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I Finally Ate at Bannaple

I Finally Ate at Bannaple

Sunday, April 14, 2013

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More than just cakes...

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.

I was hungry, and I wanted some meat, so I scanned their menu and zoomed in on a couple of their offerings. When I called one of the waitstaff to give my order, she informed me that I had to go to the counter and order it there myself along with the payment; in short, it was pretty much (semi?) self-service in here. I couldn't understand the reason for sitting a diner at a table, only to have him or her stand up and go to the counter a little while after. I mean, they serve the food as it comes out in the kitchen anyway, so why not take the order as well, while they're at it. It's not as if it's a fast food place where you go directly to the counter, pay and wait for your food there, too. What happened to going the extra mile?

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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i♥pinkc00kies said...

I love Banapple :) I often order the pesto pasta or for rice meals, the hungarian chorizo al ajillo or beef tapa. I like their banoffee pie, reese pie and smores pie for dessert.

Try the sandwiches at Sandwicheese too, their sister resto. The pulled pork and roast beef sandwiches are yummy.

michymichymoo said...

Like you, I don't mind eating out alone or watching a movie alone. I miss Banapple, should give this a visit soon. :)

Guia Obsum said...

@pinkcookies: I think I'll try the Beef Tapa next time. Where is Sandwicheese? :)

@michy: Alone time, every once in a while, is good for the soul. :)

Guia Obsum said...

Alone time, every once in a while, is good for the soul. :)

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