I love eating by myself at restaurants. I'm not one of those people who needs to have someone with them just to eat. I even like going to the movies by myself as much as going to one with my family. I guess when you're a working mom, whose daily activities always involve either kids clamoring for your attention, employees discussing business tasks, or clients inquiring via phone or internet, solitary peace becomes a much welcome respite. Don't get me wrong, I love all these blessings, but it's also good to have some me-time every once in a while.
For the summer, I enrolled my daughter in a theater workshop, so lately, I find myself going solo for lunch, while waiting for her class to finish. Which is nice. I haven't had time to myself like this in recent memory.
One such solo flight found me inside of Banapple, sitting on one of their white wrought iron chairs, perusing the menu atop their bumpy wrought iron table. For all the hype that surrounded this when it was new, and considering this was open at ATC for a relatively long time already, I'm not sure why I haven't tried it before. Maybe it was due to the fact that when I had the chance to feast on a couple of their cakes given by my sister-in-law some months back, I found them too sweet for my taste, thus not really helping in getting me to try more. It was only when my cousin recently told me that they served good savory food as well, that I finally thought about trying it out.
Anyway, I still did as I was told, and trudged toward the counter. I opted for the salpicao, banoffee pie and iced tea.
For something salpicao, the Salpicao Rafael (P190; see cover photo) bordered on sweet, but I'm not really complaining. The beef was tender, mixed in with sporadic beef fat that lent a nicer flavor to it. There were also some button mushrooms drenched in the same sweet, garlicky sauce.
The Home Made Iced Tea (P60) was sickeningly sweet, I had to point the end of my straw at the cluster of ice just to dilute the strong treacly taste.
For dessert, I wanted to try the Banoffee Pie (P95). Cold cream occupied the upper half of the cake slice, while chunks of bananas resided on the lower half. The interlayer of caramel had a different kind of sweetness, and curls of dark chocolate provided a needed break from it all. It was good, but I really wish they'd lessen the cream that became too cloying.
I was pretty surprised to see their dishes were very affordable, ranging from P120 to P195; their cake slices, less than to just a little over a hundred bucks. I just hope they consider taking the customers' orders for that value added service in the future.
Spotted: G/F The Garden (New Wing) Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
What dishes, savory and sweet, do you eat at Banapple?
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