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Eating my way through the holidays: Romulo Cafe


So, the holidays happened. That meant a lot of get-togethers with friends and family. I had planned to try to find new places to dine, and document each meal in a blog post, but there are only so many hours in a day, and those Dexter episodes aren’t going to watch themselves, y’know?

Fortunately for you, dear readers, I was a good blogger. I did not forget my camera (I almost did) and I made sure to take photos before we fell on the food, and even took (mental) notes for this blog post.

Romulo CaféA couple of friends and I went out to meet two of their friends for dinner. To protect their privacy, let’s call my two friends Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young. The initial plan was dinner at the Ayala Triangle, but to get there, we had to drive through ten miles (I exaggerate) of traffic. Young Min took one look at the line of vehicles queueing outside the parking lot and decided we had to go somewhere else. We headed towards Romulo Café at Jupiter St.

It was obvious to me why they opened this restaurant: they needed a place to stash all the great Carlos P. Romulo’s photos. Neat idea, because, man, those were a lot of photos.

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Romulo Café

The decor was pretty cute. Although if you have an inexplicable aversion to monochrome, you will not be happy.

Romulo Café

Hey, are those more photos at the back?

Romulo Café

Even the menu had photos and interesting historical bits of text.

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Now on to the eating! Now, save for the pork dish, the entrées are dishes I don’t usually order. Which is why it’s great to eat out with friends — they make you leave your comfort zone, but never lead you astray. (Except when it comes to movies. I barely escaped from having to see that last Justin Timberlake movie. But then they also made me see Thor, which was a blast. What are you gonna do, eh?)

For starters, we had the pomelo salad (PhP 240). Everything was fresh and crunchy, and the Baguio strawberry dressing was love. The salted egg was a nice touch. I don’t usually bother with salad when I eat, but I’d definitely order this one again next time.

Romulo - pomelo salad

One of our entrées was the Crispy Tadyang (PhP 450). It had just the right amount of crispiness and good flavor. It came with a couple of two different sauces, which I seem to recall was good, but I think I ate the pork too quickly to be sure. Yeah, I was hungry. Not the waiters’ fault, we just made so much chika it took us a while to order.

Romulo Cafe - Crispy Tadyang

We didn’t forget to order the house specialty, the Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno (PhP 595). I’m not usually a huge fan of relleno, but this one was just so good. The flavors of whatever it was stuffed with blended perfectly with the chicken, and everything was so tender and succulent.

Romulo Cafe - Lola Virginia's Chicken Relleno

I tried laing for the first time! Yay me. I enjoyed it. I couldn’t say if the Laing with Adobo Flakes here was excellent or just good, of course, but I liked it.

Romulo Cafe - Laing with Adobo Flakes

Then there was the Lengua (PhP 260). Also great, and very tender.

Romulo Cafe - Lengua

For dessert we had the Crispy Suman at Latik (PhP 65). It was actually really crispy on the outside. The sauce was perfect, and the suman was yummy. I need to have this again, only I’ll need to eat around half a dozen by myself next time, because, man those portions were tiny.

Romulo Cafe - Crispy Suman at Latik

I have to say, the wait staff was excellent. They spoke low when discussing our orders, so as not to disrupt our conversation. They were we ninja-like when refilling our water glasses and taking away our used dishes. And although there were a lot of diners there that evening, they came to our table promptly whenever we needed them. That must’ve been the most relaxing dinner out I’ve had in ages.

We sat at one of the cozier rooms, but I saw a bigger room that looked like a function room, and a larger one with really high ceilings, which would work if you’re in more of a party mood, I guess.

Romulo Cafe

Romulo Cafe - Best Restaurants - 2011So, hey, Romulo was one of 2011’s best restaurants. I saw this near the entrance on our way out.

Looking forward to coming back.

Romulo Café
148 Jupiter Street, Bel-air
Makati City
Tel. Nos. (+63-2) 822-0286, (+63-2) 478-6406

So, what do you think ?