Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes used to be a tiny bakeshop along Katipunan - I swear it's so small only about 15 diners can sit. Last year they opened another branch, a two-storey cafe, also in Katipunan but closer to White Plains. Aside from these 2 branches, they have expanded their wings to Makati, Tomas Morato and Greenhills just recently.
The branches in Katipunan are nearer to me and I like their homey interiors: lampshades on the walls, customized tables with top made of marbles, paintings and pictures of food and cakes and stripe wallpapers adorned the cafe. Very comfortable and laid back.
But of course what keeps me coming back is their food more than the cafe's decorations, although dining in a cozy atmosphere almost always entices one's appetite.
We always order our favorites - Baked Creamy Cheese Penne for me and Hickory Smoked Barbecue Country Ribs for The Hubby.
What I particularly love about this pasta is the combination of the taste of white cheese and tomato sauce. Simply unique and satisfying. However, no matter how much I crave for this dish, I just couldn't finish one serving. Pasta in itself is already very filling and the generous serving makes this a heavy meal.
|Baked Creamy Cheese Penne, Php155|
I couldn't talk about The Hubby's favorite, but what I know is the fall-off-the-bone tenderness and juiciness of the meat make him order this (and nothing but this) everytime we dine at Banapple.
|Hickory Smoked Barbecue Country Ribs, Php165|
Eone, my soup girl, ordered Corn Chowder which she barely touched after seeing the cake I ordered. So the soup ended up being wrapped for her to finish at home instead. (I later had a taste - it's creamy with lots of corn kernels).
|Grandma's Corn Chowder, Php70|
I contemplated on ordering their popular Banoffee Pie (my favorite actually) but decided I'll let Eone choose the cake. She happily pointed at Blueberry Cheesecake.
Although Eone seemed to love it, I am partial with the taste and texture of this cake. It's not bad, but not the type I'd go back at Banapple for. Also, notice that very thick crust? It's not only thick, it's also hard. I wonder if it's a 'trick' to cushion the cost of cheesecake ingredients. I'd rather that they just do a price hike just so the quality of their product doesn't suffer.
|Blueberry Cheesecake, Php90 per slice / Php860 whole cake|
Good thing I had a take out order of Banoffee Pie to eat at home, otherwise, I would have left disappointed because of the cheesecake.
|Banoffee Pie, Php85 per slice / Php650 whole cake|
We also ordered some pasta to take to my Little Sister who had just given birth. We figured she might be tired of hospital food and she deserves some good food after a hellish, gestational diabetes-filled pregnancy.
|Pasta Verde, Php150|
Good food, good service, ambience and pocket-friendly price surely make Banapple a winner. Without the cheesecake, I still love Banapple and it will remain one of my favorite dining spots. There are plenty of other desserts to order anyway.
Banapple's menu and contact details can be found in their website.