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10 Best Sisig in the City
Can you resist the sizzle? We visited the best sisig spots which offer their own take on an original Pampango recipe.
Published on: Apr 28, 2010 - 7:20pm

Sisig is always an exercise in tolerance. Every Filipino—“Pampango or otherwise—“likes to think that he knows what a traditional sisig looks and tastes like, except that he may be unwilling to recognize that his recipe may not be the original.

Take the sisig reportedly preferred by purists—“a dish served without eggs or any additions whatsoever. It may not sit well with those who believe that sisig is always topped by a freshly-cracked egg, served with red and/or green chili peppers, sprinkled with hot sauce, calamansi, or even Worcestershire sauce.

But who's quibbling?

Whatever the variation, after all is said and done, sisig still is sisig: parts of a pig's face, marinated, chopped, cooked, and served on a hot plate. sampled the best of the porky lot.

Mang Jimmy's Sisig

MWSS Compound, Balara, Quezon City (Tel. no. 927-2909)
Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily (May stay open later if more customers stream in.)

mangj-immys-thumbMang Jimmy's Sisig (P100) undergoes meticulous preparation that takes about four hours.   And that's on a slow day.   Proprietor Jimmy Rico theorizes that this is probably why his sisig is the second bestselling dish, next to the establishment's famous tapa mix.   Topped by an egg, two chili peppers, and a piece of calamansi, Mang Jimmy's take on the original Pampango recipe may not easily please sisig fans because it is served wet. But that still doesn't explain why the eatery regularly runs out of sisig.


Marcos Highway corner Pambuli St., Marikina City (Tel. no. 682-8927) with branches at Don Alejandro Roces Ave., QC (Tel. no. 376 -5173); SM Makati (Tel. no. 816 -1352); and other locations
Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

lydias-lechon-thumbNobody goes to a lechon place to eat sisig.   That is, not until Lydia's decided to spruce up their menu with their own variation, called—“appropriately enough—“the Lechon Sisig (P175). The dry Lechon Sisig offers the largest sisig chunks south of Pampanga, featuring actual pork strips.   Topped with a freshly-cracked egg and soft green chili peppers, the dish itself is ambiguous—“neither exactly faithful to its lechon nor sisig origins—“but offering distinctive flavors of both.

