Mati’s Meat and Bread | Mckinley Hill

Mckinley Hill store – Closed!

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As I read on a famous blog, it is named after the owner’s son Mateo. Mati’s is the 2nd generation of Melo’s restaurant, another popular steakhouse chain in Manila. Their MCK branch opened last December, I’ve been eyeing this since then but didn’t have the courage to pay for the steak at that time (lol).

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Cafe VoiLa

Tagaytay is always our go-to date place and I’m glad that there a lot of new places to visit there. Cafe Voila is an alternative to the usual meet-up places like Bag of Beans, Antonio’s or Buon Giorno.

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Carolyn Robb’s The Royal Touch Cupcakes

Been to the infamous SM Aura lately? You’ll spot a luxurious British cupcake shop at the ground floor, that’s Carolyn Robb, The Royal Touch cupcakes place.

Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch, is the former royal chef who served British royal families for 13 years, including 11 years with Prince Charles, his sons William and Harry, and the late Princess Diana.

How did this shop reach the Philippines? Well, SM Aura is considered as a high-end establishment (as they say) with famous endorsers so think about that. 😀

In an Instagram era like ours, I think for all the cupcake shops out there, aside from the taste & variety of flavors they offer, another requirement is, cutesy & royal-like interiors.

I’ve always been fascinated with chandeliers and wall lamps 😀

They also serve tea and coffee to pair with your cupcakes. Unfortunately I’m so full so I’m not able to try it. A pot of tea costs P100 while their coffee ranges from P150 to P135. Not bad, eh?

So big & comfy that i’d love to lie down 😀

All their cupcakes are priced at P75 each. Not bad for a cake carrying a royal brand. Also, their cupcakes have the enough sweetness + some were served with fruits on top.

I tried the Red Velvet Empress Cupcake, it was nice, moist and the icing have the right balance of cream cheesy-ness. I also love the strawberry half dipped in chocolate (yummy). Krizia had the Lady Blueberry Cupcake with blueberries and crushed almonds, topped with fresh blueberries and buttercream.

One of my dearest friend, shopping, travel & food buddy, my adviser and my mentee, KriziaWe’ll be back to taste more of their cupcakes & coffee (+10 pts for the kind servers)

If you really love to know more of Carolyn Robb, check this out:
http://www.theroyaltouch.com

Facebook: The Royal Touch

P.S.

Don’t forget to eat like a queen!

The Classy Poor

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Trattoria Poggio Antico

With a lot of restaurants to visit in Tuscany at Mckinley Hill, you can choose to have wine & cheese, cupcakes, burrito, ramen & sushi, pad thai and of course Filipino delicacies. You just have to know what you want to eat and what dining experience you want to feel.

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While we’re choosing for a restaurant to chill out on a Friday, me and my friends walked up the hill and noticed that almost all the restaurants are full and way crazy. Out of curiosity, we walked in the last restaurant and check out the menu. I thought it was a super expensive restaurant because of the fine furnitures, winery and chandeliers that they have, i was wrong.

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We decided to eat outside so we can feel the Friday vibe as well as get some fresh air. While waiting for our food, a pretty server brought us some bread/breadsticks with my favorite pesto dip (i’m so crazy with pesto). Not all restaurants give complimentary food so whenever i encounter such, i put them on top of my lists.

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Feast your eyes on the pasta and pizza choices. Almost all of their food are good for sharing (2 to 3 persons) plus for the pizza, you can have 2 choices like what we did. We requested that the 1st half is seafood pizza, their bestseller, the other half is four cheese pizza.  

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Pizza de Marre (whole: P485) & Quattro Formaggi (whole: P550)

We tried the pasta with prosciutto & button mushroom lying on a bed of truffle sauce..

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Tagliatelle con Proscuitto e Tartufo (P420)

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We had mojito (P260) and beer (P80 – 150) They’re also serving wines, their cheapest is P550 and P5000 for the expensive ones. We’re happy that we only spend less than 1500.

What i’d love the most is that the owner is very accommodating and he even offered us a bottle of wine.

Friends and lovers with the owner of the restaurant. 😛

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Will definitely visit the restaurant again, but next time, i’ll try to sit in the couple’s lane 😀 Best for couples or for people who wants a private dining experience.

Starving like you,

The Classy Poor

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trattoria-Poggio-Antico

Menu here!