An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I’ve read and heard that this is true, so I try to regularly eat an apple a day even if apples are not endemic in the Philippines. I’ve also heard that bananas have pimple-fighting properties — because, ahem, as one funny scientist said, monkeys love to eat bananas. Monkeys have no pimples.
Anyway, what do we get when we combine a joke and a fact? I mean, when we combine a banana and an apple? We get Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes.
We recently wrote about Restaurant of Choice (RoC), including its banoffee, and someone wrote a comment that her favorite banoffee is Banapple. We don’t shrink away from discovery, culinary or otherwise, so we chalked Banapple in our list of to-visit food places. The other day I saw the Banapple branch in Katipunan; yesterday we came to attack and conquer.
The branch is modest in size and looks really simple, with the lush-colored logo and signage of yellow, red and green outside easily drawing attention to the place. Three parking slots in front fully occupied, which is ok, I thought, because there was a Banapple personnel up front who helped us find a place to park.
[We later realized that just at the other side of the road, there's another branch, this one with a second floor. Branches: 206 Katipunan Ave. Blue Ridge, Quezon City (4382675), and 225 Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge, Quezon City (4392675). There's also one at the 2nd Floor Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato corner Scout Madrinan, South Triangle, Quezon City (4132675), between the Boy Scout Circle and ABS-CBN.]
Grab a cake or two, leave and eat at home, that was the plan. We thought that would take just a few minutes. The moment we stepped inside – surprise, surprise — we knew it would be a good test of how bad we want the food. The five or six tables, each table good for three, were fully loaded with people looking happily satisfied with their pasta, cakes, cookies and other Banapple goodness. I wondered how good the food is, considering that they look like they’re going to sit there forever.
There were around six people waiting on the wings to be seated and there were around five of us queuing up to get our quick orders, to go.
I’m an impatient person. Sugar and all the dessert in view, however, seem to have hypnotic properties that made it all bearable. “Are you lining up? Ok, please go ahead.” Giving up a place in the queue? I’d ordinarily raise hell to protect my spot. Here, in dessert heaven, I was letting people go ahead in line.
“Hmmm, what shall we order?” This is Banapple, so there must be something like a banana-apple combination. But that’s not why we’re here. The banoffee, where’s the banoffee? Ah, there it was. My search mission is done. It’s time to order.
“One slice of banoffee please.” We’re done.
Wow, cheesecake. That looks delicious. “And one slice of cheesecake please.” Now we’re really done . . . must leave.
“And one Fat and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie.” The pasta, too, the pasta looks really delicious. We should also try the pasta . . . wait, this is getting out of control.
The verdict? Before I say anything, remember that this is my opinion. My ordinary taste buds are not representative of others who might have more sophisticated taste. The banoffee’s combination of crust, sweet banana, coffee, cream and chocolate toppings is just beautiful. The banoffee is definitely much sweeter than, say, ROC, but there’s nothing wrong with that. This is supposed to be dessert. It’s supposed to be sweet and we’re supposed to eat only a small serving (for those who’ll say nakakaumay). In my younger years I’d really dig that, but I want my dessert nowadays to be not too sweet (have my coffee black, controlling sugar, which means I prefer the lighter ROC banoffee). To maintain the form (and, to a certain extent, the taste), I suggest you eat it on the spot or refrigerate it right away.
If there are new branches now open, or if you want to express your opinion, please let us know through the comment section below.