New Dishes at Romulo Cafe

Romulo Cafe recently held a tasting event at their Makati City branch in Jupiter Street. At the cafe, media guests were treated to new dishes, as well as to some old favorites. Diners delved into a smorgasbord of delightful Filipino treats, surrounded by the posh, chic-minimalist interiors of Romulo Cafe.

Facade or Romulo Cafe Makati
Facade or Romulo Cafe Makati

The first round of dishes we tasted started were the appetizers. Three Chef’s Choice appetizers were served. There was the Crispy Squid, made of deep-fried squid, slathered with a chili-honey-garlic glaze; the Tinapa Roll – smoked fish with red egg and tomatoes in a lumpia wrapper; and last was the Chorizo Empanada, the definite must-try of the three. The dish is a buttery empanada dish stuffed with a savory-sweet homemade chorizo – a fave in Romulo Cafe.

Event Setup
Event Setup

After the appetizers, we tried the cafe’s famed Paco Salad, this time served with a new twist. The dish was served with fern fiddle salad with cherry tomatoes, red egg, and scallions, and then topped with Lechon kawali bits, and then served with a special calamansi vinaigrette dressing.


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Paco Salad
Paco Salad

After the greens, we then tasted the excellent Shrimp Pasta with Aligue Sauce. The dish was an excellent choice – spaghettini served with sautéed shrimp in a creamy garlic and olive oil aligue (crab roe) sauce; a perfect pair to the main courses.

Shrimp Pasta with Aligue
Shrimp Pasta with Aligue

For the mains, we tried five dishes. There was Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, Pesang Apahap,  Ginataang Langka, US Angus Beef Steak Tagalog, and Cochinillo.

US Angus Beef Steak Tagalog
US Angus Beef Steak Tagalog
Lola Virginia's Chicken Relleno
Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno

Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno was a tasty indulgent treat – roasted chicken stuffed with ground pork, raisins, chorizo, and peas. The Pesang Apahap (Filipino seabass) is also good, a fish dish steamed in a ginger stew with bok choy, and then served with miso paste on the side.

Pesang Apahap
Pesang Apahap
Ginataang Langka
Ginataang Langka
Cochinillo
Cochinillo

The Ginataang Langka is a welcome palette cleanser before the last two main dishes. After the langka, we had the scrumptious US Angus Beef Steak Tagalog – thinly sliced US Angus Ribeye cooked in soy sauce and calamansi, and then topped with onion rings and served with special pandan rice. Last and definitely not the least is the Cochinillo, a perfect dish for the family this coming holiday season – a crispy roast suckling pig served with Romulo Cafe’s special Lechon sauce.

Suman sa Latik
Suman sa Latik
Mango Pavlova
Mango Pavlova

For dessert, we had Romulo Cafe’s excellent Mango Pavlova, a winning entry in the recently concluded Philippine Daily Inquirer Best Desserts 2018. The dish is a meringue-based dessert covered with cream-filled mango and then topped with strawberries, kiwi, and even more mango. The Suman Latik was also good – fried sticky rice in a shot glass filled with muscovado and coconut milk sauce.

Mr. and Ms. Squillantini
Mr. and Ms. Squillantini

For more information on Romulo Cafe restaurants in Manila, visit www.romulocafe.com

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