I’ve been craving for Joule’s Lechon Manok the past few days that’s why I decided to visit their small stall in Talamban. There are a handful of lechon manok (roasted chicken) options that are nearer my place, but I still decided to take a jeepney ride, under the grueling midday sun just to be at Joule’s.
This unassuming stall is named after the owners’ only son and has also been around for around 20 years. They serve an average of 80-100 daily orders and this number of course picks up during weekends and the holidays. Because of this success, they were able to open a branch at Consolacion in December last year.
My good friend who recommended this place, didn’t tell me about this backstory. He only mentioned that he often drives to this nameless ‘lechon manokan‘ in Talamban just to buy its flavorful chicken.
He’s just among Joule’s many, many loyal customers and no wonder then why it was hailed by Sunstar Cebu as the best lechon manok back in 2013.
As expected, there was already a growing pack of customers when I alighted at Joule’s. I was a bit worried since the priority number that was handed to me was already 107. I felt a bit relieved however when I found out that the last number called out was somewhere in the 90s.
My number was finally called after around 30 minutes. I quickly left with my lechon manok (Php200) and an achara (pickled papaya Php20) takeout.
What sets Joule’s Lechon Manok apart from the more popular franchises in the city is the flavor of their roasted chicken. Each is stuffed with their signature blend of spices, lemon grass and scallions. With this combination, you could imagine that their chicken does not taste overly sweet but leans towards the savory.
One colleague even described it as the ‘chicken counterpart’ of Cebu’s popular lechon baboy (roasted pig). And I could only agree with the comparison.
But like all good things in life, you just have to be patient for your turn at Joule’s Lechon Manok. Trust me when I say that this humble lechon manok stall in Cebu is worth waiting for.
Joule’s Lechon Manok
(beside Talamban Gym)
Talamban, Cebu City
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Joule’s Lechon Manok – Consolacion
(beside RNG Bank, near Jollibee Cansaga)
+63 917 933 2716