Noche Buena-inspired meal sets at Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

This goes out to certified bookworms like me: imagine that you’re in your happy place ( a book shop, of course!), surrounded by shelves full of tomes waiting to be read and loved, the smell of book paper all around you.

Suddenly, you start to get really hungry.

Oh, just when you were so enjoying browsing through the books and picking out those you want to bring home with you!

What to do?

If you’re at the Fully Booked branch in Powerplant Mall, you won’t need to leave the book shop to ease your hunger. You can have a meal right there at the cafe situated at the corner called Press by Fully Booked.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Here, you can enjoy classic comfort food such as:

Mushroom Soup (Php160). Creamy soup made with bits of shiitake mushroom and Italian sausage.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Classic Caesar Salad (Php250). Fresh romaine lettuce, grilled chicken slices, grated parmesan cheese and bacon bits tossed in traditional Ceasar dressing.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Aglio Olio (Php200). Al dente pasta lightly sauteed in minced garlic and olive oil.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Carbonara (Php250). Al dente pasta cooked with special bechamel sauce topped with bacon bits.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Just in time for the Christmas Season, Press by Fully Booked launched Holiday Meal Sets inspired by dishes found in a Filipino Noche Buena table. These sets are good for three to four people so a group of friends or a family can share and enjoy them.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

These sets include:

Arroz Valenciana. A Filipino dish made with glutinous rice, chorizo, shrimp, bell peppers, hard-boiled egg and spices.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Homestyle Fried Chicken. Deep-fried chicken marinated in buttermilk.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Lechon Belly. Slab of pork belly rolled in seasonings then slow-roasted in the oven to achieve a tender and moist meat and a crispy and flavorful skin.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press Iced Tea (Php100). The house blend iced tea.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Set A (Php999) includes Arroz Valenciana, Homestyle Fried Chicken and Press Iced Tea while Set B (Php1,499) includes the items in Set A plus Lechon Belly.

The Christmas Season is also about gatherings and gift-giving. With this, Press by Fully Booked also launched a series of Holiday Pastries, an assortment of festive cakes and pastried perfect for a clan “salo-salo” or as holiday gifts.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

These include:

Ube Custard (Php650). Fluffy ube (purple yam) cake topped with creamy leche flan (egg custard).

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Four Seasons Cheesecake (Php1,350). Baked cheesecake which comes in four flavors: Original, Caramelized Banana, Queso de Bola and Hazelnut garnished with chocolate, fresh strawberries and honeycomb.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Chocolate Cake (Php1,250). Moist chocolate sponge cake filled with layers of chocolate ganache and salted caramel, and coated with cashew crumble.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Cookie Sampler (Php440). A tub of twenty mini cookies consisting of five pieces each of Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Double Mint Chocolate Chip and Cranberry & Raisins,

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Bar Sampler (Php550). A tub of twenty-four bars consisting of twelve pieces each of Food for The Gods and Butterscotch.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

And to make the holidays even more fun and festive, the cafe is bringing 9 Weeks of Press Holidays wherein the diners can enjoy a different perk every week:

  • November 11-17: free Americaninfor every order of available cakes
  • November 18-24: 10% off on total orders
  • November 25-December 1: Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookie for every minimum spend of Php500 and up
  • December 2-8: Free Press Iced Tea for every order of any pasta dish
  • December 9-15: 10% off on drinks
  • December 16-22: Free pumpkin soup for every order from “The Classics” menu
  • December 23-29: 10% off on holiday sets and holiday pastries
  • December 30-January 5: Buy 1 Take 1 on coffee (frappe not included)
  • Jannuary 6-12: 10% off on all salad orders

So the next time you’re at Fully Booked in Powerplant Mall, there’s no need to leave your happy place to get a meal. Pop by Press by Fully Booked and get yourself a taste of the holidays.

Many thanks to thr managemeny and staff of Press by Fully Booked for the warm welcome and to Bella Javier for extending the invitation.

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

Press by Fully Booked, Powerplant Mall

This Press by Fully Booked branch is located at Level R3, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella Street, Rockwell Center, Makati, open daily from 11am to 9pm.

Another branch is located at Ground Floor, Santolan Town Plaza, Col. Boni Serrano Avenue, San Juan.

Press by Fully Booked Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  The food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my blog posts on breakfast/brunch joints around the metro:

Scientifically delish eats at Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Labmates, are you ready for a bout of experimentation and discovery?

