At King Belly, the new restaurant on the banks of Marikina Riverpark, our hungry bellies dragged us back to our caveman days, invoking our primordial fascination with filling our tummies. Everything is cooked fresh. It even goes so far as to identify menu items by the level of cravings you have.
I love good food and great restaurants, but I don’t follow names of chefs. Haha! With King Belly, I liked the brave offerings on their menu and simply have heard enough good things from their execution. I like the look of the space. I mean growing up in Marikina, it felt nostalgic to see the place with such a very casual and neat space. Busy and loud outside but once you’re in, it is almost you’re on your own and get to enjoy every moment and bonding with friends or family.
Started with Lechon Sisig which would probably be on top of my list of all time. This did not come with raw egg topping and calamansi. Honestly, am surprised that we didn’t put anything on it for additional taste because it was really really, really good. The lechon already got the mixture taste of sweet, salty and peppery flavors. I didn’t mind that it wasn’t crunchy and crispy – I honestly didn’t notice it at all since I was enjoying it so much!
Next was the Boneless Lechon Belly. I loved how the herbs elevated all the seasonings and formed a great bond of lovely flavors in making the boneless lechon awesome. The skin was really tasty and even after hours of cooling off, it was still crispy. Of course, the belly would be incomplete without the fats. Haha! I was a bit hesitant at first to try the fatty parts but I was surprised that it doesn’t have the “nakakakilig sa taba” feeling.
Last was the Lechon Sinigang. Whoah! I’ve tried lots of this from other restaurants so I wasn’t really excited about this. The sinigang, while already good in itself, had that added salty-herby lechon flavor. When it was served to our table, it looked really really good. The soup, the vegies and the lechon floating as if calling me. Hahaha! True to its looks, it also tasted good. There was no “nakakaubong asim” or “nakakaumay” taste. And they did not use any sinigang powder. It tasted so fresh. And with all the food on our table, after an hour or two, would you believe me that there were no “sebo” at all!
I am very happy that Marikina got King Belly. Growing up and staying in Marikina for more than 30yrs, I know Marikina people deserves restaurants like King Belly. Though I now resides in QC, I will definitely visit again. This place is really good not to mention the food were all worth the travel from QC. Haha!
My Own Ratings:
- Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
- Ambiance: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
- Service: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
- Price: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5
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