Cocido—the general’s favorite at Romulo Café

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As the world celebrates Father’s Day, Romulo Café honors Gen. Carlos P. Romulo by introducing cocido, a classic Spanish dish and an all-time favorite of the late general.

As a tribute to Romulo and all father’s this month, the café serves up generous portions of the general’s favorite dish— the delicious cocido

Father to four sons and grandfather to five girls and five boys, General Romulo dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace, envisioning a world where, in his words, “no child shall lie down in terror or waken to hunger but shall know himself as a being of unique value in a safer and kindlier world.”

Romulo Café intends to keep the memory and legacy of this distinguished officer and gentleman through the art of fine cooking and dining. Its cuisine includes original recipes used by Romulo’s first wife, Virginia Llamas Romulo. A skilled cook who personally managed the family kitchen in her early years of marriage, Virginia made sure that special Philippine recipes were always included in embassy functions that her husband hosted when he became a diplomat. She would prepare and cook the dishes herself, making sure that everything tasted perfect.

General Romulo celebrated his birthday in Washington, DC, 1953, surrounded by his family: (from left to right) Mike, Bobby, Virginia Llamas Romulo, and Dick. He was Ambassador to the United States. Missing from the photo is second son, Greg, who was in Manila

In time for celebrating the man of the house, Romulo Café pays tribute to all fathers with generous servings of Cocido. The hearty stew combines the flavors of beef shank, chicken, chorizo bilbao, chickpeas, pechay, cabbage, and saba (cooking bananas). This is simmered slowly in bulalo soup and served with the famous sauce of mashed saba and eggplant sauce.


Today, Romulo Cafe brings back the charms and pleasures of the general’s genteel era through the flavors beloved by the great Carlos P. Romulo. Romulo Cafés are located in Sct. Tuazon, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; Jupiter Street, Makati; Azumi Hotel in Ayala Alabang; and Kensington, London, UK.

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