Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Last Saturday, due to the encouraging comments from my Mapua friends (Lester and Jerson, with other love love love friends), I treated my dad and sister (while my mother stayed at home) at BANAPPLE- the one and only.

We really planned our way there. At first, we asked many people on how to commute from Manila Cityhall to Banapple Katipunan, but in the end, since it rained really really hard, we ended up bringing the car in the place, and choosing Banapple Tomas Morato instead.

OOhhh, the place is really nice.It has a decent and elegant atmosphere that is quite associated with the higher class. A lot of restaurants can be found and most of them are well-known for offering great dishes.

Banapple's area is quite small. I guess it can only handle up to 25 people. Luckily, even though it is a Saturday night, we were able to find a table. Afterwards, I ordered the yummy yummy they are!

Lasagna Roll-ups, 170 pesos
Lasagna Roll-ups (170 pesos, 2 rolls). This version of lasagna is cheesy, and has a lot of meat sauce. Better eat it while it's hot, to savor the melted goodness of the flavors. I don;t really know the herb used (maybe it's basil), but it added a gourmet effect. The bread that comes with it is like a simple pandesal with margarine-but it really complements the sauce. Nice for "dip the bread in the sauce moments".
Ratings: 4 out of 5
Baked Cheesy Penne, 175 pesos

Baked Cheesy Penne, (175 pesos, 1 bowl). This is my favorite pasta in their menu. i ordered this based from Lester's very good comment about it (He actually said that, he always orders this  one).  The pasta is soft, but not mushy. The sausage adds enough flavor without adding too much flavor. The sauce is insanely good! Better than Italianni's or The Old Spaghetti House, definitely. And, lastly, from the name itself, it is so cheesy.
By the way, I have learned that the word "penne", is read as "pen-ne".haha! I was surprised when the staff told me about it.
Ratings: 5 out of 5
Hickory Smoked Spareribs, 175 pesos
The box-office hit for that night, is none other than, the Hickory Smoked Spareribs, 175 pesos. (a very good recommendation from Jerson). This reminded me of Tony Roma's smoked ribs (about 1500 pesos), but this is really cheap, yet really delicious! The rice, corn , and the pork. Ohhh.I cannot say anything but delicious! A must try for first-timers!
Ratings: 5out of 5
Baked Fish Gratinee, 175 pesos

 Baked Fish Gratinee, (175 pesos, serving is enough for 2). This is the first gratinee that i have tasted. For me it's so-so. Not so delicious, but not so plain. Actually, I'm expecting more flavor in it. The cheese is not that cheesy at all, but it's used to add texture (with the crumbs), and add a mozarella effect. nevertheless, I love the potato that is placed at the bottom, as a crust. As a recommendation, this dish would be better if partnered with a garlic rice instead of plain.
Ratings: 3.5 out of 5

Our PALATABLE dining area.
This is our table. They only have small, round tables, so if you are many, better combine 'em. As you can see, we also ordered their house-blended ice tea for 55 pesos. It tastes better than the normal ones in restaurants. If you are not much into sweet drinks, you can add water to neutralize it. Great drink for great food!
Honey Cake Slice, 100 pesos

Honey Cake Slice, 100 pesos. If you are not a chocolate or icing person, you can opt ordering this one. The bread that comes with it, has the consistency of banana bread, but without the banana taste. There are crunched nuts on the top plus honey and toffee -like taste combination to add sweetness. It is best served warm to preserve the supple feeling in the mouth as you bite it.
Ratings: 4 out of 5

Mr. Reese's Wicked Pie, 95 pesos

Mr. Reese's Wicked Pie, 95 pesos. Since we are a big Reese's Peanut Butter Cups fans, there is no reason why we wouldn't love this cake.Chocolate cake layer + Peanut butter Filling + vanilla icing +chopped reese's toppings. However, you might get tired of its sweetness after 3-4 bites, so better share.Sharing is good you know.
Ratings: 4 out of 5
Banoffee Pie, 85 pesos
Oooooohhh.And now, the star of the cake show, the Banoffee Pie, for 85 pesos. For those who are fruit-eaters...order this one. The fresh big chunks of banana, combined with graham crust, vanilla icing, chocolate scrapes, and dulce de leche filling combines their powers into a Megablast taste! (Warning: a sure Sugar Attack: you might get hyper guys!). Overall, this is the best cake I've tasted in their menu.
ratings: 4.5 out of 5

After eating, we decided to take some cakes home for mom.
Cadbury Cheesecake, 125 pesos

Old Gold Cadbury Cheesecake, 125 pesos. Not too sweet, and the cheesecake is not like the normal ones that is more of gelatin. It seems to be made of pure cream cheese, and cream. Love love (since i love cheese). Calorie overload.
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5
Blueberry Cheesecake, 90 pesos
The traditional Blueberry Cheesecake, 90 pesos. Same taste with the Cadbury CC, the only difference is the blueberry topping. Again, Calorie Overload.
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5
Jeeper's Creepers, 100 pesos
Jeeper's Creepers, 100 pesos (did i get the spelling right?). The halloween special cake. Unique, and crunchy! I love the walnut toppings too sweet though for my tastebuds. But it will be better if shared.2-3 bites will satisfy your curiosity and cravings
ratings: 3.5 out of 5

Banapple overall rating:
4.5 out of 5
Great value for money.
Serving is large! yey!
Taste is superb!

This ends our satisfying Banapple food trip! (we ordered a LOT! ) I'll definitely comeback again for moreee! (especially the hickory and cheesy penne).

by the way, thanks for my friend,Mae Ann Galgo for editing my pictures! Thanks Thanks! Hope to see more of your photo edits soon! 

So what are you waiting for!try Banapple now!
Banapple Katipunan, 4392675
Banapple Tomas Morato, 4132675
by the way. they also have deliveries (just call, 212-1212). The extra charge depends upon the distance from Banapple


  1. Thanks ulit sa credit marianne! :) -mae

  2. never knew u had a blog! nyways i like your posts! keep it up! :)

  3. my fave.. love the banoffee pie, honey cake, apple pie and reese's pie <33

  4. almost all of the cakes ha?banapple is simply the best


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