Eating out with coworkers who are not among your usual lunch companions presents quite a quandary: trying to find a restaurant that will appeal to the varied tastes and preferences of such a diverse group.
We solved this dilemma by going to the nearby branch of Banapple and took advantage of its various home-cooked style comfort food such as:
Soup of the Day (Php105). A freshly made, hearty and creamy mushroom soup to fill the tummy and warm the soul.
Sirloin Garlic Beef Tapa (Php280). Tender beef slices marinated in a sweet yet garlicky marinade and served with seasoned garlic rice and creamed parsley eggs.
Breaded Fillet of Cream Dory with Honey Thyme Mustard Sauce (Php255). Crispy herb-crusted fresh fish fillets drizzled with warm honey thyme mustard sauce and served with butter carrots and served with seasoned garlic rice.
Bacon Fried Chicken Steaks with Milk’Shroom Gravy (Php275). Creamy milk and mushroom gravy smother crispy chicken fillets and topped with bacon bits and served with corn relish and seasons garlic rice.
Pan-fried Pork Loin with Herb Mushroom Gravy (Php265). Tender pork slices and are seasoned with herbs, pan-fried, smothered with a thick herb and mushroom gravy and served with glazed butter carrots and seasoned garlic rice.
At over Php250 per order, these rice meals are not cheap. While quite flavorful and familiar, the dishes have a tendency to provoke a feeling of “umay,” there being so much of a particular taste that you just grow tired of it.
Still, these are not too shabby for a resto that started as a small operation, baking pies and cakes for family, friends and referred food establishments.
Also, as I’ve mentioned several times before, Banapple’s claim to fame, for me, would always be its desserts. The Banoffee Pie (Php135 per slice, Php965 for whole), in particular, is a delightful confection. I brought a whole cake home recently for my dad’s birthday. The graham cracker crust is well-formed and compact. The caramel filling is rich and decadent while the bananas inside are sweet but still has a firm texture. The cream topping is whipped stiff and in shape, allowing it to hold thick dark chocolate shavings.
This Banapple branch is located at the Second Floor, Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato Corner Scout Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily from 9am to 11.30pm. Other branches can be found at:
- SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
- Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City
- Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Balintawak, Quezon City
- Blue Ridge, Quezon City
- Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City
- Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City
- Tutuban Center Malls, Tondo, Manila
- Ayala Malls Marikina, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
- Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati
- Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
- Ayala Fairview Terraces, Novaliches, Quezon City
- Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Taguig
- President’s Grove, BF Homes, Paranaque
- Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Plus, you’ll be happy to know that when you dine in at Banapple with a friend, you can get a free dish via Zomato Gold. Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 deals on food or 2+2 deals on drinks for dine-in guests. All you have to do is download the Zomato app from the App Store or Google Play and sign up for a Zomato Gold membership as soon as slots open. (They tend to get snatched up pretty quickly so be sure to sign up as soon as slots become available.) Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.