Mateo's Restaurant Cafe
54 N. Domingo St. cor. Horse Shoe Drive, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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Reserved Mateo's for 2 pax a few hours before we arrived. When we got there, parking was a breeze because they have a parking attendant ready to assist you.
Upon entering, the server directed us to a reserved table and presented the menu to us. First to order - we had the Paella Negra (good for 3-4pax), gambas, and extra garlic bread (additional Php70). They have good bread whether they source it somewhere or they make it on their own. Serving size is small, but it should be enough if you have paella to share. We also ordered 2 sangrias because that's the only available drink they have (no mojito or other cocktails) aside from beer and wine. Their sangrias are good btw! I think I'll order this again next time.
They're only until 10pm and last order is at 930pm. We extended a little because downing their Sangria in 5 minutes was not possible for us. Food is okay - nothing spectacular but Mateo's get 5 stars because of service. Don't forget the ambience of the place, it's still lovely and cozy as I remembered it. 🤗
A little extra note: if you still think 10pm is too early, drive along Balete cor E. Rodriguez and go to Turtles for some videoke/karaoke fun.
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Great ambiance and good food. ️ Thanks Sas R!
I love everything we ordered especially the naked lemon olive cake. It's a must try. I also like the chocolate caramel cake. The seafood paella and beef salpicao were good.
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Since my mom judged a segment for Eat Bulaga; We were looking for a place to eat near Broadway. My mom saw this place and thought it was "Melo's". I got excited thinking we'll be eating steak but when we got there it was "Mateo's" pala. Fail. 🤦🏻♀️ But everything happens for a reason.... eating in this place was one of the best thing that happened today
Seafood Paella - their paella doesn't have squid in it so it's perfect for me since I'm allergic to squid 🤘🏻
Lengua - it's a bit salty but best with the paella or the mashed potatoes that comes with it. 🤙🏻
Salpicao - was super tender 🏻 but I wish it had bigger serving. Hehe
Caramel Chocolate Cake - was to die for. Not too sweet and I love that the chiffon was soft and fluffy
Strawberry Banana Shake - was super fresh.
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Reserved for dinner / late anniversary eat out with my parents. Initial requirements are the following:
- Somewhere my mom hasn't eaten
- Near our place
Parking: They have around 7 slots for the resto. They have someone who will assist you when you're backing up or blocking N. Domingo. So that's a plus.
The place looks nice and cozy. It was not heavily decorated but it's not plain enough to be a casual restaurant. You can actually bring your parents here or your friends whom you haven't seen each other for some time.
We were a group of 6 adults and a super energetic toddler who never stops talking and who also happens to be my niece. Anyway, we ordered the following:
- Seafood Paella
> The seafood paella good for 3-4 people is good. This is definitely their moneymaker. They had clams, mussels, shrimps (not super fresh though), and I think it was tuna. It's really good. Yeah. It's around 875 pesos if I'm not mistaken. There is no need to order this in advance.
- Veggie Quesadilla
> Ehdodlemansj good!!! Ugh. I wanted more.
> Their calamaris are priced at Php175 and the serving is just enough for one person. It is really just an appetizer because I'll bet you a cake, you won't feel full in one order. Note - my sister didn't like the sauce though.
- Sisig Pasta
> My brother loved the sisig pasta and the chicharon overload that came with it. It's something he doesn't regularly see on menus so he tried this one. He's a picky eater like his kiddo so plus points that he liked it. :p
- Roast Beef
> My dad liked the roast beef. It was soft and served with veggies and mashed potato, drowning in gravy.
- Kid's Dish: Carbonara
> This is not for kids. They had full flavor, onions, mushroom, etc. There was no ham nor bacon which kids usually look for. There was something missing with the taste though, can't pinpoint it and my sister-in-law decided to pepper it up. My niece ended up eating just bread. Lots of bread.
- Caesar Salad
> The salad was kind of bland. Not the best caesar salad I've tasted. We should've opted for their Mateo's salad.
- Dalandan and Basil Juice
> This was on the sweet side but I guess you have to let the ice melt a bit to balance it out.
