After staying inside our hotel suite all day, and with barely anything other than a casino in our hotel to entertain me, I set off to explore the surrounding areas. I googled several restaurants and Matam-ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine stood out for having the most interesting restaurant theme, an exotic item on the menu (frogs!) and therefore one of the most highly recommended. I was relieved to learn that the restaurant was fairly close to our hotel (Royce Hotel and Casino) as I intended to walk the whole way.
Matam-ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine channels both indigenous arts and culture and African safari in its theme and restaurant decor, and somehow this delightfully confusing mix works. Their food attendants, who are genuine members of the Aeta and Abelling indigenous communities of Capas, were decked in jungle safari-style uniforms and topped with a native Filipino hat. There are six private air-conditioned safari-style tents that are reserved for guests who intend to spend at least P4,000. The other guests are seated in the main hall. There was good ventilation in the area, but I would have enjoyed it more if I had my meal in a cooler room, especially since I visited their restaurant during the summer season! Please consider it, Matam-ih, even fast food chains have a/c!
For dinner, I selected sisig babi (pork sisig, P255), barbecue manuk (chicken barbecue, P125), pepasingong nasi keng bulung sagin (rice wrapped in banana leaf, P45) and turun sagin (turon, P65). You can check out their menu here: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4. The pork sisig was good enough for 2-3 persons, while the chicken barbecue was a good serving for one. Expect a long wait for your food to arrive if you order during peak hours. But don’t worry because the food is worth the wait. Everything was as delicious as I had hoped, but I was surprised by the turon (thinly sliced bananas dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper and deep fried to perfection). For P65 you will receive six (5 or 6?) mini turons, almost as long as Jollibee’s peach mango pie. The turon was sweetened just right, without langka strips (something I appreciate). I bought them to share back at the hotel, but I ended up eating everything. You know it’s really good when you forget to take photos.
Matam-ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine
Address: E Jacinto, Clark Freeport, Clark Special Economic Zone, 2023 Pampanga, Philippines
Phone: +63 45 4992382 | +639213664889
Websites: http://www.matam-ih.ph/ | https://www.facebook.com/matamihresto/