Lunch At Mansa In Buenaventura

Buenaventura’s beach community in Panama keeps growing and growing. This year they’ve teamed up with chef Mario Castrellon and opened up a new pizza place in the Puntarena village of the resort. Since I can’t eat pizza or pasta,  I ordered basically anything else on the menu and I can’t explain how good and utterly satisfying my experience was.

I had a refreshing Aperol Spritz at the bar overlooking the pizza oven, while I was waiting to be seated at my table and admiring the decor. For starters, I had a delicate tuna tataki appetizer. Then came a plantain soup which I was hesitant about at first. We eat a lot of plantain in Panama and it can be quite overwhelming and heavy at times. But the soup blew me away. Sweet and savory concoctions always get me. And the velvety, almost fluffy texture was divine. Finally, my entree was grilled octopus with polenta. I couldn’t fit it all in but I would’ve licked the plate if I could’ve! Mario is sort of an expert with octopus. It’s not easy to make it so that you don’t even need a knife to cut it, but he’s got that down to a t.

If you’re ever in Panama and go to the beaches of the Pacific, I highly recommend stopping by Buenaventura to eat at Mansa! And do try the pizza if you can, I’ve heard wonders!

Grilled Octopus with Polenta at Mansa Buenaventura

Table, chairs and gallery wall at Mansa Buenaventura


Maristella in Buenaventura Resort Panama


Plantain Soup at Mansa in Buenaventura Beach & Resort, Panama

Blogger Maristella in a white and cold casual look

Decor at Mansa Buenaventura

Tuna Appetizer

Shelves decor at Mansa Restaurant in Buenaventura Panama

Bright and airy decor in Mansa Buenaventura

Tuna Appetizer in Buenaventura

Michael Kors bag

Using glasses as part of the decor in Mansa Restaurant in Buenaventura, Panama

Kokedama, books and jars with beans decorate Mansa Restaurant in Buenaventura

Gold cans decorate shelves in Mansa Buenaventura

Maristella sitting at the bar in front of the pizza oven at Mansa

Wearing a Billabong gold metallic sweater, Volcom jeans and Michael Kors bag –similar– from Felix (Panama); Giuseppe Zanotti heels –similar.

Photos of me by Jose Castrellon. Photos of the food and decor by me.