We recently popped in to catch up with Spiros and the crew and just had to eat because I love the food here so much. Spiros told me he’d been really busy with Takeaway and Delivery over the lockdown and still is. It seems a lot of people discovered Little Panda and now they know why it’s one of the best Asian eateries in Napa … Spiros told me that naturally they are following all health and hygiene protocols.
So, if you love both Chinese and Japanese cuisines and can’t decide where to go and you’re anywhere near Ayia Napa, this is an excellent choice. To be honest, Little Panda, should really have been called Giant Panda, because the menu is absolutely massive, almost as big as their heart. Here you’ll find an unusual fusion of Chinese and Japanese cuisine all in one and Spiros showed me the new almost ready Sushi Belt, first of it’s kind in Ayia Napa and I can’t wait for the opening night!
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 through, 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 eventually it gets added to one of their menus … brilliant!
The chefs are from China and Japan, fully qualified, extensively and authentically experienced. Using only the finest fillet cuts, local and imported produce, the proof is in the pudding, and main courses, and the starters and I’ve never had reason to complain! This really is truly authentic and one of the best Chinese eateries I’ve ever dined in!
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, with really comfortable seating, beautifully laid tables, some big enough to seat 10 people, with revolving centres, for that spinning meze style buffet of your selected dishes, all cooked to perfection and ready to share with your friends.
The Main Menu has over 150 selections, then there’s a Lunch Menu, the Set Meal Menu, and a spectacular New Sushi Menu, oh and a cool Kids Menu with things like Chicken Balls on a skewer with Chips and I just 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 …
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 … But the Spring Rolls, always cooked fresh to order are just the best!!!
There’s really so much to choose from, I’m not sure where to start? Hmm? … Of course, I just love the Crispy Duck with Pancakes or the Crispy Lamb Chops Chinese Style, they’re a taste bud explosion … The Lamb Shanks, so tender, The Platters are brilliant and great value for money … oh, and The Wild Buffalo Ribs, if you fancy something a little different, so too the Salt & Pepper Crispy Chicken.
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 always just perfect!
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 an extensive, 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 & Vegans
You’ll be in your element … so you must try the Seafood Salad, or the Broccoli in Fresh Garlic which is the best broccoli we’ve ever tasted and the fried Vegetable Szechuan, mind-blowing experience, to say the least!
Starting with a selection of their ‘Easy Lunch Menu’ for only €4.95 or 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 … If you’d like to pre-order, please 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
Parties, Take Away & Delivery
Welcoming parties and special events and romantic couples especially on Valentine’s Day, oh, and ask about their Gift Cards, who knows you might even get invited and don’t forget, they do Take Away & Delivery …
Why not check out their reviews on Trip Advisor before you go …
Open all year
Daily: 12 midday ’til 12 midnight
Daily: 4 pm ’til 12 midnight
You’ll find them at 12, Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa, it’s on the seaside of the road, opposite the newly built shopping complex, just to the left of Gary’s Bar and Pompei Pizza … Click the Google Map Icon Below …
GPS: 34.987436, 33.992589
Cooked with passion, Presented to perfection!