“A non-Filipino walking into Romulo Cafe could be forgiven for asking who are the people on the framed photographs hanging on the walls of the restaurant. It is partly the look of the place that piques people’s curiosity as to why it is adorned with memorabilia, and play an elaborate game of excuse-me. Partly, it is sheer pedigree: Rowena Romulo. It is the essence of this restaurant. Rowena, the granddaughter of Carlos P. Romulo, notable Filipino diplomat, decided to quit her job in the banking industry and recently opened the first outpost of her family’s restaurant in one of London’s posh neighbourhood.”

Read more of Elna’s blog here: https://elnasmith.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/romulo-cafe-london/

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).

Read more here: auraelitemagazine.com


“Those who have been searching for excellent Filipino grub in London can rest easy: the Manila based Romulo Cafe opens up their first place in London serving up authentic Filipino comfort food in a warm, friendly spot in Kensington. Here it’s all about sharing: picking a couple of mains and sampling some of the delights. Our particular highlights included the Pork Sisig starter (chopped seared pork belly topped with fried egg with pickled apples and caramelized shallots) and the Abodo Romulo Style (twice cooked chicken and pork belly with glazed shallots and sweet potato mash). And for dessert, the Suman Latik (fried rice cake with coconut cream, dark coconut sauce and coconut ice cream) was real nice. The place is named after the owners’ grandfather who was, amongst other things, the first asian man to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism; a soldier, educator, author, and diplomat. His history is all over the place here – and that personal touch makes this, along with the delicious grub, a good choice for something a bit different.”


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“My brother, Ricardo Romulo and family, together with my daughter Maritina left for London one day before our departure. The main purpose of their trip was to attend the launch of Romulo Cafe. His daughter Rowena Patricia, recently retired from JP Morgan (as a managing director) and decided to open Romulo Cafe in the UK. Maritina informed me that the affair was well attended by the affluent Filipino community and British friends. The location of the cafe is in the fashionable Kensington High Street area. Many of the guests expressed delight that “finally” there was a Pinoy restaurant that was not a “hole in the wall” in a low rent district.”


Read more here : http://www.philstar.com/business/2016/04/08/1570479/american-presidential-elections


Prefer to make your reservation via phone? Give us a call! You can contact us between 10am and 10pm every day of the week.

020 3141 6390



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

020 3141 6390

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