Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Interiors of Romulo Cafe, Makati

Once in a while a restaurant with incredible interiors pops up in Manila. Romulo Cafe is one of them.

Romulo Cafe opened a couple of years ago in Quezon City.  I've read all about the concept and the interiors in newspapers and numerous blogs. I've been wanting to visit but just never got around to it.

Then a few months ago, my friend Sandy invited me and her cousin to lunch at Romulo Cafe in Makati.  There's a Romulo Cafe now in Makati? Yes, sometimes I'm clueless about my surroundings. I even pass this way every week on the way to Sunday Lunch.

I was very excited because Sandy and I always have so much to say to each other, and I hadn't also seen Leica in ten thousand years. There was so much catching up to do.

I'd just be repeating all the other blogs if I started to explain the concept of the restaurant, and the food they serve--so I won't. 

 We ate upstairs

I loved the ambience of the restaurant. I think they got the right combination of solids and pattern for this branch, compared to the first Romulo Cafe in Quezon City. I've never been to the QC branch, but I feel overwhelmed just looking at the photos.  The Makati branch doesn't overwhelm. It's stimulating, but calming at the same time. 

This hallway leads to a separate dining room below, which looks like it's available for private functions. The white wall is textured like brick, giving it a vintage look.

I love this patterned floor

The restaurant in well illuminated with natural light. This dining room  (there are three main rooms) overlooks a small garden. That wall in the garden seems 3-D but is actually just painted in shades of grey to look three dimensional.

This below is the main dining room on the ground floor.

This could be the cover of a design magazine, don't you think? 
 (and maybe I can be a paid photographer? lol)

Unfortunately we were too engrossed catching up that I completely forgot to take photos of what we ate. It's hard enough to concentrate on the conversation when I have to keep my eyes from wandering and checking out the details of the interiors.

Suman sa latik cleverly "plated"

If you are sensitive to design, this restaurant will delight you from all angles. If you're interested in history, lots of it is hanging on the walls. Even the menu is a very interesting read. This restaurant needs a couple of visits just for the interiors. And then of course there's the food.

Romulo Cafe
148 Jupiter Street
Bel Air, Makati City
478-6404 and 822-0286

1 comment:

Carla Aston said...

What a gorgeous place. Love pendants and the tile work. Modern and fresh with a nod to the past. Just amazing.


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