It has been a while since I attended a foodie meet up by Zomato Philippines. I was very excited to return to Tomas Morato to check out the 4 month old Full Belly Craft Kitchen. A few blocks away from GMA TV Network, away from the hustle and bustle of the usual busy Morato area. It is easy enough to find though, I actually got off at the nearby gas station and walked to get to this restaurant. I did not mind. It just served to whet my appetite.
The 2nd Floor can hold up to 50 guest comfortably. I particularly like the home style feel to the place and the vintage accessories displayed. The ambiance is clean and easy on the eyes. Young children can come in and be comfortable, with no fear of breaking anything. A great place to take you family for lunch.
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If you look at their menu you will find that the Full Belly Craft Kitchen focused on all belly food. I was fairly excited since I am a meat eater and I enjoy eating. Sir Robert of Full Belly Craft Kitchen informed us that we will get to try 9 of their signature dishes, all top sellers.
Breakfast (Available from 7:30 AM -10:30 AM Daily)
As we wait for the other bloggers to arrive, we were served their delicious fresh pandesal with butter. Fragrant, soft, packed and still warm from their oven. I loved how there was a slight sweetness to it.
From the Belly Light Menu:
Baked eggs with cheddar, maple bacon, spinach served with their pandesal. I love all things Bacon. This is a sure hit for me. Scrabbled eggs, spinach with their soft and freshly baked pandesal a perfect light breakfast.
From the Belly Happy Menu:
Milkfish belly cooked in Olive oil and spices, served with two eggs (cooked in any style) with garlic rice. This is the first time I ever tried Homemade Bagus Belly Sardine of this size. I usually buy them in those small bottles. I enjoyed how this dish is seasoned just right and you have the option to have it spicy by adding the native pepper ( sili). The eggs are cooked perfectly and nice and runny.
This is my favorite breakfast dish that they served. Grilled Belly of beef served with two eggs (choose your style, they will cook it the way you like) and Garlic Rice. The beef tapa is so tender, I savored each and every bite. the achara (pickled green papaya) is so delicious, crunchy, sweet and tangy. I wanted to buy 2 bottles of this perfectly prepared achara, but alas it was not available at least not YET.
From the Belly Appetizing Menu:
Chilean Mussels topped with smoked momay save and bacon bits. One of the more unique dish I tried at Full Belly Craft Kitchen, I gotta say, my kids will love it. Warm gooey cheese, real potatoes, fresh mussel and a hint of garlic, this is admittedly a very rich dish, but really worth the taste.
Mustard leaves with generous chunks of bagnet, salted egg bits, fresh greens, onions and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. A nice balance of flavors all around and perfect for sharing with friends.
Before I talk about the main dishes, this is fare warning. This dishes pictured here extremely high calorie ones, or what I like to think of as comfort food and best shared with family and/or friends.
I loved all the main dishes, but I threaded cautiously not because I was watching my weight but because a belly of any meat dish equals a high attack waiting to happen, just saying.
From the Bellytarian (Good for Sharing)
I don’t really eat a lot of greens so I am unfamiliar with Wing Bean (Sigariyas) because I rarely see it in dishes, at least it does not often have a staring role but with their homemade chicaron, I like that it has the slightly nutty favor and still fresh when I bit into it.
From the Belly Special Menu:
Slow roasted Beef belly with Au Ju, roasted vegetables and potato puree. This dish slow cooked for 12 hours and is sooo tender it melts as I put it in my mouth. It goes really well with the green peas, mushrooms and potatoes rather than rice, at least for me.
Chef Ken`s version of Ilocus Bagnet served with picked mustard and Vinegar Dip. I must say this dish was a hit all around for us bloggers. Just looking at this photo again makes my mouth water. Cracking, crispy pork skin enveloped the melt in your mouth fat of the pork and the perfectly cooked lean parts below. I suggest you also partake of side ensalada, just to balance all that deliciously sinful fatty goodness out.
Admittedly this is my favorite out of all the main dishes I have tasted at Full Belly Craft Kitchen`s Beef Binagoongan. Season well, with the right saltiness, spice and crunch in the beef. The perfect partner for this dish is a lot of white rice.
Grilled Tuna Belly served with a lot of garlic. For Tuna lovers or those who are watching their weight but want to indulge, this is the perfect dish for you. Light and crispy tuna belly plus white rice coz Garlic rice would be too much.
New York Style Baked Cheese served with Homemade Bacon Jam. You might think this is a strange combination, but it is quite good. The bacon is not salty but rather very sweet, the texture is unique .
I enjoyed this light dessert a great deal, after the rich and high calorie main dishes I tried out, something heavy would not sit well with me. My personal favorite is the Green Tea, I would finish a pint of this.
Full Belly Craft Kitchen is one of those hidden spots, in a vast and endless selection of diners in the Tomas Morato. According to Sir Robert, they have plans of selling bottled sauces and sidings like their delicious atchara soon! Something to look forward to! I am thankful to Zomatoph for the opportunity to taste the dishes.
If you feel like having classic Pinoy comfort food or you want a nice quiet place to dine away from the crowd Full Belly Kitchen is the place to go. I assure you will have a belly delicious and belly satisfying experience.
To know more about Full Belly Craft Kitchen like their FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-Belly-Craft-Kitchen/
Full Belly Craft Kitchen:
Tomas Morato › 5 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue,
South Triangle, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 7:30 AM- 10:00 PM (Monday – Sunday)
Until next time!