The chance to try the famous desserts of Banapple came last Saturday afternoon when we brought the dogs to Ayala Triangle Park for a walk. The restaurant wasn’t crowded and had an outdoor eating area where the dogs can stay and rest too. Finally, we get to find out if Banapple lives up to the hype.
|The afternoon sun was gorgeous for taking pictures|
Banapple is a name coined by combining the names two of their signature desserts- Banoffee Pie and the Apple Caramel Crumble. They opened shop in 2007 at Blue Ridge in Katipunan and soon gained popularity and have expanded business by opening branches at Tomas Morato in Quezon City and most recently, at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.
Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes is more of a dessert place but the crowds come flocking in at dinner time for their heavier meals. We were there in the afternoon when there were less people and weren’t in the mood for a heavy snack so we sampled their famous cakes and some drinks.
|Banoffee Pie (p85/slice; p650 cake)|
Perhaps their most famous pie, the Banoffee Pie is artfully prepared with a layer of fresh bananas topped with a very generous layer of cream on a sweet graham cracker pie crust sprinkled with a dash of chocolate shavings and drizzled with chocolate syrup. The crunchy crust was sweet but not overly so, and bananas, cream, and chocolate is a tried and tested combination that did not disappoint.
|Strawberry Amaretto Cheesecake (p100/slice; p960/cake)|
The Strawberry Amaretto Cheesecake has a thick chocolatey base with a light cheesecake and topped with what looked like strawberry jam that had a slight taste of Amaretto (alcohol free, I think). It was good- a simple and light cake that was tasty but that’s not too sweet nor too rich.
|Banana Starry-Berry Custard Cheesecake (p110/slice; p1030/cake)|
It has a regular graham cracker crust with a cake that was trying to be a cheesecake and a custard cake at the same time with a thick layer of cream on top of it. For toppings, it had some banana and also some syrupy strawberry jam that didn’t go very well together. I don’t know, maybe some of you might enjoy it but I didn’t like the combination of all those flavors in just one cake. It felt like two or three cakes fused to form one bad idea.
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