Start with a decked out kitchen-in-a-truck. Add a limited menu of very fresh food that changes daily. Throw in a charming outdoor eating area of white picnic benches covered with blue umbrellas and Chinese-style white lantern lights. Top it off with a British proprietor whose English will delight your expat ears. The result is an urban hip eatery with ultra fresh food and a wallet-friendly prices.
The fish tacos are my favorite thing on the menu. You get two corn tortillas stuffed with grilled corvina, a flavorful vegetable medley, and a drizzle of a tangy cream sauce. Each fish taco is the perfect combination of flaky white fish, mild corn flavor from the tortilla, a bit of crunch from the vegetables, and a creamy KAPOW from the sauce. The fish tacos are served with a house-made rice that has small bites of vegetables and thin slices of Jalapenos.
I thought the portion size was perfect, as did my big American friend, Joe. But my svelte Brazilian sweetheart eats like a 300-pound gorilla. He got two lunches--the grilled mahi mahi with rice and the Thai slow-cooked beef with rice. I liked that all of the dishes have a Thai-infused kick. It gives the food at The Fish Market a unique signature flavor.
The Fish Market set up shop in an abandoned lot on Avenida Central in Casco Viejo. This is a newly renovated street with a few crumbling buildings in the background. I'm a white table cloth devotee, but there is something about the whole food-truck-with-and-awning-next-to-a-hollowed-out-building-on-a-newly-renovated-brick-street that absolutely works. Plus, this spot gets a gentle breeze that is missing on the street. The temperature was as perfect as the food.
The meals are served in a plastic basket lined with waxed paper. If you like fresh fish with a kick, this is one of the best $7 meals you can find in Panama.