I finally visited Banapple bakery-café one weekday since I’ve been hearing so many people gush about their food. My best friend lives in a village in Katipunan very near Banapple, so I’ve been passing by it several times whenever I visit her place. And as I am a person who will never back out of good eats, it was time for me to try it out for lunch.
Personally attending to my order was GJ Jimenez, the other half of the husband-wife tandem responsible for bringing to life Banapple and bringing in sugary calories for food lovers to indulge. “My wife Maricel loves to bake, and I handle the marketing and business side of Banapple,” he says.
Banana + Apple
The bakery-café got its quirky name from its bestselling desserts–the famous and incomparable Banoffee Pie and the Apple Caramel Crumble. Banapple started baking pies and cheesecakes in 2000, initially supplying to friends and
family. In a couple of years, they expanded and started supplying to cafés.
Going Bananas at Banapple
Before devouring their best-selling pies, I first had to fill myself up with lunch. Along with my friend Phil who was willing to share some calories with me, we tried out a couple–nay, several–items on their menu. Well, make that six items.
Here’s a rundown of our lunch that day:
Chicken Breast Parmigiana
Creamy Chicken Pie
We also tried out two entrees, both served with garlic rice and a siding of buttered carrots. The Chicken Breast Parmigiano (P145) is a platter of tender fillets of chicken breast, encrusted in a parmesan crumb mixture. The chicken is topped with stewed tomato sauce and mozzarella cubes. The Salpicao Rafael (P150), cubes of rib-eye steak and sliced mushrooms, is smothered in garlic pieces and seasoned with special brown
sauce. Banapple’s Creamy Chicken Pie (P75) is served with chunky potato salad (the pie is P40 without the side salad). The pie has moist chicken flakes inside, blended in creamy white sauce. The pie’s crust is oh so delicious – very flavorful and buttery.
All items served that afternoon appealed to my gustatory sense, but I do like to play favorites. I highly recommend for you to try out the soft, buttery chicken pie and the very flavorful parmigiano–they are now in my list of all-time favorites!
After a hefty lunch, we were served our desserts–yes, in plural form once more. All of Banapple’s pies and cheesecakes are original, handmade, and baked fresh daily. Aside from pies and cheesecakes, Banapple offers freshly baked breads, cookies and muffins. As GJ serves to us our pies, we dig in. Of course, whenever dessert arrives, I immediately forget that I am full. Dessert does that to you.
Super Caramel Fudge Cake
Next in line was the Super Caramel Fudge Cake (P75 slice/P700 whole). I grab my fork again and slice myself a small piece to try. Once the cake entered my mouth, I realized why it’s called “super”–it will literally surprise you because it is the most sinful thing ever! This is definitely for the sugar-loving individual as the chocolate and caramel combination can be quite devilish.
The pie has chunks of sweet bananas, and holding them together is rich and sweet dulce de leche. The caramel is just utterly delicious. More sweetness is added to the pie with a whipped cream top, decorated with chocolate shavings. The graham cracker base perfectly holds the pie together.
Banapple has certainly gained a loyal customer in me as both my craving for hearty meals and mouth-watering desserts were truly filled and fulfilled. Looking for pies, cheesecakes, and a whole lot more? Go bananas over Banapple!