Cebu’s Famous Zubuchon is Now in Manila!
Sunday, 26th February. I found myself sitting by the table at Zubuchon. I couldn’t believe Zubuchon is finally here in Manila. I’m thrilled to say that it’s in Makati, and is quite close to where I live. In short, Cebu Lechon is now within reach.
With this, it can’t be helped when you suddenly recall the first time you tried Zubuchon.
I had my first foray into Zubuchon’s world two years ago. My husband (who was still my partner at that time) took me to Zubuchon for dinner during a layover from Caticlan going to Manila. I enjoyed the lechon, especially the skin, and the kamias shake. Kamias shake was a novelty to me since I have never eaten kamias – drink or fruit – ever as I was not the sour-loving kind of girl. What I marvelled at that time was the “Best pig, ever!” quote declared by THE Anthony Bourdain in one of the episodes of his hit show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. I mean, this restaurant has been blessed by the MAN.
Upon waiting, the menu book caught my fancy. I am very much particular with menu books, but this one takes the cake. Zubuchon’s looks like a magazine! The pages are thick, and the colour photographs are nicely executed. The menu book’s overall appearance can be compared with Kuya J’s menu book.
The place was already packed when we started giving our orders. We had a small platter of boneless lechon, a platter of garlic rice, a bowl of dinuldog — shrimp and squash in coconut milk — and a glass of kamias shake and another glass of mango shake.
Service was slow, but it can’t be at fault as it was their first day of operations, so customers should really have their expectations managed. When the waitstaff noticed that our food has not arrived, we were given a pack of chicharon as a goodwill gesture for the service. We appreciate it very much!
Finally, our orders were complete. Of course we had our serving of lechon.
The lechon was warm upon serving. The skin was crunchy, and the meat was succulent. It didn’t disappoint!
Besides their menu offerings, Zubuchon also sells Cebuano delicacies like Shamrock otap and turrones. Also offered are their chicharon and the pork skin, which you can give as gifts.
Overall, the experience was good, despite the long wait during service. Waitstaff was amazing and accommodating. Will definitely come back for more!
Talisay corner Yakal Streets (near Dellherts on Yakal Street)
San Antonio Village, Makati
(Note: You can’t miss the big Zubuchon logo, really. If you’re coming from Ayala, turn left on Yakal from Ayala Avenue Extension and go straight ahead, then turn left on Talisay. Zubuchon will be on your right.)
Wi-Fi access is available.
Parking space available.