If you are on a road trip heading up north and a lover of seafood, you've got to time your travel and stop by at Urdaneta City, Pangasinan and take your lunch or your dinner at MATUTINA'S Seafood Restaurant. They serve the freshest seafood at the very reasonable prices.
I've traveled this route with my family several times going to La Union or Baguio and I'm not aware that there is a popular restaurant in this area, thanks to a friend for suggesting we eat here. The main restaurant is already packed when we arrived by lunch time.
We headed to their fan ventilated area which at that time was not yet crowded. The place has that provincial vibe which I misses a lot and the fresh air ventilation and not air conditioned coolness is a welcome change.
We ordered of course, Pangasinan's specialty, BANGUS! And it's the freshest I had, so far!
The mark of a true Ilocano is their preference for Fish Bagoong as their sauce dip for grilled seafood or anything they can possibly think of. I remember when I was a kid, because I'm a picky eater then, my mom knows what would make me eat, she'll roll my rice into round shapes and dip them in fish bagoong with oil and that would always do the trick, haha! Well, not anymore now but If we have some bagoong in the house, we still use it as a dip.
|Fish Bagoong with Calamansi and Chili|
We also ordered Crispy Shrimp (no need to peel the skin because they are so crunchy, you'll love every bite), Chopsuey (very fresh veggies), Kinilaw na Tanigue (you know it's very fresh when it got that sweet fresh taste), Fried Boneless Bangus (need I say more?) and Adobong Talaba (which was a revelation, I like it a lot)
We only paid about 1,500 pesos for this excellent meal that feed six people with big appetite.
|Alfresco Area connecting the two structures|
MATUTINA'S Seafood and Restaurant gets my two thumbs up for serving food that every Filipinos will definitely love.
Matutina's Annex 3 is located at MacArthur Highway, Nancayasan, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan.