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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Food Discovery: Mati's Meat and Bread (Filinvest, Alabang)

If you like steak but you're in a tight budget, no need to fret as Mati's Meat and Bread offers the best value for Steaks at affordable prices.

Opened in October 2014, Mati's Meat and Bread is located at the new extension of Festival Mall which has a stunning view of River Park. The restaurant's walls are made of clear glass, giving it's diners a view of lush green landscaping.

Last September 9, I was one of the lucky bloggers who got an invite for a (lunch) food tasting at Mati's Meat and Bread. Let me share to you my experience for that afternoon and guide you through some of the dishes that you can try out at Mati's. This entry is going to be quite lengthy but it's going to be worth the read.

Creamy Spinach Dip (Php280)
I just can't get enough of that spinach dip. I almost finished the entire serving by myself.

Truffled Bone Marrow (Php385)
Reminds me of Bulalo, without the soup. The dip you scoop out from the bone marrow is surprisingly good. 

Papa's Spicy Crispy Wing (Php200)
Not really a fan of chicken wings but after sampling this dish, I am now a fan. The chicken wings have a distinct kick in it. Sweet and spicy, moist and juicy all under that crunchy coating.

Balut Aligue - Php195
This dish (literally) is begging for rice to go with it. For me, you just can't eat this dish on it's own. The aligue compliments the balut perfectly. On a side note, and don't say I didn't warn you, this dish also has "putok-batok" all over it. Best for sharing.

Oyster Rockefeller - Php450
I was hesitant to try the oysters but after tasting one, I got hooked.

Salpicao Pizza (Php385) | Bia's Four Cheese - Php365
Tali's Gamberetti (Php350) | Jala Pestroli (not yet in the menu)

The thinnest and tastiest pizza I have tried. Don't let the crust fool you. As thin as it looks like, Mati's pizza are packed with flavor and as filling as it can get. While most of the pizza dishes I have tried are oily, the pizza at Mati's, from what I can tell, is the opposite.

Camille's Spinach and Arugula Bean Salad (Php195)
Vince's Chicken and Arugula Salad (Php225)

When you want to eat light, you have these options. The grilled chicken perfectly compliments the salad. The chicken adds that texture in the salad.

Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi and Nori Cream Cheese Spread (Php335) 
Chorizo with Potato Hash and Cream Cheese (Php275)

The menu would not be complete if we don't have tacos. We had a chance to sample these and just like the other dishes, we loved both!

Seafood Pasta (Php340)
Truffle Pasta (Php398)

Being a pasta lover, it was a delight to sample these dishes. You can never go wrong with either of the two pasta dishes.

USDA Salpicao Rice (Php425)
300g Certified Angus Ribeye (Php1,400)

This dish is begging for an extra rice. The beef is so soft and tasty.

With veggies and mashed potatoes, topped by gravy (not pictured), this is s sure winner! 

What we liked with the steaks is that we were able to try and cook the meat ourselves, hence the term "cooked table side" which is a good way to involve customers and have a simple engagement.

Red Velvet Cake (Php250)
Choco Fudge (Php220)
Eclair Cake (Php250)

Whatever your choice, you can never go wrong. Mati's will satisfy your sweet tooth. After trying these three, the Eclair Cake became my favorite dessert.

My Thoughts

I like how the dishes were presented (most of the dishes were served on a wooden tray), reasonably priced (servings are for sharing) and everything that was presented to our group that afternoon was very delicious, you can take my word for it!

Mati's offers a wide range of dishes, from their Starters, Tacos, Salads, Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches and of course, to their affordable steaks. There is always something for everybody. How their dishes were named is also something, the names of the dishes would (sometimes) be from a family member who have contributed or has something to be associated to the dish.

I also like the place, how the interior looks like and the fantastic view of the River Park. It felt like I have my own lake house and I am looking at the lake while I enjoy my lunch.

My view from the top of the stairs. The place is well-ventilated and it promotes a "feel at home" ambiance.

The view of the man-made lake from the inside.

The view of the man-made lake from the inside.

After the grueling food tasting session with the group, all I can say is that you have to try Mati's Meat and Bread. Bring your family for lunch or dinner, you can never go wrong with the available dishes. Treat yourself on a payday. Take your special someone on a dinner date. When you eat, you associate the memory or the event with the food. Mati's Meat and Bread will give you that and possibly more.

Note: Prices stated in this blog entry are accurate as of September 9, 2015

About Mati's Meat and Bread
Mati's Meat and Bread is owned by Paul and Caron Macasaet opened in October of 2014 and is named after their son Mateo. The restaurant is a subsidiary of Melo's Steakhouse who pioneered
Certified Angus Beef in the Philippines.

Mati's Meat and Bread is set to open a branch in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig before the end of 2015.

Mati's Meat and Bread
Unit B2, River Park, Festival Supermall,
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +632 847-2273

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