Food & Dining

Romulo Cafe

Romulo Cafe has branched out from Makati & Tomas Morato to Alabang at the new Azumi Boutique Hotel. My kids noticed the topiary & decor outside the hotel where it is ensconced & and pointed it out to me one day on our way home from church. I deemed it the perfect place for an all-ladies dinner with the Wednesday group.

Carlos P. Romulo loomed large in the lives of his grandchildren. So when they decided to open a restaurant specializing in Filipino comfort food with recipes handed down from generation to generation, they thought of naming their restaurant after their beloved lolo & shared aspects of his life through photographs. By recalling his career highlights and offering a peek into his personal life, they paid him tribute while also immortalizing his legacy.

The granddaughter of General Romulo, Sandie Squillantini, operates the restaurants; her husband, Enzo, came up with the concept. Yong Nieva and Ivy Almario designed the interiors (which is why the shoe & bag wrought iron decors were so familiar. I saw it at Lila Almario’s atelier when ate had her customized shoes made). Liana Romulo, another granddaughter, serves as curator of the photographs and memorabilia that adorn the walls.

The shoe-designed wrought iron display I saw at Lila Almario’s atelier.


2205 Market Street

Madrigal Business Park Phase 3

Alabang, Muntinlupa Phils.

The decor was superb. Everywhere I turned I couldn’t stop from gasping, ooh-ing & aah-ing. The Almario sisters did a wonderful job again! <3

However, when our food came one after the other & we started digging in, I wondered if our cook at home really whips up good filipino dishes, because the food served to us that night tasted like her home cooking -in which case I have to seriously consider giving her another raise. OR they had a better chef at the 2 older branches because I read raves about the food served at the 2 Romulo outlets. For me, it was lasang lutong bahay lang talaga, promise. Nothing special. I should have just invited them over to my house for dinner then & we wouldn’t have had to shell out $$$. Pinagdala ko nalang sana sila ng dessert! :P

Eileen loved her cucumber drink 110 php.

Lemongrass Chicken 260 php. I’m sorry but it was dry.

Beef Kaldereta with queso de bola 340 php. Uhmmm. ???

Lechon Kangkong 140 php
The pork was VERY hard to chew.

Bangus 300 php

Honey Garlic Spareribs 270 php.
Again, the pork was really really tough & we all had trouble chewing it.

A bit of everything on my plate. Doesn’t look very happy, right? <!–3

Rice 55 php/bowl (good for 2)

What they lacked in their main course, they made up for in dessert. Consigned, I bet. :P

We particularly liked the strawberry cheesecake 180 php.

The Banoffie Pie 150 php was also good.

The ladies declared they could go back for cakes & coffee since the place was very lovely.

Click on the photo to enlarge

The place is really really nice. I would recommend that you try it at least once, if only for the ambience. :) Maybe my expectations were too high because the place was too beautiful, or maybe Filipino food really doesn’t do things to me like other cuisines do.

If you do visit, make sure you also ask to see the view from the rooftop, and see the infinity lap pool (that doesn’t have any barrier!).  Sorry for the bad picture quality. I have yet to buy a decent camera huhu. Click HERE for better photos of the hotel amenities.

And if you’re feeling romantic, maybe book a room? :)

The rooms are teeny tiny, but really nice. <3

All the rooms come with a kitchenette too!
This deluxe room costs 4.4k/night. What a steal, diba?

Chuvaness-approved, wouldn’t you agree? :)
See thru pa. WOW!
(Like anybody would want to see somebody taking a dump. :P)
Why people, WHY???

If you’re staying overnight, give me a holler. Let’s meet up and have coffee & cake. O malinaw yan ha? Coffee & cake lang. Ayoko na mag-dinner! ;P

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  • Reply Didi T

    Hiya Jane! Belated happy Birthday!! :)

    Romulo’s is a staple restaurant that we go to when we want Pinoy food and fast service. My favorite is the boneless crispy pata!! :)

    Baka the quality has gone down? But kasi they serve just good Pinoy food. Nothing over the top or extra special. Ambiance wise, panalo diba? Hehehe…

    I really hope to see you soonest!! :)

    Love love love you!

    love, Didi

    February 23, 2014 at 9:21 am
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      Yeah baka nga simple home-cooked filipino food ang ganap nila but we really found the meat tough & hard to chew. The place was really nice though. Thanks Didi love you, miss you, mwah! :-*

      February 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
  • Reply eileenjoy13

    You really have a way with words, Jane! I was laughing my head off while reading your comments. I definitely agree talagang pang coffee and dessert lang sya but the chic and elegant interiors of the place (and of course the company of friends) more than made up for it… :-) when do we try their Nail Spa?

    February 23, 2014 at 11:01 am
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      I miss you so much na eileen!! </3 Please make time for me. Let's have a girly date soon i still wanna go to solaire please!!! lemmeb know when you are free lets go with marimar & leah! :-*

      February 23, 2014 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Jeng del Rosario

    Hahahahahahaha !!!! really made me laugh…..!!! pero honestly mama bear i havent tried romulo cafe yet… i find that yes ambiance wise its a good place to go to but the food well… i think I can get better Filipino food somewhere else with a cheaper price…. Hehehehehehe

    February 24, 2014 at 6:13 am
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      Pero super cute itong Azumi boutique hotel. If ur in the south you really should make it a point to have high tea there or have a go sa spa/salon nila the ambience is sooo relaxing & ang ganda ng mga furniture gusto ko upuan isa-isa! :P

      February 24, 2014 at 9:24 am
  • Reply ella vicedo

    ” If you’re staying overnight, give me a holler. Let’s meet up and have coffee & cake. O malinaw yan ha? Coffee & cake lang. Ayoko na mag-dinner! ;P”

    -very promising to, sana eto na talaga ang meet and greet moment ko with you :D

    February 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply KassTastrophic

    Super laugh trip ako sa post mo, Mommy Jane.

    As for this “If you’re staying overnight, give me a holler. Let’s meet up and have coffee & cake. O malinaw yan ha? Coffee & cake lang. Ayoko na mag-dinner! ;P” –> GAME na Mommy Jane please? I won’t need to stay overnight as I live in the area… but please, coffee and cake date? :D

    February 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply j

    I google’d cafe romulo alabang before checking in at azumi and I stumbled upon your post :) so just want to share my experience.

    Dessert is so-so. Cheesecake is not cheesy enough for me. And coffee is well just like what you have at home. im not happy with the service either. What I like though is the ambience.

    April 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you for sharing. :) And the place is cute at least. Saving grace. ;)

      April 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Jen

    i looove Romulo Cafe!!! :)

    May 14, 2014 at 11:36 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      I loved the decor. :)

      May 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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