Hubby and I trotted our way to Tomas Morato. For those of you who are not familiar with the place, it is a long stretch of restaurants, cafes and bars in Quezon City, the biggest city in Metro Manila, Philippines.
As unique as it is, Romulo Cafe is situated in the same area but not in the said stretch. We went inside small streets, mainly residential which made me wonder if we're still going to the right place, until, we saw one beaming light written 'Romulo Cafe' at the corner of Scout Tuazon and Dr. Lazcano Street, we were both relieved that we found it.
Without the big light, the place looks like a big house. My friends told me that it was a residential home being rented by the Romulo's family, who's running the said restaurant, to showcase Filipino food at its finest.
love the minimalist interior and relaxing ambiance
showcasing family heritage and contribution to Philippines
It was Wednesday night, and I didn't expect a lot of Filipinos are already dining out in the middle of the week (usually it starts on a Friday). The place was very crowded with big groups per table, eating and chatting at the same time.
A one-page menu was given out to us, which is unusual for me, as I'm used to having several pages of menu when dining out in the metro. Thus, it was not difficult to choose what to order.
For starters, we had...
Monggo Soup (4/5) - green bean soup with Malunggay (moringa or sajina) leaves. Their version was with small shrimps and crispy pork skin. This is my favorite and the dish that I always request from mom everytime I go back home (our version is with smoked milkfish).
Bistek Tagalog (3/5) - Philippine's beef steak, Romulo uses beef tenderloin in this dish making the meat soft and tender. It was delicious though hubby prefers my cooking, as I would marinating it with calamansi (lime), giving its tangy twist.
Lola Virginia's Chicken Relleno (4/5) - Romulo's family recipe now available for every Filipino's palette. Relleno is spanish-inspired, where meat (chicken, fish, etc) is stuffed with minced meat (usually pork), raisins, chorizos and peas. The stuffed chicken pieces were extensively done and delicious. This is one proof how Filipinos love their pork *wink*
Cool as a Cucumber (5/5) - a mojito mocktail, this refreshing drink was made up of cucumber (with fresh slices), lime and mint leaves making this an all-time favorite among the diners.