Another plan pushed through! It was my first Banchetto experience and it was worthy! My diet was fucked up as expected. But it felt good. I liked Banchetto’s ambiance, very cozy and laidback. The place was also very accessible from where I live so I see myself visiting again next time. The foods were ALL good. But it was made even better with the presence of my good old friends. Ashuu.
Here is my pseudo review on Banchetto–my first ever since I started blogging. Hold. Understand that I’m the kind of person who still gets lost in malls and only identifies things (especially food) by way of colors and associations. So, please bare with me. I’ve yet to take mental notes of food names next time.
Food: Wide and varied as all the other night markets are.
The usual street food goodies were present (isaw, betamax, tenga ng baboy). There was also a long strip of booths selling
diabetes sinful delights i.e. velvety cakes, silvanas, brownies, and so much more. Pinoy ulams were never to be missed as well. I got to try sisig and chicken cordon all for P90 (with rice). Sisig was good and hot while chicken cordon was too creamy for my taste. All good, nonetheless. There were also booths for your cholesterol other cravings. I should try crispy pata and kare-kare next time. And yes, no signs of beer there. The night’s ONLY downer.
Price: Reasonable to pricey
Well, whatever that means. Of course, it wasn’t a carinderia-priced food market (I think the P300ML mineral water was too pricey for P30). But there were some good catches as well. The Mango Shake was a must at P55 for Medium Size and P70 for Large. If you’re planning of dropping by, prepare at least P250 and you will be one satisfied customer with one happy tummy!
I was expecting crowded booths and loud music and frenzy and conyos lining up for isaw. But no. The place was quiet enough to have decent conversations over pizza and tacos. It was not as crowded and there was no need to queue up to buy your Mango shake. There were enough tables for everyone, too. There was a decent comfort room for your loaded tummies. One tip: try to be there in flip-tops or sneakers. Never ever wear heels as you do not want to walk on its limestone-filled grounds.
We were there on a Friday night, from 9-ish to 2-ish. The crowd was not overwhelming (as I’d expected it to be on a Friday night). So, it was perfect for some easy kwentuhan with old friends.
Tickle your taste buds and experience a wide array of food choices. Jump from Italian to Japanese to Pure Pinoy goodies and you will definitely go “NOM NOM!”
This mango shake is way beyond words to describe. The gulamans did the trick, I guess. It was the perfect drink to combat our pagkaumay over too much pizza. I’m a fan of milk tea (usually at P90), but this one now tops my favorite drinks list. Except for beer and iced tea, of course.
Abby, the night’s tour guide and a self-proclaimed Banchetto-goer, said the place kind of lie-lowed. There were not as many booths as before and the usual glee and frenzy died down a bit. Plus, the typical swarm of people—which can add to the adrenaline rush of calorie-hunting—was none in sight. Whatever’s the case, I like it that way. Quiet and intimate setting with the starry sky above you and loads of
cholesterol and fats foodgasms all lined up! Needless to say, I’m one happy customer waiting to drop by again next time. 🙂
PS: Photos courtesy of Trisha