Restaurant Menu

Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering, unlike a typical Latin cuisine with a Caribbean flair restaurant, will provide a unique combination of authentic Panamanian food at value pricing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Yadira is a native from Panama and she pays tribute to her place of birth through traditional dishes made with staple food products, such as corn, coconut, culantro (not cilantro) and rice.

Saturdays

Sábados de Fritanga
Saturdays all day
12 noon - 11PM

Brunch

Served
Sundays from
12 noon to 3PM

Lunch

Served
Monday thru Friday
11:30AM - 3PM

Dinner

Served
Sunday 3PM 
thru Friday 11PM

Happy Hour

Served Wednesday
thru Friday
4PM to 7PM

Drinks

Served All Day
Wednesday 11:30AM
thru Monday 9PM

Sábados de Fritanga (Saturdays Guilty Pleasure)

Served Saturdays All Day (12 noon to 3PM)

Saturday Menu

Pa' Picá (para 2 personas)
- tortillas, queso blanco, carimañolas, patacones, yuca frita, empanadas de maíz, chicarrón de pollo, carne frita

Esencias Panameñas sampler platter for 2
- ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, fried chicken wingettes, fried beef
$25

Pa' Picá Vegetariano (para 2 personas)
- tortillas, queso blanco, carimañolas, patacones, yuca frita, empanadas de maíz, carne vegetariana* V

Esencias Panameñas vegetarian sampler platter for 2
– ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, hickory BBQ riblets
$25

Hojaldres - Fried dough* (2) V

Con queso (with cheese)
$5

Con salchicha guisada (with sauté sausage)
$7

Con bistec pica’o (with beef strips in gravy)
$8

Tortilla - corn fritters* (2) V

Con salchicha guisada (with sauté sausage)
$8

Con bistec pica’o (with beef strips in gravy)
$9

Empanada de Maíz

- fresh ground corn patties
Beef or Turkey (2)
$6

Vegetarian* (2) V
$7

Chicarrón de pollo

– deep fried chicken wingettes
$6

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain) OR yuca frita (with yucca fries)
$9

Salchicha guisada

- sauté sausage
$5

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain) OR yuca frita (with yucca fries)
$7

Bistec pica’o

- with beef strips in gravy
$7

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain) OR yuca frita (with yucca fries) OR arroz blanco (white rice)
$9

Carne (de res) frita con patacones en palito

Fried beef in tangy sauce with twice fried green plantain on a skewer (2)
$10

Sopa de Pata

Cow’s heel soup with yuca, white yam, carrots, smoke turkey
Cup
$6

Bowl
$9

Deditos de Corvina (de Panamá) frito

- Panama imported Corvina fish, fried
Con yuca frita (with yucca fries)
$10

Bacalao sancochado

Stewed cod fish with tomatoes, sautéed onions and sweet pepper served with white rice OR twice fried green plantain
$12

Pargo enterod frito

- Whole snapper fried
Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain) OR yuca frita (with yucca fries)
$16

Con arroz con guandu y coco (with rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk)
$18

Pargo entero a la escabeche

– Whole snapper (mild or spicy) in escobeche sauce
Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain)/ yuca frita (with yucca fries)
$17

Con arroz con guandu y coco (with rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk)
$19

Postres (Desserts)

Dulce de Ron Abuelo

Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake
$ 5

Helado Casero – grape nut, ron con pasa, mango, guanabana

Esencias Panameñas’ homemade ice cream – grape nut, rum raisin, mango, soursop
$ 6

Cocadas

Caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell (3)
$6

A la mode
$8

Flan

Caramel custard
$ 4

Brunch Menu

Served Monday thru Friday

Brunch

Hojaldres

fried dough* (2) V

Tortillas

corn fritters with white cheese* (2) V

Empanada de harina

– flour patties
Beef or Turkey (2)
Vegetarian* (2) V

Carimañolas

– ground yucca balls stuffed
Beef or Turkey (2)
Vegetarian* (2) V

Sopa del dia

soup of the day (cup)

Ensalada Mixta

small house salad V

Yuca Frita

Fried Yucca* (8) V

Alitas de pollo

deep fried chicken wingettes

Deditos de pescado

fish fingers

Bistec pica’o

beef strips in gravy

Ceviche de pescado

fish ceviche cooked in lime juice S

Torrejitas de bacalao

codfish cakes

Chik’n Nuggets

Meatless & soy-free Chik’n Nuggets* V

Patacones

Twice fried green plantain* (4) V

Plátano frito

Fried sweet plantains* (4) V

Yogurt con frutas

Yogurt parfait with seasonal fruits

Beverages

Secosa

Signature Mimosa with Mandarin, Champagne, and Seco Herrerano rum

Sodas

Fanta Orange, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Diet 7-Up

Té Durán (de Panamá)

Panama imported Black tea (hot)

Café Durán (de Panamá)

Panama imported Coffee

Jugos – Naranja o Arándano

Juices – Orange or Cranberry

Almuerzo (Lunch Menu) - All Gluten Free

Served Monday thru Friday – 11:30AM to 3:00PM

Aperitivos (Appetizers)

