Spells of Magic 1: P.F. Chang's and Press Cafe

Whew, we didn't plan this. It sort of just happened. We made our way from one restaurant to the next namely P.F Chang's, Press Cafe, Hossein's Persian Kebab and The Lobby at Acacia Hotel. All of them positively surprised us with their own individual offerings. Gorging ourselves with fabulous food, desserts and drinks.

Meanwhile, we caught a sight a huge group of people doing an awesome dance workout while we were looking for a restaurant.


We headed to The Street at Alabang Town Center where a row of restaurants are located. The regal 11 ft. white tall horses gracing the entrance of P.F. Chang's restaurant are hard to resist. The attraction seems intense. They were like softly calling my name. :) Kidding aside, it is said that the horse symbolizes the original Forbidden City in China, which was built for China's first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.


Honestly, what attracted us the most are the menu set packages called "Feast for Four" that costs only P998! An awesome deal, right? So we decided to dine first at P.F. Chang's, an American-Chinese casual dining restaurant founded by renowned restaurateur Philip Fleming and Philip Chiang. As soon as we entered. I was like transported into another world. The terracotta warriors standing guard gradually came to life and started bowing down before me. I must have been an Empress in my past life. Hahaha! Ok, ok I have to put a stop to this hallucination. :D 

mini terracottas embellishments
life-size terracotta warrior on the second floor
another life size terracotta at the bar area
a panoramic, hand painted mural depecting 12th century China as the resturant's centerpiece
the only private room at P.F. Chang's
There are 6 set menus to choose from. We opted SET A consisting of Almond-Cashew Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork and P.F. Chang's Fried Rice. Beverages are also included for one price.
Almond-Cashew Chicken: Stir fried with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts in a garlic soy sauce
Sweet and Sour Pork: Tender pork loin stir fried with pineapple, bell peppers, onions and candied ginger
P.F. Chang's Fried Rice
soft drinks
Aside from set menu, we also ordered Egg Drop Soup (P195) and Buddha's Feast (P345). We didn't have any expectations but surprisingly the food was great.
Egg Drop Soup: P.F Chang's of the traditional soup with egg, julienne carrots and green onions
Buddha's Feast: A light entree with baked tofu and mixed vegetables. You can choose either steamed or stir fried.
The first P.F, Chang's in the Philippines opened last January 21, 2012 at The Street, Corte de las Palmas, Alabang Town Center. A year after warriors conquered the urban landscape of Bonifacio Global City. And a third P.F. Chang's at the posh Shangrila-La Plaza Mall, which is still under construction.

After our dinner, HB dragged us to Press Cafe. I didn't really know they actually feature an extensive menu other than coffee. They serve lunch, light meals, dinner and all-day breakfast!


We had a Chicken Roulade (P220), which was a lovely surprise. Miss Tinkerbell probably sprinkled it with fairy dusts. :)  It exceeded my expectation.

Chicken Roulade: Grilled chicken and cucumber rolled in soft tortilla with balsamic and honey mustard sauce
 We also had Hot Chocolates (P100) and Grape Fruit Shake (P110).

book counter
I was instantly charmed by this unique book counter, the moment we walked into the restaurant.It was like dining inside a library just by gazing at it.   In fact, Press Cafe is located inside Fully Booked building.

Till next time... toodles,
June

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