I love the South! Yes, there are a lot of great restaurants and must eats here in the South, but I need to be fair to the North and say that they would have countless and unique places and food to eat in that side of the metro too. Back then, my family and I would be in my Lolo Joe’s house in Malakas, QC every Sunday for our regular family reunion, and it was deja vu for me when we were in the same area last week to try a new restaurant café in town, Mateo’s.
Mateo’s Restaurant Café has a rustic ambience reminiscent of trattorias in Italy, which I really, really loved. Still on its soft opening, they serve homemade Spanish-inspired Filipino cuisine, pastries and specialty coffee, boasting of recipes passed down from generation to generation. The main area sits approximately 20 people, and there’s another section, which can accommodate around 30 people.
We went straight to the main course. They had several dishes to choose from, but we decided to go for their Spaghetti Alla Vongole, Lengua Alla Mateo and Creamy Binagoongang Bagnet as they suggested. Their presentation was impressive, and we were very eager to try their fusion meals.
|Lengua Alla Mateo|
Ox Tongue, Mushroom, White Wine, Potatoes and Cream served with Mashed Potato
|Creamy Binagoongang Bagnet|
Crispy Pork Belly with Coconut Milk, Homemade Bagoong Spices served with a cup of Steamed Rice
|Spaghetti Alla Vongole|
Manila clams sauteed in garlic, Anchovies, Special Sauce with Red Pepper Flakes
It was a breather on the typical Spanish and Filipino meals as theirs had a different take/twist on their dishes. Of the 3, the Creamy Binagoongang Bagnet was our favorite. The meat had just the right amount of crisp and taste!
For dessert, we tried their Mateo’s Ensaymada con Queso and Dark Chocolate Mousse Dome (Yes, we love to eat! J). Their ensaymadas looked very enticing to eat. It was light with just the amount of taste and texture. You can choose from a topping of either Cheddar or Queso de Bola, whichever you prefer.
|Mateo's Ensaymada con Queso|
Their Dark Chocolate Mousse Dome was heavenly. Their serving is good for sharing for 3 to 4 people as it was very rich and is definitely a must for chocolate lovers.
|Dark Chocolate Mousse Dome|
This is definitely one of the places I will go back to. Mateo’s is a very lovely restaurant cafe with good quality food. It is actually also a nice place to catch up with friends with a cup of coffee (or for me, hot chocolate J) and a nice destination for a special meal with your family and loves partnered with Sangria (P250 per glass) or a bottle of wine (P700 per bottle).
Since they are still on soft opening, the only parking available is along the street. Soon though, there will be a parking area for their customers, construction of which is ongoing.
Thank you, Mateo’s for the delightful lunch! See you again!
Average price per person: P300-P400
Monday to Sunday – 10 am to 10 pm
76 Malakas Street, Diliman, Quezon City