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  • freshlist
    new find best pang masa sisig rada
    4 months ago     Reply  
  • sipokoyto
    I really love sisig, my favorite pinoy food. I have tasted sisig from most of the restaurant listed here. They are quite good and the sisig from Mang Jimmy is really tasty. But the best sisig I ever tasted is from Laiya Sisig Republic in BF Homes Paranaque.
    Mar 03 2013 @ 03:40am     Reply  
  • sinukmani
    just tried Trellis' sisig. the author(s) is right not to include it in the list.
    Jul 22 2012 @ 06:19am     Reply  
  • Makeabetterlistnexttime
    The list sadly isnt SPOT ON.
    May 29 2012 @ 12:48am     Reply  
    May 08 2012 @ 11:59am     Reply  
    Where's TRELLIS?
    May 08 2012 @ 11:56am     Reply  
  • dinopipino
    Where is TRELLIS? or Aling Lucing's in Pampanga?
    Mar 26 2012 @ 10:45am     Reply  
  • Food Blogger
    Sisig Hooray after tried all places from Pampamga to Cebu nothing like it, you should try it first..........before sending comments.
    Jan 28 2012 @ 12:44am     Reply  
  • sisig ng trellis da best
    TRELLIS! How can such a place be missed?rnrnWell, I'm guessing the one who wrote this is still relatively young - since majority of the sisig places he knows are "new" places.rnrnBut yeah, how can TRELLIS not be here?
    Aug 22 2011 @ 02:48pm     Reply  
  • jonger
    no TRELLIS????
    Aug 22 2011 @ 12:45pm     Reply  
  • chichi
    Trellis' Sisig is the best !!!
    Jun 14 2011 @ 11:34pm     Reply  
  • paul
    Sayang hindi na masarap ang Trellis :(
    Jun 12 2011 @ 03:04pm     Reply  
  • dio
    NO Trellis sisig?? really???rnREALLY REALLY??
    Jun 12 2011 @ 12:44pm     Reply  
  • cristina
    any comment on the "sisig in the city" kiosk? thanks.
    May 28 2011 @ 09:41pm     Reply  
  • cristina
    any comment on the "sisig in the city" kiosk? thanks.
    May 28 2011 @ 09:40pm     Reply  
  • felicia
    CIRKULO in Pasay Road serves one of the best sisig if not the BEST in Manila. But of course...some best things do not come cheap! Php400 I think per order and I swear, you would want order for another round! Mapapaisip ka lang dahil sa presyo!
    Apr 09 2011 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • mojo
    try the sisig at 20th floor of octagon building in pasig. one the best sisig ive tasted.
    Apr 06 2011 @ 03:43am     Reply  
  • thierry
    gilligan's should be on the list. it's really crunchy and tasty as well...
    Mar 24 2011 @ 12:44pm     Reply  
  • pokat
    Lucky me that I regularly pass and eat at Aling Lucing's Sisig during the early days at Crossing Angeles City after night life before going home at Guagua Pampanga. You can watch preparing it and you can even ask for additional chicken liver and ice cold SMB. Whew!
    Jan 30 2011 @ 06:28am     Reply  
  • tutube
    i never knew Trellis offers very good sisig, it's just a few blocks away from our home. maybe i'll try it one of these days..
    Jan 13 2011 @ 07:53am     Reply  
  • beerking
    Something Fishy on Eastwood should be in here :(
    Jan 12 2011 @ 08:34pm     Reply  
  • nickee
    Trellis sisig is the best!
    Jan 11 2011 @ 08:54am     Reply  
  • porky
    Again, you guys missed out on this popular sisig place in Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati. It has no name because it happens to be a "jolly jeep" selling the stuff. Their sisig is so popular among Makati denizens, that you'd even have to take a number. Trust me, it is worth the wait.
    Dec 01 2010 @ 11:50pm     Reply  
  • sisiglover
    must try the sisig from D'ORIGINAL PARES along commonwealth avenue! the best i've had so far!
    Nov 07 2010 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • alexbogsie
    there's a secret to make the best sisig and i know how,how?that is my secret.
    Oct 30 2010 @ 05:50pm     Reply  
  • alexbogsie
    aling lucing's sisig is the original of all the sisigs,from crossing angeles's very easy to in south carolina we make sisig but it's different.instead of pork,i used ribye steak 'coz i don't eat pork,easy but there's always trick,and it's secret.
    Oct 30 2010 @ 05:38pm     Reply  
  • janryck
    YES, buddy's should be on the list!
    Oct 19 2010 @ 03:32am     Reply  
  • shawie
    the best ang aling lucing sisig she is the inventor from angeles city pampanga! sumalangit nawa:)
    Oct 18 2010 @ 02:51am     Reply  
  • von
    trellis sisig is good but by far not the best for me, try it in the whole philippines. lol. it really depends on you, be the judge. enjoy!
    Oct 10 2010 @ 10:33pm     Reply  
  • hungryjack
    You did not inlude Aling Lucing's sisig who invented sisig from Angeles, Pampanga. They have branches here in manila too.
    Sep 29 2010 @ 10:26am     Reply  
  • donkie
    Trellis! Trellis! Trellis!
    Sep 27 2010 @ 06:40pm     Reply  
  • jana
    Sisig In the City is the best for me. Not oily and all fresh ingredients
    Sep 03 2010 @ 07:07am     Reply  
  • lucky
    originally sa pag kakaalam ko ang unag sisig laluna d2 sa pampanga ay BBQ muna ung meet tapos i sisisig na mahangahang kalamansi o sweet flavour dipende sa giusto mo.... Manyaman ngan ing pamapngan que ti Pampanga mapa patag man o bunduc dumurut ka buntuc... (dito sa pampanga masarap lahat ng pagkain sa patag man o bundok iikot ang ulo mo) hehehehe
    Sep 02 2010 @ 07:26pm     Reply  
  • ponxnotdead
    pier one's sisg is also great!
    Aug 30 2010 @ 11:55pm     Reply  
  • ponxnotdead
    pier one's sisig is also great!
    Aug 30 2010 @ 11:54pm     Reply  
  • goodboy
    Never heard of Trellis, cause I'm from Cavite, but I would definitely like to try that, as all of you seems to go g*g* over it. One of my personal favorites would be the sisig from Countryside Steakhouse. Oh, the countless times me and my friends ate there, frustrated by some school related stuff (the resto was located in front of our university), eating some sisig, and then going out, smiling like nothing's bothering us in the first place. It is THAT good.
    Aug 25 2010 @ 03:31pm     Reply  
  • jac
    GILIGAN's PORK SISIG is by far the best sisig i've had. you should try it i'm sure it's gonna top this list.
    Aug 25 2010 @ 02:59pm     Reply  
  • EEE_58981
    ahaha tama Trellis dapat kasama sa list.

