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By Admin, Jul 23 2019 04:54PM

Romulo Café re-opens 26th July!

Back in 2014, frustrated that Filipino cuisine was Asia’s best kept culinary secret,

Rowena Romulo decided to do something about it. The result was Romulo Café.

Opened in Kensington High Street in March 2016, it was an overnight sensation,

seducing the capital with its food – and its ambience. Some three years and countless

awards later, Rowena and managing partner Chris Joseph have decided that rather

than sit on their laurels, it was time for their creation to undergo a subtle reinvention.

Officially reopening its doors on the evening of Friday 26 th July, and henceforth known

as Romulo Café & Restaurant to further emphasise its fine Filipino dining credentials,

guests here will discover a revitalised offering that still keeps the heart and soul of the


The interiors have been refined by the design team at award-winning agency Cada

(Fortnum & Mason, The Dorchester, The Shard).

The first thing guests will see on entering is a reconfigured layout. The front and back

sections of the restaurant are now a cohesive whole, while the striking new bar, with its

brushed satin champagne nickel edge and skirting, has been moved, allowing for tables

to be positioned in the window.

Taking as their starting point the restaurant’s heritage, but ensuring classic elements

are used alongside the contemporary, the designers have further reinvigorated the

space with geometric black and white wallpaper panels which form a spiritual link

between London and the Philippines, as this is the signature style of the three Romulo

restaurants in Manila.

A palette of greys, whites and light blues with strong accents of lime green, new lighting

and reupholstered banquettes - also in lime green - are offset by beautifully reframed

historic photos and documents featuring Rowena’s Pulitzer Prize-winning grandfather,

the late General Carlos P. Romulo, who was the inspiration for all of the family’s


Externally, the restaurant façade comes to vibrant life too with its canopy, signage and

balustrades, all in the same striking lime green.

Complementing the interiors is a new menu that keeps all the existing favourites and

signature creations but in a more pared down form.

In addition, Romulo Café & Restaurant is delighted to announce the launch of its new

prix fixe lunchtime menu from Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm. Featuring two courses

for just £12.95 or three for £15.75 – and dishes of the calibre of Ilocos-style miki noodle

soup, grilled pork belly barbecue and mango float ice cream – this is not only a great

value ‘express’ offering for time-pressed diners, but a fantastic introduction to Filipino

cooking for those unfamiliar with the cuisine.

Created by executive chef Jeremy Villanueva, all dishes continue to be made with the

finest seasonal ingredients sourced from such renowned local suppliers as Dingley Dell


A carefully curated selection of Old and New World wines and Romulo’s celebrated

collection of Filipino-inspired cocktails will continue to complement the dining


Romulo Café & Restaurant, 343 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6NW

Romulo Cafe Website

By auraxiiltd, Apr 14 2016 01:59PM

Following its success in Manila, Romulo Café has opened its doors to all of London’s food lovers following two launch parties hosted by the Romulo family.

Amid surroundings both chic and casual, the 70-seater restaurant offers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington, one of London’s key shopping and residential boroughs. Its interiors have been designed to evoke a private London home, with a few surprise touches.

London, known for its hip and ground-breaking food scene, can now enjoy all the grace and verve of Manila’s ‘go to’ Romulo Café restaurants. In London, Romulo Café will offer many of the signature dishes of its sister restaurants in Manila – from appetizing bar food and main courses to share, to healthy options and desserts or ‘puddings’. The restaurant is divided into four separate dining areas: the General’s Bar, the Ambassador’s Lounge, the Diplomat’s Dining Room and the CPR Library, which can also be converted into a private dining space.

Romulo Cafe draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ foremost international statesmen – General Carlos P. Romulo and his wife, the late Virginia Llamas-Romulo, who was the keeper of the family’s heirloom recipes. Romulo Café was first established in Manila in 2009 by their granddaughter Sandie Romulo-Squillantini and her husband Enzo Squillantini where it has since expanded to three branches (with a fourth on its way).

Romulo Café’s first international outpost is run by another granddaughter, Rowena Romulo, a former managing director of JP Morgan. The restaurant offers such popular signature dishes as Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, Adobo Romulo Style and Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare. The kitchen is led by Chef Lorenzo Maderas, a graduate of Westminster Kingsway College whose parents are from the Philippines. He previously worked at Sushisamba and at the Kentish Hare overseen by the Tanner brothers.

The restaurant’s interiors were designed by London-based design studio TrueCollective under Design Director, Karen Soriano, a graduate of Chelsea College of Arts. Soriano was inspired to re-imagine Carlos P. Romulo’s residence had he lived in Kensington and attempted to bridge aspects of Filipino culture with the locality. Karen Soriano said, ‘We also wanted to elevate Filipino dining interiors and make them appealing to the modern connoisseur of gastronomic experiences.’

Rowena Romulo said, ‘Opening a branch of Romulo Café in London means a lot to me and my family. My grandfather’s open and warm character enabled him to touch the lives of many people, across countries and cultures. If his currency was journalism and international diplomacy, my sister and I, our friends and cousins, have tried to touch lives through the medium of food.

‘Everyone involved in the restaurant is heartened by the support and approval of Filipinos here from all walks of life, who seem to enjoy our food and are moreover proud of what we have achieved. But this is only the beginning, and I hope that Romulo Café London will make a true statement, not just about how good Filipino food and hospitality are, but about how we see ourselves as Filipinos. Wherever we are in the world, we hold our heads up high. Our restaurant is for all Filipinos and anyone who loves good food in London.’

Romulo Café in London is located at 343 Kensington High Street W8 6NW. It is open 7 days a week, from Monday to Sunday, serving lunch, bar snacks and dinner.

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