Sunday, we made a drive to Boquete for lunch. I had received and invitation for a free meal, for myself and another, if I would come up try the menu and review the service. I had responded, that I would put the restaurant on my list of “To be tried”, but I wasn’t interested in any complimentary meals.
My preference is always to go to a restaurant and just be viewed as a regular customer. I don’t want the possibility that I will get something that others don’t get. Besides, complimentary meals tend to alter one’s opinion. That is the same reason, that Chiriquí Chatter still refuses to take ads.
The drive to Boquete was very pleasant. It was obvious that there had been a lot of wind damage, because many fallen trees were every where. In Dolega, there was a huge tree that had been uprooted and had fallen on the house next to it.
Bajareque was falling as we entered Boquete. I had a general idea where the Oasis B&B hotel was and found it without any problems. To get there, you cross the bridge to the fair grounds and turn right. A little ways down the road you will see the Oasis B&B which is in the following photo.
The establishment is very nice. The restaurant is around back. You can park in the front or enter a parking area which will put you closer to the restaurant. I didn’t take a photo of the dining area. There appeared to be two. One was more casual and had a bar area. The second is more elegant with table clothes and is next to the river. When all of the gardening is complete, the view from the restaurant windows should be very nice.
The menu follows. In the invitation to visit this restaurant, I had been told that this was a gourmet menu.
I debated on what to order. I finally decided on the rack of lamb. I was told that they didn’t have any more rack of lamb as it sold out first. We got there a little before 1:00 PM so I don’t know when you need to be there to get the rack. I went ahead and ordered the lamb chop.
I thought the presentation was good. I actually thought my vegatables could have been a little crisper. The wine sauce was good. I thought the lamb chop was a little overpowered with rosemary for my taste. I thought my meal was ok and would have given it about a 7on a scale of 10.
Two others at the table had corvina.
One liked the vegetables and one said they were just ok.
The fourth person ordered a salad.
The person that had the salad said the one she had at the Multiplaza food court in Panama city was better for about $4.00.
I thought the restaurant prices reflected the Boquete influence and are set up to accommodate a Jubilado discount. There was an extensive wine list. I saw a bottle from Napa Valley for $50.
The service was very good. Water glasses were always full to the brim and someone was always watching to see if you needed anything.
Since I don’t eat in Boquete enough to compare it to the other upscaled restaurants, comments will have to fill in the blanks.