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Home deliveries across London From Romolo Cafe.
I was never a huge fan of takeaways. I always prefered to go out rather than stay in. But, now that staying in is the new going out I’m a convert! I have been trying out some delicious restaurant food in the comfort of my own home and I’m rather enjoying it. Romulo Café is London’s answer to Manila’s fashionable restaurant and food scene, named after the Philippines’ greatest ever statesman, but to owner Rowena Romulo, Carlos P. Romulo was simply a brilliant Lolo, or grandfather. Romulo Café brings his generous spirit back to life, in their excellent food.
Romulo’s menus source food that’s made with the best seasonal ingredients and British produce and are based on heirloom family recipes. Classic dishes like Binagoongan Crispy Pata, Chicken Relleno, Beef and Seafood Kare-Kare, Pork adobo, pandesal and purple yam. But as Filipino cuisine evolves Chef Jeremy Villanueva also likes to strike out with innovative new creations, twisting the Philippine culinary template of Malay, Chinese, Spanish and American influences into something uniquely Filipino. Romulo Café’s home is on Kensington High Street, but since lockdown,é they have been delivering their food all over London bringing a taste of the Philippines right to your door.
Last friday evening, we tried out their five-course tasting menu which provided a selection of their classic dishes which offers a good insight into Filipino cuisine. The food, on the whole, is quite meaty so I wouldn’t recommend it for vegetarians.
Pork adobo “Romulo style” is a classic Filipino dish, cooked to perfection here with generous slices of succulent Dingley Dell pork belly slow-cooked in soy sauce, garlic, and cane vinegar, wonderfully flavoursome.
Crispy squid (pritong pusit) comprised deep fried julienne strips of squid with a sweet chili honey and garlic glaze served on a bed of crunchy noodles providing a good contrast to the more succulent dishes.
Chicken and prawn wok fried noodles (pansit guisado) was a lovely dish of fine rice noodles brimming with large meaty prawns and juicy slices of chicken and assorted vegetables cooked to perfection.
Honey glazed chilli beef (beef tadyang) was fabulous with tender chunks of slow-cooked grass-fed British rib of beef, in a delicious rich honeyed sauce with a chilli kick. Served with a freshly made slaw.
We also ordered some spring rolls, which were not at all what I expected, they have a pork meat filling which resembled a sausage roll, but they were rather good.
Pudding was the biggest surprise, an ube purple yam cheesecake topped with sweet young coconut, I have never tried purple yam before but it certainly looked beautifully vibrant, and tasted divine. The base was softer than a classic cheesecake and the topping was remarkably smooth and creamy, not overly sweet, but very moreish, I’m a convert!
The five-course tasting menu from Romolo Cafê was a great way of trying out a variety of dishes and experiencing Filipino cuisine for the first time and the portions were plentiful, but as you can imagine Rumulo’s menu offers plenty of options.
I look forward to visiting the restaurant when it reopens after lockdown, but in the meantime, they are open for delivery/takeaway from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.
343 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6NW
Phone: 020 3141 6390