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)

Ambiance: ★★★★☆

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. 🙂

Food: ★★★★☆

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! 😉

10 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo Pasig City (in front of Ninac)
For inquiries, call 631-4431, 631-9247 or 0917-6362134
Date Published: 06/11/2015
12 / 15 stars

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38 Responses

  1. Bluedreamer27

    I think I’m drooling over that Pancit Bihon with overwhelming amount of toppings and same thing goes with the Pinakbet.. (okra is my favorite cheers!)
    thanks for sharing Roch .. another great find

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome! The pancit bihon is no ordinary pancit dish, I must say. We were surprised that it was also filled with the tasty pork toppings that are crunchy. You’d love it for sure. 🙂

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  2. Penny Struebig

    What great looking food! Interesting history on the name of the restaurant. I would have thought it was three sisters who started it also given the name. Looks like their new location is working out well for them.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, I think anyone would have thought about the three sisters behind the name. The history of this restaurant is truly rich and something to write home about. 🙂

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  3. Kita

    I love your reviews and the history behind the name. The place looks like somewhere I would visit I am not a fan of over the top restaurants the smaller and quaint the better

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Kita. Your comment means so much to me. On normal occasions, I also prefer eating at simple restaurants that serve food which are unassuming. 🙂

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  4. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Thank you for your wonderful feature in this restaurant. They certainly offer a lot of my favorite Filipino dishes! When I do get a chance to visit the Philippines I will make sure to stop by and try their fare! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yay! You’re welcome, Cara. 🙂 Generous portions of your Filipino food are served at Three Sisters’ Restaurant, and they can be considered as two meals for the price of one.

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  5. Amanda

    Flan at an Asian restaurant? My mind is blown! I love the fact that the name of the restaurant is derived from talcum powder. Just goes to show that the names of places and things such as bands are so incredibly random.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yeah, the name sticks to mind like gum, especially once you learn about it. Whether it’s flan, meat, vegetables, seafood, noodles, soups, or sandwiches, you can take your cravings here, as this restaurant in Capitol Drive in Pasig is really where inexpensive hearty dishes are meant for the whole family to share! 🙂

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  6. Tammileetips

    All of the food looks amazing and delicious!! You always pick the most amazing restaurants to eat at. I have not had some of these dishes before, they sound like amazing dishes to try out.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      These dishes are among the most typical Filipino food which are served and offered in family parties. Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig successfully delivered them well in taste and in price. 😉

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  7. mr_jeng

    that is old school right there. Way way way before time, when my dad used to work in PASIG, they would always go to this place just to have those bbqs.

    definitely a landmark in the Kapitolyo area 😀

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh yes! I interviewed some of their staffs and learned that they have stayed working for Three Sisters’ for a very long time. This shows that the management takes proper care of not only their recipes but also their people. 🙂

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  8. buddy

    This definitely a great place as I already read and heard lots of positive things about this place.

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  9. LaShawn

    I love the history behind the name of this restaurant. Everything looks so delicious! But especially the barbecue! I love Pancit though too so I would love to try this out.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Barbecue is the only reason why some customers go to Three Sisters’. The taste has remained the same, according to old-time diners. It’s great to know that they have kept their consistency in cooking bbq after so many years.

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  10. Melissa

    Thanks so much for sharing your Review of Three Sisters Restaurant of Pasig in Kapitolyo, Pasig City. The Filipino food looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try it. I hope to visit one day and for sure it is added to my travel bucket list!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome, Melissa. That’s a good move to add restaurants you like to visit in a list so you won’t have a hard time deciding later on where to eat next. :p

      Reply
  11. Fred

    Another restaurant in Pasig. That city is bustling with restaurants which are not easily accessible for me and my family, unfortunately. We should make a special trip there one day.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yes, we have just been to The Round Table the week before. I guess we’ll see more of Pasig in the coming months, since there are lots of interesting dining locations to try.

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  12. papaleng

    Nice review. I like the resto’s ambiance. Swak sa panlasa ko rin ang foodies, specially the Crispy pata. Perhaps I’ll tyry din that Leche Plan. Baka hindi naman gaanong tumaas ang blood sugar ko.. he,he,he

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, basta keep everything in moderation and share with your family and you’ll be in good shape. 🙂 Pasok ito sa flavor and price, Papa Leng.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, I think that’s the reason why people kept on coming back to the same restaurant for years and years even when there are many new and upcoming ones in the vicinity. 🙂

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  13. Miranda (Myrabev)

    The Three sisters restaurant sounds like such a lovely place, I was expecting because its called three sisters that it would have been named after them lol. The food looks absolutely delicious and I am sure the price was just right.

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  14. Melissa Williams

    This is a great review, all the pictures look absolutely delicious and make me really want to go. I’ve never tried Filipino food before but this definitely makes me want to get to eating though I doubt I can find any good places in Korea. Guess I gotta make the trip soon, good excuse for a lovely vacation 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, amen to that. 😛 Filipino dishes have an interesting taste, similar to other Asian cuisines in terms of some spices and flavors, but you will know the distinction once you try the food yourself. 🙂

      Reply
  15. Aldous Calubad

    Wow, I wasn’t able to distinguish from the name of the restaurant that it is actually a Filipino cuisine. I would love to try the pancit bihon and pinakbet when I am in the area.

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  16. Shonda

    love this review. Very detailed and thorough. Your photos make me hungry. I will have to seek out Three Sisters because I am a Pancit Bihon fan and I love Filipino food. I have to head off to Pasig City.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Shonda! You can also spend the entire day along Kapitolyo just with food crawl as there are so many interesting restaurants to try. Of course when it comes to Filipino food, Three Sisters’ is in a leading position. 🙂

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  17. michelle co

    I have passby this establishment whenever i go to Kapitolyo but have not tried it yet..might do so soon.

    Reply

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