selection was mostly hard very strong cheeses and it was overall quite unappealing.

The space and ambiance of this restaurant (and food shop) is quite nice and has a good feel to it. The chairs were a little uncomfortable though.

The service was not great, but not terrible. We had asked for the sandwich to be without the honey mustard it comes with, but they brought it with it all over it anyway. They replaced it, but considering it was the one simple change we made, it should have been pretty simple. Also, the whole cheese plate being different was also quite annoying. Other than that, the service wasn't bad.

As a foodie, I was quite excited to see what they had in the store, especially since there are not a lot of fine food stores in Panama. Overall, I felt let down and couldn't find anything to buy. Also there was no one in the food store section to help us, so even if I had a question, it couldn't be answered.

Overall, I'd say it's a miss. The space is cool, but the rest just fizzled...

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A very pleasant surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant, wine bar and deli has only been open about 7 weeks. Situated in a quiet residential area of Panama City (San Francisco). It's owned by a man from Catalan and therefore has a Spanish flavour. It has taken a year to get up and running and the attention to detail is impressive. There is a small menu, quality rather than quantity. They do excellent platters of Spanish or French hams and cheeses, I had some duck leg confit one night, which was delightful. They do a bruschetta exactly as you would get in Barcelona. They have a very comprehensive wine list, I didn't think I'd be drinking Albariño in Panama City! Apart from the wine bar they have a very upmarket deli with probably over 100 different cheeses plus shelves and shelves of other delights. It can get very busy in the evening with a very smart crowd. There are also tables outside so you can eat and drink alfresco.

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