Lucky are those who can still afford to eat belly dishes guilt free! It’s not every day that you come across a restaurant that offers a wide array of Filipino comfort food dishes that all center in the belly! This is what owners Chef Kenneth Flavier and Chef Allen Qua had in mind when they and 5 other partners first started the restaurant.
“I am really fond of anything-belly. I love to eat belly dishes and I am fortunate enough to have a partner that also wanted to push through this idea with me.”
Sharing his fondness over anything belly is Chef Allen who has been Chef Kenneth’s classmate in CCA. Together they set out on a new gastronomic adventure that is Full Belly Craft Kitchen that’s been catering to belly lovers since March of 2015.
Full Belly Craft Kitchen is situated along Sgt. Esguerra in Quezon City plagued with young professionals around the business district area looking for a unique yet familiar taste of well-loved Filipino dishes.
Looking from the outside, Full Belly Craft Kitchen looks like a modest shaped-house restaurant.
Upon entering, you’d be surprise that the restaurant actually offers an expansive space for its customers since it has two floors all for dining! Chef Kenneth informs us that the 2nd floor can be used as a function room for customers who are interested in throwing parties inside the restaurant for their friends or families.
Its homey ambiance, from the bricked-walls and the Christmas décor, will still make you feel you’ve just been home for Christmas to eat Mom’s cooking.
While waiting for Chef Kenneth’s dishes which he makes himself for his customers, we have been refreshed with a perfect afternoon drink. This cold brew tastes sweet and with a citrus zing, from the first sip, you’ll know it’s 100% real brewed iced tea.
Brewed Iced Tea Php 85
The first dish served is Full Belly Craft Kitchen’s breakfast bestseller which is the Homemade Spanish Sardines. It is Milkfish belly cooked in olive oil and spiced served with 2 eggs and garlic rice. The delicate milkfish has a very special and recognizable taste. Delectable and appetizing, the texture of the fish is silky and you can taste a little of a tangy flavor to lessen the strong fishy taste of the milkfish. The dish is perfect paired with two eggs cooked in any way you like.
Homemade Spanish Sardines Php 250
Another of the restaurant’s best seller is Chef Ken’s version of Ilocos Bagnet served with Pickled Mustard and Vinegar Dip. This dish can be ordered by grams. The crispness of the skin is enough to make one to go mad over this dish and the tenderness and succulence of the meat just takes me on the edge of my seat.
Bagnet ni Kenneth (200 grams) Php 325
Bagnet ni Kenneth can be served with your choice of rice. Chef Kenneth recommends the Chorizo Fried Rice or the Beef Belly Fried Rice. Both very flavorful, the rice can be a dish on its own!
Chorizo Fried Rice & Beef Belly Fried Rice Php 85 each
Wing beans drenched in flavorful coconut cream is a delicious dish made even more exceptional with Bagnet ni Kenneth. It is a different experience devouring the crispy bagnet with the coconut cream and wing beans (sigarilyas).
Wing Bean in Coconut Cream topped with Bagnet ni Kenneth Php 200
Chef Kenneth put quite a twist and a nice surprise for our palates in this casual baked cheesecake by infusing caramelized bacon bits on top using a blow torch to achieve the lovely balance between the saltiness of the bacon and the sweetness of the caramel.
New York style baked cheesecake served with homemade bacon jam Php 200
The Full belly beef roast is truly a feast in the mouth. The lean meat is roasted perfectly enough for it to soak up the flavors. The hearty meal is best served with your choice of veggies or truffle mashed potato.
Slow roasted Belly of Beef with Au Jus, assortment of veggies and truffle mashed potato Php 655
All the dishes in Full Belly Craft Kitchen are homemade. Chef Kenneth strongly believes that even though there are a lot of recipe innovations or exceptional fusions in the food industry today, people will always come back to the classic tastes.
This is also the reason why all the dishes in Full Belly Craft Kitchen are still identifiable to classic Filipino food only focusing on anything belly.
“We are the only restaurant that serves anything belly in one roof using different techniques and flavors.”
Belly lovers will surely get a great belly adventure in Full Belly Craft Kitchen. According to Chef Kenneth and Chef Allen, they are looking into expanding their menu and their restaurant in the mid or last quarter of the year. As Chef Kenneth puts it, “It’s all going to be BELLY exciting!”
Full Belly Craft Kitchen accepts reservations and is open every Mondays to Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. They are located at 5 Sgt. Esguerra St. Brgy, South Triangle, Quezon City.