FoodMeOmaha Goes to the Philippines, Part 7: Zubuchon


  • Zubuchon Escario Central, Escario Street, Cebu City, Philippines
  • Phone: (032)-2540247
  • Facebook page
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Price: $$

On January 3rd, 2013, I was a giddy school girl at Zubuchon in Cebu, Philippines. This restaurant has the famous Cebu lechon declared “the best pig ever” by my celebrity crush, Anthony Bourdain. (See the FoodMeOmaha post, “FoodMeOmaha Goes to the Philippines, Part 6: Cebu Lechon + Anthony Bourdain + Market Manilla = Zubuchon“.)

FoodMeOmaha at Zubuchon in Cebu, Philippines.

Inside view of Zubuchon Escario Central.

Zubuchon has the “Best Pig…Ever” declared by Anthony Bourdain.

I was beaming smiles at Zubuchon. Of course, we ordered the famous lechon.

Zubuchon’s Lechon.

Check out the beautiful lechon skin!

FoodMeOmaha taking a bite of Zubuchon’s lechon skin.

Crispy lechon skin goodness.

Oh my goodness. I worship the crispy lechon skin and tender meat. FoodMeOmaha was in heaven. Lechon me anytime.

It’s not just their lechon that marveled the taste buds. Feast your eyes!

Mango, Kalamansi Honey (Lemoncito), and Iba (Kamias) shakes (left to right).

Mango, Kalamansi Honey (Lemoncito), and Iba (Kamias) shakes (left to right).

Iba or Kamias fruit from the Philippines.

While all the fruit shakes are refreshing and delightful, the smash hit is Zubuchon’s original creation, the Iba shake. The Iba shake is hard to explain. The closest description is a cross combination of green apple, green mango, and cucumber. The Iba shake is a cold, tart and sweet combo that is is a great counterbalance with the rich, savory, hot dishes.

Kalabasa (squash) soup.

The Kalabasa soup is smooth, warm, creamy squash soup that comforts and warms like a favorite, soft blanket.

Zubu Pickle Platter (Picked Atcharra, Green Mango and Singkamas).

Refreshing pickled platter is a nice accent and crunchy counterpart with the rich, savory food and rice.

Zubuchon’s Squid Stuffed with Lechon Sisig.

Zubuchon’s Squid Stuffed with Lechon Sisig.

The squid stuffed and lechon sisig comes to the table sizzling. Tender squid with savory lechon is a tasty union of land and sea.

Zubuchon’s Chorizo.

Cut view of Zubuchon’s Chorizo.

The chorizo was superb, flavorful sausage to remember. I found heaven again. This is FoodMeOmaha’s “best sausage ever.” Enough said.


Sylvanas close-up.

Sylvanas is a sweet treat to delight in.  It’s a crunchy, creamy, frozen cookie that is a cold, light, layered marvel.

I HIGHLY recommend Zubuchon if you happen to be in Cebu, Philippines. A must stop for memorable Filipino food at reasonable prices! I wish I could teleport there right now.

Zubuchon Escario Central

  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Service Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Atmosphere Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10

2 thoughts on “FoodMeOmaha Goes to the Philippines, Part 7: Zubuchon

  1. Oh my god. I was in the Philippines last November and ate there the entire time we were in Cebu. Your pics are making me drool. And I just started yoga! Damn!

    • Love Zubuchon! Totally worth the drooling, as you know!!! Way to go on the yoga. Gotta balance the eating and life… 🙂

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