Since taking over the Panama Dining Room kitchen in 2015, award-winning chef Ayhan Erkoc (ex-Celsius) has used his well-honed skills to bring the European menu to life. Panama Dining Room is housed within an industrial-style warehouse. It features chevron-inspired wallpaper, a pool table and seating zones and styles to suit all types of occasions.
Although the dishes use Australian produce, there is a certain Mediterranean flair to the ingredient pairings and dish structure. The entree of chicken liver parfait would not be amiss in a French fine-dining establishment. Its velvety texture is complemented by miniature pickles and crusty toast. Corn-fed chicken with zucchini and corn custard is an absolute delight. Juicy chunks of chicken breast with golden crispy skin are perfectly placed among baby zucchini flowers and corn spears; a mouthful of each ingredient enveloped by creamy corn custard is simply divine!
PSST! At $65 per person, the multi-course Feasting Menu represents one of the best-value dining options in Melbourne.