5 Best Restaurants That Serves Best-Tasting Lechon In Cebu

As the late Anthony Bourdain puts it, the best thing to do in Cebu is to eat the famous lechon.
As the late Anthony Bourdain puts it, the best thing to do in Cebu is to eat the famous lechon. (Photo: whologwhy/Flickr CC BY 2.0)

There are a lot of things you can do when you visit the province of Cebu in the Philippines. But as the late Anthony Bourdain puts it, the best thing to do here is to eat the famous lechon.

Lechon, a roasted suckling pig, has always been a part of Filipino gatherings, feasts, parties, and events. Even a simple visit to Cebu deserves a taste of this dish. So to know the best place to get the crunchiest golden red skin, and tender, juicy, flavorful meat, here are the five best lechon restaurants in Cebu.

Rico's Lechon

Rico's Lechon has been in the business for quite a long while now, founded by Enrico "Rico" Dionson. Rico did his best to have the best-tasting lechon in Cebu.

With his different techniques and experiments, he created the most flavorful lechon that people love the taste of. He is also the one who pioneered the spicy lechon. You can find Richo's lechon in Mactan, Mabolo, Banilad, and Talamban.

CnT Lechon

Norman Quijada started CnT Lechon in 1987. Since then, the name has been famous to tourists and locals alike. The lechon here is best known for being crunchy and tasty that diners don't need to dip it in a sauce for a better taste.

The customers even swear it has the finest and salty flavor, enough for their taste buds. You can visit CnT Lechon in these branches: Rama Avenue, L. Briones Street, and SM Seaside.

Ayer's Lechon

Ayer's Lechon is slowly making its name as one of the restaurants in Cebu that serves "great-tasting crispy lechon," Cebu City Tour noted. This place even serves out of town customers by shipping their orders to the place they want.

Ayer's Lechon prides itself for serving the most affordable and best lechon in whole Cebu. You can try its "sumptuous, tender juicy native lechon" at its main branch in Banilad and other branches at Mactan-Cebu Airport, Asiatown IT Park, SM City Cebu, Gaisano South Colon, and Elizabeth Mall.

Chona's Lechon

Chona's Lechon serves a unique lechon recipe in Cebu. The place boasts its crunchiest and tastiest lechon, using only the simplest ingredients that makes it different and stands out from the others.

According to the Cebu Republic, Chona's Lechon is considered as one of the most prominent producers of lechon in all of Cebu. You can find Chona's Lechon in Talisay, Cebu.

Zubuchon Lechon

Zubuchon Lechon may be best known for its best-tasting lechon, but it also serves other famous Filipino dishes like sizzling boneless bangus, pinakbet, and dinugdog, among others. It cooks its lechon with pride by combining different herbs, from lemongrass to green onions, and spices.

Seasoning the lechon with sea-salt and pepper and adding other "highly classified ingredients" makes its lechon the most unique and different tasting roasted suckling pig that Cebu has. You can visit Zubuchon Lechon at Escario Central, N. Escario St., Cebu City.

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