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Catering by Claudia

November 1, 2014

Catering by Claudia, the official catering arm of the Romulo Food Group hosted a grand buffet showcasing the signature food of the Romulo restaurants through a ten-station buffet in the Romulo Lounge last Friday.  It is a pioneer business of husband-and-wife tandem, Enzo Squillantini and Sandie Romulo-Squillantini. Yours truly, together with select blogger friends were invited to have a grand feast!


I seldom go to an all-Filipino buffet because we feel that the dishes can be easily cooked at home, but I was delighted by the array of the food presented that afternoon – food stations represent the favorite dishes and preparations the Romulo restaurants are known for. The first time I tasted the offerings from Romulo Café, I was impressed with the innovation of the Filipino food. Catering by Claudia use and infuse different ingredients into the favorite dishes to come up with delightful new offerings. I didn’t know where to start! I usually go straight to the main meal and skip the appetizers, but this time around, I just had to try the unique appetizer spread.

Balut Pate’
Filipino Delicacy Duck Egg’s yolk sauteed in aromats, Mirin
and White Wine then blended with Olive Oil and Butter
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Torta de Cangrejo
Crab Cakes with Cilantro and served with a Banana, Tomato and Chili Sauce
Romulo Garden Salad of Mixed Lettuce, Cucumbers, Beets, Marinated
Tomatoes, Croutons and Buffalo Cheese served with a Mango Coulis Vinaigrette

The meals are inherited through three generations of heirloom recipes and traditions, the Romulo cuisine is inspired by rich historical significance, primarily the career of General Carlos P. Romulo – the first Asian President of the United Nations General Assembly and proud Filipino diplomat. I heard that affairs hosted by Gen. Romulo were celebrations of delectable food selection served and enjoyed by their international guests.

It felt like attending one of those events with delectable dishes presented in each station. The recipes are passed on to generations which gave birth to Romulo Food Group composed of: the Romulo Lounge, Claudia’s Kitchen, Cerchio, Tito Chef and Catering by Claudia.
The event coincide with the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the spread was a celebration of international taste and flavor.
Some of the food worth mentioning (aside from the Balut Pate and Duck Lumpia!), the Calabaza Soup with Carrot Sauce (that truly defines its flavor and color!),  the Paella Valenciana – a rich
savoury fiesta of seafood, chorizos, vegetables and rice cooked with Saffron and Sofrito (I am not a fan of paella but I enjoyed the one from Romulo team!), the US Angus Beef Brisket Sandwich (do I need to explain further?)

There is also a Pasta Station – Fettuccine with Mushroom and Truffle Sauce, Penne pasta with Spinach in Pomodoro Sauce,  Fussili with grilled Shrimps in Basil and Pesto Sauce and Dimsum & Sushi Stations. I missed the Smoked Bangus Roll!
What is a good meal (buffet!) without dessert?
Leche Flan with Candied Strawberries

Blueberry Cheesecake

Assorted Panacotta Shots

Cassava Bites with Cheddar Cheese! (Heaven for me!)

Chocolate Rumble
I was being modest with my dessert plate. I wish I had more. I love everything
in it, especially the Cassava Bites with Cheese!

The Catering by Claudia is truly a celebration of flavor and international taste. A mix of Filipino, Spanish and French cuisines that delightfully entice guests. You would never feel tired of tasting the same old flavor, because of the array of different flavors available in every station.
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