The popularity of London’s Romulo Café has no where near waned nor has the outpouring of good news it seems. The well-loved Filipino restaurant was already named the ‘Most Loved Restaurant in Kensington’ at last year's third annual Time Out Love London Awards.
Just shy of turning two, this year, felicitations are yet again in order as the 2018 British Tatler Restaurant Guide recognised Romulo Café along with other new entries such as Jean-Georges at The Connaught and Covent Garden's culinary gems, Mere and Henrietta. These delicious newcomers have now joined Tatler’s A-list roster that includes the Chiltern Firehouse, Yautcha and Wild Honey.
Owned and operated by banker Rowena Romulo and her co-director Chris Joseph, the aim of the café, shares Romulo, "Was to bring a taste of the Philippines to the heart of Kensington while paying homage to the memory of my grandfather.” Her grandfather, of course, being the late Filipino statesman and diplomat, Carlos P. Romulo.
The 2018 edition of the guide was launched at the 15th annual Tatler Restaurant Awards held in the Ballroom at the Savoy, London on Monday, 30th October 2017.
Thrilled, Romulo, who was unable to attend the awarding and who recently received the ‘100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World’ award at the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in Toronto said, “My family and I are so proud that Romulo Café London is included in the 2018 Tatler Restaurant Guide. I know that in Manila, my sister Sandie and brother-in-law Enzo Squillantini are always so delighted when Romulo Café, which they founded, is included in Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurant Guide. I would like to think that this shows that in the UK we’ve been able to carry on this legacy of good Filipino food as a window to the Philippines’ exceptional history, culture and people. Naturally, I think of how proud my Lolo would have been.”
The UK’s culinary arbiter described Romulo Café as being “modelled on a comfortable Filipino house and delivering delicious Filipino food with modern flair…Cocktails, complex and highly Instagrammable, are paired with dishes such as prawns with crab roe and green beans, or pork-belly sisig with pickled apples to great effect.”
Romulo Café in London is located at 343 Kensington High Street W8 6NW. It is open 7 days a week, from Monday to Sunday, serving lunch, merienda and dinner.