3 Best Lechon Restaurants in Cebu
2018 Jan 26 | by janndel
Other than the clear waters and lavish beaches of Cebu, there’s another reason to head to the Queen City of the South. Their expertise in cooking lechon is like no other. A true Cebuano would know the difference between a locally made delicacy to a recipe imported from another city.
If you want to learn the secret to perfecting a juicy roasted pig, you need to look for a Cebu house for sale fast. That way, you can train your taste buds to distinguish authentic lechon from a second-rate recipe. You can head to these restaurants in Cebu to start your journey to become a lechon expert.
1. CnT Lechon
Address: 1377 V. Rama Avenue, Guadalupe, Cebu City
Contact: (032) 513 9283
Open: Daily, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
CnT Lechon has four branches across Cebu. The restaurant’s ambiance is relaxed and casual, almost like having lechon in your home’s dining area. Besides the calming environment, the staff is courteous and accommodating, ready to take your order and serve delicious food.
You can spot different lechon dishes and traditional meals on the restaurant’s menu. There’s Sweet and Sour (P185), Sinigang (P175), Sisig (P175), and Lumpia (P145) lechon dishes. Each dish is served on a platter which is great for sharing. Make sure to pair them with a steamed rice platter or garlic rice.
You can choose from a quarter (less than P200) to a kilo (P600) of chopped pork. If the belly ribs and crispy skin doesn’t satisfy your cravings, you can get the juicy pieces from the head which costs less than the regular rate. Last but not the least, the succulent meat and spicy kick of the lechon feet (P365) will keep you coming back.
There are other items in the menu that will complement the crispiness and salty taste of the pork. An order of Dinuguan (P35), Atchara (P25) and itlog na maalat (P85) are sure to bring your dining experience to a different level.
2. Rico’s Lechon
Address: Mabolo Branch, F. Cabahug Street, Cebu City
Contact: (032) 260 2443 | +639273522078
Open: Daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Customers can get a taste of the famous Spicy Lechon at Rico’s Mabolo branch and Mactan Promenade branch. Enrico Dionson, the owner, keeps his cooking method simple. He relies on herbs and spices to come up with tasty and tender roasted pork.
The restaurant uses organic pigs, so each lechon is meaty and guaranteed to not have any harmful chemicals. To achieve the unique taste, the pigs are stuffed with leeks, lemongrass, tomato, ginger, garlic, spring onions and saturated in calamansi and vinegar. Afterwards, it is roasted over a charcoal pit. The long and careful preparation of the lechon pays off as they are known as “Da Best Gyud” in all of Cebu.
You can order a plain lechon per kilo. An order starts at P190 (one-fourth kg) up to P595 (1 kg). Meanwhile, a quarter of the spicy lechon costs P210 while a whole kilo is P640. The restaurant also serves variations of the juicy pork. Must-try dishes are Prichon, Crispy Feetchon, Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Dinuguan, and Lechon Chicharon.
Crispy Feetchon (P260) is deeply fried lechon feet. The skin is fried to a crisp and almost similar to chicharon. It tastes better with vinegar. The same goes with the Pritchon (P190) or fried lechon. Of course, a lechon restaurant will not be complete without Lechon Paksiw (P220). Most unsold or leftover lechon meat is cooked in vinegar, garlic, onion, and soy to achieve a tangy and sweet taste. Another option is the Lechon Dinuguan (P120).
You can also find seafood dishes in the menu such as Sizzling Tanigue Steak (P280), Kinilaw na Tanigue (P195), Peppered Blue Marlin (P220), Sizzling Squid Head (P195), and Baked Scallops (P150) to name a few. An order of their Cucumansi Quencher (P70), a mix of squeezed calamansi and cucumber, completes your meal.
Branches: One Mango Mall | Escario Central | The Walk IT Park | Marina Mall Mactan
Contact: (032) 2395697
Open: Daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Zubuchon is the place to be if you are looking for a more modern dining spot to taste the traditional delicacy. The casual yet classy interior of the restaurant along with its attentive staff raises the bar for eating lechon.
The sweet and tender roasted pork is seasoned with herbs in and out. You get moist and tasty meat as well as crispy skin. You can still enjoy other meals on their menu such as the Sinigang na Lechon (P300), Sisig varieties, vegetable medley, seafood and Pansit meals.
Zubuchon has two versions of sisig – a signature recipe and one made out of Bangus (milkfish). The Zubuchon sisig is made of chopped lechon meat in sauteed in garlic, onion, chili and finished with bits of crunchy Chicharon. The same goes for the Bangus Sisig (P240). If you want to try something different, you can try their grilled squid with pork stuffing. These recipes are best paired with Sinangag or fried rice.
Balance the flavors with a plate of Eggplant Ensalada or Seaweed Salad. If you want something lighter, the acid of the Kamias or Mango shakes counters the saltiness of the meat. You can also order their Pansit with Chicharon bits if you don’t want a full meal.
Still, nothing beats the lechon of Carcar City. You can find the best tasting Cebu Lechon in their public market. To reach the area, you can take a bus at South Bus Terminal.
You can purchase an order from the various stalls in South Cebu market. Unfortunately, the place isn’t ideal for dine-ins. Thus, the lechon becomes an ideal pasalubong. Don’t forget to include a bag of chicharon as well as ampao (rice cake).
The flavors of Cebu’s roasted pig is unique. It doesn’t require dips, sauces or sarsa to bring out the taste of the meat. Once in Cebu, you learn to enjoy the meat chops by itself.