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“Great change from the typical”
Review of Chinitas

Chinitas
Ranked #27 of 80 Restaurants in Panajachel
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

Our first night in Panajachel we visited Chinitas. In five days, we ate there 3 times! The food is very good and the service is delightful. Prices are very reasonable. I had a variety of salads, the potstickers, the hot and sour soup and also the miso soup. All were delicious. My partner had a stir fry and tried a couple of the soups when he wasn't feeling well. Ling the owner is from Asia and is a wonderful woman. She definitely adds a spark to the restaurant when she is around. There was live music on Thursday night which we enjoyed. Drinks are good and well-priced. I paid 25Q for a black russian which was one of the best I have ever had. Ling has been in Pana for 15 years with this restaurant so she obviously has something good going on. If you're tired of the same old, same old, Chinitas is a great option.

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Thank Jan J
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Loved the atmosphere and the food! Not many places in Central America allow you to kick off your shoes and curl up with tons of pillows around a table while eating great Asian food. If traveling with friends, this is a good place to relax, unwind, and enjoy conversation with your peers in the midst of your travels. It is very unique and personal. I will definitely go again if I get the chance!

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Reviewed October 9, 2011

This was a real treat, I ate there several times. A great place for asian food and to relax. Love the fortunes. Can't wait to get back.

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Thank Anipele_yahoo_comAni
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

Cool spot. Very interesting. Wifi is hella slow. Food was super healthy and good. Gotta try the wine she makes if you go. Huge potsickers. Lots of varieties of foods. Cool atmosphere.

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Thank Skookumlukum
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Reviewed September 8, 2010

Chinitas is a beautiful restaurant, owned by Ling who is originally from Malaysia (she is very interesting to talk to). The restaurant is in a courtyard off the street, plants hang from the ceiling and you can often hear birds. There's comfy sofa seating as well. It has 2 menus, an asian one, and a pasta and pizza one. The Asian menu is particularly good if you want some nice healthy food, since the plates are veggie based with a choice of tofu, chicken or beef. The gulai, a rich creamy Malaysian curry is a must have and the chai tea there is like no other. Ling has also decorated the place with very interesting recycled art, which is a great inspiration if you love nature like me. She also makes her own fruit wine, which is cheap and strong. Free WiFi

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Thank xaramei
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