There’s always this one restaurant that I always pass by everyday but never got to try. One would think that I have already done so since it’s literally in front of my condo building, yet somehow I just never found the time. I guess that with the proximity of the place, I’ve been too complacent that it will always be there for me to try.
But I finally broke the spell.
On a nice Wednesday evening, my brother and I planned to watch “The Accountant” at the cinema, but I wanted to shop more and the only time slot available was the ‘last full show’. So, that meant we had 3 hours to spare. We looked at each other and thought: what in the leaping lizards will we do within 3 hours?
Then ding! came a great idea that maybe it was finally time to try Mateo’s!
It was truly spontaneous and we didn’t book a reservation. The place was packed, but the huge advantage of being only 2 people is that there is always an available table 😉
Mateo’s is actually a house converted into a restaurant. The owner was there to greet us and it really felt like I was stopping by for a visit at her home.
The place was divided into two areas. First was a garden-themed room with glass windows and a lot of tables. It’s meant for bigger gatherings and buffets, and it resembles a greenhouse. The second was a more intimate room that only had three tables. I really felt like a bisita haha! You know those instances in gatherings where the adults are all in one big table while the kids are all seated in a smaller table? That’s how it looked like, except…well, my brother and I were the only bagets LOL!
The interior was very antique-looking as well as the furniture and the plates. It exuded a warm, homey, and cozy vibe as if my tita was back in the kitchen cooking for her two pamangkins.
Mateo’s serves Spanish-Filipino cuisine and so we definitely got the Spanish Salpicao. We were not too hungry so we didn’t order the Paella. We also got the Crispy Bagnet Sisig and Seafood Caprese Linguine. We felt like drinking something sweet so we had the Seasonal Dalandan Basil Cooler.
Spanish Salpicao (P350.00). I’d give this:
This isn’t your typical salpicao with the overpowering garlic and worchestershire sauce. The tenderloin cubes were sautéed with olive oil, garlic, and red wine. That’s it. It’s very tender and its flavor is subtle, but it gradually builds up in your taste buds. I absolutely loved how simple yet delicious this dish was!
Crispy Bagnet Sisig (P275.00). I’d give this:
The sisig was good and I loved the crunchiness that came with it. However, it wasn’t really out of the ordinary and it tasted like the other sisig dishes I’ve tried before.
Seafood Caprese Linguine (P295.00). I’d give this:
The pasta was very creamy and cheesy! I almost ate the whole dish. I felt sorry for my brother haha!
Seasonal Dalandan Basil Cooler (P270.00). I’d give this:
The dalandan cooler was very refreshing and had just the right amount of sweetness. I know it probably looks konti in the picture, but it can actually serve up to 5 glasses! Not bad aye!
I was so full afterwards! We also had to catch a movie and we don’t like watching movies without snacks to munch on. Sadly, I had to sacrifice dessert to make room for the movie snacks 😦 (*scandalized gasp*)
Mateo’s Restaurant Café is such a lovely place for families and for the #TitasofManila hehe. It’s also a romantic venue for couples ❤ I bet it’s even lovelier during the day with the sun’s rays hitting the glass windows! The servers were very attentive and nice as well.
I’m so delighted that I found a hidden gem in New Manila! What’s more is that it’s just in front of our condo! I will certainly come back here to try out their other dishes such as the Seafood Paella, Baked Oysters, Callos a la Mateo’s, Sisig Pasta, and Tablea Chocolate Cake!
Mateo’s Restaurant Café
54 N. Domingo Street, Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Quezon City
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Contact No.: (+632) 696-3724 (I suggest booking a reservation because the place is usually packed!)
Budget: About P1,000 for two people