Route66

Route 66

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments by

Get your kicks!

Route 66 is the Costa del Sol´s hottest new dinner, keeping alive the spirit of the legendary “Mother Road” Route 66, and bringing new levels of standards, service and value for money to Puerto Banus. Located on the Plaza Antonio Banderas, Route 66 has a large sunny terrace, as well as an inside restaurant and separate bar area with its own entrance. As you’d expect from an American dinner, there’s a huge range of Americana on display inside the restaurant and bar area, which also features comfortable classic style banquettes. Outside is a 50 seater out sunny terrace with outside TV, perfect for enjoying the weather now that summer has arrived.

It´s all very well having the look, but the true test of any American style dinner is the food.  I’ve been disappointed by burgers that have obviously been cooked from frozen, soggy fries, surly staff or bland sauces. Route 66 doesn’t suffer from any of those.

The menu is outstanding .  American food may have the reputation of not being very exciting , but manager Dom and his team have scoured the coast for the freshest produced “ When I put the menu together I sourced everything and everybody,” says Dom “ I looked at several meat suppliers and several different fruit and veg suppliers and I´ve gone for guys who love their product.

“We’ve also looked carefully at the way we prepared and present the food. Our ribs, for example, are slow cooked in beer That’s why the meat is so tender, but it makes a difference as the meat just falls off. Even a dish such as Chicken Wings. Every American restaurant has got them but we just don’t throw them in the fryer, we pre cook them in the oven with Cajun spices and then finish them off very quickly just to give them that crispness.  And when you see what you get with our sandwiches, they are more than a meal in themselves. We represent value, there’s no question about that.”

It´s not just about chips and burgers though. There’s a fantastic Cajun Salmon dish, prawns, cold and hot pasta salads and even vegetarians are catered for. There are freshly prepared vegetarian Spring Rolls, great selection of salads, vegetarian burger and a fantastic vegetarian pasta, so there are options for everyone.

If you want to see a happy man, ask Dom about the Wine Cellar (Dom is more than a little proud about the wine cellar at Route 66) “To be able to take a customer in there and allow him to choose the wine is more attractive than looking at a wine list” he grins. All the drinks are reasonably priced as well, with a draught pint at €3.50 and cocktails at €5.95

Prices and value for money are important as well “We want to look after our year round business” explains Dom “We target families with a kids menu at €5.66. If you take a family into Banus you can spend €200 easily. You don’t have to do that here. There’s plenty of space to run around, Dads can go inside and enjoy the sport while Mums enjoy the sunny terrace. We have that variety and can offer pretty much anything to anybody.”

Sport is another important part of the Route 66 experience. Dom is as passionate about his sport as he is about his business (he hosts a weekly Friday night sports show on TRE), so if you want to talk sport, he’s your man! “If there’s sport on the TV we´ll put it on for you. We´ll show anything and you know how much I love my sports!” Sports stars such as Peter Crouch and Glenn Johnson, who Tweeted how much he was loving his T Bone steak, have also dropped by and you can expect to see a few more over the summer.

Since it opened the restaurant has been busy with both tourists and locals and with a red white and blue themed opening party planned for June 7, Route 66 is going to be the place to get your kicks this summer

 

Quote “We want Route 66 to be a fun place at affordable prices”

Route 66


Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banus
ES-29660 Marbella, Malaga

0034 951 136 333 |

About the reviewer, Giles Brown

Based in Marbella since the mid 80s, Giles has been involved in all forms of the media for over 20 years, and as a magazine editor for national business and lifestyle publications his work has appeared in The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and City Player Magazine. With an unrivalled reputation as a professional lunch guest, Giles is an inevitable fixture on Marbella's social scene...
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