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Esencias Panameñas 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.

Menu

Aperitivos (Appetizers)

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed.  Tamarind dipping sauce

Beef or Turkey (3) $7

Vegetarian (3) $8

Patacones rellenos de Ceviche

Twice fried green plantain stuffed.

Panama imported Corvina fish ceviche cooked in lime juice (3) $10 S

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 $9

Sopas y Ensaladas (Soups & Salads)

Ensalada de Toldo

Panamanian potato salad with beets $7

Ensalada Mixta

Mixed salad with house dressing $7

Grilled chicken $9

Sancocho - Pa' revivir al muerto!

Panama’s traditional Chicken soup with white yam and “culantro”

Cup $5

Bowl $8

Sopa del Día - Vegetariana

Soup of the day - Vegetarian

Cup $5

Bowl $8


Almuerzo (Lunch Menu) - All Gluten Free

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

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 coconut pigeon peas and 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 $12

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 coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantains and side salad $12 V

 

Acompañantes (Sides)






Arroz con guandú y coco

Rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk $6

Arroz con pollo

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

Arroz blanco

White rice $4

Plátano frito

Fried sweet plantains (10) $6

Patacones

Twice fried green plantains (10) $6

Yuca frita

Fried yuca $6 

Yuca al mojo

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

Col Verde

Sautéed Kale $6

 


 

 

 

 

 

 









Platos Fuertes (Dinner Entrées) - All Gluten Free


Plato T
ípico

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, fried plantains and potato salad with beets $18

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 $18

Pargo entero frito

Whole snapper fried, served with twice fried green plantains and house salad $18

Whole snapper fried, 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 $18

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, micro greens 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 kale salad $18 V


Esquina Vegetariana (Vegetarian Corner)

Aperitivos (Appetizers)

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed with soy crumbles. Tamarind dipping sauce (3) $8

Tamal de Hoja

Fresh ground corn stuffed with veggie chick’n**, olives, capers, peas & carrots, wrapped in banana leaves $9




Sopas y Ensaladas (Soups & Salads)



Sopa del Dia - Vegetariana

Soup of the day - Vegetarian

Cup $5 / Bowl $8


Ensalada de Toldo

Panamanian potato salad with beets $7

Ensalada Mixta

Mixed salad with house dressing $7



Almuerzo (Lunch)

Monday thru Friday - 11:00AM to 3:00PM

Almuerzo Vegetariano

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


Platos Fuertes (Dinner Entrées)

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 kale salad $18

Acompañantes (Sides)




Yuca al mojo

Fried yuca $6

Yuca al mojo

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

Col Verde
Sauteed Kale $6

Arroz con guand
ú y coco

Rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk $7

Arroz blanco

White rice $4

Plátano frito

Fried sweet plantains (8) $6

Patacones

Twice fried green plantains (8) $6

 
 

 

 














Postres (Desserts)

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

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

 

Cocadas

Caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell (3) $8

A la mode $10

Flan – queso, coco

Caramel custard – cheese, coconut $4

Dulce de Ron Abuelo

Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake $5

 

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

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

 

Agua de Pipa

100% Pure Coconut water $6

Chicha de raspadura con naranja y limon

Orange drink with cane sugar) $7

Chicha de tamarindo

Tamarind drink $7               

Chicha de guanábana

Soursop drink $7

Sorrell con jengibre

Hibiscus flower infused with fresh ginger $7

Batidos – guanábana, papaya

Shakes – Soursop, Papaya (Seasonal) $8

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V - Vegetarian           S - Spicy

*veggie (i.e., empanadas, carimañolas): soy crumbles

**veggie (i.e., tamal and vegetarian entrée): soy protein and wheat gluten

 

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, and/or seafood may increase your risk of food-borne illness

Please notify your waiter/waitress of any food allergies

Owner/Executive Chef: Yadira Stamp
18% service charge will be added to parties of 6 or more.

 




S
ábados de Fritangas  (Saturdays Guilty Pleasure)

Served Saturdays All Day and Sundays from 11:00AM to 3:00PM

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 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) $4 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) $5 V

Con queso (with cheese) $6

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) $7

Vegetarian (2) $8 V

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed.  Tamarind dipping sauce

Beef or Turkey (3) $7

Vegetarian (3) $8 V

Chicarrón de pollo deep fried chicken wingettes (6) $7

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

Salchicha guisada - sauté sausage $5

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

Bistec pica’o - with beef strips in gravy $7

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

Carne (de res) frita – fried beef (8) $8

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain)/ yuca frita (with fried yucca) $10

Patacones V

Twice fried green plantain (8) $6

 

Yuca Frita V

Fried Yuca $6

Yuca al mojo V

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

Arroz blanco V

White rice $4

Plátano frito V

Fried sweet plantains (8) $6

Patacones rellenos de Ceviche

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

Tamal de Hoja

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

Chicken $8

Vegetarian $9 V

Sopa de Pata

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

Cup $6

Bowl $9

Torrejitas de bacalao – con o sin picante

Codfish cakes – spicy or mild (3) $8

Bacalao sancochado

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

Pargo entero frito - Whole snapper fried

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain)/ yuca frita (with fried yucca) $17

