Posted by August 20, 2008on
Feasting on the famed Cebu Lechon has already been included in my itinerary the very moment I got hold of my plane ticket. Many would say visiting Cebu will never be complete without visiting the Magellan’s Cross. But I must say your Cebu dining experience will never be complete without tasting the Cebuano Lechon. And where else to get the best lechon in Cebu but in CNT.
For many, CNT Restaurant is synonymous to Lechon. And since time immemorial Cebu has been known to produce the best and the tastiest Lechon. We had our cravings satisfied at the CNT Cebu Lechon Restaurant in front of SM City Cebu. I am not sure if this is their flagship store but I swear, their lechon is so good. It has exceeded my expectations. And to say that CNT Lechon is delicious is simply an understatement.
To lessen the greasy afterfeel when eating lechon, we ordered a small serving of ampalaya cooked with eggs. I don’t like the ampalaya because it still has the bitter aftertaste.
And true to the Cebuano tradition, CNT Restaurant in Cebu offers puso^ aside from the usual boiled rice. Puso^ is rice wrapped in coconut leaved then boiled in water. Puso has a different aroma compared to the regularly cooked rice because of the banana leaves.
Normally, lechon is only served during fiesta or special events because it is expensive to order a whole pit roasted pork. A kilogram of pork lechon in Manila normally costs between 500 to 600 Pesos. But you be surprised to learn that a kilo of Cebu Lechon only costs 400 pesos!
Nina Melo and I ordered three quarters of a kilo of CNT Lechon and a serving of ampalaya and three colas. Our total bill didn’t even hit 400 Pesos. Quite cheap for a superb lunch. I heard that for those who don’t want to cross the higway, there’s also a CNT Lechon branch at the SM City Cebu Foodcourt.
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