When it comes to lechon, one of the most iconic names is Rico’s Lechon. People outside Cebu make it a point to stop by the Mactan Promenade branch just to try their succulent offering, already a feat when you consider that the province is the lechon capital of the Philippines. So when they opened their first branch in Manila in 2018, everyone was excited.
The thing is, I never got to try it when it opened. In fact, I only tasted it when it opened its fifth branch at SM Mall of Asia. Their store is along Seaside Avenue in the back, which means diners can get a stunning view of the Manila sunset as they dine.
After trying Rico’s famous lechon, all I have to say is: I have been missing out. The meat is tender and flavourful, and the skin is light and crunchy. I found out that the secret to their lechon is stuffing mixed with leeks, lemongrass, tomato, vinegar, ginger, calamansi, garlic, and other spices. It is then roasted over a charcoal pit. And the perfect cap to a meal? Their pandan tapioca for dessert!
To celebrate the opening of their fifth branch, Rico’s Lechon added new items to their menu, including the sinigang boneless bangus, sizzling chicken steak, tortang talong with lechon, fried chicken coated with homestyle sauce, and the lechon fingers with sweet and sour sauce. New shake flavors perfect for the summer have been added, too, like mocha, cookies and cream, fruity strawberry, bloody watermelon, and sago at gulaman.
They also have meryenda items, like senior pit lechon mami, lechon arrozcaldo, lechsilog (lechon, sinangag, at itlog), dinuguan at puto, and a set of dinuguan, puto, at plain rice.
There’s plenty of flavors to love in Philippine cuisine and one of the most popular dishes is lechon. One of the best places to get it is at Rico’s and they now have a branch in the south!
This story is in partnership with Rico’s Lechon. Rico’s Lechon is located at Fort Entertainment Complex in Bonifacio Global City, Top of the Glo at Glorietta in Makati, Tiendesitas in Ortigas, and U.P. Town Center in Quezon City. For inquiries, you may contact the SM Mall of Asia branch at 0977-809-2143 or 940-2191, the Tiendesitas branch at 0917-895-0000, 234-9954, 234-9944 or DSL/fax at 234-9996, the BGC branch at 0917-844-7067, the Mactan branch at 0917-111-3000, 032-402-0845, or 032-383-1498, and the Talamban branch at 0917-102-7553. For more information, visit the website.