The Treasure Chest



Restaurant Photography by Marte Lundby Rekaa

It was so much fun working with Filipino restaurant Romulo Café London creating a set of images for them before their big launch. There is something very special seeing a concept, a brand and an interior develop into a restaurant full of life.

The food had to be photographed long before the decorators came in, so we shot the delicious dishes on a black background mirroring the colour of the tables that were yet to be delivered.

With a tight deadline, the first interior photos were captured as soon as one corner of the restaurant was finished. Working under pressure can sometimes be fun as it challenges your creativity and forces lateral thinking.

The thing that really made the Romulo project stand out, was the quality of the professionals I got to collaborate with. Owners Rowena and Chris expertly project managed the big launch, Executive Chef Lorenzo created some mouth watering dishes, Karen brought the interior to life, Jonathan created a lovely walk through video and interview with Rowena, Kate captured the magic in her design both on- and offline and Gina impressed us by securing a wide range of publicity opportunities.


Romulo Café was recently featured in Premier Hospitality.

Romulo Café was established in the Philippines in 2009 and the first restaurant was opened by Rowena’s sister, Sandie Romulo Squillantini and her husband Enzo Squillantini. The restaurants celebrate the legacy of Rowena’s grandfather, General Carlos P. Romulo; an ice cream loving statesman who served as Philippine Ambassador to the United States, as President of the United Nations General Assembly and as the longest serving Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. He was also the first and only Filipino to win a Pulitzer Prize and awarded the highest American civilian award, Medal of Freedom.  (Read more here)

The menu is developed by Chef Lorenzo (previously at Sushi Samba) and is based on Rowena’s grandmothers home cooking. The Filipino cuisine is a fusion of Asian, Spanish and American flavours leaving you with a delicious twist on dishes you feel like you already know and love. The dining experience is topped off by the warmth of the interior which is decorated to resemble General Romulo’s own home featuring mementos and photos of himself and his family on the walls.

The restaurant feels a bit like a treasure chest waiting to be explored. So go on, be adventurous and book a table tonight!

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Interior design: Karen Soriano, The True Collective
Food development: Exec Chef Lorenzo Maduras
Web and graphic design: Kate Stuart, Kate Stuart Design
Video: Jonathan Crane, Perpetual Films
PR & Marketing: Gina McAdams, Stratemarco
Photography: Marte Lundby Rekaa
Assistant: Katherine Heath and Silvia Dee