Our trusty lechon alternative.
Filipinos love a good feast! Whether it’s a birthday, a work promotion, or just an ordinary Sunday, we love to fill our table with party-sized, Pinoy favorites like lechon. But, if you’re looking for a new spin on the classic roasted pig, why not go for the cochinillo or a suckling piglet!
Cochinillo (asado) originated from Spain where weeks-old piglets are cooked inside wood-ovens, very similar to the way we cook lechon. After the piglet is cooked, it’s a tradition to cut the cochinillo using a plate to prove its crispiness and tenderness! If you can’t wait to have a taste of the famous cochinillo, here are 11 restaurants and shops in the Metro to check out!
DON Cochinillo – New Manila
They believe they have #themostmalutong cochinillo around town. In fact, you can head over to Don Cochinillo’s Instagram account and you’ll see (and hear) all the crispy action on their cochinillo videos!
Available for: Pick up and delivery via preferred courier. Send them a message on Facebook or Instaagram to order.
Boss Cochinillo – Sampaloc
They may be new to the local scene, but Boss Cochinillo is here to show who the real boss is when it comes to cooking cochinillos! They roast the pigs for up to three hours to ensure that the meat is crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside.
Available for: Pick-up and delivery via Grab Express and Lala Move booked by the customer. Send them a message on Facebook/Instagram to order or call their numbers.
Alba Restaurante Español – multiple branches
Alba Restaurante Español has been serving traditional Spanish food since 1952—that’s for 69 years now! The restaurant only promises quality dishes that showcase the rich culture of Spain. Their cochinillo is oven roasted and is perfect for big or small handaans.
Available for: Take out, pick up and delivery via GrabFood. Check out the numbers of their branches here.
Macho Cochinillo – Makati
As manly as their store name sounds, Macho Cochinillo only serves the boldest roasted pigs when it comes to flavor. They are ideally paired with cilantro rice and their very own Mean Green sauce and Suppah Thai sauce.
Available for: Delivery. Message them on Facebook for orders.
Cochinillo and Beyond – Pasig
Murang Cochinillo believes a cochinillo is more special if it has been smoked, just like the ones they serve! Each order of their whole cochinillo is good for six to eight people.
The people behind The Murang Cochinillo are the same staff that run The Murang Seafood Platter, a shop that offers freshly-cooked seafood for as low as ₱999.
Available for: Delivery. Send them a message on their Facebook/Instagram account to order.
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante – Malate
Satisfy your cochinillo cravings with Casa Armas’ take on the traditional roasted pork dish. They come in whole serving good for four to six people and half serving that’s enough for two to three people.
Available for: Takeout and delivery. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call them at (02) 85210736 to 40 or Viber: 09563103777 to order.
Mr. Cochinillo – Quezon City
Well, who exactly is Mr. Cochinillo? He is none other than Carlos Agustin Valera de Guzman (Tinee for short). He is the guy behind Mr. Cochinillo and is known as a photographer and DJ before becoming an “accidental lechonero” as described by Inquirer. Since 2014, Mr. Cochinillo has been serving only the best cochinillo in town as they claim on their Instagram bio.
Available for: Pick-up. They accept orders from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fill out this order form to order.
Secret Kitchen – Quezon City
Ever wanted to have a local celebrity prepare your orders for you? Actor, chef, and entrepreneur Marvin Agustin cooks cochinilo orders for Secret Kitchen!
Agustin describes it as his “happy Sunday job” wherein he wakes up at 4:00 a.m. to prepare the piglets and then finally start roasting at 7:00 a.m. He finishes at around 11:00 a.m. in time for morning orders. “Isa sa mga nadiskubre ko ngayong lockdown, pwede pala ako maging lechonero,” said Agustin in an Instagram post.
Available for: Delivery via jrmall.ph. Fill ou this order form to order.
Cochinillo Luisito – Paranaque
Cochinillo Luisito only uses native and organic black suckling pig on their creations. They are naturally raised by Naomi Natural Farms to ensure that all cochinillos by Cochinillo Luisito will fill your tummy with only the good stuff.
Available for: Delivery. Message them on Facebok or call their number (639399338493) to place an order.
Crisostomo – multiple branches
With over 13 branches around Metro Manila, you’ll never have any trouble getting your cochinillo fix for the holidays with Crisostomo’s Lechon Valencia. Get it in quarter serving or whole serving, just in time for the Yuletide season.
Available for: Take out and delivery. Call them at (0917)-826-2535 or (0917)-857-7622 to order.
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