Metro Manila has been recently flooded with a lot of flavors, whether it’s a world-class Michelin-starred restaurant, Japanese restaurants, including the first-ever Manila branch of one of Cebu’s best, Rico’s Lechon.

Celebrations of special occasions in every Filipino household would not be complete if there’s no lechon served to be the centerpiece in the array of dishes. When it comes to the crowd-favorite roasted pigs, there’s no doubt that Cebu may have the tastiest among them.

Rico’s Lechon will always be a part of debates of lechons with their best-selling Spicy Lechon. Founded in 1995 by Enrico Dionson, the lechon place have been serving locals and tourists with their organic native pigs. Now, the tasty roasted meat has come to Metro Manila!

You don’t even have to fly to Cebu because their first branch is now open at The Fort, Taguig. The two-storey BGC branch can cater to over 180 people, with a welcoming facade decorated with palm trees and a see-through roasting area. The customers got a good view as the pigs turn into a mouth-watering crispy red-skinned meat.

Inside the new restaurant are wooden tables and chairs, with frames of personalities and celebrities who visited the joint in Cebu.

Pigs are continuously roasted for four hours. But unlike their Cebu location where lechon is roasted outdoors over soil, they cook the lechon indoors in their roasting pit where the customers get a satisfying view of their tasty lechon as it cooks. Some of the staff from Cebu flew to Manila to oversee operations and to keep everything consistent.

Rico’s Lechon offers not only the Original (P250-P900) variant but also a Spicy (P290-P950) which sets them apart from their competitors. The lechon restaurant delivers the crispy skin of lechon and retaining the juiciness and softness of the meat.

Aside from their top-notch lechon, you can also try their Seafood Kare-Kare (P395) filled with fresh prawns and clams, and try their Fried Rice Trio (P90-solo; P260-platter), a mix of tuyo, danggit, and daing. They also have their Sizzling Lechon Sisig (P320) for sisig lovers and the pork stew Lechon Humba (P360).

George Nocom Pua of Meat Concepts who brought Rico’s Lechon from Cebu stated that they are set to open more branches on various parts of the Metro. They have a Glorietta branch in Makati tentatively set next month, while UP Town Center and Tiendesitas are following after.

The newest lechon restaurant is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Rico’s Lechon Manila is located at 26th Street corner 7th Avenue, The Fort Entertainment Complex, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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