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“Absolutely the Best Sushi in Panama”
Review of ZK Nikkei Cuisine

ZK Nikkei Cuisine
Ranked #26 of 1,094 Restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Peruvian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Japanese-Peruvian Restaurant (Nikkei Cuisine)
Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I have been looking for a good sushi restaurant since we moved to Panama City three years ago. She has been enjoying sushi for 40 years, so she especially knows something about it. When our friend Bernardo told us about Sake, we were delighted to hear there was a place where you could get genuine sushi in Panama. Sushi is relatively new in Panama, so what we had seen up to that point was sushi at places that were like fast food joints and delivered in motorcycles. At one place we asked where the sushi was and were shown the frozen sushi under the counter - ouch. We have even observed folks eating sushi with forks and having a Coke with their sushi.
We have been to Sake several times, the latest being for my wife’s birthday. We had a variety of sashini atun, sashini hanachi, California rolls, and sushi unagui. It was as usual excellent, comparable to the best sushi restaurants in Southern California and Scottsdale, AZ. Watching the sushi chefs preparing the plates indicated that they were well-trained in the art of sushi. The presentations were very well done. The contemporary décor is very classy. Sake is a bit pricey, but if you need a sushi fix this is the only place in Panama.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

I really enjoyed the ambient of the restaurant, the sushi was good but i didn't like the sashimis, i had the idea that the fishes were frozen inside. The wild sake was awesome too, and beer always cold, loved that! You can seat outside if you like too.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This Japanese restaurant in Panama City offers sushi and cooked Japanese food with some Panamanian touch, making what probably is fusion. Appetizers are for instance edamame (green beans, which are also known in Panama with a different name), a kind of spring roll with some fruit taste and little ceviches served in a round pastry, making an interesting mix of tropical and Asian taste.

We were visiting in a group from work and the service went quite well: fast, friendly and effective. We had a pre chosen dish offering a choice on fish, beef or chicken, all quite attractive and in portions that are bigger then the Japanese I am use to have in Japanese restaurants in Europe or in the ones I experienced when visited Japan.

The ambiance is agreeable and discreetly Japanese.

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Thank JuPereira
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We highly recommend Sake if you are wanting sushi in Panama City. Every roll we've tried is delicious and I'm a big fan of the Special Sake roll with avocado, salmon & crab. The nigiri are also very good. The fried tempura vegetables and dipping sauce make a great appetizer. We love the outdoor dining when its not raining. One of our favorite places in Panama City.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Their food is not a large one but it is delicious. The ceviche as entrance is very poor, not too much quantity, nevertheless the rest is good. Service is too slow. It took three hours to have dinner for a group of 23 people, not becasue of us; because of the restaurant. I am sure that if they improve their service, their cooking time, they could be one of the best restaurantes in Panama. They really have nice decoration, it is a nice place.

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Thank Perla35
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