As Roman mythology has it, it was twin brothers Romulus and Remus who founded and built the city of Rome but couldn’t quite keep the peace. After Remus was killed and Romulus proceeded to name the city after himself, the brothers’ namesake has been legend among Romans ever since. What legend doesn’t mention, however, is that the brothers loved to feast — at least, that’s what Richmond’s newest Mediterranean offering is all about.
“We want to serve big plates of food that you can feast on with mates,” says Renton Carlyle-Taylor who, together with business partner Mark Hopkinson, has given Bridge Road its very own excuse to gorge itself silly.
Centred around Italian and Mediterranean-inspired food, Romulus & Remus is founded on an innate human principle: feasting with family and friends. Only a few weeks after opening its doors, the restaurant’s 160-seater dining space is already close to filling up mid-week. A former indoor golf range, the large space - designed by Zone Architects -doesn’t feel too vast, and is softened by several olive trees, booths and an impressive glass wine display.
“We wanted to bring the concept of the feast to Romulus & Remus and refine that into a menu with flair,” says Renton.
Together with chef Mathew English, they’ve created a menu that does just that. Designed to share, you can choose from the selection of salumi on display, or a couple of pizzas or pastas with some of the bigger dishes. With a focus on local produce, the menu will also be seasonal, as will the rotating craft beer on tap.
This is the place where you can enjoy a plate of antipasti and a glass of local house red, or a banquet complete with a bottle of Grange. Just like you were seated at a friend’s table, the tone of Romulus & Remus is informal and communal — the perfect setting for a feast.