Mati’s Meat and Bread: A taste of home at Festival Mall’s River Park

Nothing spells home like the taste of dishes that just warms the heart—and Mati’s Meat and Bread delivers just that.

Situated at Festival Mall’s River Park in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, this restaurant is a casual dining place, without the intimidating intricacies of fine dining to get your hands on a beautiful meal.

Stepping inside the restaurant feels like being transported in San Francisco or Brooklyn, with the brick walls, wooden panels, and exposed pipes. The colorful chalkboard menu is a showstopper while the floor-to-ceiling window provides a majestic view of the 1.5-kilometer live river and lush greenery of the River Park.

But more than the inviting ambiance, the sumptuous comfort food served in Mati’s is the reason people keep on coming back.

Balut Aligue

There’s no such thing as starting things small with this explosive appetizer, and yes, this is exactly as sinful as it sounds. The Filipino favorite balut takes the center stage (or shall I say center pan) with a pool of chunky, yet buttery aligue sauce. Every bite of this melt-in-your-mouth goodness is worth the clogged arteries.

Gambas Ajillo

Peeled and deveined shrimps, sautéed with olive oil, garlic, salt, and chili, then served with thinly sliced mini baguettes—it couldn’t get any simpler than this. But do not underestimate this appetizer for it’s packed with flavor and just the right amount of spice to wake up your palate.

Oyster Rockefeller

Although a slight deviation from the original recipe, Mati’s take on the Southern US favorite, is definitely rich as a Rockefeller! Once you get past the heavy blanket of gooey melted cheese, you’ll be greeted with a wave of freshness from the oyster in this rock star of a dish.

Vince’s Chicken & Arugula Salad

After the hearty appetizers, slow down a little and ease into a helping of greens before you gobble down another dish. The crisp salad topped with thin chicken strips, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette reduction is perfect to get you ready for the next part of the feast.


(from left to right) Salpicao Pizza, Tali’s Gamberetti, Jalapestroni Pizza

Mati’s is quite known for their famously thin crust pizzas. The crispy crust serves as the perfect base for the flavors that sit right on top the bed of cheese.

For a taste of the Filipino goodness that is beef and garlic, help yourself with a slice of the house favorite, Salpicao pizza. Brave the shrimps and anchovies with Tali’s Gamberetti for the experience of the classic Mediterranean flavors. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for an adventure, try the Jalapestroni pizza with its unique fusion of flavors with pesto, jalapenos, and pepperoni. Need I say more?

Steak Sandwich

There is no denying that the key to a great sandwich lies in the bread, as in the case of this number. Crisp on the outside yet soft at the center, the baguette jails the generous slices of steak and garlic cream sauce. The joyous medley of textures and flavors is enough to make you forget the fries served on the side.

Wagyu Tenderloin Steak

This is definitely the star of the show. This is what carnivore dreams are made of: soft, tender Wagyu beef, seared to perfection. Slicing through this piece of steak is truly heavenly—effortless, as if slicing through a stick of butter. The perfect companion to this glorious meat? The Angus Steak rice, a boat of rich gravy, and some veggies on the side.

Mati’s revolves around the concept of family and home, evident in their comfort food dishes. With its casual, homey vibe and exciting menu that offers a variety of choices, Mati’s just fits the bill for your next go-to hang-out place with comfort written all over it.

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