Dining-in at Romulo Cafe
32 Scout Tuason corner Scout Lazcano, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
If you are familiar with Tomas Morato, maybe finding the Romulo Cafe is easier. If you are just taking a cab going to this place, make sure you know where you are going because not all cab drivers are familiar with the location. I took the cab when I went to this restaurant, and the driver told me, that maybe Romulo Cafe is often visited by elite diners only, meaning, most of the customers that went there have their own cars therefore very few service cars reached the place.
But the easiest landmark to remember is the Alfredos restaurant, since it is at the corner of Scout Tuason. Once you see the Alfredos restaurant, the street trail beside it is leading to the Romulo Cafe.
Romulo Cafe looks like a typical residence in a private village. When you entered the premises, the spacious garden will remind you of a family siesta outdoors. Entering the main restaurant, you will see a sofa that will make you feel like you entered somebody else's home. Near the living room like place is a counter that shows staff preparing the food, then beside that counter is a stair, that looks like it is leading you to bedrooms, but those rooms were exclusive dining place for diners who came in groups and wanted privacy.
Since we were 12 persons in a group, it was suggested to us to occupy the bigger room, so we can't get distracted by other diners. Or maybe, since it's almost a reunion with college gang, it's better that we were in the private dining area for us to avoid distracting other diners with our crazy laughters.
Appetizer and Salad
For our appetizer while waiting for others and the main course, we had Pinoy Nachos, it is Pinoy because the nachos itself were made from well known filipino food like kamote and taro. Topped or drizzled with melted kesong puti and quezo de bola and garnished with tomatoes and onions, this appetizer really will trigger great appetite.
The pomelo salad is great and I guess the best salad of Romulo Cafe simply because of its original ingredients. It is the usual green salad with salted eggs, made special and unique with inclusion of pomelo and Baguio Strawberry vinaigrette.
but looking at the menu, Tofu Shitake Mushroom salad and Pinoy Caesar Salad look very delicious too.
The main course were all mouth watering... The presentation are very impressive that I felt really overwhelmed with plenty of good subject for my photograph collections.
Romulo Cafe offered filipino dishes with the touch of uniqueness because it is from the family traditional recipe. the egg omelette is served like hotcakes on a large plate and beside is a special sauce.
For our soup, we had Sinigang na Salmon sa miso. What an impressive combinations of simple viand and expensive salmon
The Escabetcheng Lapu-lapu reminds me of a home cook lapu lapu of my auntie, that I wish to have more...
The visit to Romulo Cafe won't be completed without trying Tito Gregg's Kare kare. It looks more delicious with that unique Triangular serving bowl.
Chicken Galantina is something that I wished to bring home with Me.
And my favorite of all is this Boneless Crispy Pata, it is also called binagoongan, because it is served with bagoong paste, with garnishing or tomato and eggplant. Binagoongan is term used when a food or viand was cooked with bagoong paste. The bagoong paste is also known as shrimp paste or fish paste, but in this case, they used the shrimp paste.
Aside from those I mentioned above,I know Romulo Cafe has still a lot to offer. Even the rice are mouth watering; Spicy tuyo rice; Vigan longganisa rice (looks yummy and sinful); Bagoong rice; Sisig rice; and quite curious about Kalkag rice.... They also have the regular, Pandan rice and Garlic rice.
We are too full for dessert that we decided to order a few slices of cakes. We ordered for Chocolate cake that looks like very rich chocolate and Sansrival like mocha cake... Looks like they are family recipe too... Simple not too sweet by delicious.
I will try the following if I visit Romulo Cafe Again
Appetizers; Pinoy Nachos is good but I wish to try Tinapa Roll, a shredded tinapa with red eggs and tomatoes in a lumpia wrapper, and also Cheese and Vigan Longganisa dumplings.
Salad: Romulo House Salad, a green salad with Keso-puti fritter, corn kennels and miso vinaigreete
Soup; Beef bulalo
Pasta; all hahaha, Linguini Puttanesca with spicy tuyo, Spaghetinni with Shrimp and Aligue sauce
Beef I want to try their callos, to see if it can beat my uncle's callos, Lengua or Ox tongue in red wine sauce
Vegetables;Tofu and Ampalaya in Tausi sauce
Seafoods; Prawns in Aligue sauce (sinful LOL), Crispy hito served with burong dalag,
Rice: Spicy Tuyo and Vigan Longganisa Rice
all fattening hahaha.but worth to give it a try...