Bank On Us

Oct 11, 2013 No Comments by

Tucked away in a corner of Aloha Pueblo, El Banco has taken its name from the fact that it was formerly a branch of Banco BBVA, but don’t worry – there is nothing boring or corporate about the interior now. El Banco’s owners, husband and wife team Gustavo Kiguelmam and Laura de Luca, have an excellent eye for detail and have transformed this space into a fresh, funky and welcoming restaurant.

With successful beachfront restaurant La Red already under their belts, Gustavo and Laura have turned their attention to offering diners an experience that takes in the best of Argentinean, Peruvian and Spanish dishes. Head Chef Giacomo Muzio hails from Peru and his skill at bringing together elements of South American and Spanish cuisine has ensured that, only weeks after its opening, the word is out that El Banco is the latest place to visit for great food.

The menu offers something for everyone, however, in the end we had to make a decision and opted for the fabulous Tuna Tartare Japanese Style with Red Onion, Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Soy Sauce and the Mixed Ceviche of Sea Bream and Seafood, Limes, Chillies and Coriander served with Corn and Sweet Potatoes. This was where the care that the El Banco team had taken in sourcing their ingredients really came to the fore; the flavours were incredibly intense, these clever combinations colliding blissfully and bursting on the tongue.

The day was warm and the salad selection was so good we had to sample at least one item from the long list. In the end we decided to try the Tropical Salad with Flambéed Prawns in Brandy with Mango, Avocado, Pineapple, Coriander, Red Onions and Cocktail Sauce. Believe me, this was every bit as delicious as it sounds, the heat of the prawns perfectly offset by the glorious freshness of the salad ingredients. So far, so fishy; we just had to select something from the meat section, so eventually we agreed to share the Pork Roll Fillet filled with Spinach and Goat’s Cheese in a Red Wine Cream Sauce. The wine in the sauce was the perfect accompaniment to the almost melting quality of the pork with its perfect filling. Dessert was going to be a challenge, but a little determination goes a long way and, with a Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream on the menu all resistance crumbled. This was even before we had tried the Tiramisú, which, as the late Michael Winner would have said, was historic.

We left feeling as though we had found a real gem of a restaurant, yet another jewel in the crown of Nueva Andalucía – El Banco.

El Banco Bar & Restaurat by La Red

Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 35, Nueva Andalucia
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 907 570 |

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