I recently got to stop at the new Banapple branch at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. Having visited the Tomas Morato Banapple branch a couple of times before, I was again expecting a good dining experience from this excellent restaurant.
We arrived at the garden on a late Saturday afternoon and the place was peacefully devoid of the usual crowd that flock it during workdays. I was told that it was nearly impossible to get a seat at Banapple on a regular day, as like their Tomas Morato branch in Il Terrazo, the seating area was pretty limited even with tables set outside.
Since we wanted to dine al fresco, we asked their staff if some of the available tables could be moved outside as most seats were already taken. It was so much nicer to eat outdoors with the greens surrounding the park and all; we were grateful that the staff graciously allowed us to.
I usually have pasta whenever we’re at Banapple, but this time I wanted to try out their rice offerings, it was gonna be Savory Longanisa with Caramelized Onion (Php 160.00) for me. Our dishes arrived in no time and it’s chow time.
It was one of the most flavorful longanisa I’ve ever tasted, so much so that it might turn some people off. But not me, I loved it. The flavor was a mix of sweet sausage and the garlicky ones similar to Vigan longanisa, or those usually found on the northern parts of the country.
The sausages were fried to a crisp, which is how I prefer them. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the amount of grease it had, my plate was almost swimming in oil.
The other dishes we ordered also did not disappoint; serving size were very generous and as with most of the food being served at Banapple each one was bursting with flavor. We were originally planning on trying out their pastries right after, but we were just too full.
Suffice it was to say; it was another satisfying dinner at Banapple.