“Last weekend I ventured out to 343 Kensington High Street with a group of friends to try out the recently opened Filipino restaurant, Romulo Café. Founded by the Romulo family back in 2009, this is the first branch of Romulo Café outside of Manila. Here’s a quick recap on Filipino cuisine and some of the dishes my friends and I enjoyed.

The Filipino cuisine is a mixture of Malay, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, and American, as well as other Asian Indian cuisine adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate. Typically you will see a lot of meat, such as lechon (a whole roasted pig) or longganisa(Philippine sausages), fish and other seafood, e.g. salted fish or fried shrimp, and various soups like sinigang (meat or seafood in a sour tamarind broth). All very tasty and always served with lots of rice.

At Romulo Café, my Filipino partner did the ordering for our group of six. We tried twelve different dishes, and of some of them we ordered two portions to share. By the time we were finished, no one complained about still being hungry.

First off, the customary bread, or pandesal. These warm, incredibly soft pieces of carb heaven impressed everyone at the table. We promptly googled for the recipe and ordered two additional servings.”

Read more here: finnabroad.com/2016/04/30/romulo-cafe/

Romulo Café is a sister venue to the original restaurant in Manila, and offers many of its signature dishes including Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, Adobo Romulo Style and Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare.



The restaurant draws upon the legacy of Filipino international statesman General Carlos P. Romulo and his late wife Virginia Llamas-Romulo, who kept the family’s recipes. His granddaughters operate both restaurants.

“Opening a branch of Romulo Café in London means a lot to me and my family,” comments Rowena Romulo, owner of Romulo Café’s London outpost.

“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.

“I hope that Romulo Café in London will make a true statement, not just about how good Filipino food is, 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.”


Read more here: casualdiningmagazine.co.uk/news/2016-05-11-filipino-concept-romulo-caf-now-open-in-kensington

As a result of its established success in Manila, Romulo Café is now set to open offering “a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington”. Food fanatics would do well to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of a hub for Filipino cuisine in London, savouring its fresh and complex flavours and its comforting hospitality.

To most, Filipino cuisine is surprising unfamiliar as it lacks a mainstream following, despite the large community of Filipinos in London. Unbeknownst to many, it embodies a melange of global flavours. Filipino food originates from its obvious Southeast Asian roots, taking on the unique flavours of Malay, Chinese and Spanish cuisine. Romulo Café adds a touch of American flair and European sophistication, as the food is a generous blend of savoury richness and fresh flavours that challenge and delight the palate. The standout courses include a Filipino take on ceviche (tuna kilawin), which is extremely light and tangy and compliments the more intense flavours of the chicken barbecue.


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020 3141 6390



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

020 3141 6390

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