Bocas Town’s main street is lined with restaurant after restaurant, mostly with similar menus of a ‘daily catch’ and a few touristy staples. Bocart stands on it’s own with a unique fusion of Caribbean and Japanese flavors and dishes.
If you want to try something slightly different than the standard tourist fare you must head over to Bocart. The staff is the friendliest on the island (they also gave me tips on where else to eat and where to find the best Bloody Mary bar on Sunday mornings) and the decor of the restaurant are inviting and interesting while keeping a chill, island vibe.
The menu at Bocart is varied and unique. Creations like the Crazy Maki Roll, which contains vegetables and goat cheese in a tempura crusted maki roll and topped with tuna, are shockingly delicious. They also feature some very simple items that are just perfectly prepared, showing off their chef’s skills and ability to serve up quality dishes. This includes their appetizers like roasted potatoes with a spicy aioli and chicken croquettes.
The shareable appetizer sampler is more than enough food for two people and is better sized for up to 4+ if you’re planning on having entrees. During my first visit, two of us shared this platter as our full meal. It is a perfect combination that lets you try a little bit of everything.
There are also daily specials that ran the gamut from Asian cuisine to Caribbean or North American classics. Samples of entrees include the plates a beef ramen dish, fresh filet of the day, steak or stuffed chicken. While some of these are fairly straight forward in sound, each has a small twist that makes it unique and delicious.
Deserts do change from day to day based on what fresh, local ingredients are available which is always a positive sign. That being said, the chocolate fondue with local fruits is a staple that is sure to please.
You also must try the seasonal fruit drink of the day. A smoothie-type cocktail with vodka and whichever fruits were available and fresh on that day. Just be careful they go down really smoothly and before you know it you’re going to be on your fourth…
Bocart Restaurant Location and Hours
|Hours||Wed-Mon 6pm – 12am (closed Tues)|
|Address||Calle Tercera, Isla Colon 08006, Panama|