Happiness at Romulo Cafe
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Filipino-inspired tapas with cocktail shots after work hours sound good, right?
Consider yourself lucky if you are caught with an immobile vehicle along Scout Tuazon, Morato and maybe on Jupiter St. in Makati or within Market St. where Azumi Hotel is in Alabang. Tonight, October 1, Romulo’s Café’s Happy Hour will start from 5-7pm and it will be a breather to stop for a while instead of getting yourself stuck in traffic.
According to Sandie Romulo Squillantini, Romulo Café owner and granddaughter of Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, tapas are associated with Spanish food. Going against the stigma, the group infused Filipino delicacies with the colonial idea that resulted in Tinapa Spring Rolls (a personal favorite), Bangus pate, and Lechon sisig in burrito wrap, among others.
Let me enumerate the tapas that tickled my taste buds when they launched the new additions last September 27.
1. Tinapa Spring rolls – growing up along the coastline won’t upset my nose once the whiff of tinapa tickled my nose. The crispy bites will bring you home, not too salty yet smoky.
2. Lechon Sisig wrap – burrito lovers won’t think twice ordering this wrap knowing that the all time favorite alcohol accompaniment will leave everyone tama-free.
3. Relleno Empanadita –the crispy crust replaced the scaly bangus skin. It was crazy at first bite but one will get the hang of it.
4. Vigan Longanisa Dumplings –deep fried wonton wrapped northern delight! It gives you the feel of walking along Crisologo Street while the Chinese symphony plays.
5. Pato Tim –sandwiched between streamed buns, it has the feel of Peking duck cua-pao.
Enzo Squillantini oriented everyone regarding the cocktails they concocted based on General Romulo’s life –his personal affairs; his career as a diplomat, writer and public servant and intricate details of his existence.
Being a practicing journalist, I am inclined towards the Spritzer Pulitzer. The mix of Mancino Vermouth Bianco Armato and Campari is uninhibited. Full bitterness that’s not hard to swallow, it has the Cosmopolitan feel with a vibe of toughness.
For those who prefer their cocktails sweet, they can try A Foreign Affair (Don Papa Rum mixed with apple, cinnamon and lemon) and Imelda’s High Heels (strawberry puree, lime and tequila).
Wanna stay tipsy but sane? Then get Old General (Woodford Reserve and San Germaine) served in a flask that gives a vintage feel. For lesser hangover, Dirty White Dove (Stoli Vodka or Martin Miller Gin mixed with Mancino Vermouth) may work.
Bringing your family to Happy Hour? Then everyone can have Amor Familia (Don Papa Rum and Augustura Bitters).