Top 10 Liempo in Manila (2015 Edition)
Tender, flavorful, and immensely satisfying-we've found the best liempo in the metro.
(SPOT.ph) This popular Pinoy dish hardly needs any introduction-pork belly marinated in the mixture of your choice then grilled or roasted to tempting perfection. And when we say popular, we mean it. You’ll find liempo almost anywhere, from take-away kiosks to carinderias and even high-end restaurants. It was a challenge to track down the best liempo dishes, much less narrow it down to just 10. In the end, we found ones that were a perfect harmony of flavors, balanced in its fat-to-meat ratio, and tender with every bite. Here are the top 10 grilled liempo in Manila.
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10. Baliwag (P180)
There’s a reason why Baliwag’s liempo is a perennial favorite, with succulent slices of pork belly elevated even further with their trademark sarsa. With branches all over the metro, Baliwag is the perfect place for a quick liempo fix. Just make sure to get a freshly cooked slab to experience this dish in all its satisfying glory.
Click here for a list of Baliwag branches.
9. Andok’s (P175)
Perhaps best known for their lechon manok, Andok’s also serves up a formidable plate of liempo. Their marinade is on the sweeter side and each soft chunk of meat offers a myriad of flavors Pinoys will love. It might be a little too fatty for some people, but the peppery-sweet flavor will keep you wanting more.
Click here for a list of Andok’s branches.
8. Homer’s (P125 with rice)
If you happen to be around the area at some odd hour, Homer’s is the perfect 24-hour joint for a hungry diner. Their grilled liempo is a crowd favorite in its no-frills simplicity. Marinated with just salt, pepper, and garlic then charcoal-grilled, the dish already comes with a cup of rice and atchara on the side. Pair it with an ice-cold bottle of beer and you’re good to go.
Homer’s is at 54-A Sergeant Esguerra Street, Quezon City.
7. Gerry’s Grill (P205)
It probably comes as no surprise that this casual dining restaurant has the inihaw na liempo down pat-tender, evenly grilled, not too charred, and with just the right amount of fat that won’t make you feel too guilty. This flavorful dish shines even more with their signature dipping sauce.
Click here for a list of branches
6. Chiggy’s Original Barbeque (P165)
Like a beacon of light to a hungry night owl, this 24-hour joint serves up generous servings of grilled fare. The jumbo liempo, in particular, stays true to its name. The meat is so soft that the layers of juicy flesh and succulent fat pull away easily at the slightest tug. Best of all, it’s flavorful enough that you can ditch the toyo and vinegar, and just happily dig in.
Chiggy’s Original Barbeque is at Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
5. Three Sisters (P150 for rice meal, P195 for combo)
This time-tested restaurant is practically synonymous with Kapitolyo, and their grilled pork belly is just as noteworthy as their famous pork barbeque. The tender meat sports a deep, reddish color from the marinade and once grilled, it’s charred in all the right places. It’s a dish that takes you straight home, with a perfect balance of sweet and smoky flavors...kind of like how lola makes it!
Three Sisters is at 8 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
4. Liloan’s Pride Liempo (P75 with rice, P210 for one slab)
This tiny stall is home to one of the best liempo from Cebu, and we should be happy to get a taste of it in Manila. Think herbs and spices sandwiched between a slab of juicy pork (Cebu-style) that’s been slowly cooked inside a rotisserie. Each luscious bite packs a punch of flavor, from its meat down to the layers of taba and crisp skin. How ever you decide to eat it-sans sauce or with a heaping mound of rice-this pork dish is a definite must-try.
Liloan’s Pride Liempo has branches at Banawe corner Maria Clara Street, Sto. Domingo, Quezon City; 187 Mindanao Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City; Ampere Street corner South Superhighway, Makati City; Building B, Supermarket, SM Megamall; and The Block Hypermarket, SM City North EDSA.
3. Chooks to Go (P160)
Chooks to Go is much more than just their roast chicken (and we admit to loving those). True to their promise of "Masarap kahit walang sauce," this take-away stand serves up one of the most noteworthy liempo dishes in the metro. Beneath the shiny tin foil are mouthwatering chunks of soft and tender meat laced with just the right amount of fat and dripping with juice, fresh from the rotisserie. By the way, this meaty gem still retains its delicious quality after days in the refrigerator, though we highly doubt it’ll take that long for you to finish the entire thing.
Click here for a list of branches.
2. JT’s Manukan Grille (P125)
They may be best known for the Bacolod chicken inasal, but don’t write off their grilled liempo just yet. Its price is made even better when you see the plate chockful of tender pork belly that’s served hot off the grill, charred to perfection, and overflowing with juices. Every tender morsel is a forkful of rich, smoky-sweet goodness that will stay with you long after you’ve polished off your plate.
JT’s Manukan Grille is at Granada corner Valencia Street, New Manila, San Juan City.
1. Captain Manok (P159)
The first thing you should know is that everything in this hole-in-the-wall is prepared only as you order. The second thing? The smoky aroma that seeps out from the package of the liempo is enough to make your mouth water. Their cut of pork is leaner than usual, but with just enough fat. Each chunk is moist, tender, and bursting with a distinct flavor that sets it apart from the rest. Take it from us: Captain Manok’s liempo is worth the trip into the depths of Mandaluyong. You’ll thank us later.
Captain Manok is at 152 San Francisco Street, Barangay Plainview, Mandaluyong City. Read more about it here.