    Kakatuwa yung Sisig Hooray... for a small stall type sisig place, they definitely make wicked sisig.
    Aug 17 2010 @ 01:23pm     Reply  
  • Topeng
    Sisig Hooray is the best sisig for me!
    Aug 12 2010 @ 09:18am     Reply  
  • top ten
    i will include you in my top 10 FAIL website
    Aug 10 2010 @ 05:09am     Reply  
  • WHAT
    i dont think you are doing your homework..
    all your TOP 10's/20's are fail. either you failed to include the real deal or included those undeserving.. go and research!
    Aug 10 2010 @ 05:07am     Reply  
  • Tessa
    Iceberg's sisig is good too!
    Aug 08 2010 @ 12:37am     Reply  
  • abs
    Buddy's pork sisig and squid sisig should also be on the list. :)
    Aug 06 2010 @ 12:05am     Reply  
  • Snape
    I agree. Trellis should be part of the list. Sisig Hooray???
    Jul 24 2010 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • Jun
    Somebody forgot Trellis... Back when Sisig was still considered to be an exotic food they were already serving it...
    Jul 15 2010 @ 02:17am     Reply  
  • Ana
    No Trellis?? How can one make this list without Trellis?? Trellis sisig is absolutely the best, ask anyone who tried it.
    Jul 12 2010 @ 10:07pm     Reply  
  • ira
    yes trellis has the best sisig...
    Jun 24 2010 @ 10:12pm     Reply  
  • An
    Sisig at Pepeton (in Panay Ave, QC) is in my Top 10 Sisig List!

    Trellis is my #1.
    Jun 20 2010 @ 03:46am     Reply  
  • martina
    where is Giligan's sisig on your list?
    Jun 05 2010 @ 10:15am     Reply  
  • DLSU
    Hold on. Why is there no mention of KAIBIGAN resto (beside La Salle) in Taft Ave? They got the best sisig and calamares in Manila. :D
    Jun 05 2010 @ 04:56am     Reply  
  • Percy
    Article should have separated established restaurants. mang jimmy's and dencio's obviously dont belong to the same league.

    The best places that serve sisig are not found here.

    And the fact that the article missed Trellis already makes it questionable.
    May 29 2010 @ 09:28pm     Reply  
  • rei9tgals
    too bad, Kalye Juan's is not included :(
    May 29 2010 @ 02:17am     Reply  
  • abie
    buti na lang anjan ang aysee, pwede na din... pero wala si aling lucing?
    May 27 2010 @ 02:14pm     Reply  
  • mike
    dencios is never the same since it was bought by the Lorenzo grp
    Giligans pork and chiken sisig would be included in my list
    May 22 2010 @ 09:49pm     Reply  
  • lilstar
    giligans sisig is the best you must try it

    da best whoohoo! =)
    May 13 2010 @ 09:39am     Reply  
  • xpietian
    bakit walng Oi Sisig? msasrp ang sisig nila... the best...
    May 09 2010 @ 10:01pm     Reply  
  • bitoy
    Walang mang totoy's sisig? the best yun! try nyo! dito sa katipunan
    May 09 2010 @ 07:14pm     Reply  
  • ekway
    @mheng, Trellis is located along Kalayaan Avenue, in front of Eunilane. :)
    May 08 2010 @ 12:28am     Reply  
  • CG
    I've been tasting all the sisig in all over the metro but there's only 1 still on my top list. Try Sisig at Bauschmann Cafe along Congressional Avenue, Project 8 in Q.C.
    May 07 2010 @ 01:12am     Reply  
  • mheng
    san po ang trellis?
    May 06 2010 @ 07:52pm     Reply  
    Very surprising. Can't believe that there is no even one kapampangan restaurant on the list. I absolutely disagree on these list. You can only find the best and the authentic sisig in pampanga, that's it.
    May 04 2010 @ 11:03am     Reply  
  • ekway
    Trellis and Gilligan's Sisig should be here!!

