Exactly one year ago, during our yearly trip to SBMA, we passed by a restaurant while heading back to our hotel after going to church/early dinner. The place was called Chopping Board, and according to several write-ups regarding the resto, it served home-cooked Filipino dishes. This certainly piqued my interest, so I made a promise to visit the restaurant during my next visit to Subic.
…. Fast forward to this year’s trip. Well, I think it’s safe to say that we came back to Subic just in time… For Chopping Board to be replaced by another restaurant! Sigh. The new resto was called Crab and Belly, and they’ve only been around since late February. If you can’t tell by the name, the resto specializes in fresh crab dishes and all-day breakfast, among others.
I say ‘among others’, since their menu features a whole mishmash of dishes coming from different cuisines – Filipino, American, Japanese, Italian, etc.
Very charming interior.
Pancit Canton. Had a slightly sweet finish to it, which was nice. For some strange reason I was expecting them to serve the processed, ready-to-cook version. (._.’’)
Tonkatsu for my appetizer. Not bad! Although the sad part was that it didn’t even have its own dipping sauce (the dish was accompanied by a decent potato salad), so it left a slightly greasy aftertaste in my mouth.
Cream Cheese and Crab Fried Maki. I had very low expectations for this dish, so the fact that it tasted incredible was surprising to me. The outside of the maki had a lovely crunch to it, while the rice was slightly sweet, much like the pancit canton. A must-try, even if you’re not a fan of maki. Also, our waiter couldn’t even say the dish’s name properly (He kept calling it “cheese and crab maki” and “fried maki”)… Hmmmm.
Grilled Salmon Belly. Although the salmon was super fresh and grilled to perfection, it could’ve used a little bit more flavor.
Our dining experience here was good enough – And that’s actually a great thing, especially for a newcomer! But even though the food was delicious, they still have plenty of things to improve (esp. with the menu options, and the staff), but this is pretty much a given since they’re just starting out, after all. I wish them the best of luck.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Crab and Belly is located at Lincoln St, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales. Tel no: 0915 702 7461. Links: Facebook.