The Holy Trinity of Cheap Eats in Kapitolyo

The Holy Trinity of Cheap Eats in Kapitolyo

For when you’re definitely hungry!

Manila, Philippines — I am lucky to be able to call Kapitolyo my home. It’s a quiet neighborhood with a dynamic dining scene—from industrial-chic bistros to long-time independent restaurants all lined up along Capitol Drive, you name it, and we have it. More important, though, are the three best-kept restaurants that dot the area. Here, we’ve listed our 3 favorite cheap eats in Kapitolyo (+updated prices), so you’ll know where to go when you’re hangry, and it’s already #PetsaDePeligro.

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Silantro's signature Beef Nachos. Photo Courtesy of @silantrofilmexcantina
Silantro’s signature Beef Nachos. Photo Courtesy of @silantrofilmexcantina

Silantro is a staple to almost every Kapitolyo, and even Katipunan food crawls. The Mexican food place serves generous servings of Mexican-Filipino dishes such as the Beef Nachos (P190), Caliente Wings (P210), Silantro’s Burrito (P190), and Grilled Pork Ribs (P310). These good-for-sharing meals are perfectly-paired with their iconic green (guacamole) and white (onion) sauces. Add to this the restaurant’s namesake and not-so-secret ingredient, cilantro, and you’ll definitely have your Mexican food fix fixed in no time. Remember that the place can get pretty crowded, and expect throngs of people lining up outside the restaurant between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The best time to go here is during lunchtime.

Address: 75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Three Sisters’ Restaurant of Pasig

Three Sisters' BBQ Barkada Bilao. Photo courtesy of @threesisterspasig
Three Sisters’ BBQ Barkada Bilao. Photo courtesy of @threesisterspasig

Over the years, Three Sisters inarguably became an institution in Pasig—and for a good reason! Despite the address change, the restaurant continued serving tried-and-tested classics that have kept their regulars around for over 70 years. There’s, of course, the famous Pork Barbecue (P60/stick), Kaldereta (P245), and their Grilled BBQ combos that range from P195-235. Their crowd favorite Pancit can also be ordered a la carte (P80) or by bilao (P280 to P1,260) for a party at home.

Address: 136 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast's New Zealand Beef Tapa remains a stomach pleaser. Photo courtesy of @kantobfast
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast’s New Zealand Beef Tapa remains a stomach pleaser. Photo courtesy of @kantobfast

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast serves Filipino and American breakfast fair—gourmet style at very affordable prices. Set within what appears to be a garage cum dine-in restaurant, with cement walls and industrial lights hanging off the ceiling, the place definitely has that simple retro charm. Here you can customize your breakfast by creating your own Freestyle Breakfast. If you want the regular items on the menu, you can never go wrong with Honey Garlic Chicken (P138); my personal favorite, New Zealand Beef Tapa (P150), Tuyo Flakes with Kesong Puti (P83), and Chocnut Champorado with Tuyo (P99). There’s Croque Madamme (P114) and Spanish Sardines Benedict (P132) if you fancy sandwiches.

Address: 6A 1st St., Kapitolyo, Pasig
Hours: Open 24 hours daily

How to get to Kapitolyo from EDSA: By public transportation, take a Pasig-bound jeepney at Edsa Central along Shaw Blvd and tell the driver to drop you off at Kapitolyo; the ride should take 10 minutes or less. Once here, enter the village gate beside Petron opposite Capitol Commons and the Ynares Sports Complex. By private car, take a right turn in Greenfield District and go straight ahead to United St. The Kapitolyo gate is just beside Jollibee Pioneer.

The Holy Trinity of Cheap Eats in Kapitolyo: A small haven for foodies around Pasig, Kapitolyo offers the widest variety of food places that will sure to satisfy your cravings
The Holy Trinity of Cheap Eats in Kapitolyo: A small haven for foodies around Pasig, Kapitolyo offers the widest variety of food places that will satisfy your cravings.

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