Boodle fight cravings in the time of Corona

I miss eating out. But the one thing that I crave the most is sharing a boodle fight with friends. Social distancing has been the new norm. While ease in restrictions is slowly being rolled out in Dubai, we still can't gather as close to each other as we would like, which is completely understandable. As long as there is no vaccine for COVID-19, life will continue to go in this manner.


Lately, I've been thinking about the food that I can't wait to eat again. The boodle fight that I shared with my friends last August at Rove World Trade Centre was so memorable. I couldn't forget the experience of it all that I promised myself I would eat there again when it's safe to do so. Now, the boodle fight, in Filipino culture, is the military-style of eating where food is piled on top of banana leaves and eaten with bare hands (kamayan). Sounds interesting, right? Well, wait until you try it (at home, for now)!

We celebrated a friend's birthday at Rove and sampled the boodle-fight package from The Daily, which was priced at 99 AED per pax (we were four). My friend and I brought our U by Emaar cards (a discount card that offered a 2-for-1 promotion), so we only paid half the price. Our total bill was 198 AED.

Our boodle fare was served in a huge platter and was good for two people sharing. It came with refreshing drinks and grilled food. The seafood was fresh, which included milkfish, shrimp, crab, squid, and mussels. We were also served with beef and chicken, which were both tender and savory. Rice was unlimited too, but we no longer ordered extra as what was served to us was already enough. Of course, you can't fully experience a boodle fight without Ensalada on the side. I loved that they added it into the mix because it would've been incomplete without it.


My friends and I love sharing a feast using our hands. So before the lockdown in Dubai was imposed, we caught up with each other over a delicious seafood feast at Dampa Seafood Grill in Deira. The Filipino restaurant is known for its Dump a Seafeast package, so we ordered it with the cajun spice seasoning. 

This is how they served our seafood feast. First, they mixed the cooked shrimp, crab, mussel, clams, and corn into a bowl of piping hot white rice. As soon as the rice's color turns orange-red, and the juices combine with it, they dump everything on the table. It was such a beautiful sight! I enjoyed the experience despite not eating the majority of the spread (due to my allergy).

Our feast also came with a 2-liter fishbowl mocktail (Ruby chose the green apple flavor) and unlimited rice. Les requested an extra order of grilled Isaw (chicken intestines), which complemented our food. Our total bill was around 200 AED, which was a steal. 

Writing this article made me want to eat out with my husband and friends again. Oh, I miss our food trips! But for now, I am content with staying home and staying safe. Until then!

Explore & Be Free (in the comfort of your home, for now)!

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