Sushi places seem to have sprung up all over Guatemala City recently with the Holiday Inn and Radisson each having their own sushi restaurants in their respective lobbies. The best of the hotel lobby sushi places, however, is Tanoshii (14 Calle 2-51 Zona 10, tel. 2379-4548, noon–3 p.m. and 6:30–11 p.m. Mon.–Sat.), inside the InterContinental hotel, serving Japanese dishes in a hip, ultramodern setting.
Also in Zona 10 is Sushi Itto (4a Avenida 16-01 Zona 10, tel. 2474-5812, www.sushi-itto.com, lunch and dinner daily). In Zona 4’s 4 Grados Norte district, Kampai Sushi (tel. 2385-1468, lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun.) also serves Japanese noodle dishes in a casual atmosphere.
The city’s best Thai restaurant, Khawp Khun Kha (13 Calle A y 7a Ave. Zona 10, Centro Comercial Plaza Tiffany, tel. 2367-1719 and 2363-6422, noon–3 p.m. and 7–10:30 p.m. Tues.–Sat., $7–15) features tasty Pad Thai but also has a number of other great dishes.
For Chinese food, downtown there’s Long Wah (6a Calle 3-75 Zona 1, tel. 2232-6611, lunch and dinner daily) with reasonably priced staple dishes you can eat in or take out. It’s the best of several Chinese places west of the central plaza.
China Town (13 Calle and Avenida La Reforma Zona 10, tel. 2331-9574, lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat.) delivers to the Zona 10 hotels, or you can enjoy your meal in its pleasant atmosphere.
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