Little Panda Chinese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Ayia Napa

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Little Panda Chinese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Established 2011

Chinese Cuisine …
If you love both Chinese and Japanese cuisines, and can’t decide where to go, and you’re in Napa, this is an awesome choice.  Little Panda, should really have been called Giant Panda, coz the menu is massive, almost as big as their heart, and here you’ll find an unusual fusion of Chinese and Japanese cuisine all in one …

Tried & Tasted
I’ve known owner Spiros since 1999 when he opened Petit Palace Chinese, and extraordinary is an understatement.  Opening this little gem in 2011, he was the first man brave enough to mix these two cuisines together!!  His 40 years’ experience in catering, shows in the way he has created his menus, explaining; it’s his hobby to find new authentic recipes on the net, then he cooks them, tries them, invites his chefs to try, and if they all agree, the dish becomes a Special of the Day, until they get added to one of the menus … brilliant !

Authentic
The chefs are from China and Japan, fully qualified, extensively and authentically experienced, using only the finest fillet cuts, local and imported produce, and the proof is in the pudding, and main courses, and the starters and I’ve never had reason to complain, really, this is one of the best Chinese eateries I’ve ever dined in !!!

Spinning Tables
Outside there’s a small terrace, where you can watch the world go by, while inside its bigger than at first glance, décor is pleasantly simple, really comfortable seating, beautifully laid tables, some big enough for ten, with revolving centres, for that spinning buffet of your selected dishes, all cooked to perfection and ready to share.

Menus
The main Menu has over 150 selections, then there’s a Lunch Menu, the Set Meal Menu, and a spectacular Sushi Menu, oh and a cool Kids Menu with things like Chicken Balls on a skewer with Chips … and I love the signature dishes, you won’t find anywhere else!  Oh and be warned, the portions are very generous and presented with a little extra finesse.  Too much to choose from, here’s a few of my faves …

Starters
You must try the fresh crispy Japanese style salads, or something completely different, the Buffalo Soup, my fav has to be the delicious Lobster Soup … or try the Imperial Platter for two …

Mains
Where do I start ? Hmm … I just love the Crispy Duck with Pancakes or the Crispy Lamb Chops Chinese Style, a tastebud explosion … The Lamb Shanks, so tender, The Platters are brilliant and great value for money.  The Wild Buffalo Ribs, for something a little different.

Signature Dishes
Now, their signature dishes are to die for, starting with The Duck or Prawn Teriyaki or the Caviar King Prawns, but my absolute fav has to be, the Fresh Octopus in Oyster Sauce it’s just perfect !!!

Sushi
This is where things get really good, a specialist Sushi Chef prepares the freshest of fresh Sushi, using only the finest products and presented with finesse … From a separate Sushi Menu, you must try the Crunchy Roll without Nori, or The Salmon Flower, beautiful, Inside out Maki, or the Gunkan with Flying Fish Roe or Salmon Roe … my fav though is the Four Seasons, the flavours changeable like the seasons, but I just love the presentation !!!

Veggies
You’ll be in your element … you must try the Seafood Salad, or the Broccoli in Fresh Garlic and the fried Vegetable Szechuan, mind blowing experience, to say the least !!!

Set Menus
Starting with 8 different Lunch Boxes for only €10 … The Friends Share Pack, The Lovers Share Pack, The Seafood Share Pack or the Family Share Pack, all awesome value for money … and the Sushi Boxes for only €15 … Download their Menu here …

Behind the Bar
A fully stocked bar with all your favourite tipples, mixing a tasty Mojito.  A wonderful compliment for Sushi is of course a delicious Plum Wine from Japan amongst a carefully selected Cava of wines from Greece, Italy and Cyprus … and naturally you’ll also find Tsingto Chinese Beer

Open all year
Summer, Daily: 12 midday ’til 12 midnight
Winter, Daily: 4 pm ’til 12 midnight

Welcoming parties and special events, and romantic couples especially on Valentines Day, oh and ask about their Gift Cards, who knows you might even get invited … and don’t forget, they do Take Away & Delivery …

Directions
You’ll find them along Nissi Avenue, on the sea side, opposite some waste land, in Ayia Napa, just near Gary’s Bar and Pompei Pizza …

Cooked to perfection, presented with passion !

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