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Exploring Cebu: CnT Lechon and Zubuchon!

It's your first time in Cebu, hungry and wanted to eat. What comes in your mind? Of course Cebu's famous lechon! A lot of restaurants are serving lechon in Cebu, but I want to try CnT Lechon and Zubuchon since I've read great reviews on them.

CnT Lechon

We arrived at Cebu around 10am, we hadn't taken any breakfast so we immediately look for CnT Lechon since it was just near SM Cebu (our drop point from the airport). From the main entrance of the mall, you can see the restaurant and just cross the road. It is located on the second floor.

CnT Lechon in V.Rama Ave.
There were just few people when we arrived but as lunch time approaches, more people started coming in. You need to get a number and wait for that number to be called before ordering a lechon.

The place is quite large and can accommodate many people
Aside from lechon, they also serve lechon kawali and other dishes like Igado (pork meat with liver with vegetables) and chop seuy. Lechon can be ordered per kilo. Here's the prices for Lechon:
  • 1 Kilo - PhP 480
  • 3/4 Kilo - PhP 360
  • 1/2 Kilo - PhP 240
  • 1/4 Kilo - PhP 120
For the other parts:
  • 1 Kilo Head - PhP 360
  • 1 Kilo Head (Boneless) - PhP 290
  • 1 Kilo Feet - PhP 290

That is a lot of lechon

Lechon Kawali
They have this rice that is wrapped in banana leaves which is called "puso" or hanging rice. I asked the cashier what's the difference of it from ordinary steamed rice, and she told me just the packaging. It's cool though, you can eat it without spoon or fork.

CnT's Lechon with "Puso" rice
Juvelyn is preparing our lechon

Taste Test!
I'm not a food critique so I will just give my opinion on their lechon. The meat is very soft, tasty but a little salty, and the skin is very crunchy. I like it more when you put vinegar sauce to the meat. I give this lechon a rating of 8/10, okay i don't know how I got that rating but it's really good.



I thought I'm not able to taste Zubuchon since we left Cebu very early and went to Oslob for some whale watching. Fortunately, there is one in the airport, but just a little kiosk (not sure if they have same prices in the real restaurant).

Zubuchon at departure area of Mactan-Cebu International Airport

They have a lot of items in their menu. Their lechon has different kind of serving. The value meals starts from PhP 130 and up. I ordered boneless lechon for PhP 190. They also have frozen lechon and chicharon available.

"Best Pig.. EVER!"

Well, both restaurant have their lechon serve in their own way. I think I can agree with Bourdain's "best pig ever" in Zubuchon. It's meat is very tasty with just right amount of saltiness, you don't even need a sauce but the sauce will make it taste better. The skin is very crunchy too. My personal rating would be 9/10. Yep, I'd like it more.

Bonless lechon + rice + atsara 

If you're in Cebu, you should definitely try both to have your own verdict. You might also want to try others:
  • Ayer's Lechon - classic and spicy lechon!
  • Carcar Public Market - a Mahogany Market of lechon in Cebu, affordable yet tasty!
  • Rico's Lechon - for some spicy lechon!
  • Tatang's Lechon Belly - crispy and boneless lechon!
Just make sure to take it easy, you don't want to get all that cholestrerol!
source: choosephilippines.com

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  1. Yup other lechon are saltier than Zubuchon's and I like the saltier ones hehehe :)) Also try the spicy lechon belly from Cebu's Original Lechon Belly. There are also lechon stuffed with whole chicken, but I think it's only if you order one whole lechon. I haven't tried that though :D

    1. Next time I'm around Cebu I'll definitely try the spicy one. Wow, I never knew about that kind of lechon, must be good though :D