So there’s this constant question I get asked when I do Clark flights. “Where can we eat in Clark?” Truth is, I could give you a long list of restaurants of where to eat in Pampanga, which is considered to be the Philippines’ culinary capital. However, that would mean you’d have to travel 30 minutes to an hour just to get to the best restaurants. And they are THE best.
But when hunger and jetlag strikes (shout out to my fellow cabin crew), you have to choose the most accessible and still the decent option within the vicinity. Mind you, I am fussy with my food. I would scour the ends of the earth for anything my heart and tummy desires. But just our luck, we don’t have to go scouring, Matam-ih Restaurant is just around the corner. By corner, I mean 5-10 minutes walk from our hotel (yes, Im talking to you cabin crew), or if you’re a passenger flying out from Clark airport, it is only 10 minutes drive from the restaurant to the terminal.
Matam-ih means Delicious in Aeta dialect. The restaurant serves Kapampangan (refers to the Pampanga province) cuisine and the staff are geniune members of the Aeta indigenous tribe. The place is welcoming and they have al fresco and air conditioned rooms. The menu shows off the Filipino’s love for pork (yasss!), but they have seafood and vegetarian dishes, too. For the adventurous souls out there, they also have crocodile meat, frogs, crickets and escargot. Plus, they have beers and coconut juice! Hurray!
Here are my favorites in Matam-ih:
Adobong Kangkong P110/2 usd (river moss casserole in soy sauce, vinegar. garlic and onions)Ensaladang paku P210/4 usd (wild fern salad)Adobong Baboy P250/5 usd (pork marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic, browned in oil and simmered in the marinade)Sinigang na Baboy P290/6 usd (pork stew in tamarind with taro and vegetables)Sisig P255/5 usd (sizzling pork with liver sauce, calamansi, chili and onions)They also have crispy pata/pork knuckle (P440/9 usd) and grilled meats like pork belly (P185/4 usd) and grilled tipalia (P250/5 usd). Perfect for sharing, their meals are affordable and really is Matam-ih!
Matam-ih Restaurant is worth a visit when you’re in Clark!
MA, Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport, Pampanga, Philippines
Contact: +63 996 860 2125
Open daily 7AM – 1130PM