Press by Fully Booked: Fullfiling Christmas Holiday Meals and Treats (Rockwell Powerplant Makati)

Every time we visit Fully Booked, there is always something new to learn.  This time however, it is not book-related.  For such a long time, we've been visiting Press by Fully Booked solely for its beverages that we buy before or after we check out the book.

press by fully booked
To our defense, look at Press by Fully Booked's logo?  You see two things: a book and a beverage cup.  We'd also like to add that it serves really good coffee and lemonade. 

One of the distinct characteristic for us with Fully Booked is that although it is a mass-scale of a bookstore, you can still feel that it is inviting and has a personal touch to it. It's the kind of a charm of "The Shop Around the Corner", a small boookstore that is depicted in the movie "You've Got Mail" that was casted by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. 

We had the same feeling with Press by Fully Booked and its menu.  Aside from its regular menu, it also has seasonal offerings like the Christmas Holiday Meals

Since we love classics, we'll start of with items in the regular menu. 
mushroom soup
Mushroom (160 php)

As far as cream-based soups, our favorite since childhood has always been cream of mushroom.  Press' Mushroom soup is one of the best we've had in years.

classic caesar salad
Classic Caesar (250 php)
All the dishes we're tried like the Classic Caesar made use of the freshest ingredients.  Because of that, the price here is quite reasonable especially for this branch which is located in Rockwell Power plant.  

agli e olio
Agli e Olio (200 php)

The serving size is also quite generous. 

Carbonara (250 php)
Both pasta dishes we've tried:Agli e Olio and Carbonara had a comforting blend.

Holiday Set Meals
For this Christmas, Press by Fully Booked has prepared a Holiday Group Meal Set inspired by our Filipino Nocha Buena tradition.

arroz valenciana
Arroz Valenciana
Set A (999 php) is the budget meal choice with Arroz Valenciana, Homestyle Fried Chicken and Press Iced Tea.  Because the  Arroz Valenciana had bountiful toppings (which you can see!) and the rice was so sticky and heavy, we found Set A to be an already fulfilling choice.

homestyle fried chicken
Homestyle Fried Chicken
The Homestyle Fried Chicken is not breaded like the fast-food ones.  Instead, it was adequately spiced and goes well with the gravy.

lechon belly
Lechon Belly
The perks with Set B (Php1,499) is the addition of the Lechon Belly.  For many, a Filipino celebration is not complete without this. 

Cakes & Pastries
chocolate cake
Chocolate Cake (1250 php/whole)

Chocolate cakes are one of the most popular cake variant available in the Metro.  Till the time we've encountered Press' Chocolate Cake, we thought we've tasted all the best ones.  We've read all sorts of top lists or best chocolate cake in Manila list and none of them has mentioned Press by Fully Booked.  What a wild card!  What a hidden gem!  This Chocolate Cake is rich, bitter sweet and oh so soft and moist.  Although huge and thick, you won't hesitate to take each and every bite. 

Holiday Pastries
Like the meals, Press also has holiday pastries.

ube custard
Ube Custard (650 php)
Raise your hand if you're a ube and leche flan lover!  This Ube Custard is for us!  Compared to the Chocolate Cake, the Ube cake layer is a bit dry.  Hence, the smooth and creamy leche flan give it the nice fine finish in every forkful. 

christmas cheesecake
Four Seasons Cheesecake (Php1,350)
Variety is always well-appreciated in every potluck.  Can't decide on which cheesecake to bring?  Take the Four Seasons Cheesecake with Original, Caramelized Banana, Queso De Bola and Hazelnut and let your guests decide for themselves.  But for you, we highly suggest that your take from the Queso De Bola cheesecake part right away cause it is surely the first one to be wiped!  The Caramelized Banana and Hazelnut is also an interesting pick.  We were so surprised with the Hazelnut which delivered cute little crunchiness in every bite.  We rarely encounter a hazelnut product that makes used of fresh tiny bits of the actual nut itself so we were really impressed.

cookie sampler
Cookie Sampler (Php440)
And, because variety is well-appreciate, there also a cookie and bar counterpart with the Cookie Sampler with Chocolate Chip, Cranberry & Raisins, Double Chocolate and Double Mint Chocolate Chip...  

bar sampler
Bar Sampler (550 php)
and the Bar Sampler with Food for the Gods and Butterscotch.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Like every visit to Fully Booked, we found our visit to Press by Fully Booked to be a wonderful experience.  We found all the dishes we tried to be affordable and in generous portions.  We also found the bright yet solemn atmosphere which makes it conducive for reading, meetings and conversations to be a great consideration for dining here. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Press by Fully Booked Menu
Ambiance NA
=Favorites or Recommended 
Press by Fully Booked
Business Address The Powerplant Mall, 3/F, Rockwell Center, Lopez Drive, 
Makati, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge NA
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 7901-4177

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