August 02, 2018

Rico’s Lechon in Manila: Same Taste, Same Team, New Home

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  • It is said that a trip to Cebu is never complete without a meal at Rico’s Lechon, home of the Queen City of the South’s best lechon. Now open at the Fort Entertainment Complex at Bonifacio Global City, their unique brand of spicy lechon is set to take Manila by storm.

    Rico’s Lechon is at Fort Entertainment Complex at Bonifacio Global City

    Roasted suckling pig or lechon is a staple dish during festivals, celebrations, and family occasions.

    Lechon, or roasted suckling pig, is a dish brought to the Philippines by the Spaniards. Through the years, the Filipinos have created their own twists and flavor to the dish. Cebu, in particular, has become the “lechon city” with lechon being sold at the airport terminal by the kilo to be brought as pasalubong (souvenir).

    Also read: Pasalubong, please!: A Brief Introduction on the Filipino Culture of Pasalubong

    Chopped Original Lechon Php 900 per kilo

    No need to fly to Cebu because Cebu’s favorite spicy lechon roaster is here in Manila. Opening their first branch in BGC, Rico’s Lechon brought with them Cebuano chefs, their roasting team, Cebu pigs, and their Roasting Pit to serve the same taste and experience you would get in Cebu.

    The Roasting Pit

    The Roasting Pit is one of the highlights of the flagship branch. Customers can go to the indoor Roasting Pit built with an innovative mechanism for its exhaust and adjusting temperatures. This is different from Cebu which is done in the soil. The bigger stores they will soon open in Manila will also have roasting pits.

    Bulalo Php 640

    Their next Manila stores will be at Top of the Glo in Glorietta 1, Tiendesitas in Pasig, and Ayala Malls Cloverleaf and U.P. Town Center in Quezon City. More locations are being planned but surely, it will be a goal of international restaurant brand operator, Meat Concepts Corp. (MCC), to make Rico’s Lechon available for many residents of Manila.

    Meat Concepts Corp. President Geoge Pua

    MCC President George Pua has been a patron of Rico’s Lechon for years. He says “Lechon is lechon. It’s very scalable and is available in Manila even before today but personally, we believe Rico’s is the best.” As for the future of Rico’s in Manila, “We want to be able to have Cebuanos take pride in sharing this with the rest of the country, and eventually the world.”

    Rico’s Lechon flagship store in Taguig is a two-floor restaurant with over a 180-seat capacity

    The Rico’s Lechon brand has been operating in Cebu for more than 20 years, it is also the first Filipino brand under MCC. Their flagship branch in BGC will officially open on August 3, 2018, with a 180-seat capacity, a menu of Filipino favorites such as Bam-I, Sizzling Adobong Pusit, Bulalo, and their original sauce, suka lami.

    Their slogan, Da best, gyud!, is Cebuano for “Indeed, the best!” and rightly so, because not only does their lechon retain the Cebuano taste but also the processes and the people that make Rico’s Lechon an institution for Cebuanos and everyone all over the world.

    Also read: Rico’s Lechon to Open in Manila

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