Top Banana: 9 Filipino restaurants in Manila with fun Turon desserts
Turon, your every day crispy and warm banana merienda, is amped up in flavors and presentation by some of our metro's Filipino restaurants. This typical mid-afternoon snack served in street carts, school canteens, carinderias--or lovingly prepared at home by your favorite lola for you to munch on when you get home from school--consists of sliced saba bananas wrapped like a lumpia (spring roll), coated in sugar, then deep fried until golden crisp. Oftentimes, slices of langka (jackfruit) finds themselves stuffed in these dessert spring rolls, and it has become common (and a favorite for summertime) to pair them with ice cream. Other popular local preparations of banana for snacking on are skewered banana cue (caramelized and deep fried), maruya (battered and deep fried), saba con hielo (served with crushed ice and milk), and of course--sliced and sweetend to be part of the many colorful ingredients in our beloved halo-halo.
Classic homemade turon
Go bananas at these nine restaurants where you can snack on some delicious turon creations that your lola or tita most probably didn't think of serving you back in the day.
1. Pino Restaurant
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This Teachers Village favorite for Pinoy comfort food done in fun and modern ways serves Choco Turon (P125) - a chocnut and banana turon served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Also try: A hit Pino dessert since their opening -- the deep-fried Chunky Choco Tempura (P125) served with ice cream, and strawberry and chocolate sauce
2. Hiyas Modern Filipino Comfort Food
FB: /hiyasmodernfilipino | IG: @hiyas_kapitolyo
From 'pampagana' to 'panghimagas,' Hiyas offers modern Filipino comfort food at reasonable prices. Order the best-selling dessert of Chocnut Turon (P185). The classic banana turon is filled with chocnut and langka, served with vanilla ice cream, and swimming in a muscovado caramel sauce with chocolate syrup.
Also try: Pritong Sorbetes (P170), a scoop of fried golden brown ice cream served with ube caramel
www.locavore.ph | FB: "Locavore Kitchen & Drinks" | IG: @locavore.ph
This farm to table Filipino restaurant took social media by storm late last year, and with valid reason: food looked mouthwatering, and tasted good. After chowing on their now famed sizzling sinigang and lechon creations, order the Turon (P200) - crispy dessert of rolls of banana, rhum, and candied langka served with salted egg dulce de gatas sauce.
Also try: Turon con Leche (P220), a puff pastry stuffed with leche flan instead of banana, and served with a salted egg dulce de gatas sauce
4. Neil's Kitchen
Westgate Center Alabang
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At this bright and playful restaurant, equally bright and playful is their re-interpretation of the classic turon -- order the Turon de Napoleon (P197) for delicate layers turon wrapper holding together slices of banana and langka, served with caramel sauce. It's the lovechild of two classics: napoleones and turon.
Also try: Their highly popular and photogenic dessert of Fried Suman, Mangga & Chocnut (P250)
Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Alabang, UP Technohub, Greenfield District, Scout Rallos, and Ayala Triangle Gardens
FB: "Kanin Club"
At this popular modern Filipino restaurant originating in Laguna, their mouthwatering dishes will make you chase for more spoonfuls of rice, but be smart enough to save space for dessert. Get the Kanin Club Original and best-selling Turon KC (P100) that takes elements of halo-halo and places it in a deep-fried rice paper roll: bananas, ube, sweet coconut, monggo beans. You can also have it with a scoop of ice cream (Turon KC a la Mode, P150).
Also try: Sticky Rice (P140) of mangoes and sweet coconut milk with crumbled tsokonut
Eastwood Mall, Newport Mall, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces, and UP Town Center
www.crisostomo.ph | FB: /www.crisostomo.ph
Turn of the century dining is what this Filipino restaurant highlights, serving authentic food with some creative twists and turns. For your sweet meal-ender or mid-afternoon merienda, have the Trinidad (P180), a serving of crisp turon pieces that you dip into coco jam fondue.
Also try: A slice of their popular Narcissa (P200) quezo de bola cheesecake
Forum BGC, Mall of Asia, and Legaspi Village
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Head to this popular restaurant by Chef JP Anglo for Filipino-Negrense comfort food and end your meal with Banana Tsokolate Turon (P120), banana and langka combined in crispy turon, with a drizzling of chocolate sauce.
Also try: Their popular Piaya Ice Cream Sandwich (P145) which comes in different ice cream flavors - Ube, Queso, Vanilla - and is drizzled with salted muscovado caramel
8. Manam Comfort Filipino
Greenbelt 2, Mall of Asia, and Fairview Terraces
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For some bananas on your dessert, order Turon of Mango and Kesong Puti (P135/S, P240/M, P450/L) which comes in three sizes to cater to different levels of cravings -- orders good for one, three, and six.
Also try: Choco-Butter Nut Sans Rival (P250/S, P450/M, P670/L) and their line of assorted Pearl Shakes(P100-P125).
Greenbelt 3, Makati
www.bistro.com.ph | FB: "Siklab" | IG and Twitter: @siklabph
Bistro Group's Filipino restaurant known for their trademark of casual Filipino cuisine with a contemporary twist serves Turon 2.0 (P235) - a banana compote with langka and macapuno is topped with banana and ube ice cream, and served in homemade caramelized cones.
Also Try: Caramelized Banana (P155) served with jackfruit cream sauce