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed. Tamarind dipping sauce
Beef or Turkey (3)
$7

Vegetarian* (3) V
$8

Patacones rellenos de Ceviche

Twice fried green plantain stuffed. Panama imported Corvina fish ceviche cooked in lime juice (3) S
$ 10

Torrejitas de bacalao – con o sin picante

Codfish cakes – spicy or mild (3)
$ 8

Tamal de Hoja

Fresh ground corn stuffed with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots, wrapped in banana leaves
Chicken
$8

Vegetarian** V
$9

Sopas y Ensaladas
(Soups & Salads)

Ensalada de Toldo

Panamanian potato salad with beets V
$ 7

Ensalada Mixta

Mixed salad with house dressing V
$6

Sopa del Día

Soup of the day
Cup
$5

Bowl
$8

Almuerzo (Lunch)

Arroz con Pollo

Saffron rice with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots, fried sweet plantains and side salad
$ 12

Pollo a la criolla

– muslo y encuentro solamente
Roasted dark meat (only) chicken quarter in Espagnole sauce with olives & capers, over a bed of white rice, fried sweet plantains and side salad
$ 11

Chicharrón de pollo con patacones

Deep fried chicken wingettes with twice fried green plantain
$ 9

Deditos de Corvina (de Panamá) con yuca frita

Fish and chips – Panama imported Corvina fish served with yuca fries
$ 10

Rabo de Buey

Oxtail with onions, peppers, and tomato chutney, over a bed of white rice, fried sweet plantains and micro greens
$ 12

Almuerzo Vegetariano**

Beefless strips in sweet & tangy sauce, over a bed of white rice, fried sweet plantains and side salad V
$ 12

Acompañantes (Sides)

Arroz blanco

White rice V
$ 4

Arroz con guandú y coco

Rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk V
$ 6

Arroz con pollo

Saffron rice with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots
$ 8

Plátano frito

Fried sweet plantains (10) V
$ 5

Patacones

Twice fried green plantains (8) V
$ 6

Yuca frita

Fried yuca V
$ 6

Yuca al mojo

Boiled yuca in a citrusy sauce with sautéed onions, garlic and parsley V
$ 7

Col Verde

Sautéed Kale V
$ 6

Postres (Desserts)

Dulce de Ron Abuelo

Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake
$ 5

Helado Casero – grape nut, ron con pasa, mango, guanabana

Esencias Panameñas’ homemade ice cream – grape nut, rum raisin, mango, soursop
$ 6

Cocadas

Caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell (3)
$6

A la mode
$8

Flan

Caramel custard
$ 4

Dinner Menu

Served Sundays 3:00PM thru Fridays 11:00PM

Aperitivos (Appetizers)

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed. Tamarind dipping sauce
Beef or Turkey (3)
$7

Vegetarian* (3) V
$8

Patacones rellenos de Ceviche

Twice fried green plantain stuffed. Panama imported Corvina fish ceviche cooked in lime juice* (3) S
$ 10

Torrejitas de bacalao – con o sin picante

Codfish cakes – spicy or mild (3)
$ 8

Tamal de Hoja

Fresh ground corn stuffed with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots, wrapped in banana leaves
Chicken
$8

Vegetarian** V
$9

Sopas y Ensaladas
(Soups & Salads)

Ensalada de Toldo

Panamanian potato salad with beets V
$ 7

Ensalada Mixta

Mixed salad with house dressing V
$6

Sopa del Día

Soup of the day
Cup
$5

Bowl
$8

Postres (Desserts)

Dulce de Ron Abuelo

Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake
$ 5

Helado Casero – grape nut, ron con pasa, mango, guanabana

Esencias Panameñas’ homemade ice cream – grape nut, rum raisin, mango, soursop
$ 6

Cocadas

Caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell (3)
$6

A la mode
$8

Flan

Caramel custard
$ 4

Platos Fuertes (Dinner Entrées) - All Gluten Free

Plato Tipico

Esencias Panameñas signature dish – saffron rice with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots, potato salad with beets, ground corn chicken tamal, fried sweet plantains and house salad
$ 25

Arroz con Pollo

Saffron rice with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots, potato salad with beets, fried sweet plantains, and house salad
$ 19

Pollo a la Criolla

Roasted chicken quarter in Espagnole sauce with olives & capers, over a bed of coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantain and house salad
$ 17

Pargo entero frito

- Whole snapper fried
Served with twice fried green plantains OR yuca fries, and house salad
$18

Served with coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantain and house salad
$20

Pargo entero a la escabeche*** – con o sin picante

Whole snapper (mild or spicy) in escobeche sauce over a bed of coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantain and house salad
$ 22

Filete de Corvina (de Panamá) al Ajillo

Panama imported Corvina fish filet in garlic and butter sauce over a bed of sautéed kale, served with boiled yuca in a citrusy onions, garlic and parsley sauce
$ 19

Bistec Picado

Sirloin beef strips with garlic, onions, peppers, in a tomato sauce, over a bed of white rice, fried sweet plantains and house salad
$17

With coconut pigeon peas and rice
$19

Rabo de Buey

Oxtail with onions, peppers, and tomato chutney, over a bed of coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantains, and house salad
$ 18

