Banapple at Ayala Triangle Gardens

We went to Ayala Triangle Gardens two Saturdays ago to stroll around and to check out new dining destinations. We ended up having early dinner at Banapple. We had Banapple Beef and Sausage Stew, Breaded Fillet of Cream Dory with Honey Thyme Mustard Sauce, aked Creamy Cheesy Penne and Banoffee Pie.

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Banapple Beef and Sausage Stew, Php225.00

Hubby’s order was Banapple Beef and Sausage Stew, a dish highly recommended by our food server. This is stewed beef cubes and sausages, served with butter-glazed carrots and seasoned garlic rice. Here are the things he enjoyed about his meal. First, the tasty garlic rice was served hot, and the serving was quite generous. Second, he liked the combined flavors of beef and sausages. Third, the price was very reasonable.

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Breaded Fillet of Cream Dory with Honey Thyme Mustard Sauce, Php215.00

Now this Breaded Fillet of Cream Dory with Honey Thyme Mustard Sauce was mine. This is herb-crusted cream dory fish fillet drizzled with honey thyme mustard sauce and served with butter-glazed carrots. It’s yummy, and my son agrees! It’s crispy outside and soft and succulent inside. The honey thyme mustard sauce is also a perfect complement to it.

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Baked Creamy Cheesy Penne, Php215.00

Our young man preferred pasta over rice, so he tried this Baked Creamy Cheesy Penne which combines penne pasta, Hungarian sausages, white cheese sauce and tomato sauce. He gave it a thumbs up!

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Banoffee Pie, Php115.00 per slice

This Banoffee Pie has Graham crackers, bananas, two layers of dulce de leche and dark chocolate strips. I wasn’t really in the mood for desserts anymore as I was already full and satisfied from the breaded cream dory fillet that I’ve had, but who was I to resist free food? Lol! Hubby liked it, but I found it a little too sweet.

Overall, we enjoyed the food at Banapple, as well as the generous servings and the affordable price.

Ayala Triangle Gardens
Ayala Avenue, Ayala Triangle
Makati Citys

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Chelsea Grand Café in BGC

Scouting for a new place to eat in Bonifacio Global City, we ended up having dinner at Chelsea Grand Café in Serendra.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken Fingers, Php350.00

Our 9-year-old son has been telling me for some time now that he likes to eat Mac and Cheese because he saw one of his classmates having that during recess. He finally got that wish as Chelsea has Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken Fingers on their menu. He loved its creamy, cheesy taste, but the serving was too small for him that we placed another order to satisfy his craving for this pasta dish. It’s a good thing that Chelsea offers this kid’s meal for free if your total order reaches Php1,000. In the end, he got two servings of this for the price of one. He also enjoyed the tender chicken strips dipped in tartar aioli, by the way.

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Hunter’s Pork Schnitzel, Php375.00

I actually wanted to try their Char-Grilled Norwegian Salmon, but it wasn’t available at the time of our visit. I was at a loss on what to order next and ended up reluctantly saying Hunter’s Pork Schnitzel to our food server. A schnitzel is a thin slice of seasoned meat that is dipped in batter and fried. This Hunter’s Pork Schnitzel uses pork tenderloin and is served with Mushroom Bacon Dijon Cream, Anchovies, Fresh Lemon, Dill Potato Salad and Mesclun (vegetable salad). As you can see, the serving is big, so it’s good for sharing. The Dill Potato Salad was delicious. The pork schnitzel was a little salty because of the anchovies. I still prefer their Char-Grilled Norwegian Salmon over this even if I haven’t tasted it yet.

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BBQ Hickory Baby Back Ribs (Half), Ph695.00

Hubby’s order was BBQ Hickory Baby Back Ribs which is another Big Plate meal. These are barbecue-grilled baby back ribs with homemade fries and Grandma Irene’s coleslaw. I wish there were more coleslaw as it was really nice. The ribs were flavorful, albeit a bit dry, and the fries were standard.

