Romulo Café

148 Jupiter St., Jupiter, Makati, Metro Manila

Romulo Café
4.2
4.0 Stars

54 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 21
  • 4 stars 23
  • 3 stars 8
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 0
  • 56 Reviews
  • 10 Recommend
  • 54 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6324786406

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

Mannix M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Dominique Martel S.
5.0 Stars

Superb LECHON KAWALI!!!128077🏻

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Kat M.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Veanney V.
4.0 Stars

Had Christmas dinner here with my HS friends just a few hours ago. Really expected a lot from their food. Used the pic of the appetizers since these were what got them 4 stars from me.

We go the following for our appetizer:
Beef Salpicao - soft almost "pillowy" beef cubes. Just the right level of saltiness most Salpicao dishes are salty but this one is just right. Perfect!
Lechon Sisig Wraps - reminded me of tipsy pig's sisig taco. This one is far better. With more Lechon filling and nearly the same flavor without the overpowering mayo after taste
Tinapa Roll - crispy on the outside. Scrumptious and flavorful Tinapa flakes inside. We make this at home so it wasn't new to me but the texture of this was great!
Cheese and Vigan Longganisa Dumplings - out of words with this one. The mix of the ingredients here is just divine. Please try this, the Tinapa Roll and beef Salpicao and you will not be disappointed. I assure you.

All of our main course were just ok. They were: Tito Greg's Kare Kare, Lola Virginia's Chicken Relleno, and Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan. Overall comment on the main courses - they were bland or there's something, I can't pinpoint, that's wrong with all of them.

We also got their sans rival. It costed 200 pesos. Huge serving but taste matters. To this didn't really make the cut. Goldilocks' makes better sans rival.

Gave them 4 stars as well for the good service and great ambiance :)

Tip: ask for the waiter's recommendations and don't order those

This might sound bad but it might save you from ordering the wrong thing. Don't get what they recommend (unless someone you know told you that it's really good) because it's normally what they wanna get rid off already. It's not really the "best" dish that they'd recommend. Got this info from an former intern of Romulo cafe.

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars

Went here for an event where they had the entire 2nd floor reserved with a buffet set up. The place sure looks a bit fancy with its black and white interiors and also museum-ish with all the Romulo photos and memorabilia.

The Filipino dishes served were all good but I liked their Kare-kare the most.

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Ammie A.
5.0 Stars

Food is great. Especially the oxtail kare kare! Big servings too!

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Ricky M.
5.0 Stars

We had great dinner at Romulo's cafe. The service is really nice, they are very attentive and courteous. We had chicharon for appetizer, caldereta and fried dalag for our main dish.

Service: from the time that we park our car, they immediately assisted us to make sure that we can easily get in and get out as they do only have a street parking. When we're about to order the food, they are so accommodating in answering our queries about what they serve and what's in it. You also don't need to wait for a long time, unlike other restaurants.

Food: What I like about the food is that it is straight-forward-Filipino food. It has a little twist on it, but it didn't destroy the "original" taste of the food.

Price: I can't say it was cheap or it cost too much because you won't regret paying the bill after eating.

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Ghel P.
5.0 Stars

The best place for Filipino food. Some are cooked with a twist. Ideal venue for a small friends or family gathering. The place is very cozy and posh. It has elegant design without making you feel intimidated. You might even say "parang yayamanin ang dating" but the prices are very reasonable. The amount of food is good for 2-3 pax per order. Don't forget to order their kare-kare. Will go back to this with my parents next time.

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Aeson B.
2.0 Stars

Ate here twice and the food was too salty, dessert was bland.

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Mavic G.
5.0 Stars

Loved their crispy hito!!!

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Davin C.
4.0 Stars

Great Filipino food here!!

Loved: Crispy Pata with Binagoongan Tomato Relish -- the relish had the right saltiness, not too much to overpower the pork! Saraap.

Loved: Chicken Relleno -- yummy meatloaf style chicken rellano! Sauce was real good!

Liked: Kare-kare -- seemed like they used real peanuts for the sauce. Pretty good.

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Maria D.
4.0 Stars

Romulo's novelty is in allowing my meat-averse friends to indulge! They do take fish so the options were a lot! Some dishes we ordered were really your everyday dishes like camote tops and lumpiang ubod. I'm not sure if it's the company or the ambience that made these more enjoyable...

Cool as Cucumber drink though is definitely not an everyday treat!

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Aix M.
3.0 Stars

On the food: My second visit to Romulo didn't turn out as remarkable as the first one. I think it's because we didn't order the right dishes. The lemon grass chicken had very salty parts, and the 'lumpiang hubad' had nothing special to it. The only dish that stood out was our appetizer, the crispy pusit as shown in the picture here. 128077

On the ambiance: The interior was spectacular, though! Loved it.

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Livid G.
3.0 Stars

A bit pricey for me but we ate:

Crispy squid heads 205php
Lumpia hubad 140php
Baked lemon grass chicken 260php
Pandan rice 55php ea

I liked the crispy squid heads since it's crunchy and on the sweet side. The lumpia hubad was a bit oily. The chicken was inconsistent,some parts tastier than the others and other parts dry. Good ambience and good service.

