April 6, 2017

Mati's Meat and Bread- Wagyu Steak Night at the Venice Grand Canal, McKinley Hill

Once in while, we deserve to indulge in some good 'ol steak, and treat ourselves with some premium meat goodness that is Wagyu. Wagyu, as we all know, is quite a luxurious choice of beef, with its intense marbling and high quality meat. While a regular working class like me couldn't afford to enjoy wagyu steaks too often due to its hefty price tag, I'm glad I was introduced to Mati's Meat and Bread for their affordable steak options.

Mati's Meat and Bread comes from the same family who owns Melo's and House of Wagyu. That being said, you'll know that you're in good hands, and stepping inside Mati's won't be a one big missed-steak.

We visited their newest branch at the Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hill to try their new wagyu specials. I've heard about Mati's Meat and Bread in Filinvest before, but since the first branch is quite far from our place, we never had the chance to try it out.

Our meal started with an appetizer of Mama's Buffalo Wings (P380) which was a different take on the classic buffalo recipe usually marinated in hot sauce. Mati's version came in a honey-glazed version with a sweet and buttery taste.

For those who want a spicier version, there's also the Papa's Super Spicy Wings (P325) which I guess is closer to the classic buffalo.

Next we had Tali's Gamberetti (P400)- an extremely thin pizza topped with shrimp anchovies, mushrooms, basil, and roasted garlic.

The pizza had a soft crust base just like those hand-rolled pizza/panizza offered in some restaurants around the metro. It was a bit salty due to the fact that the crust was thin and the cheese was generously layered on top. Still, I enjoyed every bite of it especially with a dust of chili powder for an extra heat.

I'm not really a red sauce pasta kind of person, and since having a cream-based pasta sounded too heavy for dinner, we decided to get the Creamy Chicken Pesto (P299) instead.

Serving size was good for sharing, however we felt the pasta was overcooked and didn't had that al dente bite. Nevertheless, it was still flavorful and we were able to wipe the plate clean with the bread on the side. 

We washed everything down with some refreshing coolers of Watermelon and Dalandan Shake (P120) before moving on to the mains. 

I know that we were set on having Mati's wagyu for our main course, but I couldn't pass on ordering Sophia's Bbq Pork Ribs (P485). The meat was tender and succulent, with thick and savory sauce smothered on top. Taste was not the usual western-style bbq that's hickory and smoky sweet, as the sauce had a Pinoy flavor that reminds me of lechon. Somehow I felt like we were eating lechon ribs.

The highlight of our dinner was the Wagyu Tenderloin 180g (P1600) served with a mushroom soup, house salad, wagyu rice, side veggies and dessert. 

Our steak was cooked to medium, and served in a cast iron plate to keep it warm all throughout the meal. See that beauty? There wasn't so much marbling going on, but the steak was still juicy and tender with that distinct beefy aroma of wagyu. The wagyu rice was also flavorful but D didn't like the bits of toasted rice which he found hard to bite.

Our meal was capped by a dessert of Eclair Cake which was also included in our wagyu set meal. The cake was made with layers of frozen cream, graham and chocolate, with a cherry on top. It was a nice and sweet meal ender after all the savory dishes we had. 

Mati's Meat and Bread Menu:

If ever you find yourself in Venice Grand Canal, check out Mati's Meat and Bread for some affordable wagyu steaks and other meat choices. The also have a fine selection of wines to complement your meal. Plus, the restaurant is located along the grand canal, so you can have an al fresco dining while watching people enjoying gondola rides and listening to soothing Italian music. 

Mati's Meat and Bread
Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
Mati's Meat and Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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