Chelsea Grand Café is a really nice place to hang out and chill with family and friends because of its homey ambiance and interesting food selection. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get the Char-Grilled Norwegian Salmon that I wanted, but there’s always a next time.

Chelsea Grand Café
Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza
Bonifacio Global Citytu

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Applebee’s Grill & Bar Opens in the Philippines This September

DineEquity, Inc., in partnership with Global Restaurant Concepts, brings the quintessential American restaurant Applebee’s Grill & Bar to the Philippines. Applebee’s will open its first Philippine location in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) this September.

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The new Applebee’s restaurant in BGC embodies Applebee’s 360-degree brand evolution that will differentiate itself from its competitors. The restaurant’s look and feel, menu and service culture have been revitalized to ensure that guests will have an excellent dining experience on every visit.

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President of International, DineEquity, Inc. Daniel del Olmo said, “We are delighted to bring the classic American grill and bar experience to guests in the Philippines, which has long been a goal for all of us at DineEquity.” He added that DineEquity is very pleased to have teamed up once more with their IHOP franchise partner Archie Rodriguez and Global Restaurant Concepts.

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“We are happy with the partnership we have with DineEquity as we are aligned in many ways with our vision and mission of providing a memorable dining experience. The rest of the team and I are excited to celebrate everything with our guests at Applebee’s as we serve classic American grill and bar flavors,” says Archie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts.

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Applebee’s Paolo Gutierrez (Executive Chef) and Larissa Reyes (Head Chef)

During a special media preview held last Thursday, guests got first dibs on what Applebee’s has to offer its diners, from appetizers to burgers, ribs, drinks, desserts and more.


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Clockwise: Boneless Chicken Bites, Sriracha Shrimp, Wonton Taco, Green Bean Crispers

Any of the following will serve as great appetizers: Boneless Chicken Bites, Sriracha Shrimp Wonton Taco and Green Bean Crispers. I particularly enjoyed the Green Bean Crispers with blue cheese dip.

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Pot Stickers, Php325.00

I absolutely love these Pot Stickers! These are fried shrimp and pork dumplings served with Thai peanut sauce and soy dumpling sauce.

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Double Crunch Bone-In Wings, Php375.00

Expect your Double Crunch Bone-In Wings to be really crispy on the outside as it is double-fried. It comes with a choice of honey BBQ, sweet and spicy, classic buffalo and Korean BBQ sauce.


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Cowboy Burger, Php525.00

What do you get when you mix together smoked bacon, white cheddar, onion strings, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and BBQ sauce? Well, you’ll have one hefty and satisfying Cowboy Burger. Yee-haw!

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Quesadilla Burger, Php525.00

Quesadilla Burger is beef burger with bacon, pico de gallo and shredded lettuce wrapped in tortilla.


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4-Cheese Mac and Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders, Php385.00

This 4-Cheese Mac and Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders is so creamy and cheesy.

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Pork Ribs (Half, Php650.00; Full Php950.00)

Flavorful, slow-cooked Pork Ribs at Applebee’s are a must-try! You will surely love their coleslaw, too!


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Apple Sangria, Php250.00

Applebee’s is known for its great selection of exciting drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. This Apple Sangria will give you an idea of the creative and colorful beverages they serve at Applebee’s.


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Triple Chocolate Meltdown

Oops, so sorry for the picture! I should have taken a shot of this Triple Chocolate Meltdown first before it melted.

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Churro S’mores, Php245.00

These Churro S’mores were a hit in our table. We simply couldn’t resist the warm and crispy churro twists served with chocolate dip and toasted marshmallows.

DineEquity, Inc. and Global Restaurant Concepts will open three (3) Applebee’s branches in the Philippines. The second branch will be in Eastwood and will open later this year. The third location is still to be determined.

Applebee’s Grill & Bar
Ground Floor, W Global Center
30th Street corner 9th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City

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