El Banco Restaurant opens in Aloha Pueblo

El Banco opening

ON July 11 a new restaurant opened its doors in Aloha Pueblo with a great launch party for local residents, friends and holiday makers.

The vast amount of people that turned up for the opening was amazing to see. So many cultures integrating with one another, made the atmosphere come alive.

It was a real friendly environment for all who attended.  

This restaurant has given a new lease of life to the urbanisation’s old bank and created a much needed meeting place for Aloha residents from 9.30am to midnight. It serves delicious International Fusion cuisine in a relaxed environment with breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, something which local residents commented has been missing from the Pueblo.

The restaurant has been opened by Gustavo Kiguelmam and Laura de Luca, the husband and wife team behind the legendary La Red restaurant on Marbella’s beachfront who bring their vast experience to this new enterprise. The establishment, even though it was over run by people wanting to see the outcome of the owner’s second restaurant opening, was clean and easy on the eye. For those of you, who have eaten at the La Red, should definitely try the owner’s new restaurant, El Banco.

At the opening they launched the restaurant’s loyalty card which will reward regular customers with free glasses wine and even a meal worth €50 if they return and get their card stamped. This is something that businesses in the UK constantly use and now can be used here.

Peruvian Chef Giacomo Muzio is working his culinary magic in the kitchen which was showcased at the opening with lovely skewers of prawn and octopus ceviche, succulent chicken with curry sauce, little spoons of quinoa salad and Aubergine Parmigiana, and lots of toasted corn and yuca to nibble on.

The food is defined as “International, fusion cuisine, prepared fresh and made with love” and the menu includes delicious breakfasts, homemade pasta and puddings, ceviche, Asian dishes such as noodles and rices, healthy salads and thanks to the Argentinean owners – top quality meat. Also the service comes with a smile no matter the pressure and there is no language barrier.

The design team has done an amazing job and turned the old bank into an eclectic, vintage space with unusual features such as upholstered flip up train seats on one wall and original features such as the safes, cleverly repurposed into wine racks. It offers a fresh, modern yet welcoming environment with comfortable seating, a dining area and spacious terrace.

“After building up La Red for the last 10 years, we wanted to offer our clients something different, away from the beach, with great fusion food for a new community.” commented Laura, “Given the current financial climate and attitude to the banking industry, turning a bank into a restaurant seemed the perfect cause for celebration – we’re hoping that with our bank we will be investing in good food and great times.”

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