Friday, November 09, 2007

BANANA CANTINA - Puerto Vallarta

Banana Cantina is located in the Zona Romantica area of Vallarta, the older, charming Puerto Vallarta, on the corner of Pulpito and Amapas. Zona Romantica (aka Los Muertos) is Vallarta's most energized area with the southside’s beach, restaurants, bars, lounges and beachside cafes.

Debbi has created a comfortable restaurant with colorful splashes on the walls and international flavors on their menu, focusing on fresh seafood. Banana Cantina is located on the 2nd level of the building (above her snack shop - Coco Banana) between the Pacific Ocean and Picnic Restaurant. Banana Cantina was recently named “Best Moderately Priced” restaurant in Puerto Vallarta by Virtual Vallarta. Way to go!

We were greeted with a basket of warm cheese and sesame bread nuggets. We had seconds. Each basket arrived with a wonderful herb infused soft butter. Absolutely incredible.

Carol and Mandy joined me for dinner. We started with the Shrimp Spring Rolls. These flaky delicacies were served with a soy sauce reduction, powerful wasabi and fresh pickled ginger. For my dinner I selected the sea bass. This large fillet was grilled and then drizzled with an incredible mango/chipotle sauce. The sea bass rested on a bed of grilled zucchini and carrots – fresh from the garden.

Debbi greets everyone with her huge smile and periodically stops at your table ensuring all is well and you are having a good time. Great staff. Tropical ambiance. The Banana is quickly becoming one my favorites in Vallarta.

Mmm, Mmm…


$ 10
$$ 20
$$$ 30
$$$$ 40+

+ Stop bothering me!
++ Anyone here?
+++ Stopped when in the area.
++++ As needed and friendly.
+++++ Invisibly perfect!

✦ “One visit too many!”
✦✦ “Convince me!”
✦✦✦ “I’ll be back!”
✦✦✦✦ “Same table next week!”

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