Papa John’s (Banawe): A First Impressions Review

Living near the Banawe area in Q.C. meant that if a new restaurant opens anywhere in the vicinity, my parents and I will surely know about it. We were already looking forward to ordering from Papa John’s even before they officially started their Banawe operations. My Mom and I find their stuff delicious and we wanted Dad to be able to try them out too.

Papa John’s is a popular pizza chain in the U.S. which was founded by John Schnatter in 1983. According to the company’s official website, the pizza operations started at the back of John Schnatter’s father’s tavern. Now, it has become “the fourth largest take-out and delivery pizza restaurant chain in the U.S.A.” (Source: Wikipedia)  Berjaya Pizza (Philippines) is the one responsible for bringing this pizza chain to the Philippine soil. They have already opened a lot of branches, with the one in Banawe being their newest. The place is admittedly very small. I was expecting a bigger space, especially since I’ve been to both their Tomas Morato and Greenhills branch and love the spacious interiors. When we were in the Banawe branch, I just felt like I was going to suffocate. Tables were situated so close to each other, it’s not impossible for you to knock over someone else’s food. We later found out that the place wasn’t really supposed to accommodate dine-in customers and was really meant for take-aways and deliveries only. They had to put several seats there when some customers wanted to eat their pizza at the store. That explains everything, but it didn’t lessen the fact that I didn’t feel like staying very long. 🙁

crabmeat pasta

Good thing that the food we had that night all passed our picky palates! Dad ordered a serving of the Crab Meat Pasta (Php99.00). He thought he just ordered a simple carbonara pasta with crab meat, but was surprised to find out that it was spicy! He didn’t mind, though, since he’s also big on anything with chili.

herbed parmesan breadsticks

I love their Herbed Parmesan Breadsticks (Php90.00)! This is one item I really look forward to when ordering from Papa John’s. These piping hot bread sticks are drizzled generously with melted butter and spices. It’s garlicky, (probably) calorie-laden and sinful, but it’s really worth it. ♥

Super Papa pizza

We had a hard time choosing which pizza to get, but the friendly server suggested we try the Super Papa. It’s one of the pizza types falling under the Specialty Pizza category and my parents highly enjoyed it! The soft dough is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, onions, green bell peppers and black olives. Your pizza will most likely be served with a small bowl of melted butter as well. Please block that voice telling you about your calorie intake for the day and dunk your pizza into that melted butter! Trust me, it’ll make you feel better inside. 🙂 Oh, adding tiny slivers of jalapeño also adds a different level to your pizza. If you’re game, ask your server for some! They no longer automatically give the jalapeño peppers unless requested by the customers, probably since these things can be so expensive! The Super Papa comes in three different sizes: Regular 9″ (Php340.00), Family 12″ (Php470.00) and Party 14″ (Php575.00).

**Papa John’s Banawe branch is located at 100 Banawe St. corner N. S. Amoranto Sr. St., Bgy. Sto. Domingo, Quezon City. You may call them for delivery by contacting their hotline, 887-7272

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