No need to fly out to Cebu to have your fill of lechon that Anthony Bourdain hails as "the best pig, ever." Zubuchonis here to stay for you in Manila, and it's time to power up on their pork.
When you visit Cebu, the land of lechon, you are spoilt for choice when it's delicious pig you seek. Each lechonero and pork purveyor would pride itself of their roasting techniques and special ingredients that make theirs stand out. Zubuchon is a popular choice, made even more famous when American chef and food personality Anthony Bourdain declared it the best pig he's ever had. Now, this superstar lechon finds its way into Makati, the first ever branch in Metro Manila, to the delight of Zubuchon fans (many of whom bring home the pig whenever they fly to Cebu).
What makes Zubuchon's lechon different? Their pig's skin gets a kiss from fresh coconut water before they hand-prick it and prep it for roasting. Zubuchon pigs are also backyard raised and the stuffing only uses natural quality ingredients (over a dozen spices and natural sea salt). There's no MSG, no shortcuts nor artificial anything to achieve its signature juicy meat and crispy skin.
If you're stuck in the city, your mad cravings for Zubuchon can now be appeased--the Makati branch, its first outlet outside of Cebu, is now open and eager to serve you all your porky favorites. Here, you can sit back and kick back with your lechon, have it in the classic flavor, boneless, served sizzling, or even spicy. Indulge and don't forget the extra servings of rice while you're at it.
The Dish: Zubuchon in Original or Boneless (P290/small, P590/medium, P880/large); available in plain or spicy (they also have frozen lechon for you to bring home!)
Where to Find it: Zubuchon's first branch outside of Cebu, located in Makati
Visit Zubuchon in Talisay Street, Brgy. San Antonio, Makati. Call 800-5706 or 809-0149. The restaurant is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Like Zubuchon on Facebook (/zubuchonphilippines) and follow on Instagram (@zubuchon). #ZubuchonMakati
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