romulo cafe – seems like i was the only one who didn’t know about it

In eating in manila on December 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm

had dinner about a week ago with 2 of my favorite students – haydee and brie. asked them to suggest a place and haydee quickly mentioned romulo cafe in the scout area in QC. so hey, always on the look out for something new so off we went.

i knew the menu was filipino – as well it should be having been converted from the residence of the late carlos p. romulo. but one thing caught my eye when i scanned the menu – boneless binagoongan crispy pata (P500+). now i love binagoongan and crispy pata so this dish was a no brainer to order. but before it arrived we had gambas. and then ordered the kare kare

the kare kare was very nice (i think about P300+). it had ox tail and tripe – as any self-respecting kare kare should have and with my first mouthful i declared it to be the best restaurant kare kare i’ve ever had. and i stand by that. other restaurants usually just have regular beef cuts and don’t bother with the tail. you gotta have the tail, you just gotta.

the crispy pata was also pretty good – although personally i would have wanted more of the binagoongan flavor in there. as you can see from the pic, the preparation is basically crispy pata with some bagoong mixture on top. it was indeed crisp and quite tasty, but more crispy pata than binagoongan.

if you find the prices rather high, don’t worry, the servings are on the hefty side. and given that the three of us girls finished more food than the four guys at the table beside us hehe!

i would suggest this place if you’re entertaining balikbayan or foreign friends. good authentic touch.

oh, and i saw vicki belo that night, so that was fun. in my mind she’s one of those people you don’t really know if they exist in real life.


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