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Alex O.
3.0 Stars

At first, Cafe Romulo looks like a fine dining restaurant with its elegant & modern black and white interiors. On its walls are also memorabilia photos of a bygone era in Philippine history, in particular that of President Carlos P. Romulo.

The restaurant is actually owned by the Romulo family, and the restaurant is a dedication to their late grand father, and also features the heirloom recipes of their grandmother and of the family.

The food is, therefore, Filipino comfort food, served in typical Filipino fashion where everything is for sharing at the center of the table. The only difference is its 'fine dining' setting.

We ordered following:
-Vigan longanisa dumpling
-Lola Virginia's chicken relleno
-bistek tagalog
-ginataang sigarillas with tinapa

The food was good ol' comfort food, and the prices are actually reasonable. So come here, but don't expect Filipino cuisine dished out in gastronomic flair, and you will be fine. The elegant setting is just a bonus. I wouldn't mind lounging here actually for coffee and dessert.

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Grace R.
3.0 Stars

Okay for the first three visits... After awhile, nakakasawa na rin unlike other Filipino restos.

Lola Virginia's rellenong chicken is good... Ginataang sigarillas (winged beans with coconut milk) is also a must try...

Great ambiance...

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Edwin I.
4.0 Stars

I'm still loving Romulo Cafe's Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan, Lola Virginia's Chicken Relleno, and The General's Chicken.

Back again at Romulo's after some time. Still loving the sharp , clean, modernist vibe of the place. Pretty much the signature look of the Romulo's interior designers': the Almario sisters (Relish, Cafe 1771, Cerchio to name a few).

For starters, we got their Pinoy Nachos. Kamote and Taro chips topped with melted Kesong Puti, Keso de Bola, and chopped tomatoes. Somewhat a healthier take on the traditional nachos. Nothing great in terms of flavors. I'd still have myself anytime a serving of the usual nachos elsewhere drowned in chili con carne, cheddar, guacamole, and all the unhealthy but flavorful toppings.

The General's Chicken was still delicious. Roasted half chicken of moist, flavorful chicken meat rich in the garlic, rosemary, and other herbs used to season the yummy dish.

The Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan was also good. Even if it had more fat than meat , I still loved the fact the "unhealthy" dish was nicely fried to a crunch but still had that moist , chewy inside. It was nicely seasoned and somewhat reminded me of bagnet. And was more awesome with the grilled eggplant and tomato Bagoong sauce that was poured over the pork.

Their Lola Virginia's Chicken Relleno was half of a whole deboned chicken stuffed with a delicious mix of ground pork, raisins, chorizo, and peas. The chicken was nicely seasoned and moist. Yummy with the brown gravy siding.

Their Tito Greg's Kare Kare was ok. I liked the fact that the Ox-tail and tripe were stewed to good tenderness without the usual "malansa" after taste. Perhaps though, I was looking for a more-peanutty taste in the sauce. IMHO, as far as Kare-Kare is concerned, no one can beat Cafe Juanita's version.

Just like any good Filipino restaurants, dining here would end you up with eating more rice than you normally consume (and I'm not complaining).

Service was still excellent as my previous visit. Attentive servers who even gladly plated our food.

Cafe Romulo still comes highly recommended for some fine Pinoy eats amidst a lovely setting.

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Mye D.
5.0 Stars

I had dinner here with my officemates earlier after our planning session. I really enjoyed the food (esp. the appetizers), the ambience & the great service 128077 We were a group of about 30 so we had our dinner served in a function room a la buffet style. I believe food is reasonable since it only costed us 19k+ for 3 kinds of appetizers, rice, 1 kind of pasta, 5 kinds of viands & 1 dessert.
We didn't consume all the food so a lot of us brought something home 128522

These are the dishes I tried:
Cheese & vigan longganisa dumplings - 1108811088110881108811088
Crispy crablets - 1108811088110881108811088
Pinoy nachos - 11088110881108811088
Kare-kare - 1108811088110881108811088
Bangus belly in banana leaves - 1108811088110881108811088
Crispy pata - 11088110881108811088
Chicken relleno - 11088110881108811088
Bagnet pakbet - 11088110881108811088
Penne carbonara with Vigan longganisa - 11088110881108811088
Suman with latik (yummy) - 1108811088110881108811088

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Jeah Maureen D.
4.0 Stars

THAT SANS RIVAL CAKE 128525

Came here because it was one of the nearest Filipino resto from my condo! And everything we ordered was yummy!!

We got:

Bicol Express - theirs was a mix of pork and seafood! It was really yummy! And you can just tell that they used fresh coconut milk!! 128522

Flying Tilapia - the presentation was really pretty and it came with three sauces! Now i dont know what was in their soy sauce but wow! 128514

Chicken and Pork adobo - haha this one i did not like as much. The pork was great but the chicken was kinda dry. 128542

We also obviously, from the photo, got their mini sans rival that was almost very much like the silvannas from dumaguete!! 128525128525 def heading back there for more of that!

-1 tho because while the waiter was really nice, it seemed like he was always in a hurry so 128078128078128078

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Maya M.
4.0 Stars

The Kare-Kare was totally good! Tunay na peanut sauce! Going back for more! Good value and great ambiance 128077

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