Well, check out the foodie adventure that my fellow foodies and I embarked on at Bubba Lab Graceland Plaza in our pursuit of food knowledge and verifiably delicious eats.

(And, in keeping with Bubba Lab’s theme, and just for kicks, this blog post will be formatted in line with the scientific method.)

Statement of the Question:

Where in Marikina do we go for imaginatively concocted drinks and tasty snacks?

Being a resident of the East, I usually gravitate towards Marikina for foodie adventures since this city is packed with great foodie finds: fresh concepts, creative food executions and enterprising owners.

Hypothesis:

Hmm, the Bubba Lab branch at Graceland Plaza sure seems worth checking out. I already sampled some of its drinks at its Lamp Quarters branch and those were pretty interesting.

Bubba Lab is a homegrown chemistry-themed cafe which set its roots in the foodie haven Marikina. This branch is the second of the brand’s three existing outlets and has recently undergone some renovation to include some botanicals into the space. The change made the cafe even more inviting and Instagrammable, a perfect place for yuppies and young ‘uns to relax and grab a bite while working/studying (there’s free WiFi) or hanging out with friends.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Data Gathering:

Yeah, but what about the food?

Well, let’s see… During its recent Bloggers Event, Bubba Lab treated us to some of its menu items which included:

Labcuterie (Php270). Bubba Lab’s version of a charcuterie, it is comprised of slices of bratwurst. kielbasa and Hungarian sausages served with honey mustard dip and coleslaw.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Supernova (Php260). Named after the stellar explosion, this collection of finger-foods – battered fish, squid fritters, jojos (crispy battered potato wedges) and nachos – served in individual containers in a stand for easy access and served with spice-infused vinegar and three dips of one’s choice are sure to lead to explosions of flavor.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Chicken Slaw Croissant (Php160). Truth be told: the chicken salad croissant is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. When one of the fast-food chains eliminated it from its menu, I was near-heartbroken. I’m so glad that this sandwich has made its home at Bubba Lab, and is just a short drive away.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Crinkly Fries (Php75). Crisp and freshly made fries in your choice of flavor: sour cream, BBQ or cheese.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Tater Tots (Php80). Crisp deep-fried balls made from grated potatoes.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Lab Treats. Seasonal creations baked fresh daily which include muffins (Php75 each) – Cheese Overload, Red Velvet, Choco Chip and Chocolate Moist – and huge cookies (Php35/pc) – Oatmeal and Choco Chip.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab takes particular pride in its beverage offerings, and, in keeping with its chemistry theme, the store’s drink menu takes after the table of elements, with each refreshing drink assigned its own symbol.

Stp – Strawberries and Cream Candy Frappe (Php140 medium | Php150 large). Sweet and fruity, a dessert-drink for those with a sweet tooth.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Scp – Salted Caramel Frappe (Php140 medium | Php150 large). A creamy concoction with that sweet-salty flavor.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Mx – Mango Tea Frost (Php105 medium | Php115 large). Another fruity drink, with the sweetness of the mango-flavored tea complemented by the nata de coco.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Cu – Cucumber Cooler (Php105). A zesty refreshing drink perfect for hot summer days.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bu – Bubba Lab Milktea (Php100 medium | Php110 large). The store’s best-selling drink made from freshly brewed tea leaves accented with chewy tapioca pearls.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Analysis:

Bubba Lab’s finger-food and sandwiches are well-suited as snacks or light meals, and go well with the store’s beverage offerings.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

The drinks, on the other hand, are creatively concocted and affordably priced.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

The store’s newly renovated premises also provide an attractive and comfortable backdrop for solitary work or lively meetups with friends.

Conclusion:

I therefore conclude that Bubba Lab Graceland Plaza is the place to be for milk tea lovers, where they can also enjoy yummy snacks as they work or hang out with friends.

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Many thanks to the management and staff of Bubba Lab for the warm welcome and tasty treats, and to Aileen of Aileen Loves To Eat for extending the invitation!

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

Bubba Lab, Graceland Plaza

This Bubba Lab branch is located at Graceland Plaza, JP Rizal Avenue, Marikina City, open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Extension B, C&B Circle Mall, Liwasang Kalayaan Avenue, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
  • Lamp Quarters, Gil Fernando Avenue, Bgy. Santo Nino, Marikina City

Bubba Lab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended a foodie meetup held in this restaurant. Food and drink items mentioned here were served to enable us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other milk tea joints: