Ghetto Grub: Maty’s

March 22, 2019

From food carts, to hole-in-the wall joints, we try out meals that literally test your intestinal fortitude. There may be flies on the counter, and the dishes aren’t always clean, but that big, hot bowl of what’s presumably food just looks so good.  Yes, these are the places your mom warned you about. But it’s okay, we won’t tell if you won’t. Welcome to Ghetto Grub.

It was bound to happen. You probably know the feeling. It’s late at night, you’ve just had a few (liters) of beer, when you suddenly feel the need to stuff yourself with cheap and hot food before you head off to sleep.

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Thankfully, Paranaque is filled with more tapsi places than you can shake a fishball stick at. And each offers a good range of junky food that will more than satiate your post-alcohol cravings. For today’s Ghetto Grub, I’m pleased to introduce you to what is considered a tapsi institution in the south, Maty’s.

Maty’s began as a single stall in the early 1960’s.

Maty’s is one of the oldest running tapsihan places in Paranaque. What originally began as a single stall in the 1960’s has grown to be the three joints open today, each one located just a few meters from the each other. If you’re wondering why they didn’t just open up one big store, keep in mind that Maty’s is located at Don Galo, Paranaque’s old quarter. Space there is harder to come by than a winning 6/55 lottery ticket.

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Unlike a lot of modern tapsi places, Maty’s tapa does not taste like candy.

The tapa in Maty’s uses a different, meatier cut of beef than most people are used to. It’s tenderized and pulled apart, giving it a unique appearance. Also, unlike a lot of modern tapsi places, the marinade they use doesn’t taste like candy, and is instead, a good balance of salty and sweet. It is greasy, meaty, and just the right meal to settle your stomach after all that alcohol you’ve taken in.

It’s not the lowest priced tapsilog around, and at PHP 70, I know there are a lot of other places you can go to for a cheap fix. What it is, though, is a very good meal, and one that’s been around for almost half a century. I’d like to think you’re paying for a piece of history whenever you eat here.

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If you’re really in need of a more affordable alternative, then the barsilog is a good choice. At PHP 35, it is the cheapest meal on the menu, and also one of the tastiest. The serving may not be that big, but the pork is plump and juicy, and goes very well with the fried rice and egg.

The Verdict

Is Maty’s a place for you? Let’s take a look.

Ghetto Factor: 8/10

The particular branch I ate at looked almost new, and reminded me of Tapsi ni Vivian in Marikina. However, don’t be fooled by the renovation. Maty’s is a little notorious due to a rumor that the tapa they serve is actually horsemeat. Also, it is located in Don Galo, a place so ghetto, it spawned this record company.

Health Hazard: 2/10

The floors were a bit dirty, I guess the cleaning crew called it a night early. But all in all, it’s a pretty clean joint.

Conyopatabilty: 6.5/10

No air conditioner here, but it is well lit and looks quite nice. It really wouldn’t be any different than your conyo friend visiting Sinangag Express.

Have you been to Maty’s? Where are your favorite go-to places after drinks? Let us know in the comments below!

Quirino Avenue, Don Galo
Paranaque City

Nico Goco Nico Goco

Nico is an engineer with a fondness for food, drink, and cooking. This is in serious conflict with his desire to lose weight. Writing is his outlet to make sure the right side of his brain still works. When free, he likes to read, travel, and nurture a dozen different hobbies. He also believes that the perfect fried chicken is the cure to anything.

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14 responses to “Ghetto Grub: Maty’s”

  1. Hanzel Eusebio Conchas says:

    you should try Dapog’s in Better Living, near Mang Ambnongs 🙂

  2. Volts Sanchez says:

    Gimme map! Or landmarks! Or both! Hehe, thanks!

  3. LUISA says:

    Finally! You can also ask for free soup. I’m not sure what the soup is though, but hot soup always tastes good. Hahaha!

  4. Allen Genoraga says:

    Hi Nico..can you feature Suzuki Japanese Carinderia in Hermosa, Tondo? I’ve tried their food over the weekend and sobrang sulit talaga. Thanks!

    • Nico Goco says:

      It’s on the to-do list! You’re the 4th person to mention it to me haha. 🙂 I’ll get to it one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

      • Hunger Games Volunteer says:

        I think it is a great idea to invite some of your readers to join you on your next food trip 😛 and I volunteer as a tribute haha

  5. Slicky says:

    There is this barbecue place along Libertad street in Mandaluyong named Ihawan ni Kuya Speed. If you can only give it a try, Im pretty sure you’d thank me billion times.

  6. Butchik says:

    Dunno if you know this…but Maty’s serves their tapa with horse meat.

    • Nico Goco says:

      i call urban legend on this one. AFAIK it’s just a rumor, plus doing the math, they’d need a whole lot of horsemeat to sustain their operations. although I do know of a few places in makati that still serve tapang kabayo.

  7. Sisig sa Rada and Palanca Balls!:)

  8. MJ says:

    Pares sa Naia Ave!

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