Fresh, authentic, and perfectly-spiced sum up my feelings about Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig, a casual family-style restaurant that started cooking Filipino food more than 70 years ago. We were tricked to think that there were three sisters who thought of establishing this restaurant, hence the name “Three Sisters.” Apparently, it was derived from a radio jingle of a famous brand of talcum powder! 😛
Lola Rosa Francisco, a mother of five, first opened a small panciteria at Poblacion in downtown Pasig on November of 1941. She named it “Three Sisters’ Refreshment Parlor.” After a month of operation, WWII broke out and her family fled to Antipolo for shelter and safety. There were many families and stores affected in Pasig, and Lola Rosa’s restaurant was one of them. Driven by optimism, she rebuilt and reopened Three Sisters in 1970, and the rest was history. Last Saturday, we took our turn to discover their humble and homey Filipino fare that has been passed down from generation to generation.
with Paul Pike, fourth-generation owner of Three Sisters
Review of Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig (Kapitolyo, Pasig City)
Three Sisters’ Restaurant has recently relocated to a house (turned restaurant) but still nearby along Capitol Drive. Family and friends can feel most welcome with the warm ambiance reminiscent of a home with an air of sophistication brought about by tall ceilings and intricate walls. The chandelier made an elegant and enchanting addition to the quaint and charming dining space which by the way can accommodate about 60 people. Dining here is like having a relaxing meal at a close family friend’s house, and that’s really nice every once in a while. 🙂
If there’s one item that you should try at Three Sisters’ Restaurant, it must be their signature Pork Barbecue (PhP 48/piece). The barbecue was perfectly cooked, with the outermost layer having a thick, slightly chewy, but flavorful BBQ crust. The chunks of pork had a juicy texture and enough moisture and fat. We could taste the sweet overtones of the barbecue rub all throughout. The edges, however, were quite burnt.
Lechon can almost be regarded as the Philippine’s national dish, as most celebrations can’t go on without it. However, when you don’t have a crowd that can finish an entire pig, grilled liempo can serve as a good substitute to that calling. Three Sisters’ Inihaw na Liempo (PhP 125/slab) was one grilled treat that’s hard to beat. It’s made up of tender pork belly strips with a smoky and sweet sauce.
To complete the sensory experience, order the Crispy Pata (PhP 450) with only about an inch of tender fat-oozing flesh and prepare to hear that loud potato chip-like crunch of the skin on your first bite. Yum! Three Sisters’ crispy pata was super good and crispy. We dampened the pork’s effect by dipping it in the accompanying vinegar-based sauce and alternated bites with mouthfuls of java rice.
If you don’t prefer pork, have a delicious affair with the aromatic Chicken BBQ (PhP 125) and you won’t go wrong. The chicken meat was soft and juicy, and it succeeded to deliver the sweet BBQ flavor as well.
Pancit lovers will take pleasure in Pancit Bihon (PhP 280/bilao good for 4-5 pax), a veritable mountain of rice noodles replete with vegetables and pork toppings. I liked that the noodles were not dry and not too sticky.
After eating all the meaty stuff, Pinakbet (PhP 160) should be on your table for it’s a mighty dish that forgives gluttony sins. 🙂 There’s a combination of rich veggies to balance your diet, including okra, squash, eggplant, string beans, and bittermelon (ampalaya) swimming in pork and shrimp paste.
We simply ended our Filipino meal with Leche Flan (PhP 70) that was slightly jiggly, pleasantly creamy, and smooth. Doused in just enough toffee-like burnt sugar caramel, the cream-colored custard brought a sweet and rich taste.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
Authentic Filipino dishes that are satisfying in taste and with the budget aren’t exactly easy to come by. For no more than PhP 300/person, dining at Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig is a refreshing way to explore your choice of Pinoy starters, main, and desserts without the limitations of most other places. Your Filipino comfort food are all yours without the intimidating prices! 😉