    While I agree that Sisig Hooray's and Aysee's are good, i must say that Gerry's sisig isn't that good anymore (Glorietta 5)
    May 04 2010 @ 11:00am     Reply  
  • Judy
    Milky Way's sisig should be on this list! It's really the best!
    May 03 2010 @ 04:41pm     Reply  
  • Yurow
    Mang Jimmy's is a stone groove! :D I'm a big fan and a frequent customer! In fact, I'm a fan of every single dish they served me. For instance, it's the only place I'm eating sizzling lengua.

    Hmm. I've dined in House of Sisig a few times but they're fare is baaaah.
    May 03 2010 @ 02:52am     Reply  
  • Raphael
    Trellis is by far... the best.. It should be number one.. Shame on the author of this...
    May 02 2010 @ 04:16pm     Reply  
  • JUAN
    May 02 2010 @ 04:14pm     Reply  
  • cherry blossom
    how can you miss out on trellis?? and yes-- cafe juanita's sisig on tofu is great!
    May 01 2010 @ 09:38pm     Reply  
  • madaboutfood
    best sisig on my list:

    aling lucing sisig
    sisig kapampangan royale from blackbeard's seafood island
    Apr 30 2010 @ 06:09pm     Reply  
  • isis
    Baliwag's sisig is yummy as well!
    Apr 30 2010 @ 04:33pm     Reply  
  • kaye
    you don't mention
    sisig hooray in SM Makati..i love their sisig..
    you guys must try this..thumbs up!
    Apr 30 2010 @ 11:07am     Reply  
  • ingrid_lawyer
    how come Trellis is not included? Something Fishy's sisig is good too! Sabagay, being 'the best' of something is a personal choice.
    Apr 30 2010 @ 08:33am     Reply  
  • Koko
    What?! No Cafe Juanita? Tsk, tsk.
    Apr 29 2010 @ 05:09pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    @tita aida it's more of an artery clogging than aphrodisiac. It has face (pisngi), lungs (baga), liver (atay), chicharon, sweetmeat, cuts of meat from unverified sources, among others.

    remember, aphrodisiacs should encourage blood circulation, specially to deep veins and arteries that reside in spongy tissues.
    Apr 29 2010 @ 01:46pm     Reply  
  • Rene
    I guess no list from this site will ever be complete as far as readers are concerned. There will always be place they will miss, and I somehow understand. I just hope when they redo this thing, perhaps next year, they will consider the others. Just like the halo-halo list without Digman's and Cafe Via Mare's... there's plenty of other notable sisig places around the metro..

    How about the best TAPSI next?
    Apr 29 2010 @ 11:16am     Reply  
  • Jean
    Too bad my favorite sisig is from a hidden hang-out in the humble city of Malabon. The place is called Balsa sa Niugan, which boasts on its unconventional ambience with its floating huts on water, aside of course from the delectable sisig that is creamy (it has mayonnaise) and crunchy at the same time.
    Apr 29 2010 @ 11:10am     Reply  
  • Tita Aida
    Most men I know love sisig. Is this an aphrodisiac food?
    Apr 29 2010 @ 10:57am     Reply  
  • igeramos
    coronary thrombosis on a plate. this is the reason why pinoy men in their 40s drop like flies because of bad diet.

    gin bulag + beer + sisig = gov arman sanchez
    Apr 29 2010 @ 09:07am     Reply  
  • dyanie
    no Aling Lucing's sisig? It's the original sisig!
    Apr 29 2010 @ 07:56am     Reply  
  • lonegunman
    I agree with John.

    Why would you guys miss Trellis?

    Trellis = Sisig nuff said :(
    Apr 29 2010 @ 07:50am     Reply  
  • John
    clearly not well researched as TRELLIS is not listed!!! shame on you! :P
    Apr 29 2010 @ 03:04am     Reply  
  • Nowie
    No mention of Trellis? That trumps all the places featured here!
    Apr 29 2010 @ 02:18am     Reply  
  • disappointed
    Mang Jimmy's is love :)
    Apr 29 2010 @ 12:44am     Reply  
  • irvin john
    I was expecting Gilligan's chicken n pork sisig or just the pork sisig, willl be on the list. Especially from their resto in Festival Alabang. A must try. I am sure it will top at least 5 in the list above. tsktsk...
    Apr 28 2010 @ 10:14pm     Reply  
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