King Belly is a new restaurant in Marikina Riverbanks that specializes in lechon dishes. Aside from their Lechon Belly that is so flavourful and tasty, they offer Filipino dishes that’s so delicious and very affordable. The restaurant’s location is awesome, primarily because of their al fresco dining choice with the view of Marikina River. Let’s take a closer look inside the restaurant, and we’ll share with you our very own dining experience.
Address: Ecom Building Riverbanks Center Marikina City, Philipines
Operating Hours: Open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/pfckingbelly/
Contact Number: +63 2 633 5490
There’s a wide parking space a few blocks away from the restaurant.
Yes, they offer unlimited rice and drinks (just add 40 on top of your meal). On a strict diet? Later on you will find out that there is always an exception to that principle.
The place looks comfortable. The dining area is spacious, and well – lit.
King Belly offers a one of a kind al fresco dining experience to their customers. Imagine eating delicious food with your family and friends, while having a breath of fresh air coming from trees surrounding the place. Also, the view of the Marikina River was so peaceful and relaxing!
Boneless Lechon Belly (1/4 kg) – PHP 195.00
The serving is already good for 2 – 3 people.
Look at this super tender meat from the boneless Lechon Belly. It was bursting with flavours and the taste was phenomenal. I agree as to what they said, “no need for Mang Tomas or any lechon sauce.” The lechon itself stands on its own with its distinct aroma. Also, it was not fatty unlike the other lechon belly variants from other restaurants / stores.
If you are going alone, they also have a solo lechon belly (100 g.) meal which costs PHP 99.00 and comes with rice, soup and a glass of drink.
So what makes each bite of the lechon special? These herbs are a perfect match with the lechon (and steamed rice of course). I think this is where the distinct taste of the lechon comes from. And yes, they serve this for free (don’t forget to ask).
Lechon Sisig – PHP 99.00 (comes with soup, 1 huge cup of rice and 1 glass of drink)
This unique #sisig made with pork #lechon was so mouthwatering! Maglalaway ka sa sarap!
Lechon Sisig – PHP 105.00 (comes with soup, 1 huge cup of rice and 1 glass of drink)
On the other hand, it’s also good to put some soup on your rice, paired with each bite of lechon. Their sinigang was OK for me. The sourness was very light and the aftertaste of the lechon meat was very evident on each sip.
Tokwa’t Kangkong – PHP 45.00
This one’s the perfect side dish. They serve the freshest tofu (super soft that it melts in your mouth). The kangkong (water spinach) goes well with the special sauce. Totally recommended to those who are avoiding meat. Don’t forget to order this one!
Lechon Kare Kare – PHP 113.00 (comes with soup, 1 huge cup of rice and 1 glass of drink)
It’s not your ordinary Kare Kare. Mainly because the meat was lechon. Surprisingly, it was so good. Pair it with their homemade bagoong and indeed each bite will be pure pleasure!
Bihon con Lechon – PHP 68.00
Another innovation from King Belly’s kitchen, this meryenda size pancit bihon was perfectly stewed (guisado) with lechon meat. The lechon belly taste was very evident and it became an instant hit!
For desserts, they have our favorite Magnolia ice cream. I’m loving my mango ice cream. Yay!
Free WiFi speed is pretty decent. I can upload my pics on Instagram easily. 🙂
The restroom was clean. We were happy to find a bidet.
A small mirror at the top of the faucet will be good.
I was so happy to meet Chef James Crisologo. He was so down to earth, funny and a very nationalistic person. I admire his love for our country and his genuine care to the community. Also, we were pleased to see him talk to his customers. He makes sure people go there hungry, and leaves with a full stomach and totally satisfied (without even spending a lot of peso).
Overall, it was a pleasurable experience. The food was definitely awesome and we can’t wait to go back and try their other dishes. It’s hard to choose a favorite for now, but the lechon belly, tokwa’t kangkong and the lechon sisig were unforgettable. If you happen to be in Marikina, never miss the chance to check them out. I even bought another box of lechon belly at home to make sure my parents are able to taste it. The verdict? They want me to bring them to King Belly as soon as possible.
Sulit and masarap talaga!
This review is the opinion of the author based on actual experience. The establishment may have changed in terms of ownership, prices, decor, service, food preparation and food presentation after the posting of this review. This is not meant to influence the reader’s decision.