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Ocean Mall, Avenida de la Rotonda, Panamá, Panama
+507 393-6340
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Mercao  Panama City  Panama

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Sun - Sat 12pm - 11pm


Mercao owes its name to chef Francisco Castro’s grandmother, and the contemporary cuisine is inspired by his homeland’s local markets, ingredients, and culture. He loves working with acidic, fruity flavors, fresh herbs, and every aspect of the food you find at fondas (humble working-class eateries). Thus it’s no surprise his most popular recipes are the pork chop served atop a Panamanian de olla tamale (which uses the same masa dough as tamales, but is served casserole-style) and the ropa vieja (shredded beef) raviolis.