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Jun 18, 2013

Fully Booked & Press Cafe Now Open in Alabang Town Center.


My other blog post on Press Cafe:
Press Cafe in Alabang, Revisited... And Disappointed
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During my college days, Fully Booked used to be located at the lower ground of the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell.  It had a cafe with an outdoor area named Press which became a fast favorite of mine.    But when Zara got that space and Fully Booked and Press Cafe transferred to the 3rd level by the cinema, the vibe wasn't the same.  I rarely went there anymore.

That's why I was ecstatic when T told me that he saw a Press Cafe sign inside Fully Booked in Alabang Town Center.  I have been passing by the area often, even bugging Lucy of Fully Booked via Twitter  about the branch's opening.

Yesterday, T said that Fully Booked was open already.  He joked about this a few times back so I wasn't sure if he was just pulling my leg.  Since we had an hour to kill before watching 'Man of Steel' (which was a bit of a disappointment for me),  T and I walked towards that area.
 


Fully Booked

T wasn't joking!  Fully Booked Alabang Town Center is open!




I wish I could take photos but as you can see, the sign says picture taking is not allowed. 




I got a shot of this artwork by the elevator on the way to Press Cafe though.




I didn't have time to explore all four levels of Fully Booked because I stayed too long looking at knick knacks on the ground floor.  By the time I was done with my purchase, T was already waiting in Press Cafe.


Press Cafe

Press Cafe is located at the ground floor of Fully Booked, right opposite Jamba Juice.  Can you spot where T is?




The shelves are still a bit bare probably because the cafe just opened and is still on a dry run.




I love how they decorated their counter with books.




T wondered if they were real so we asked our server.  She confirmed that they are.  Cool.




Even the walls are decorated with books.




I think my colorful bag makes a nice contrast with the brown table and paper place mat, don't you think?




I like how their menu looks as well.  They still have classic favorites like the Pressadilla and Chicken Roulade.  They renamed one favorite of mine though from OMM to Mom's Favorite Dip.  I wonder why.




T got Mushroom Soup (P160/$4) which was uniquely served in a glass.  It was a perfect dish to have on a cold, rainy day.   Lacked a bit of pepper though.




T also ordered Grilled Cheese (P220/$5.50).  This was what I wanted so he shared the sandwich with me.  We both loved it.




The server also gave us a 'shot' of Tomato Soup.  It went well with the sandwich.




I ordered Mom's Favorite Dish (P175/$4.25) which is a hot dip of melted mozzarella, onion and mushrooms served with crisp tortilla chips.  The serving is quite smaller than the old OMM I was used to but I think they lowered the price as well, which is fine by me. The dish tasted a bit sour than usual though.  Probably because of the cheese they used?




T got a Cafe Mocha (P70/$1.75) instead of dessert. 




Powerbooks vs Fully Booked?  Well, I'm still attached to Powerbooks but only because of the discount I get from my Power Card.  But maybe when I get a Fully Booked discount card, every day will be Fully Booked Day for me as well :)




Thumbs Up!
Good comfort food.
Great ambiance.
Friendly and attentive servers (particularly the girl who was serving us).

Thumbs Down!
Nothing really.

Verdict
T and I will definitely be back!


Fully Booked & Press Cafe
Dining Date: 17 June 2013

Corte de las Palmas
Alabang Town Center
(opposite Jamba Juice and Krispy Kreme)
Alabang
Muntinlupa City
Philippines


Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday
11:00am - 10:30pm

Friday 
11:00am - 11:30pm

Saturday
10:00am - 11:30pm

Sunday
10:00am - 10:30pm




5 comments:

  1. This kinda makes me sad. Their Ortigas branch just closed down. :(

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  2. good thing service was still good even if it was just a soft opening! the cheese dip looks really nice!

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  3. The Grilled Cheese sandwich looks delish!

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  4. awwww... why do you always post appetizing foods? :(

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  5. Hello. And Bye.

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