Ayala Triangle Park is home to several enticing restaurants including Banapple. I’ve read several reviews of this restaurant and they’ve been generally good so last Friday, December 2, I chose to eat there. I was personally looking forward to sample their pies and cakes.
I should mention that I’ve been there once, several months ago (or was it last year?). We got there around lunch time so there were a lot of customers already so we thought their food must be good. Back then I only ordered their blueberry cheesecake since I already had brunch. I seriously forgot how that cake tasted but I remember that it was big slice for the price of P150.
So, with a review in mind, I ordered their Choco Chip Walnut Pie. I ordered it because I’ve never seen it in other bakeshops or cafe. Plus, I don’t want to sample another forgettable cake.This pie is not forgettable, but not for the reasons that you might immediately think. It was TOO SWEET for my taste and that’s saying a lot since I already have a sweet tooth. All I could taste was the chocolate. There was no flavor of walnut anywhere except when I ate the actual walnuts. The only redeeming thing I could think about this pie is that it would good to pair with a black coffee. No sugar, please.
My dear friend who hasn’t had lunch ordered Beef Salpicao and Banoffee Pie. He was quite excited about it since he read good reviews of both. The beef salpicao came with a big serving of rice and carrots. It wasn’t as garlicky as it should be and was leaning towards “sweet” instead of salty as any dish cooked in soy sauce ought to be. The beef. thank heavens, was tender.
The Banoffee Pie, which my friend saved for last, was…. you guess it, SWEET. If you look at the picture below, you can see that big chunks of bananas are topped with caramel then some whipped creamed. We found the bananas sliced too big for easy eating, but the caramel was a delight. The cream’s sweet and so is the crust. Overall, the banoffee pie looked better than it tasted.
Perhaps the redeeming factor of Banapple is it’s customer service. The waitresses are attentive. One ushered us to our table the moment we entered and another placed utensils on our table and served us tall glasses of iced water to drink while we were waiting for our order. Those glasses got refilled twice during the entire time we were there and we never even asked for them to refill it. One waitress was roaming around with a pitcher on hand and refilling everyone’s water.
I did find issue with one of them cleaning the floor to ceiling windows when there were people dining. I just found it disturbing since I’ve only seen this practice done in Jollibee and McDonald’s.
If you’re craving for a cake, you’re better off trying Sugarhouse than Banapple. But if you just want something sweet (or craving for sugar), then by all means, go to Ayala Triangle Park and order a slice of Banapple’s cakes and pies.