Monday, July 29, 2013

Press Cafe. A cafe inside a bookstore.

This 'for now' was our last lunch with my sister, Gin <sobs>

After our Parque Espana staycation, Gin treated us for lunch at Press Cafe in Alabang Town Center.

Press Cafe is a cafe/restaurant inside Fully Booked Bookstore that opened its first branch in Rockwell and its second in Alabang Town CenterGin's highschool classmate is the chef in Alabang branch so we decided to pay him a visit.

Since it is located inside a bookstore, the modern interiors speaks of its name. The restaurant is filled with decorative books.

Chef Ryan Barlis is a graduate from CCA with a diploma in Culinary Arts & Technology Management & Enderun Colleges with a degree in International Hospitality Management and is now heading Press Cafe as its chef. I remember him as one of those happy-go-lucky kids way back in high school so I'm very impressed with what he has become now. 

Gin's highschool friend, Chef Ryan Barlis

Press Cafe was still on its soft opening when we dined there but the food, ambience and experience did not disappoint. Here's what we ordered as recommended by Chef Ryan.

For our drinks we ordered all fresh fruits shakes- Watermelon, Grapes & Mango for P100 each and two milkshakes- Vanilla & Strawberry for P140

Watermelon P 100
Grape Shake P100
Mango Shake P100

Strawberry Milkshake P140

Ryan served a complimentary dish, Mozarella Sticks P195- its Mozarella breaded with parmesan and parsley with marinara sauce

Mozarella Stick P195

For my pamangkin, Gael who loves Chicken we ordered Chicken Tenders P175- these are breaded chicken strips with honey mustard sauce.

Chicken Tenders P175

For Papa, Ryan recommended their all day breakfast best seller, Press Breakfast P270- a combination of bacon, sausage, toast and a spanish omelette.

Press Breakfast P270

And the rest of the entrees were Fish & Chips P250- beer battered fish & chips served with tartar sauce and vinegar, Roasted Chicken P265- slow roasted half chicken served with potatoes and gravy, Press Chops P260- their specialty marinated pork chops and Cheesy Eggplant P220- these are layers of eggplant filled with mozzarella cheese and ground meat. Don't ever fail to order their Press Chops and Cheesy Eggplant!

Fish & Chips P250
Roasted Chicken P265
Press Chops P260
Cheesy Eggplant P220

Before we finished eating, the waitstaff served a complimentary Banana Pancakes P190- stacked of pancakes served with banana and nutella. YUM!

Banana Pancakes P190

All the dishes were carefully put together and very well flavored. Aside from the dishes we ordered they also serve sandwiches, soup, salad, burger and pasta.

Thank you so much Ryan for the warm welcome. This is the best place to relax while reading a book so if you want a laid back & comfort dining Press Cafe is glad to be of service.

Fully Booked Building, Commerce Ave Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa

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