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10 Places Where You Can Get the Best Lechon in Manila

Nothing screams pinoy party louder than roasted Lechon, but who says you have to wait for a celebration to have a bite of that crispy skin? If you find yourself dreaming of Lechon on a random day, Here’s where you can find some of the best Lechon in Manila:

 

 

1. Lydia’s

Lydia's Lechon
Image credit: @lydiaslechonrestaurant via Facebook

Lydia’s is probably your best bet if you want to score some juicy lechon in an instant. This old-timer has been in the industry for over 50 years, so you’re sure that they know what they’re doing. Plates are best enjoyed with the restaurant’s signature sarsa.

  • Address: Several branches across Metro Manila
  • Contact number: 939 1221, 851 2987

2. Elar’s Lechon

Elars Lechon
Image credit: @elarslechon via Facebook

Another Metro Manila staple, Elar’s version is deliciously salty with not-so-crispy skin and melt-in-your-mouth laman, perfect to turn into paksiw the next day.

  • Address: 151 Quezon Avenue corner Speaker Perez, Sta. Teresita I, Quezon City
  • Contact number: 732 4116

3. Hukad Golden Cowrie

Hukad Golden Cowrie
Image credit: @HukadGoldenCowrie via Facebook

One of the fancier options on the list, Hukad’s lechon belly is roasted and flown into Manila daily from Cebu. The succulent meat is stuffed with special herbs and spices, and is rubbed with simple salt and pepper. It’s so tasty you won’t even need sawsawan!

  • Address: 2nd Level, Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • Contact number: 63 917 108-3518

4. Zubuchon

Zubuchon
Image credit: @zubuchonphilippines via Facebook

Dubbed the “best pig ever” during an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, the then-relatively unknown roast pig spot has evolved and expanded into one of the country’s most recognized lechon chains. Now with branches all over the country, you can enjoy a feast of that glorious, greasy goodness just about anywhere.

  • Address: Unit 155A1 Ground Floor Building A SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City (Multiple branches)
  • Contact number: 717 2135

5. Mila’s Special Lechon

Mila’s Special Lechon
Image credit: @milaslechonbatangas via Facebook

Crispy, golden brown, and paper-thin — you can almost hear it. If you’re like me and you hog all the balat when a plate of lechon is laid out in front of you, then Mila’s is your place.

  • Address: 63 Calavite Street, Paang Bundok, Quezon City
  • Contact number: 371 9061

6. General’s Lechon

General's Lechon
Image credit: @generalslechon via Facebook

With their secret stuffing and everlastingly crispy skin, it’s no wonder that General’s Lechon has constantly been labeled as one of the go-to restaurants for the best lechon in Manila.

They’ve pinned it down to science, from the exact roasting time to the ratio of herbs and spices — it’s a delicious guarantee every single time.

  • Address: 2/F Petron Dasmarinas Village, EDSA cor. Arnaiz, Makati
  • Contact number: (0917) 853-2466 / (02) 408- 6850 / (02) 966-5099

7. Ping Ping’s Native Lechon & Restaurant

Ping Ping's
Image credit: @pingpingslechonlaloma via Facebook

Another place where you can get the best lechon in Manila is at Ping Ping’s which stands out with its dark brown charred skin. Lechon purists might scoff at the sight, but trust me when I say that the roast pig’s smoky kick will make you forget your name. Smother it with their made-from-scratch liver sauce and your soul is theirs.

  • Address: 4A Bonifacio Avenue, La Loma, Quezon City.
  • Contact number: 740-2175

8. Yobob Lechon

Yobob
Image credit: @yoboblechon via Facebook

This Tomas Morato gem actually originated in Manila, but the recipe is as Cebuano as it can get. Each tender chunk is perfectly spiced with lemongrass, garlic, and other secret spices — it’s so flavorful you won’t even need sarsa.

  • Address: Tomas Morato corner Scout Fernandez, Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Contact number: 351-7002

9. The Lechon Shop

The Lechon Shop
Image credit: @thelechonshopPH via Facebook

This new dining concept shatters your idea of lechon with their Carnivore Lechon which comes stuffed with bacon, potatoes and sausages. The owner, Leonardo Aquino, has been in the business since 1947, so you better believe he knows his pig.

  • Address: 9 Scout Tobias Street, Quezon City.
  • Contact number: 745 3104

10. Pepita’s Kitchen

Pepitas Kitchen
Image credit: @pepitaskitchen1 via Facebook

Definitely the fanciest on the list, Pepita’s Kitchen transforms the traditional roast pig into a sinful work of art. She serves them with various stuffing combinations such as truffle rice with mushrooms and crab fat rice with Spanish chorizo.

  • Address: 6 San Pablo St., Magallanes Village, Makati City
  • Contact number: 425 4605

 
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