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CHECK IT OUT: Romulo Cafe on Jupiter Street, Makati
The popular Pinoy resto finally opens in Makati.
By: Trixie Zabal-Mendoza  |   Published on: Nov 28, 2011 - 6:34am


Romulo Cafe
148 Jupiter Street, Bel-air
Makati City
Tel. Nos. 822-0286, 478-6406
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. daily

Simple Pinoy food in classy, relaxed interiors. Click for more.


( Named after the journalist, diplomat and the first Asian to serve as president of the UN General Assembly, Romulo Café finally opened its second branch on Jupiter Street in Makati. Obviously the swankier sister of the first Quezon City outpost, the new branch's made-to-order light fixtures and upholstered chairs give off a more sophisticated vibe and the signature topiaries atop each table is a telltale sign that the classy yet relaxed space, like the first branch, was also designed by sisters Ivy and Cecile Almario.


"This branch has more photos, it’s more curated. It’s like a history lesson, you will see different parts of Carlos P. Romulo’s life," shares owner Sandie Squillantini, the granddaughter of the famed diplomat. Framed black-and-white photos of Romulo with family, friends and other world leaders adorn the walls of the restaurant.  "We also decided to pay homage to our grandmother at this branch because, of course, most of the dishes in the menu are her recipes," she adds. True enough, one wall of the second floor dining area has a portrait of the woman behind Romulo Café's dishes, Virginia Llamas Romulo.


The stylish interiors are only part of the allure of Romulo Café. The Pinoy menu first introduced at the Quezon City branch has gained a fan base and folks from the South no longer need to make the long drive to sample their best-selling dishes, most of which are meant to showcase how the Romulo family enjoyed Filipino food. Hearty, satisfying dishes like Tito Greg’s Kare-kare (P450) use fresh vegetables, and the tempting plate of Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan (P650) features crispy pork skin and tender meat served with not-too-salty bagoong paste sautéed with tomatoes and onions. Most dishes are also kept simple, like the Flying Tilapia (P350), made flavorful with the trio of sauces it is served with: chili garlic, honey-bagoong, and soy vinegar.


The bigger kitchen at the new branch also allows for new dishes. If you like all things grilled, make sure you order the Crispy Tadyang (P450) and the Grilled Squid (P450), both perfectly seasoned and grilled to a crisp bite. For dessert, the Suman sa Latik (P60) is a big favorite, shares Squillanti, but they hope the new Tocino del Cielo (P85), made from baked egg yolks and sweetened with a nice light citrus flavor, becomes equally popular.


Photos by Trixie Zabal-Mendoza

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    Just wanna know if you serve kinilaw

    thank you
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • Needs to Improve on Sanitation
    I toned down the title for this review as I am aware this is a well regarded establishment and it is owned by a well respected Filipino family. However, we had the unfortunate experience of discovering a piece of a cockroach in one of the dishes we ordered.

    I had lunch here three days ago; with my wife and a family friend of ours, who recommended this restaurant. It serves mainly Filipino dishes but in a more classy manner. We ordered the Tinapa Roll and Crispy Squid for appetizers and found both very tasty. As a main dish, I ordered the Beef Kaldereta and Laing whilst my wife had the Spaghettini with Shrimp in Aligue Sauce. I enjoyed the food I ordered but my wife was a bit disappointed with hers as she did not taste anything similar to crab fat.

    Now our friend had the Linguini Puttanesca with Spicy Tuyo and this we all found very delicious. Unfortunately, as we were already half way thru the dish, our friend noticed something in the sauce which looked like the tentacles of a cockroach. She immediately called the attention of the waiter, who brought the remains of the dish to the kitchen. Nobody from the restaurant came to talk to us except that they gave us a complimentary dessert and deleted the cost of that dish from the bill.

    Considering that this is supposedly a high end establishment, I am surprised by the standards they keep for sanitation. Looking closer, my wife already noticed a number of carton boxes lying around near the kitchen; which are favorite places for insects to propagate. If you are not sensitive, I can recommend you this restaurant as some of the food are delicious and the ambience is appealing. However, if you do not want to risk your health, then you better stay away!
    Jun 24 2013 @ 09:06pm     Reply  
  • malinaw
    I know of 7 people who've had food poisoning and were hospitalized because of this outlet! Please
    Dec 05 2011 @ 09:58pm     Reply  
  • Neil
    I tried dining at Romulo's cafe last night and the experience was great. I will defintely go back for more. The interior was simple, cozy and very elegant. It was so spacious and has a 2nd floor which could fit 80 comfortably. I think you can even fit a 100 pax. Perfect for Chritmas parties.

    The Filipino food was delicious! Try the Chicken with tamarind sauce, the gising gising lived up to its name ...hahaha.... Best sellers are the crispy pata, rellenong manok, stuffed squid.
    Finally the old pictures of CPR and family was amazing. It gave you a glimpse of how the Filipino family was back then :-)
    Nov 30 2011 @ 10:06am     Reply  
  • lala
    I love the food here! This branch is better than the original:)
    Nov 28 2011 @ 10:34am     Reply  
  • peachy
    hmmmmmmmm...another over hype priced fiilpino food!
    Nov 28 2011 @ 09:55am     Reply  
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