August 10, 2016

Zubuchon at Mactan Marina Mall, Cebu

This is  a suuuper late review of Zubuchon but it needs to be done. I was going over my files, arranging, deleting and freeing some space to get more memory when I stumbled upon the album that contains the pictures I took when we ate here during our lay-overs to Siargao and back to Manila. Good thing that they are open 24 hours because on our way to Siargao we had  4 hour lay over in between flights and same goes for our flight back to Manila four days later.

Zubuchon is one of the famous Cebu lechon restaurants in Cebu even before world-wide celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dubbed it as the "Best (roasted) pig... EVER!". Zubuchon sources their pigs from backyard raisers all over Cebu, are fed 100% organic feeds a week before they are cooked to totally cleanse the pigs’ systems. "Zubuchon" is stuffed with more than a dozen herbs and spices, the pig’s skin is “acupunctured” or pricked all over, then sprayed with fresh coconut water. These processes result to a crispy and brown skin once roasted. They don't also use no MSG nor soy sauce. 

Our flight to Cebu was super early and we were in a dilemma either to go to the city to have our breakfast and roam around a bit. Then I decided to google nearby establishments and found Mactan Marina Mall just outside the airport grounds and a Zubuchon branch is open 24 hours. Going to the city will take us an hour or more and we might get caught in traffic and there's a big possibility of missing our flight if we risk it. So we decided to spend our waiting time at Zubuchon instead. At that time they were only offering breakfast. 

The store used the red and white colors for their interiors and decors and very modern. Their kitchen is enclosed with glass but you can see everything going on inside. I find the wood pig decors pretty cute. They also sell local delicacies which you can take back home. Even if it was very early in the morning, there were already a couple of customers dining at this branch; proving how people love Zubuchon. 

Each table contains a variety of condiments to make your food even more flavorful. I actually didn't use any pf those because the what we ordered were already super tasty as it is. Frozen Cebu lechon is also available for take out; but must be re-heated and consumed within 24 hours. They are placed in a sealed plastic container and box with handle. The last time I was in Cebu, you can hand carry them but this time you have to have them checked-in. 

Zubuchon does not only offer Cebu Lechon but a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes. These are what we have ordered: 

Paksiw na Zubuchon - lechon stewed with vinegar, liver sauce and spices. This is part of the Zubuchon breakfast meal which is served from 6:00am to 10:00am only. The meals include plain or garlic fried rice, sunny-side up or scrambled eggs, atcharra, coffee or tea or juice. I love lechon paksiw, this is usually the left over of the lechon and then stewed. I love that it had enough sour taste and the sauce is made thick with liver sauce. 

Zubuchon Flakes - shredded Zubuchon lechon meat, seasoned and fried to a chewy/crispy texture. It was nice that it wasn't that oily and that it was crispy.

Zubuchon Medium Platter - this serves 3-4. The lechon was super tender and chewy. It doesn't need any use of condiments because it was already flavorful and tasty as it is. The skin was super crispy. It was a bit oily, but who cares? This is lechon! We can't go back to Manila without ordering frozen half kilos each for take out. 

Crab Relleno - crab shell stuffed with crab meat and spices, battered then deep fried. This was just ok, a bit of a let down actually. The dip that it came with wasn't a perfect match for the stuffed crab.

Zubuchon Pancit - stir-fried egg noodles with lechon, shrimp and vegetables. We all loved their stir-fried noodles. It was very savory. The ingredients were generous. They even topped it with lechon skin and chicharon which added so much texture to this dish.

Zubuchon Dessert Platter -  a platter of leche flan, biko, budbud kabug and ripe mango. By the way, their biko is very different from what we're used to in Luzon. Everything is perfect. But I'd say this is only good for 1 or two persons LOL!

Banana Turon - fried plantain banana spring rolls served with dulce de leche. This were super good! I love the toffee dip and the turon wasn't oily at all too.
The price is ok and so was their service and servings. Zubuchon is abit upscale compared to other lechon restaurants in Cebu, probably because they are catering to tourists and foreigners in the class A and B levels. 

Mactan Marina Mall, M. L. Quezon National Highway,
Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Contact No: 032 2661310

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Zubuchon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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