During my mothers annual visit to Panama, we decided to tour the restaurants of Casco Viejo. I enlisted the help of some foodie friends to guide us in the right direction. One of the restaurants not recommended to us was La Scena. So, on my mothers last night we were surprised to find a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant that we had no idea existed. For that reason, we gave it a shot.
The restaurant is discreetly located. La Scena is overshadowed by two of Casco Viejo’s most infamous landmarks; the historic Club Union building and a jazz bar named Platea. However, there is large sign hanging out front of Platea, I just never seemed to notice.
To start, we had the waiter bring us a fried provolone cheese plate top with chopped vegetables, and a bottle of Chilean wine. The dish was tastier than we anticipated. Next, my mother and I shared the main entry which was medium well-done fillet steak topped with a rougete cheese sauce. Once again, we were pleasantly surprised.
In addition to the better-than-expected food, the service was on point. A consistent supply of varied bread rolls was brought to our table. Plus, the water and wine were always topped off. Maybe due to the lack of clients, yet the service we received was better than most in Panama. The meal, including tip, was approximately $60.
By no means, was La Scena a top-notch restaurant. As a matter of fact, it is not even the best restaurant in Casco Viejo. Maybe due to the fact that it was not recommended to us by our Casco foodie friends, or it was the only dining option still open at 9:30 on a Monday. But, La Scena impressed my mother and I. The two of us recommend it to anyone dining in Casco Viejo.