Donde José

Top choice panamanian in Panama City

Elevating humble Panamanian staples to haute cuisine, this 16-seat eatery is Panama's hottest reservation. Chef Jose prepares ñandu beans (native black beans), crisp, tender pork and ñame (an indigenous tuber) in playful, revelatory fashion. Servers have an intimate, casual rapport through a cascade of eight courses. Reservations are best made months in advance. Drinks are extra.

For an additional US$10, get a seat at the chef's table for behind-the-scenes glimpses.