If you’re like me I learn about new restaurants through social media, whether through a post on Instagram or an article on the web. I’ve never heard of Mateo’s before even though I’ve most likely passed by it. My partner chose the place for our meeting because he passes by it all the time.
Mateo’s is a Spanish Filipino restaurant across Robinson’s Magnolia near Horseshoe Drive in Quezon City. It’s a house converted into a restaurant. They had sufficient parking space and that’s a very good thing.
The paella, lengua and calls were all ok. They were acceptable but I’ve eaten better elsewhere. If based on those three dishes I wouldn’t even post this anymore. But to my surprise there was one dish that blew me away.
I didn’t order the pasta. It must have been one of the guys. I would never order pasta in Spanish restaurant. But one bite made me want to grab the whole plate and eat it all instead of sharing it like I did. It was simply seafood pasta with special sauce and cream but it tasted better than any pasta I’ve had in a while. It’s the one dish that makes me want to go back again and again. I don’t really know how to describe it so just trust me on this people.
My friend went to eat there the next day after seeing my post on Instagram and she said the gambas and croquetas de chorizo were very good too.
Several years ago I ate a rosemary & lemon olive oil cake in Margaret River in Australia that I really loved that to this day I can’t forget about it. So when I saw the words naked lemon olive cake on the menu I quickly ordered one. After one bite I ordered another one. Imagine a soft, very moist tangy lemon cake with a cream cheese filling and that’s what this unique cake was. Think lemon square and cheesecake combined. I was in heaven with every bite. I really admire a small restaurant having unique and homemade desserts like this. I want to have this with coffee and I saw they had a commercial espresso machine complete with a commercial grinder.
The guys liked the mango yema torte too but I couldn’t be bothered with it. All my love and attention was on the lemon cake.
I was happy to have discovered Mateo’s, a neighborhood gem that deserves a second and third visit. If you discover what else is good please drop a comment below.
Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe
54 N. Domingo Street, Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Quezon City