For some, Banq resembles a cave, for others, the desert. But whatever the curvaceous layers of blond birch sweeping across the soaring ceilings at this Boston-based restaurant are reminiscent of, the uniqueness of its sleek and sexy design are indisputable. Tables made of recycled bamboo, exposed brick walls, and other smartly executed details all add to the restaurant’s dynamic atmosphere.
Aptly set in the trendy South End neighborhood, Banq is the result of beautiful restoration to the former Penny Savings Bank building, originally constructed in 1917. Design of the renovated space was spearheaded by Boston-based architecture and design firm, Office dA — the same agency also behind Mantra, another Boston bank-turned-restaurant. While the chic interior and stylish atmosphere risk distracting diners away from the food itself, critics and locals alike rave that the kitchen’s fusion creations are on par with the design. And you can take that to the bank.