Romulo Cafe London

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203 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Filipino
Following its success in Manila, Romulo Café is to open in London, among the world’s vibrant food capitals, offering a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington.



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Gribaumont
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We foi d the food very tasty; the place very clean and well maintained and the service dedicated. Very nice surprise and it felt as the positive reviews we read about Romulo prior to booking .

A place to visit. I’ll go again to confirm the first time..

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mark280560
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The range of food on the menu was good and plenty of choices. What is not mentioned is that you can have any of the foods on the 'platitos' menu as a main course dish. All the food we ordered was well seasoned and tasted great. All in all will look forward to dining here again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, attentive service, delicious food. My Philippino friend also like it very much! It become one of the good restaurant I often go. Highly recommended

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vipVictoriaL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to wait for our table and they brought us complimentary drinks and made us very comfortable while we waited. A real class act. We'd always loved the place. Our laat visit sealed the deal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Filipino food!! Keep it up!! Proud to be Filipino!!

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DanP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were rushed in and out all within 45 minutes so it didn’t feel like a comfortable setting. The food was good and worth revisiting but perhaps not as a date or special occasion setting.

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vipJeannebelJones
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have always liked Romulo. I’ve taken most of my friends who are not filipino. Some are Italian chef, Thai chef and Malaysian chef. They all have their opinion at fine finding Filipino food. Very different to Earl’s Court restaurant experience and the Supperclub experience.
In the past I have plenty of excellent dining experience at this restaurant, I’ve started boasting to my friends of how good the food here. Although in the recent times, the quality of food has been a bit of a let down. For my recent visit of me and my partner, even himself have criticised how the quality of food is changed (or maybe the chef was just having a tough shift). The BRAISED GRASS FED BRITISH RIB OF BEEF (CRISPY BEEF TADYANG) was very tough to bite into and the meat was dry. On the other hand LOLA VIRGINA’S CHICKEN RELLENO was very dry, we didn’t even touch the chicken. We did mention to our waiter the matter.
Apart from all of this the MILKFISH (BANGUS) AL AJILLO was a delight. Exquisite! My partner told me that maybe I am bias as ‘Bangus’ (milkfish) is my ultimate favourite fish.
We would like to come back to Romulo and have the same experience with food like we did in the past. It is a brilliant restaurant and the food had been fine dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, but nice food, European food mix with Thai food concept! Went there for food three times in a row! New cuisine in london!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! Reception is also good, as I celebrated my birthday there with my family including my Mom, who really enjoyed all the food the she had.

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vipchelseafoodie
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and sophisticated exotic food. Will return regularly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was a bit slow initially but it got better. Interesting menu and great flavour. Highly recommend to order small plates to share variety of dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good people.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Regular customer here. I always come here with my mom and sometimes with friends specially on special occasions or just any normal day when we crave for some filipino food and when we’re too lazy to cook at home. Food is great (Nothing to complain about) we always order the pinakbet but there are some dishes that the chef needs to work on such as kare-Kare. The only downside is how some staffs or waitresses (filipino ones) are not professional when it comes to serving the customers which is us. Dare I say, they lack ‘training’, sure, the basics is to serve the customers but they lack compassion and professionalism. If you are filipino, you would compare them as to a server in a carinderia. I also noticed how they don’t do this to other people (foreigner) but they do to us (filipinos) - take note that this is just an assumption. Plus they dont smile like they’re not happy to serve us at all. Some other day, one lady even called me “Ate” which i don't find offensive but would you call your customers “Ate” in a fine dinning setting? I am not hating on the ladies I know they’re doing their job but I do hope that atleast try to become a bit more professional. We customer expect to be treated well specially when we’re eating in a such a posh restaurant. Also with the Embargo, they don’t seem to know how it works so please be more knowledgeable with your external PR. That’s all i have to say, I hope you take this note and expect to be treated well in our next visit. Xxx

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viptnnsbrvs
London
38 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice find on High Street Kensington. The food is good value. We really liked the seafood noodles and some of the veggie dishes, but my friends thought the duck confit bao was very dry. Nice and attentive service as well.

