Along the confines of Quezon City lies a newly opened filial joint which will surely tickle your fancy and your gustatory senses. Also your other penchants and likes will be addressed here since they offer a wide array of lessons and creative outlets for you to savor and experience. Last Friday Night November 21, 2014 around 4pm we were privileged to be invited along with a couple of media bloggers and influential writers to experience first hand what Mateo’s has to offer and we were definitely blown away by what they had in store for us! 🙂
Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe exactly has that homey feel to it that you would feel you were transported to another era or back to the ancestral times. This place seems to offer you a quick escape from all the stress in your daily stresses and is very conducive to spend your family lunches or your anniversary with your SO here just whiling the time away without a care in the world partaking of their sumptuous dishes while sipping their red wine.
Before we started the session, we were given first a brief background on their history. Lolo Mateo (Mateo del Castillo) is the great-grandparent of one of the partners who started this restaurant. He is a Spaniard, who moved to the Philippines with his mother and grew up in the Philippines. He put up restaurants and boarding houses in Batangas, which made him a rich businessman alongside the Laurels and Leviste in Batangas back then. However, he decided to sell his businesses to fund the HUKBALAHAP (Hukbo Laban sa Hapon). So, he gave up all of those to join the Filipinos and fight for our freedom. Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe was put up in his honor. Some of the recipes are their family recipes which have been passed on and continued up to this date by his kin.
They actually offer a wide array of excellent Filipino-Spanish-inspired dishes to its guests. Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe stands out from the rest of the establishments on the street of Malakas since their dishes were very well made and carefully construed to create that certain “ambiance” that you would love going back to. I had their macchiato and I was also served some hot tea which came in with a lemon to add a tangy taste to it. Also sauteed mushrooms and some quesadilla were served as our appetizers while waiting. Me being an ultimate fan of mushrooms was brimming with excitement already since I loved eating mushrooms 🙂 Yey!
We had our first activity which was to design your own ginger bread house and the most creative team gets to take home that house. Without too much frosting on our hands unlike the other groups we had to make do with what we had and just come up with the best design possible by brainstorming and squeezing out our creative juices. Too bad we did not win this contest thus we weren’t able to bring home our masterpiece but we still had fun nonetheless.
Next we had their crochet lessons with Miss Rosee however due to the time constraints we had to cut the session short and she just taught us how to effectively make a cord protector for your chargers by employing the use of yarn. This is so awesome! 🙂 Now my charger won’t get lost anymore due to its trademark yarn cord protector! 🙂 Yey!! 🙂
While we were willfully contemplating on completing our creatively designed cord protectors we were served our main dishes to devour in and taste. We had their Paella which is a must try! Their Binagoongan and their Kare Kare which I loved and finished to every bit! 🙂 You should definitely order this one from their Menu 😀 You won’t get disappointed.
We were also given some samples of their red velvet cupcakes which definitely catered to my sweet tooth and then to cap off our meal we were served with a slice of their ever so delectable blue berry cheese cake which came along with their signature ensaymada rolls which in my opinion could definitely be at par and can compete with Mary Grace’s cheese rolls which is also one of my dessert staples and favorites! 😀
For our final lesson we had a role playing session with our partners wherein we exchanged Spanish phrases which we earlier rehearsed and learned. Such a great lesson! 🙂 When P arrived later on at the venue I even sampled to him some of my new vocabulary words in Spanish. 😀
This was definitely a great experience with all my favorite things to do, my favorite food and my favorite people all in one venue. I will surely come back again this time around with my family and friends.
I’m sure this restaurant will surely go a long way! 🙂 Congratulations Mateo’s Restaurant and Cafe!! 😀