Romulo Café: Good Filipino Lunch Amid History

Callos, Prawns in Aligue Sauce and Lengua

What better way to celebrate the fervid mood heightened by that sense of impetus and initiative than do lunch at the Romulo Café, not too far away from ABS-CBN. Alma knows me to the core, we stayed away from the pakbets and longanizas and instead relished the Romulo heirloom dishes while catching a glimpse of the framed black and white photographs of the highly respected statesman/soldier/journalist/author/educator/diplomat, the late Carlos P. Romulo, to whom the café was dedicated by his family.

Romulo CafeTinapa Rolls

It’s been ages since I had callos (ox tripe) and lengua (ox tongue) this good. Beyond compare with hot plain rice! Those two Filipino dishes with Spanish influence are constantly evolving that the inceptive flavors ostensibly enhanced with olives and/or olive oil are most often remote at other places. I don’t like other versions such as lengua with béchamel sauce — imo, they don’t complement each other:( At Romulo Café, the make-up of food is discernible, taste is not sacrificed, yet savor is subtle and clean.

Their tinapa (smoked fish) rolls are super, reeking an aroma of the sea, though not in a turn-offish way. The piquant vinegar dip completes the modern lumpia. Both Julia and Eugene seemed to love the prawns in aligue sauce (crab fat).

Romulo Cafe 2Romulo Cafe 4

The dining spaces are set apart, making use of the rooms in what was once a house. The interiors are in contemporary black and white, resembling a sketch pad.

Romulo Cafe 3Ferdinand MarcosI am a Filipino by Carlos Romulo

On one wall is I am a Filipino penned by Romulo, a Pulitzer Prize winner in Journalism for Distinguished Correspondence. Aside from his most notable achievements such as assuming the post of (the first Asian) president-elect of the United Nations General Assembly in 1949 and president of the UN Security Council four times, in 1981, in 1980 and twice in 1957, he was Gen Douglas MacArthur’s aide-de-camp during WWII. He served eight Philippine presidents, from Manuel L. Quezon to Ferdinand E. Marcos

President OsmenaStark Red and Yellow

Stark red and yellow. But we look more like rah-rah girls of Lito Atienza’s Buhay partylist, don’t you think?

Til the next food post.

Romulo Café 32 Sct Lazcano cor. Sct. Tuason, Quezon City, Philippines Tel. #: (02)3327275 CP #: 09156623121

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

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