Pargo entero a la escabeche – Whole snapper (mild or spicy) in escobeche sauce

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain)/ yuca frita (with fried yucca) $19

Filete de Corvina (de Panamá) frito - Panama imported Corvina fish, fried

Con patacones (with twice fried green plantain)/ yuca frita (with fried yucca) $16

 

 

 

Postres (Desserts)


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

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

 

Cocadas

Caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell (3) $8

A la mode $10

Flan

Caramel custard – cheese, coconut $4

Dulce de Ron Abuelo

Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake $5

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








































V
- Vegetarian           S - Spicy

*veggie (i.e., empanadas, carimañolas): soy crumbles

**veggie (i.e., tamal and pa’ pica): soy protein and wheat gluten

 

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, and/or seafood may increase your risk of food-borne illness

Please notify your waiter/waitress of any food allergies

Owner/Executive Chef: Yadira Stamp
18% service charge will be added to parties of 6 or more.

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.





Menu

Aperitivos (Appetizers)

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed.  Tamarind dipping sauce

Beef or Turkey (3) $7

Vegetarian (3) $8

Patacones rellenos de Ceviche

Twice fried green plantain stuffed.

Panama imported Corvina fish ceviche cooked in lime juice (3) $10 S

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 $9

 

Sopas y Ensaladas (Soups & Salads)

Ensalada de Toldo

Panamanian potato salad with beets  $7

Ensalada Mixta

Mixed salad with house dressing  $7

Grilled chicken $9

Sancocho - Pa' revivir al muerto!

Panama’s traditional Chicken soup with white yam and “culantro”

Cup $5

Bowl $8

Sopa del Día - Vegetariana

Soup of the day - Vegetarian

Cup $5

Bowl $8


Almuerzo (Lunch Menu) - All Gluten Free

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

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 coconut pigeon peas and 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 $12

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 coconut pigeon peas and rice, fried sweet plantains and side salad $12 V

 

Acompañantes (Sides)

 

 

 



Platos Fuertes (Dinner Entrées) - All Gluten Free

Plato Típico

Esencias Panamenas 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, fried plantains and potato salad with beets $20

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 $18

Pargo entero frito

Whole snapper fried, served with twice fried green plantains and house salad $18

Whole snapper fried, 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 $22

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, micro greens 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 kale salad $18 V


Esquina Vegetariana (Vegetarian Corner)

Aperitivos (Appetizers)

Carimañolas

Fresh ground yuca balls stuffed with soy crumbles. Tamarind dipping sauce (3) $8

Tamal de Hoja

Fresh ground corn stuffed with veggie chick’n**, olives, capers, peas & carrots, wrapped in banana leaves $9

Sopa del Día - Vegetariana

Soup of the day - Vegetarian

Cup $5 / Bowl $8

 

 

Sopas y Ensaladas (Soups & Salads)

Ensalada de Toldo

Panamanian potato salad with beets $7

Ensalada Mixta

Mixed salad with house dressing $7

 

Almuerzo (Lunch) - Monday thru Friday

11:00AM to 3:00PM

Almuerzo Vegetariano

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

Platos Fuertes (Dinner Entrées)

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 kale salad $18

Yuca frita

Fried yuca $6

 

Yuca al mojo

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

 

Col Verde

Sautéed Kale $6

 

 

 

Acompañantes (Sides)

 

 

 


Postres (Desserts)

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

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

 

Cocadas

Caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell (3) $8

A la mode $10

Plantitá

Sweet plantains puree in puff pastry turnover (2) $7

Flan – queso, coco

Caramel custard – cheese, coconut $4

Dulce de Ron Abuelo

Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake $5

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V - Vegetarian   S - Spicy

*veggie (i.e., empanadas, carimañolas): soy crumbles

**veggie (i.e., tamal and vegetarian entrée): soy protein and wheat gluten

 

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, and/or seafood may increase your risk of food-borne illness

Please notify your waiter/waitress of any food allergies

Owner/Executive Chef: Yadira Stamp
18% service charge will be added to parties of 6 or more.

 



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

Agua de Pipa

100% Pure Coconut water $6

Chicha de raspadura con naranja y limon

Orange drink with cane sugar) $7

Chicha de tamarindo

Tamarind drink $7                           

Chicha de guanábana

Soursop drink $7

Sorrell con jengibre

Hibiscus flower infused with fresh ginger $7

Batidos – guanábana, papaya

Shakes – Soursop, Papaya (Seasonal) $8

 

Arroz con guandú y coco

Rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk $7

Arroz blanco

White rice $4

Plátano frito

Fried sweet plantains (8) $6

Patacones

Twice fried green plantains (8) $6

 

 

 





 


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