Finally, Banapple (one of the famous restaurants/cafes in Quezon City) has opened in Makati. They opened a branch in Ayala Triangle Gardens in the last quarter of 2010. Since I’m residing in the south, I do not have to go to either Katipunan or Tomas Morato just to have a bite of the luscious Banoffee pie or any of their cheesecakes.
Before me and Sharlyne tried the restaurant in Ayala Triangle Gardens, we were able to try it in Katipunan, Quezon City with our friends were we had various 6 slices of cake. It is only just recently that we were able to try the hot and savory meals that Banapple offers.
Not all menu items are available in the Ayala Triangle Gardens branch. This particular branch in Makati has a lot of customers in peak hours. I suggest to go there during off-peak hours so that you’ll enjoy your visit to Banapple. The restaurant is small compared to the other branches in Quezon City.
For the hot and savory meals, I ordered for a Chicken Breast Parmigiano while Sharlyne ordered for a Baked Fish Gratinee with Scalloped Potatoes. The Chicken Breast Parmigiano is served with rice and buttered carrots while the Baked Fish Gratinee with Scalloped Potatoes is served with rice and corn relish. The Chicken Breast Parmigiano tastes sweet and savory at the same time. The sweet taste perhaps comes from the tomato sauce on the Chicken breast. The Baked Fish Gratinee doesn’t look too presentable – because of the generous creamy sauce. The fish seemed overpowered by the sauce but the taste is delish. Sharlyne was expecting the scalloped potatoes to be separate from the dish – cut horizontally. They have added the potato in the gratin itself.
For drinks, I had a hot lemon tea while Sharlyne had an iced tea. Sharlyne would have wanted to try out the shakes but we decided to have a couple of cakes for dessert instead. For our dessert, we had a Banoffee pie, and a white chocolate truffle berry cheesecake.
I enjoyed eating desserts from Banapple. My favorite is the Banoffee pie but I prefer it to have lesser cream for lesser guilt. 😀 The White Chocolate Truffle Berry Cheesecake is much sweeter than the Banoffee Pie.
On our separate visit to Banapple in Ayala Triangles, we tried the Herb Cheese and Mushroom pie as an appetizer. The pie is really packed with filling. The crust is not too thick and not too thin. We weren’t able to finish it because it was heavy to be an appetizer shared by two people.
Banapple’s Lasagna is presented in a roll instead of a typical layered fashion. We both loved it because of the oozing cream cheese each time I slice a portion of it. The Lasagna’s red sauce is not too sour. It’s just right for my taste. All of their pastas are served with pesto butter bread (two pieces).
The white sauce used in this fettuccine is not too creamy. This has a generous portion of diced sausages (chorizo, garlic longganisa and hungarian sausage) which does not overpower the sauce. The pasta is tossed with garlic parmesan cheese.