With Davao City’s growing popularity as a tourist destination, it has also turned the city into a food haven for different cuisines. Take lechon for example. Although another southern city is most popular for it, little do people know that the Davaoeños have enjoyed delicious lechon for years. Davao even has crocodile lechon!
Chavez Street has always been Davao's lechon haven. But lately, Mabini has seen a growth in the lechon stores and more lechon eaters have been going to this street for their lechon fix. Then comes, Bernice Native Lechon.
Bernice Native Lechon offers crispy, lean, meaty, and less thick layers of fatty pork meat with the owner's homemade liver sauce. The secret is in maintaining the pork used at 35-45 kilos live weight, keeping guard on the roasting process securing that the cooking is even, making sure that the spices used do not overpower the natural taste of the pork meat, and the pig used is really native pig.
Native pigs have what we call marbling or the fat that makes the meat tasty evenly distributed all over the body. This means that no matter what part you get to eat would be tasty.
Bernard Maglana, who owns and manages the lechon house with his wife Chazzy, has tasted a lot of lechon before coming up with these secrets which they share with others. It is through constant experimentation, innovation, at the same time, staying true to the tenets of good practices to ensure high quality, safe, and tasty food that they have the Bernice Native Lechon.
Barely just 3 months in the business, they have been blessed with a steady stream of clients who have passed the word around. On any given day, lunch is the busiest as students from a nearby school and passersby would have their fill of lechon. Weekends are the busiest because as early as 6am, families who are going out to the beach, the mountains, and out of town, would order from them and get to enjoy the lechon.
Others would partake of the lechon in the store eating by hand or with utensils and dipping it into vinegar or the owner’s special liver sauce. The atmosphere is laid-back and homey. Others would prefer bringing the roasted pig home and eat to their hearts’ content.
If you’ll dine in, you can order one serving or one kilo and indulge. Just be careful on the rice, though. Lechon is best eaten with rice so be prepared to consume more rice than your usual serving.
Aside from the roasted delight, Bernice also offers different viands from appetizer of kinilaw or ceviche, langka salad to adobong small squid, and others.
So when you are in Davao and you want leaner, meatier, crunchier, and tastier lechon, you now know where to go--- Bernice Native Lechon at Mabini Street.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao from Manila and Cebu. Travel time from Manila is an hour and 50 minutes while it only takes 50 minutes from Cebu.
Bernice Native Lechon is 20-30 minutes away from the Bangoy International Airport.