When it comes to comfort food, nothing really ever beats a good home cooked meal. And while we have all these new restos popping up left and right to choose from, sometimes we still look for one that can somehow give us the comforting taste of home that we miss, and Mateo’s Restaurant Café offers just that. Drawing from her experience cooking for her own children, Grace Valerio, one of the owners of Mateo’s, created an entire menu that boasts of all of her specialties such as Lengua with Three Mushroom Cream, Beef Morcon, and Paella, among others. “Everything we offer here are our specialties talaga. We really chose from among the food we used to eat the most special ones.” she shares. “We decided to stick to Filipino-Spanish because that’s the usual cuisine she cooks in the house,” adds her daughter-in-law and business partner Margaux Lucena.
Mateo's is quaint beauty, and it's so homey you'd want to spend your entired day here.
A converted residential space, walking into Mateo’s feels like walking into your grandparents' house on a Sunday. The homey ambiance of this neighborhood restaurant complements their extensive menu that offer nostalgia-inducing dishes. If you happen to be in the area and decide to drop by, make sure to try these classic favorites given the Mateo’s twist:
One of the definite must-tries at Mateo’s is their version of Spanish Salpicao. Everything in this dish is flavorful on its own, from the soft tenderloin cubes, to the mushrooms, to the sauce that’s just too good to leave on the plate.
If you are up for something different, try their Sisig Pasta that has been given a slight hint of spiciness to balance the creamy and smoky flavor of one of the all-time favorite Filipino pulutan, topped with chicharon bits.
But if you find comfort in breakfast food, Tapa de Gracia is the one for you. This will give you the goodness of the old classic tapa marinated in Grace's special secret recipe.
Mateo’s Restaurant Café has only been up for a year but it’s already been making a lot of buzz, mostly through word of mouth. And what started out as a simple menu soon evolved into more dishes, adjusting to the demands of the guests while still conforming to the owners’ impeccable taste. “Usually what we offer here are the things what we want to eat, that's your basis for liking the food, how can others like it if you don't? Even the taste and the ingredients, we conform to our taste, that’s how unique it is,” notes co-owner Lala Tuazon.
Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe is located at 54 N. Domingo Street, Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Quezon City. Open from 11 AM to 10 PM. To celebrate their first anniversary, Mateo’s is inviting everyone to "Una Sangriada," a night of fun where you will be treated to live music, Chef’s Specials on the menu, and for only P500 you will get to enjoy UNLIMITED sangria! Happening on April 23, 2016 from 6PM onwards.
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