METRO MANILA | Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly at Eastwood Libis

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

It was a typical stifling Manila evening. The plan was to sit down and have a few bottles of Red Horse at the usual hang out since J, one of our buddies, is going off to China. But things went a little differently this time, the word lechon was coming up on our Facebook chat every other minute, and before long, it was decided that we should have forkfuls of this Cebuano delicacy first before we clink and drink to China.

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly at Eastwood Mall

The chosen lechon spot was at Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly—our friend was feeling generous, having just resigned from work. He told us about how Cebuanos queue for minutes on end just to have a porkful of this lechon.

But we didn’t have to queue, he told us. And we didn’t have to fly all the way to Cebu either.


Cebu's Original Lechon Belly at Eastwood Mall

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is now in Manila. And it has, not one, but seven branches scattered through-out the Metro. Here’s a list if ever you got a craving for this kind of lechon:

Mall of Asia | Pasay City | (02) 998-8997
Festival Supermall | Alabang, Muntinlupa | (02) 400-1506
SM Hypermarket | Bel-Air, Makati City | (02) 359-4418
Eastwood City Walk 2 | Libis, Quezon City | (02) 781-2762
SM City Sta. Mesa | Quezon City | (02) 781-2761
Puregold Q.I. | Araneta, Quezon City
Puregold Commonwealth | Quezon City (Opening Soon)

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

What’s different about Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is that, well, it’s made of nothing but pork belly. It was conceptualized by a certain Mr. Gochan, a Cebu local who thought of serving nothing but the best part of lechon to his patrons.

It wasn’t long before every lechon-crazed Cebuano was flocking to his stalls in the city.


Puso at Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

The lechons being served at Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly are not cooked here in Manila. They’re flown everyday by plane all the way from Cebu. And it’s true, not only for the lechon, but also for their puso—a kind of rice cooked in heart-shaped palm leaves that’s popular in Visayan regions of the country.

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly  Cebu's Original Lechon Belly Paired with Royal Tru-Orange

After a few minutes, our lechon was heated, chopped and was ready to be served.

I have tasted a few of Cebu’s famous lechon institutions; CnT Lechon, Zubuchon, and those in Carcar Market. And sadly, only one of those has really lived up to my expectations of what a lechon Cebu is all about. I was crossing my finger that Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly would not disappoint.

Eating with Bare Hands at Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

We were served with half kilos of the Regular (₱340.00) and Spicy Lechon Belly (₱360.00) along with a few pieces of puso rice (₱10.00). We were advised that Royal Tru-Orange soda goes well with the dish, so we asked for a litro. Plastic hand gloves were also handed out—they want people to eat their lechons with bare hands.

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

The lechon bellies are topped with crispy pork skin, bits of garlic and lemon grass. The skin was super crispy, almost chicharon-like in its quality. The regular ones are almost the same with the spicy version, except of course, for its added spiciness.

I preferred the chili-flavored belly more; I like how right its spiciness was. And it gets even better when dunked in the soy sauce-vinegar dip. Cebuanos don’t use lechon sarsa, so don’t expect to find a bottle of Mang Tomas here.

And the verdict?

I uncrossed my fingers on first bite. Hands down this is one of the best lechons I’ve ever tried, even coming up to par with those in Carcar. I know it may sound like heresy for the lechon die-hards of Cebu, but I have tasted one of the best Lechon Cebu, and surprisingly I was not in Cebu.

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly Eastwood CLOSED
Address: 2/F, Eastwood City Walk 2, Libis, Quezon City
Contact Number: (02)781-2762 | (02) 984-8723
Email: | Menu
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM, Daily
GPS Coordinates: 14.609990, 121.080968

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  1. *Drools* I have yet to try an authentic cebu lechon, so it's nice to know that this one actually serves the authentic, at least now I don't have to go to Cebu to try it. I am definitely going to give this one a try even if it's a bit pricey.

    1. Super worth it naman Marjorie, it is one of the best lechon I've ever tried :)

  2. AAAH I went to SM Sta Mesa only for this soon as Glenda left the metro. Sadly dahil nga kay Glenda walang belly flown from Cebu that day :(

    1. That's too bad Dani, dapat pala I put up a warning not to go there pag cancelled ang flights from Cebu :P