Hooray, Manileños! Cebu’s beloved restaurant, Rico’s Lechon, opens its newest branch in Mall of Asia (MOA), Pasay. I was invited to its soft opening this February 14, 2019 (Valentines Day). Here’s my experience and review about Rico’s Lechon in MOA, Pasay!
Rico’s Lechon in MOA, Pasay
Mall of Asia is actually the 5th branch Rico’s Lechon here in Manila, following the successful openings of the previous branches.
Rico’s Lechon MOA branch is located along Seaside Avenue, a terrific location because it gives the opportunity for guests to view the Manila Bay sunset while eating. It has a wide 200 seating capacity, with an alfresco dining area. The restaurant has a modern interior with a homey touch.
Introducing new dishes
In conjunction with the opening of its new branch, Rico’s Lechon also introduced new dishes.
- Sinigang boneless bangus
- Sizzling chicken steak
- Tortang talong with lechon
- Fried chicken with homestyle sauce
- Lechon fingers with sweet and sour sauce.
So basically more options especially if you’re craving for more lechon bits in your food.
There are also new additions to their drinks and desserts. For the merienda, here are the new items you can order:
- Senior pit lechon mami
- Lechon arrozcaldo
- Lechsilog (lechon, sinangag, itlog)
- Dinuguan at puto
I wasn’t able to try lechsilog and dinuguan since they weren’t part of the free buffet, but OMG lechsilog sounds so good. I didn’t know I need another variation of our favorite breakfast item.
My food experience
If you remember from last time, I mentioned that I’m not a big fan of lechon but Rico’s Lechon converted me into one, so I was really looking forward to the food!
When I arrived here, the restaurant was already full. Guests are entitled to a free buffet and separate servings of lechon. There were new dishes I haven’t seen in their Tiendesitas branch, notably the lechon mami and lechon arrozcaldo.
I enjoyed chicken inasal and arrozcaldo the best. I actually wanted to finish my bowl of arrozcaldo but I wanted to reserve my appetite for other dishes.
After my buffet plate, I turned my attention to the lechon plates. I picked the spicy lechon, which is my favorite. It tasted saltier than I remember, although I don’t really mind. It’s perfect with a dip of vinegar (their version of suka called “sukalami”). The skin crackles as you bite into it, it was so crispy and the meat was seasoned enough. I finished one plate and then stole the lechon skin from other untouched plates in our table. Hmmm… So good! Truly “Da best gyud.”
Later on, I had 2 helpings of buko pandan and their bestseller drink, Bloody Mary Watermelon. I both enjoyed. The latter drink tastes like watermelon with a hint of something else sweet. It was refreshing.
Before we left, we took photos outside the newly opened branch and guess who was there. Rico himself! Here’s to happy times.
What are you waiting for? Try out Cebu lechon in Rico’s Lechon MOA now. 🙂
Practical Info: Rico’s Lechon, Mall of Asia
Address: Level 1, South Wing, Seaside Avenue, Mall of Asia (across MOA Eye)
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11AM – 11PM
- Fort Entertainment Complex, BGC
- Top of the Glo, Glorietta
- Tiendesitas, Ortigas
- UP Town Center, Quezon City
Rico’s Lechon is also available for delivery via Grab Food within Metro Manila, with 1kg minimum order.
Disclaimer: Thanks Rico’s Lechon for inviting me to your soft opening in MOA! As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you dined in Rico’s Lechon? What’s your review? Let us know in the comments section!