Panama Dining Room
Modern Australian
  • Level 3,
    231 Smith St,
    Fitzroy,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9417 7663,
    thepanama.com.au/
  • Dinner Sun-Thu 6pm-9pm

    Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm

Panama Dining Room
-37.802015,144.983528

There's much to do at Panama Dining Room, starting with the three-flight workout required to reach a cavernous warehouse space with huge arched windows. Then there's a pool table, cocktails, occasional DJs, and a menu by chef Ayhan Erkoc (late of Celsius in Adelaide) with intricate, interesting food that defies the expectations created by the well-worn retro furniture. Pickles and dates accompany a superb chicken liver parfait, and shellfish oil and peach frame gooey burrata. Oysters come with finger lime, fried school prawns with fermented chilli mayo, while full-flavoured ox tongue shares a plate with radishes and snow peas. Most of the interest comes from the small dishes, though the ravenous will appreciate larger plates, such as slow-roasted lamb shoulder built for two. The drinks list is well-priced, with a good range of beer and cider, while service, though not particularly well-informed, keeps it cool and collected.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $4-$21

    M $32-$39

    D $16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Ayhan Erkoc

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