Review: Nacion Sushi

Introduction: Short Trip to Central America
Review: Hilton Anatole – Dallas
Review: Air France Lounge – Houston Intercontinental Airport
Review: Executive Club – Houston Intercontinental Airport
Review: Air China (777-300) Business Class – Houston to Panama
Review: The Westin – Panama
Review: Nacion Sushi
Review: Le Meridien – Panama
Review: Avianca (A320) Business Class – Panama to Bogota
Review: Avianca VIP Lounge – Bogota
Review: LATAM VIP Lounge – Bogota
Review: Copa Club – Bogota
Review: El Dorado Lounge – Bogota
Review: Avianca (A319) Business Class – Bogota to San Salvador
Review: Intercontinental Hotel – San Salvador/Metrocenter Mall
Review: Avianca (A320) Business Class – San Salvador to Dallas

I ate so much local food during my few days in Panama that I actually grew tired of it (I did not know that was possible).  There was a sushi restaurant just down the street from the hotel, so I thought I would give it a try.

The décor of the Nacion is the first thing that caught my eye.  All of the colors and lighting were bright.  There was an eclectic mix of dining, high top, and counter top tables.  The AVGeek in me appreciated the arrival/departure board located in the far corner of the restaurant.

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Nacion Sushi Seating

 

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Nacion Sushi Seating

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While the restaurant was quite busy, I was given seating options by the host.  I chose to sit at a high top table on the right side of the restaurant.  This gave me a view of the entire place.  With this being my first time at Nacion, I wanted to take it all in.  The hostess provided a menu and, after asking if I spoke Spanish (un poco), told me that the waitress would over in a few minutes.  Here is a link to the menu.

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Nacion Sushi Panama Menu

I did not know what I wanted to drink so I walked over to the counter to have a peek at the beer options. I could have gone with a Sapporo, but decided on an Atlas beer.

Nacion Sushi - Panama

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Nacion Sushi Bar

When the waitress arrived, I ordered the Thai edamame, Prawn Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice with shrimp),  and Mao Tse Atung (tuna, avocado roll).  I made a few phone calls while I waited.  When I returned to my seat, the food was ready.  The waitress waited for me to finish my calls before bringing it over, which I appreciated.

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Nacion Sushi Spicy Edamame
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Nacion Sushi Nasi Goreng

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The edamame was so delicious, but hella spicy.  So spicy that I drank a glass of water and beer before finishing half of the bowl. The Mao Tse Atung was delicious. The fish and avocado were fresh. I could not finish the dish because there was so much of it.  The Nasi Goreng was great as well, but received the least amount of attention as I was full at this point, so I boxed it up to take back to the hotel.

Final Word

I had a great time at Nacion Sushi.  The menu, décor, and personalities of the staff were vibrant and eclectic.  All of the food I ordered looked and tasted delicious. I found out, after the fact, that Nacion Sushi was a chain restaurant.  This was something that I did not want to believe, until I Googled it. What??? Maybe I should have paid closer attention to the menu earlier in the meal.  Either way, it was one of the better Asian restaurants I have visited outside of Asia.  I cannot wait to visit Panama so I can eat at Nacion Sushi again.

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