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vipchelseafoodie
London
21 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous place, goes on the list of favourites once I work my way through the menu.

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Elaina
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Really good service and the food came very quickly. Will definitely be going back.

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MARJORIEG
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There has never been a good Filipino restaurant in London in my opinion until Romulo's Cafe came along. Great food and Ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It’s comforting to know folks have a slice of home when visiting such a welcoming place.

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Maria
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They need to invest in good a/c because it was so hot. We were all sweating.

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KieranR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyable evening, good food and a mystery that there were not more people in the restaurant as it merits more business.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect evening! You can never go wrong with Romulo Café - as it was a birthday occasion they made sure to make it a little bit extra special!

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TanyaO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious Philippine food & delicious drinks. Fantastic service & our waitress took the best photos! Great atmosphere will happily come back.

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LondonAimee
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great halo halo. Must try. Prices are reasonable but exclusive enough to bring a hot date to.

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JaneD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I introduce Romulo Cafe to a new friend, I always see on their face expression that they are surprised with the taste and always says its perfect blending of tastes. Last time I visited with a chef friend He love the food.He ordered a 5 course meal and we really enjoyed it! We probably visit soon with his friends.

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MarcelS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing overall experience and value! Feels like eating at a friends' house with great food.

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Anonymous
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly staff. Good food and good portion sizes. Particularly enjoyed garlic rice and fried bananas.

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner came to talk to us and help us with our order. We had been before and fell in love with some dishes which we were looking forward to having again however the menu had slightly changed so then we were unsure ! The guy was very kind and offered to make something off the menu that ticked our box and also helped us choose something similar on the menu. I definitely recommend

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vipHD2012
London
31 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was good, i think for vegetarians it was a bit limited but the desserts are incredible. you must try the UBE CHEESECAKE that was the best bit.

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Noms
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went here for valentines date night, the food was lovely and the service was nice, it's a bit cramped but I'm assuming everyone was out for valentines day.

I would go again, the food was a nice modern twist on classic dishes

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vipRhea
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Romulo Cafe is always a joy. It's a slice of home, my happy place :)

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Xoxo
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Lovely staff. Explained all the dishes and very good quality at a great price. Definitely recommend! Delicious.

NC
NeilC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice Food , friendly and informative staff . Restaurant not that big so maybe advisable to book ahead

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, the experience was better compared to another Filipino restaurant that I tried here in London. However, because I tried Romulo’s in Manila, the food there is way better than the quality here. The chicken relleno is a bit too salty for me. The one that I liked best was the laing. Also, I think the price are a bit expensive compared to other equally good or better tasting cuisines around London. Ambience of the resto and staff service were good! Not sure if I’ll be back though.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very nice first experience of Phillipeans food

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic food. Very attentive staff. Brilliant meal.

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Marcelle
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the 5 courses with wine and was the best choice. The food was amazing, different flavors and ingredients. I definitely recommend the ube cheesecake. The server was lovely and helpful.

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Kristine
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We loved the special menu especially the lechon, and the tupig & puto bumbong. It reminds me so much of home!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for Filipino food. Gotta have those warm pandesals.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my husband’s birthday. It was his first time and he had a lovely time. They managed to grant all my requests! :) As expected, food is awesome. Their £28 offer (with unlimited cocktails and 3 platitos) on weekdays is a great value for money. We had 6 different platitos but didn’t finish everything as the portions are quite huge. Never miss bagoong rice and sizzling chicken. :)

JJ
vipJeannebelJones
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always have said that this place is absolutely lovely. Food is high standard and well plated for the eye palette. Tonight we dined and the chefs special Puto Bumbong tasted very plain. Yes there was brown sugar and hard cold butter to dressed this dish but even so it didn’t take me back to my last Christmas in Philippines. Very disappointed, hopefully on our next visit this dish would have a more delightful taste.