Food Trip: Romulo Café

11 January 2011


Food Trip: Romulo Café


“Carlos P. Romulo (14 January 1899, Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines – 15 December 1985, Manila, Philippines) was a Filipino diplomat, politician, soldier, journalist and author. He was a reporter at 16, a newspaper editor by the age of 20, and a publisher at 32. He is the co-founder of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.


In his career in the United Nations, Rómulo was a strong advocate of human rights, freedom and decolonization. During the selection of the UN’s official seal, he looked over the seal-to-be and asked, “Where is the Philippines?” US Senator Warren Austin, head of the selection committee, explained, “It’s too small to include. If we put the Philippines, it would be no more than a dot.” “I want that dot!” insisted Romulo. Today, a tiny dot between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea can be found on the UN seal[citation needed]. In 1948 in Paris, France, at the third UN General Assembly, he strongly disagreed with a proposal made by the Soviet delegation headed by Andrei Vishinsky, who challenged his credentials by insulting him with this quote: “You are just a little man from a little country.” In return, Romulo replied, “It is the duty of the little Davids of this world to fling the pebbles of truth in the eyes of the blustering Goliaths and force them to behave!”, leaving Vishinsky with nothing left to do but sit down.


He served as the President of the Fourth Session of United Nations General Assembly from 1949–1950, and chairman of the United Nations Security Council. He had served with General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific, was Ambassador to the United States, and became the first non-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Correspondence in 1942.” —


Giving tribute to our famous ambassador is a chic cafe slash resto slash bar in town. Giving tribute to our well-known diplomat/politician/journalist/soldier is Romulo Cafe.


Romulo Cafe is a chic yet cozy restaurant located in one of the dining districts of Quezon City. It is situated near the dining spots of Tomas Morato.


The cafe boasts of its Filipino fusion cuisine, think Filipino food hyped up with modern ingredients. Good food include the following:


Starting off with the appetizers.
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Chicaron – Freshly popped chicharon with pinakurat vinegar
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Main dishes.
Ginataang Hipon sa Kamias Topped with Latik
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Tito Greg’s Kare Kare
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Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan
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The pastries – We heart the sans rival.
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The decors of the different rooms all pay tribute to Carlos P Romulo. Our group was reserved a table in the green room, the room located near the kitchen and the powder room.
The Green Room
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CPR alongside Gen Douglas MacArthur
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A huge lounge area outside is a favorite spot for those individuals who want to enjoy cocktails and mocktails.
Love my mocktail — Cool as cucumber
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Outside Romulo Cafe – Scout Tuason corner Dr. Lazcano
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Restaurant: Romulo Cafe
Address: 32 Scout Tuason corner Dr. Lazcano, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63.2.332.7275 / +63.915.662.3121
Budget: We allotted PHP 3000 for an entire meal good for 5-6 pax
Others: Reservation in advance is highly recommended.

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