Bistec Vegetariano**

Beefless strips with onions and peppers, in a sweet & tangy sauce, over a bed of coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantains and house salad V
$ 18

Acompañantes (Sides)

Arroz blanco

White rice V
$ 4

Arroz con guandú y coco

Rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk V
$ 6

Arroz con pollo

Saffron rice with chicken, olives, capers, peas & carrots
$ 8

Plátano frito

Fried sweet plantains (10) V
$ 5

Patacones

Twice fried green plantains (8) V
$ 6

Yuca frita

Fried yuca V
$ 6

Yuca al mojo

Boiled yuca in a citrusy sauce with sautéed onions, garlic and parsley V
$ 7

Col Verde

Sautéed Kale V
$ 6

Happy Hour

Served Wednesday thru Friday 4:00PM to 7:00PM

Pa' Picá (Bar Food) – Bar Only – $5 Each

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed. Tamarind dipping sauce
Beef, Turkey, Vegetarian (2)

Empanadas

Fried (flour) empanadas
Beef, Chicken (2)

Carne frita y patacones en palito

Beef and twice fried green plantain on a skewer (1)

Chicharrón de pollo

Deep fried chicken wingettes. Choice of Plain, Tangy BBQ or Culantro Habanero dipping sauce (6)

Patacones

Twice fried green plantains (6)

Yuca frita

Fried yucca

Happy Hour Drinks – Bar Only

Beer

Bud Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken,
$ 3

House Wine

White Zinfandel or Red Blend
$ 4

Sangría

glass
$ 4

Regular Mojito

$ 5

Regular Margarita

$ 5

Beverages

Served Everyday!

Chichas, Sodas y Batidos (Juices, Sodas and Shakes)

Chicheme frío

Hominy corn, condense milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk, cold drink
$ 5

Agua de Pipa

100% Pure Coconut water
$ 6

Chicha de raspadura con naranja y limón

Orange drink with cane sugar
$ 7

Chicha de tamarindo

Tamarind drink
$ 7

Chicha de guanábana

Soursop drink
$ 7

Saril con jengibre

Hibiscus flower infused with fresh ginger
$ 7

Batidos – guanábana, papaya

Shakes – Soursop, Papaya (Seasonal)
$ 8

Sodas

Fanta Orange, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Diet 7-Up
$ 3

Té Durán (de Panamá)

Panama imported Black tea (hot)
$ 2

Café Durán (de Panamá)

Panama imported Coffee
$ 3

Café Durán (de Panamá) Bombón

Panama imported Coffee with condense milk
$ 4

Cervezas (Beer)

Domestic Beers

Bud Light, Sam Adams, Miller Lite, Budwiser
$ 5

Imported Beers

Corona Extra, Heineken, Modelo, Stella
$ 6

Vinos (Wine)

Moscato

White Wine
glass
$6

bottle
$27

White Zinfandel

White Wine
glass
$6

bottle
$27

Riesling

White Wine
glass
$6

bottle
$27

Alamos, Argentina, Red Blend

Red Wine
glass
$7

bottle
$28

Alamos, Argentina, Malbec

Red Wine
glass
$7

bottle
$28

Alamos, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Wine
glass
$7

bottle
$28

Cocteles a lo Panameño y Martinis (Signature Cocktails & Martinis)

Chichita Panameña

Our signature Cocktail with Ron Abuelo, Red Grapefruit, Pineapple, Raspadura simple syrup, Mango rum, Grenadine
$ 10

Lord Panama

Ron Abuelo, Ice Tea, sirope de goma (gum syrup)
$ 8

Playa Blanca

Seco Herrerano, Maracuya (Passion Fruit)
$ 8

Secosa

Signature Mimosa with Seco Herrerano, Mandarin, Champagne
$ 9

Seco Lemonade

Seco Herrerano, fresh squeezed lemonade, Blue Curacao
$ 8

Coco Seco

Seco Herrerano, Agua de Pipa (Coconut water)
$ 8

Sangría Panameña

Our Signature Sangria with Hibiscus flower, Ginger Wine, Orange, Apple, Mango
glass
$9

pitcher
$36

Mentirita

Ron Abuelo, Pepsi
$ 8

Seco con Vaca

Seco Herrerano and fresh milk
$ 8

Esencias Panameña Mojito

Seco Herrerano (Panama White Rum), lime juice, raspadura simple syrup, mint, soda water
$ 9

Mojito de Saril

Hibiscus Flower Mojito
$ 10

Mojito Añejo

Ron Abuelo, Tonic water, lime juice, raspadura simple syrup, mint
$ 10

Panatini

Our Signature Martini
$ 10

Martini de Saril

Hibiscus flower martini
$ 9

Martini de Jengibre

Ginger Martini
$ 9

Panama Viejo

Ron Abuelo, Raspadura con naranja y limon (Orange & lime juices with brown sugar)
$ 9

Me Rindo

Seco Herrerano, Chicha de Tamarindo, lime juice
$ 8

Vereda Tropical

Seco Herrerano, Mango juice, Agua de Pipa (Coconut water)
$ 8