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“Panama's Very Best Dim Sum!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Golden Unicorn

Golden Unicorn
Ave. 5B Sur, San Francisco (Edificio Evergreen 4to piso), Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #188 of 526 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Panama City, Panama
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Panama's Very Best Dim Sum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Dim Sum - if you are not familiar with dim sum, this is what the Chinese eat for breakfast with tea.

This restaurant is usually very busy & a person usually must wait in line to enter the Golden Unicorn for Dim Sum treats.

However, this is another long holiday week end here in Panama. Check this out - during November of each year Panama celebrates its independence from Spain (even though at this time Panama was a part of Colombia) and also Panama celebrates its independence from Colombia. Actually the legal holidays this year were Thursday November 3, Friday November 4, Thursday November 10 & Monday November 28. That's right the country of Panama closes down for four legal holidays to celebrate its independence and many Panamanians therefore take extended holidays to visit the interior.

Because many Panamanians are now away from the city, yesterday we did not have to wait in line to enter the Golden Unicorn.

Within seconds of our being seated at our table a server appeared with a cart of dim sum treats. And the servers with rolling carts just kept coming and coming. Most dim sum treats come with four (4) pieces which was great for us because my wife and I were dining with two of our friends.

When you are in Panama and want to try something a little bit different - visit the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in the Evergreen Building (it is bright green - can't miss it) right near the ATLAPA convention center.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Overpriced for Quality of Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

Just back from this restaurant and writing this report while at my hotel,the food was nothing what i expected,we ordered shark fin soup($15.00 small bowl)and had pieces of chicken,egg white and mushrooms,nothing tasted like shark fin,steam fish with ginger and scallions were tasteless and the texture of the fish made me want to puke.ordered beef with honey and black pepper and got beef with black been,onions and sweet peppers,ok but not worth the money,fried rice with shrimp and roast pork also bland,(white in color).Bill was $64.00 with tax and added 10% service charge and 2 local beer($2.00 each,cheapeast thing on menu).I was really dissapointed and got my hopes up from reading the reviews on T/A.Take everything with a grain of salt when you read reviews on this site.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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World-wide Traveller
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34 restaurant reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
“Bad dim sums weekday”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

Went there on Tuesday 11:00 am with Chinese fiancee....traveling a lot across Asia, we know about our dim sums, and thought considering the reviews that it would satisfy our little crave, while not having excessive expectations (were are in Latin America, not Asia...). There was almost nobody in the restaurant. Dim Sums were ready, meaning they were steamed in the morning and kept steamed for a few hours, waiting their customer. Expected result: dry, not fresh, looking tired of life and waiting for a quick death. We took the very traditional fare: prawn dumplings, siew mai (yellow pork dumpling), lotus leaf rice, steamed flat noodle with prawn, none of them was good. Maybe it is good during weekend when all the Chinese families gather and the experienced chefs come, but at our time it seems that they had hired for the morning a cheap migrant cook. A final comforting view was the waiter (not an Asian fellow) who left the toilet without washing his hands unashamed of my presence (at least he did not serve us). My conclusion: if they cannot guarantee good dim sums during weekdays, they should simply close instead of serving leftovers.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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new york
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

we live in new york and have traveled to china too. The food in this restaurant is excellent and so is the service. It is in te Evergreen building about two blocks from the Sheraton .

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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“As expected at a great chinese”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

I have never got a good service at a good chinese, i think it's part of a package, great service with regular or lame service, but seriously, you have to come and eat here! I have been here 2 times in a week and would h ave no problem comming back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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