Overall: Serving size of the pasta is really just enough for one person. The other thing is that all of their pastas kind of look the same. They also do not serve complimentary bread and you have to order bread and butter for Php70. Service was okay, not exemplary, and we noticed that they have most items not available early on. Mind you, we were there on a Sunday at 6:45pm and kind of the 1st batch of dinner folks to arrive. When we're about to order something, they'll say, "Check po muna namin kung meron pa po." So either they were not briefed on inventory or idk - they just don't know. I also asked if they accept credit cards and server said yes. However, he approaches us midway and says it's not working so they'll only be accepting cash.
Will I come back just for the food? Not really, except probably for their paella and elusive churros! Will I come back because the place is nice and convenient for me (since I live quite nearby)? Yes.
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We held our son's dedication here and all out visitors loved the place and the food as well
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Late review. It's weird, some of my photos are missing and VSCO wasn't able to sync some that I know should be synced. Anyway...
This visit was from a few months back. I called Mateo's to make a reservation just to be sure we'd have a table for lunch. I'm guessing the place was a house before. Or maybe it still is? The restaurant is on the front yard but I think there's still a house at the back. The restaurant area is just a small space, comfortable for 20 persons, if I remember correctly.
We had the following:
🔹Wild Mushroom Soup
🔹Blue Marlin with Lemon-Butter Sauce
A little pricey given the serving size but they were all good. Service was great. 🏼
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That sunday night after practice, me and my friends also just finished a short chicken pie snack and decided to have a light dinner somewhere... We were thinking to go to lam tin erod but tgen as usual it was full. Then friend mentioned this mateo's cafe. I was first in doubt cause it was just beside a carwash and you cannot fully see the entire place from outside, well, a lot of parked cars (customer's) were there so we thought it mist be good.
I liked the interior. It actually is a house wherein seats are distributed in the kitchen, sala and garden (smoking area) quite a number of people can be accommodated (around 50?) talk about light dinner, we just ordered their tapas (not the beef, but appetizers, sort of) and their best seller paella!!!
Yummy combination of cheese and spinach. All pressed in a toasted wrap. This is so good especially for vegetarians.
The squid were soft. The breading was too salty. But then neutralized by the dip.
This One i love too. Choice of either sweet or spicy. We chose spicy... I mean they chose spicy. Well it's a good thing it was tolerable... I even finished the last piece! Served with baby carrots. Sour cream dip is good.
mateo's garden salad
Lolarosa, mixed greens, peaches, cherry tomatoes, kesong puti, and tortilla crisps in raspberry vinaigrette. What else needs to be said? I love the vinaigrette taste. Thinking healthy? Go for this
Good for 3-4 persons pero enough for 5. Bomba rice is sooo good, thick squid ink coating all those heavenly rice--prawn, mussells, clams and squid joining the good symphony. Lemon to taste zing. Dont get this pag may date kayo. Mouth will be black. End up laughing at each other
Oha. Ang daming kong recommended dish. Hehe. Sarap kasi. Even though we were quite full, we managed to still enjoy the food.
Service was great. Waiters able to assist in your orders. Two CRs available. This place is also good for dates and chikas with amigos and amigas--that type.
Get it. Not really chitchat with pare and mare but amigos and amigas. Haha.
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Hidden somewhere near robinsons magnolia. The place is beside a carwash and at 1st you will give it a 2nd thoughy. But once you've entered the place it was a homey kind of place with many old decorations on its wall. This place serve one of the best paella that I've tried. It was very flavorful and the seafoods are not overcooked. The mateo's salad is also highly recommended. The dressing they use was very delicious.
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My wife and I tried Mateo's last weekend. Dining was such a pleasant experience. Service was good and the staff very helpful. I especially enjoyed the fact that the staff knew the food they served very well. My wife loved the puttanesca but i was very pleased with the cheeseburger. It was unique because it looked like a submarine sandwich with french baguettes as buns. The pattie was very tender and juicy and it complemented the crunch of the bread. To complete the dish, they added onion and garlic dip as well tomato jam as dip for the potato wedges that went with the burger. The tomato jam seemed a bit strange but came out as something surprisingly delightful.
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