BONES AND BELLY
A new Bacolod restaurant that
will surely make your tummy happy
Many people would say that a lot of Filipino dishes are not very healthy. But what can we do? We love them because they are so good to the taste and comforting to the soul.
And there’s a new Bacolod restaurant that will surely make your tummy happy, and that is BONES AND BELLY. Owned and operated by the same owners of Pearl Manor, a boutique pension house at 23rd-Lacson Streets (Ramos), Bacolod City, Bones and Belly is now the frontage and highlight of the place.
They revamped their original dining area to make way for Bones and Belly, which serves Filipino favorites based on–you guessed it!–bone and belly. Their house specialties are bulalo soup (beef leg with bone marrow), American ribs with chocolate sauce, lechon kawali, sizzling cansi steak, and grilled tuna belly. As for their bulalo, they have a preparation for it. The waiter, with his hands covered with plastic gloves, mixes the bone marrow with the broth to make for a very rich soup. Not for the faint of heart though! hehe Check out how they do it in the video below:
To make the ambiance more “native Filipino”, the restaurant uses only white enameled tin plates, bowls, and cups–reminiscent of what our great grandfathers used during the pre-war. I love this touch–brings a lot of memories from my childhood. And it’s a good way to remind the young ones of what we used before as dining implements.
Bones and Belly
Pearl Manor Building
23rd-Lacson Streets (Ramos)
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Business hours: 8am to 9pm
Monday to Saturday
I have still yet to try the other dishes at Bones and Belly but I have already pegged my favorite there–the American ribs. This huge slab of American ribs is baked and then grilled to perfection and smothered in a rich chocolate sauce. It’s soooooo good! Juicy, tender, and bounces back to the touch. Have it with their garlic rice and you will surely wipe your plate clean. Aggghhh…Drooling.
I also like their lechon kawali because like their ribs, it is baked first before frying. It is tender and sliced in such a way that you can easily chew on the sinewy parts. That’s important for me because meat usually get stuck in between my teeth.
Bones and Belly has an air conditioned area as well as open air dining area. It’s a nice place to bring family and friends over for a lunch or dinner gathering because the food is affordable. They have a couple of fish offerings–the tuna belly and boneless bangus steak–as well as fried chicken, but this place is really for those who want to dine pleasurably and not wanting to feel the guilt of calories and cholesterol.
They have an assortment of drinks and beers, as well as iced tea in a pitcher, but their specialty is the pineapple and cucumber drink.
Bones and Belly is open from Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 11pm. Please take note that they close on Sundays. They open early to serve their affordable all-day breakfast menu at only P95.00 for their billeted guests as well as walk in customers.
Note: Prices may change without notice.