Romulo Café 22

343 Kensington High Street , London, W8 6NW

SquareMeal Review of Romulo Café

Vibrant and sophisticated, Romulo Café is putting Filipino cuisine firmly on London’s food map. It's named after Carlos P Romulo, a Nobel Prize-winning former Philippine Ambassador to the USA and is backed by his grandchildren. This is the first branch to open outside the Philippines (there are three in Manilla) and its green, white and black walls are filled with photographs of Romulo. Happy staff create a buzzing, irreverent atmosphere. In the kitchen (headed by an ex-Sushisamba chef) a South-East Asian repertoire is enhanced by Spanish and Latin influences. There’s much to tempt, such as pork belly with pickled apples and caramelised shallots or tuna kilawin (ceviche marinated in cane vinegar) – although don’t go expecting hot spices. Our highlight was an unusual side dish of ginataang sigarillas (runner beans combined with coconut milk and smoked fish to creamy, lip-smacking effect). Fried flying fish turned heads yet was too dry, but bagoong egg-fried rice (with shrimp paste and unripened mango) was an unalloyed success. Puddings are strictly for the sweet-toothed. The wine list concentrates on Europe, while cocktails display abundant creativity and certainly pack a punch. Overall, this impressive newcomer looks set to embellish the west London dining scene.

Special offers

Free Flowing Menu: 3 Course Meal & free flowing wine/soda/juice £24.50

One drink per person at any one time. This offer is available for 2 hours starting from the time of your reservation/arrival. Guest with allergies and intolerances should make a member of the team aware, before placing an order for food or beverages. Guests with severe allergies or intolerances, should be aware that although care is taken, there is a risk of allergen ingredients still being present. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. All dishes may contain nuts.

From: 31 January 2018

To: 04 April 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

A taste of the Philippines: 5 courses & wine pairing £45

From a tasting menu. Without wine pairing £30. All dishes may contain traces of nuts.

From: 31 January 2018

To: 31 March 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kensington Olympia Station 436m

Kensington Olympia Tube Station 528m

Address

Address: 343 Kensington High Street , London W8 6NW

Area: Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Charles House 261m

Design Museum 333m

Details

Telephone: 020 3141 6390

Website:

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

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Special offers

Free Flowing Menu: 3 Course Meal & free flowing wine/soda/juice £24.50

From: 31 January 2018

To: 04 April 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

A taste of the Philippines: 5 courses & wine pairing £45

From: 31 January 2018

To: 31 March 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.