Restaurant Club Bananas - Barcelona
Barcelona has 'gone bananas' with their newest tropical blend of club, restaurant and bar venue in the city's lively El Born neighbourhood. The venue is run by the same owner as the adjoining Café Kafka with both having completely different personalities. Bananas has an entertaining pulse to it, with an indulgent customer service in a space full of humour and positive energy.
The establishment is divided into three distinct atmospheres: The first is a covered terrace, a glassed-in veranda with a large bar and tables that opens onto Fusina Street, where there is also outdoor seating; second, a cocktail lounge with a palm tree-lined dining area; and finally, at the back, a Caribbean-style function room for private parties, which itself may be partitioned into three more intimate spaces. Be on the lookout for their future functions as live music from different genres get played on rotation.
Our most admired effort is the work ethic Yolanda Vilalta and Helena Jaumá have put into the extravagant decor. Their clichés in good taste and keeping every corner of the venue as eye-popping as the next has achieved both national and international recognition. A lot of light, colours and sole imagination was needed, as additionally the fused restored pieces of furniture with animal print sofas and 50's hanging lamps. The covered patio where we sat down for our lunch is painted like a house set with multi-coloured cement tiles and the old bar in colonial style. Palm trees sculpted from metal drums serenade this part of Bananas as well, with strings of brightly coloured LED bulbs. In the dining area, there are fabulous illusions of banana leaves crowned by a toucan and with a leopard stalking through, painted by Blanca Ruiz de Villa and Alejandra Basso, creating yet again, a carefree and colourful atmosphere.
At the helm of the kitchen is the young but accomplished Fernando Poveda—trained at Hoffman, where he graduated first in his class to grow later on to earn his recognition at El Xalet de Montjuïc and became executive chef at Café Kafka. We started our meal with an eclectic selection of finger food surprises like wontons, cod bites in tartare sauce and tuna tataki. We would recommend their cuisine for half-portions - small plates, mini-casseroles and little baskets to sample different bites. The Caribbean flavour isn't exactly that of the Caribbean and the Asian accents in some of the dishes aren't authentic either, but they are meant to be fun bites for your palates. Keep an open mind, sample tapas and have an amazing tropical cocktail with a group of friends while tapping your feet to new beats.
Bananas | International Cuisine with an Eastern Flair | Open all day from 11:30 in the morning to 1:00 at night, 2:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. | A Caribbean-Miami offer in the style of the American main course, covering the full menu and enjoyed at the price of €14 to €18 | C/Fusina, 7 08003 El Born - Barcelona, Spain | (+34) 93 488 46 60 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.bananas-barcelona.com