As a NewParisian living in London, the city not known for its cuisine. This foodie is always on the lookout for some home cooking. Now that dining out in London is back, we decided to take a long walk and taste the deliciousness of Romulo Café, one of the homes of Filipino food in London. Growing up in New York with Filipino friends, I knew what good Filipino taste like.
This award-winning restaurant reopened in mid-July, and a friend and I took a long walk threw West London and had a family-style night out without the kids. We wanted a quiet night out to catch up and be out! So we dressed up and went to eat something we love to do and missed during the lockdown.
Eat Out to Help Out
Co-owner Rowena invited us down to taste the new menu and to check out the new digs of the West London eatery. They revealed a range of in-depth measures to ensure the safety of both guests and her team. She has commissioned a professional cleaning company to administer clinically tested chemicals in the air, covering the entire surface area of the restaurant.
Other safety measures included the introduction of partitions or screens between tables. Anti-bacterial door handles; replacement of door push plates; making hand sanitisers and complimentary masks or gloves available for guests for their journey home; implementing daily staff health checks and ensuring the use of protective covers and shields for staff.
Romulo Café Filipino food in London
If they wish, customers can order and pay directly on their mobiles although waiter service will of course continue. Romulo Café & Restaurant will also open a new menu. A slimmed-down version of the pre-lockdown offering, it will still feature many of the signature dishes lovingly prepared by Head Chef Jeremy Villanueva that have captivated customers over the years, along with some new creations sure to delight the palate in equal measure. As we looked at the menu, we both having different palates, we came to a conclusion to just go for the 5 COURSE TASTING MENU.
Which came with a glass of wine for each dish! Oh, what a night! In which we closed the place down in style and smiling! Life is to short not to have a good time, especially after months of not being able to enjoy it. The wine might have helped a little too.
We had to make minor adjustments because of our Vegan and pescatarian diets. Yet every bit of the KESONG PUTI & BEETROOT SALAD paired with Perola do Lima Vinho Verde, Portugal, SEA BREAM CEVICHE paired with Outnumbered Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand.
Then CHILLI KING PRAWNS paired with Botijo Rojo Garnacha, Valdejalon, Spain, entremet Citrus sherbet with ginger bits, and the UBE CHEESECAKE paired with Chateau Simon, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France was devoured entirely.
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“We can’t lose sight of the fact that we are still a people industry, and our role is to provide a happy experience for our guests so that they want to come back,” she says.
As we gazed at the family photos on the wall, we sipped, ate and chatted. The atmosphere was the new typical restaurant outing, but Rowena and her team made us feel like family. Inviting us into their world of Filipino, which was really tasty and nutritious as well.
Also, Rowena, her partner Chris and Jeremy have launched a side business of freshly baked artisanal Filipino delicacies to complement their legendary Filipino bread roll, pandesal. Rowena stresses that despite the changes, Romulo Café & Restaurant will remain the warm and welcoming place it has always been. And do not be afraid to ask for another hot out the oven bread roll, to soak up the extra sauce in your main course. We did. The bread is so good, you will want another one just for the sauce left on your plate and a good excuse too.
We had such a good time we cannot wait to go back for the bread and the purple UBE CHEESECAKE! It is an excuse to take a long walk in West London that is worth it. Follow us on Instagram for more food worthy recommendations.
Romulo Café & Restaurant, 343 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NW
Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 3141 6390. Romulo will continue with its successful takeaway service, but for local customers only. Romulo Café & Restaurant will open Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm (last orders) and Friday to Sunday from 12 noon to 9pm.