I’ve always been vocal about my penchant for themed restaurants. The distinct effort to design the interiors aesthetically could speak so much about the ingenuity of the concept, aside from the owner’s passion for food. As for Another Story in Alabang, they were able to manifest both. It holds so many reasons why the story is worthy to be told.
I don’t go to Alabang that frequent — but thanks to my sister’s prodding, I’ve discovered a few food gems that are notably good and worth writing. It is my curiosity for new places that led me to travel to far-flung dining spots and I don’t mind going to the South for such a lovely restaurant such as Another Story.
Another Story is located in the stylish Evia Lifestyle Mall. It is run by the same owner of Cafe Voi La, another famous restaurant in Tagaytay. Chef Ica Sebastian Manalo shares that it was her early love for comfort food ideally developed the concept for this restaurant. There are also some items in the menu that has a story of its own — particularly when she travels to places abroad.
Before you even taste the food, you’d spend time looking around, admiring the beauty of the place. The theme of Another Story is fairy tale — dining is much like flipping the page of a story book. Every corner displays quirky decorations, those that cannot be easily found anywhere. From the intricate lamps to wall quotes, mismatched chairs, and perky ornaments — the entire place creates a statement of style and uniqueness.
Each table setting has a mix-match of colours relaxing to the eyes, from the table napkin to chairs and glasses.
Every detail of the restaurant strikes a dash of creativity and reflects a spirit of joy and liveliness.
The original plan was just to order a few cheesecakes and coffee since my sister and Eli have been boasting about it. For them, it was the best they have ever tried. However, we resorted to ordering the All Meat Platter aside from the desserts.
The All Meat Platter (Php 1,500) consists of half roast chicken with raspberry sauce, pork belly with mushroom sauce, beef brisket with barbecue sauce and potato wedges with caramelized garlic.
Each meat has a sauce of its own, bringing out all the best flavors. What stood out for us was the beef brisket — it was sooooo fork-tender it can literally melt in your mouth. The barbecue sauce complemented it well, but not too the point of overpowering. The pork belly and chicken hit the right notes too.
Now this is what I find interesting: the whole garlic pieces with the prominent buttery taste in it. It was too good I find myself munching a few pieces and looking for more. The sauce of the potato wedge was also a surprise, that we did ask for another serving to pair it with the meat.
Now let’s get into their divine cheesecakes: Oreo, Salted Caramel, and Nutella Cheesecake. It’s a bit expensive at Php 215 per slice, but each bite is worth it — I tell you. I’m literally salivating while remembering the experience. All of them have a right to be claimed as a personal favorite of anyone, as each cheesecake is unique on its own.
I’m an ultimate fan of Oreo, and having tasted this doesn’t make me regret I’m a loyalist. Feeling the lumps of cookies from the filling to the top icing was heaven.
The Salted Caramel had the good balance of sweetness and saltiness — no questions about that.
Now this was the twist: I am not a fan of Nutella, but having tasted the cheesecake at Another Story made me a convert for once. It was that good that I almost forgot that Oreo was my primary favorite. It was not as overly sweet as I thought it was, but it had all the elements that hit the right spot in my palate.
To partner our cheesecakes, we ordered coffee too. We had White Mocha Chip, Hazelnut Cappuccino, and Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese coffee). Their coffee versions were not too far from our commercial faves.
True enough, every corner of the restaurant and every item on the menu has a story of its own— one that talks about an enchanting mystery and a fond memory. The items on the menu are not something you’d vie for on an ordinary day, but if you reserve it for special occasions, the memories you’ll create would be priceless.
Second Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Phone: +632 2469069 ext:505
Opening Hours: 10 am to 9 PM daily
Facebook: Another Story