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Banapple, Finally!

The first few times that we tried our luck at Banapple, the line waiting to be seated was insanely long that we decided against waiting and headed to the next nearest restaurant that was less high-profile. It didn’t seem worth it to wait for an hour or so just to eat in a crowded sitting area. After a couple of foiled attempts, we were finally able to get a table in the restaurant that’s currently the rage.

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)
One of the newer items on the menu is the Banana Starry-Berry Custard Cheesecake. I should have known from the name alone that this was something to be wary of. Too much of a good thing sometimes end up as a bad thing. Such was the case with this cheesecake with an extra long name.

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.

Nevertheless, the other two cakes made up for the last one. Banapple is a bright and cheerful cafe that’s always bursting with life and teeming with people. It was pleasant to be eating freshly baked cakes and pies on a cool afternoon overlooking the gardens with your puppies relaxing at your feet. I’m sure to come back again (next time to try the Apple Caramel Crumble).
Banapple Bakery & Cafe
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati
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  1. [cookiespink]

    I love Banapple too and I was so happy to see their Makati branch! I love the Banoffee Pie, Honeylovin Crunch cake, Myster-Reese's pie and Apple Crumble Pie πŸ™‚ the cheese & mushroom pie is good too and it's HUGE. Haha, finishing just half of it can make you full… πŸ˜€

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  2. abumelt

    I have yet to try the cheese & mushroom pie. I shall soon enough, at your recommendation. πŸ™‚ Too bad, the Ayala Triangle Gardens branch is always packed.

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