[invite] Bianca: It’s been A LONG time between visits. But we recently dropped into Panama House, Bondi. After their move in 2018 from their Bondi Road location, we were keen to check out its current incarnation.
I mean, I don’t think you can get a better view in Bondi…
We visited the old Panama House back in 2014 and really enjoyed the food.
But first coffee. I was a little perplexed after ordering a Soy Capp, only to be told by the waitress a few moments later that they only had almond milk. I mean, I was in prime hipster territory so I was a little shocked. Almond milk does not belong in coffee, that is all.
The space is gorgeous, with exposed brickwork and plush brown leather chairs accenting the room, it’s an inviting space but no doubt, prime real estate are those balcony tables. Service was a little so-so, mostly indifferent, completely Bondi!
I zeroed in on the Chicken ‘n Waffles – w/ bacon-jalapeno maple syrup $24 instantaneously. Now, this is a combo to get excited about. Crispy, juicy fried chicken. I do like a bit of a crunch to my waffles, so these were perfect. I liked the mild heat from the jalapeno’s, just because it’s breakfast doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the bold flavours.
Huevos Rancheros – w/ flour & corn tortillas, scrambled eggs, cheese, Veracruz beans (on the side) guacamole, sour cream & pico de gallo $21 had a fair bit going for it. I enjoyed the varying textures with the crispy corn tortilla and the well-seasoned guacamole but I found the scrambled egg under-seasoned and would have preferred the traditional sunny side up egg instead. I also couldn’t tempt fate with beans that early in the morning…
Do order the Chicken Quesadilla -w/ green mole chicken, buttermilk ranch & pico de gallo $22. Clean, fresh flavours and who doesn’t love tortillas and melted cheese?
I’m a big advocate for corn tortillas and the Kurobuta Pork -w/ pineapple adobo & shallots (3 per serve) $18 were delicious. The interplay between the salty pork and the sweetness of the fresh pineapple was a great combination.
For Latin American food with a twist and killer views, there’s a lot to like about Panama House.
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Panama House.