Zubuchon: it's a love affair with our favorite lechon

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Zubuchon is our most favorite lechon restaurant in Metro Manila.

Zubuchon remains our favorite lechon place in Metro Manila. From the moment we had our first taste of their lechon middle of last year, Zubuchon has been our benchmark as to what good lechon should be.

Zubuchon: it's a love affair with our favorite lechon

Pig décor at Zubuchon

    Our experience at Zubuhon Restaurant 

    We went to Zubuchon for the third time early this year, thanks to the P2,000 worth of gift certificates I received from them. 

    Our family eating at Zubuchon

    I was fortunate to have been chosen as one of the winners of their Instagram contest which they ran before Valentine’s Day. But with or without the free gift certificates, we would always return here, having fallen in love at first bite with their lechon.

    The name Zubuchon, as I later found out, came from the fusion of the words “Zubu,” which was the ancient name of Cebu, and “Chon” or short for lechon or roast pig. 

    For those who have tasted Cebu’s own version of lechon, many of them would perhaps consider it as a strong contender for the best lechon in the Philippines. The meat and skin are seasoned well and packed with flavors, hence, foregoing the need for sauce. Cebu lechon is served with just a spicy vinegar dip.

    The food

    When we were settled in our seats, we ordered Zubuchon Boneless, baked scallops, ensaladang kamatis, itlog na maalat at tinapang bangus (red egg, tomato, and smoked bangus salad), and sizzling squid stuffed with sisig. Our orders arrived promptly so we waited for no further and began our meal.

    Boneless lechon at Zubuchon
    Zubuchon boneless

    You can never go wrong with Zubuchon Boneless; it is always on point. The skin is crunchy, like crumbly crunchy, and exploding with flavors. It was good on its own but I also like to dip it in spicy vinegar just to temper the richness of the skin. 

    Baked scallops at Zubuchon
    Baked scallops

    The meat is also another story; it was fragrant and smelled like lemongrass and herbs. The meat is tender and succulent, with just the right quantity of fat when you bite into it. 

    Like the skin, it was also flavorsome. The taste was consistent with every bite; it was like every part of the pig was meticulously seasoned before it was carefully roasted.

    Red egg, tomatoes, and smoked bangus salad at Zubuchon
    Red egg, tomato, and smoked bangus salad

    The Sizzling Squid stuffed with Sisig was a dish that we tried here for the first time. It was also delicious; the squid being tender despite its size. The sisig stuffing made this dish more savory than regular sizzling squid.

    Sizzling sisig-stuffed squid at Zubuchon
    Sizzling squid stuffed with sisig

    Meanwhile, the Baked Scallops and the Red Egg, Tomato, and Smoked Bangus Salad, are our perennial favorite appetizers. The fish skin taco is another favorite but we were not able to order it this time.

    Onions, chili, and tomatoes for the dipping sauce at Zubuchon
    Onions, chili, calamansi, and tomatoes for the dipping sauce

    The Baked Scallops are cheesy and plump scallops that are perfect for whetting the appetite. It was addicting to eat. Lastly, the Red Egg, Tomato and Smoked Bangus Salad is a refreshing upgrade to the usual itlog na maalat and kamatis combo, with the tinapang bangus adding a depth of flavor to this siding.

    Our verdict

    What we love about Zubuchon is their attention to service. In the three times that we went here, the servers were consistently courteous when taking orders. They would also ask if we needed anything or just to find out if we were enjoying our food.

    All in all, Zubuchon is a fine restaurant in terms of food and service. Whatever magic that they do, I hope that they can sustain it at all times because we would love to be back here regularly.

    Zubuchon branches

    Zubuchon has outlets in the following locations. If you have inquiries, you may call them on the telephone number of your preferred branch.

    San Antonio, Makati City

    Ground Floor, Assembly Grounds at The Rise, Malugay Corner Tindalo Street, San Antonio, Makati City
    Telephone numbers: +639176357802, +639564771999, and +63288005706

    SM Megamall

    Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    Telephone numbers: +63277172135 and +63287779828

    SM Mall of Asia (MOA)

    Ground Floor, Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
    Telephone number: +63276216454

    BGC, Taguig City

    Ground Floor, BGC Stopover Pavilion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Telephone number: +63277929787

    Eton Centris

    Eton Centris, Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    Telephone number: +63275019852

    SM Southmall

    Food Street, Upper Ground Floor, SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza, Las Piñas City
    Telephone number: +63277182005

    Pasig City

    Ground Floor, Tower 3, Rockwell Business Center, Ugong, Pasig City
    Telephone numbers: +63282539903 and +63287779828

    Muntinlupa City

    Ground Floor, Puregold Molito, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    Telephone number: +63282561315

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