Lola Rosa Francisco opened the Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig back in 1941 and since then it has gone through a lot of changes.
It burned down in World War II and changed its name from “Three Sisters’ Refreshment Parlor”. It transferred from its original location in Poblacion to Kapitolyo, and in 2005 they opened their first outlet in Tiendesitas.
Today – 74 years later – Lola Rosa’s grandson Paul Pike sets his sights on the future, beginning with a renovation of the iconic branch in Kapitolyo and a planned expansion in Quezon City Scout Area.
Through the years it gained a loyal following among locals, calling its trademark chicken and pork barbecue the “best in town”.
Other favorites include the pancit bihon and the halo-halo, a recipe that Lola Rosa learned from Japanese settlers during World War II.
First timers should also try the leche flan – this soft, creamy delight is a gem waiting to be discovered.
Pike tells us that the recipes have not changed much since Lola Rosa first began serving her home cooked food to her first customers which included memorial park and church-goers.
Just like its dishes the Three Sisters’ name carries with it a history lesson, having originated from a talcum powder called “Three Beauties” back in the 40s. Lola Rosa loved the jingle so much that she adapted its name for her restaurant.
Those visiting the East Capitol branch for the first time might be surprised to see the old location gone. Operations have been moved to the family’s house next door, where the living room has been transformed into a cozy and homey dining area.
For Pike however, the renovation of the Pasig branch is only the beginning.
Just like his Lola, Paul has taken a keen interest in food. He is currently taking up Culinary Arts and plans to introduce new dishes to excite both old and new customers alike.
One such addition is the crispy pata with kare-kare sauce, a combination of two classic Filipino favorites. The dish is so new it is not yet on the menu.
From generation to generation, the Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig has stood the test of time.