Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have a Boodle Fight at Aracama Restaurant and Lounge in Bonifacio Global City

Aracama Boodle Fight Menu

Boodle fights are a military tradition that you ought to try with your family and friends. The mechanics are simple - food is placed in a long table on top of banana leaves and your mission is to try to eat as much of it as you can using only your bare hands. Once the signal to start eating is given, everyone begins to battle it out. 

Recently, Aracama Restaurant and Lounge released their very own Boodle Fight Platters: The Salo-Salo Boodle Platter and Fiesta Boodle Platter. This is an amazing opportunity to try a number of delicious Filipino dishes prepared by Chef Fernando Aracama. 

It is also a great opportunity for you to bond with your loved ones. In today's digital age, cellphones and tablets are often used in the dinner table. In the fight for food, with your hands smothered with oil and grease, you won't be able to use any of your gadgets. So it's an opportunity to really start a conversation with one another. 

When you order a boodle platter, it comes with this lemon and water wash for you to wash your hands right before digging in. 

Aracama Boodle Fight - Lemon and Water Wash

Since Filipino meals aren't complete without sawsawan both platters also come with 4 different types of sauces.

While waiting for your food, you can also try their version of Fish Balls (220 php) made from cream dory. It's really tasty! I suggest you dip it in the original fish ball sauce (the one on the left).

Now let's move on to the actual boodle  platters:

Fiesta Boodle (3900+ php)

Aracama Boodle Fight - Fiesta Boodle Platter

For an amazing boodle fight experience, I suggest you order the Fiesta Boodle Platter. It may be more expensive, but the platter also has some of the best-tasting dishes I've had in Aracama! Since this is a boodle fight, here are the 'choice portions' from the Fiesta Boodle Platter that you should get your hands on immediately (in order).
  • Sinugba na Baka - This dish just explodes with flavor. My favorite dish on the platter. 
  • Taba ng Talangka Prawns - Very tasty and flavorful prawns!
  • Crispy Pata - If you're into getting the most expensive dish on the plate, go for the Crispy Pata!
I also loved the Kalo Kalo, Green Mango Salad (with Bagoong), and Lumpiang Bangus. Of course, you should get a taste of everything but if you have really competitive enemies then you ought to know what to aim for. In short, it's everything in the middle! 

For dessert, the Fiesta Boodle Platter features Dulce Gatas & Bunuelos. I find that the combination fits really well together. The only thing I didn't like about it is the authenticity of the Dulce Gatas. I think it was made with condensed milk rather than carabao milk cooked with muscovado sugar, so it tastes closer to caramel than the real thing. It was still really good though!

Aracama Boodle Fight - Dulce Gatas and Bunuelos

Overall, the Fiesta Boodle platter will certainly keep you coming back to Aracama due to the quality and variety of dishes! 

Rating: 5.0

Salo - Salo Boodle (2900+ php)

Aracama Boodle Fight - Fiesta Boodle Platter

The main difference between the Salo-Salo Boodle Platter and the Fiesta Boodle Platter are the entrees. For the Salo-Salo platter, I particularly loved the Pork Skewers! It tasted really good when paired with Kalo Kalo and Lumpiang Bangus. I didn't like the Crispy Tilapia as much. Don't get me wrong, it was good but I just don't eat fish a lot. I would probably choose to get the Grilled Squid as the main entree instead.

My advice is the same for both platters. Go for the dishes in the middle first! 

Aracama Boodle Fight - Crispy Tilapia

The Salo-Salo Boodle Platter comes with pichi-pichi, a light dessert at the end of all that eating.

Aracama Boodle Fight - Pichi Pichi

While the Salo-Salo platter serves great food at a more affordable price, I would suggest you upgrade to the Fiesta platter instead. The dishes featured in the Fiesta platter taste so much better. 

Rating: 4.0

Overall, here's how I would rate my experience with Acarama Restaurant and Lounge:

Food Quality: 4.5
Service Quality: 4.5
Ambiance: 5

Overall Score: 4.5

Now, it's time for you to go and have a boodle fight in Aracama Restaurant and Lounge. It may be a bit pricey but it's definitely worth it. Please share this article with your friends!  

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. The author did not pay for any of the dishes mentioned in this article. This, however, does not impair the unbiased opinion of the reviewer. 

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  1. Wow! I love boodle feasts. It's yummy and fun to share with family and friends.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Valerice. Very yummy indeed!

  2. hi!!! I love how you write very interesting article and i want to read more of your writings!

  3. I love boodle!!! :) And I love pichi-pichi, too! Hahaha.

    1. That's good to know! I hope you'll be able to try out Aracama's Boodle fight! It's really good!

  4. ME CRAVING NOW FOOD! HAHA! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I keep on craving for food whenever I see the photos too ! :(

  5. ahhh makes me miss home and all my favorite pinoy foods! Thank you for sharing this one. Boodle fight never gets old.

  6. I love boodle fight especially when shared when shared with my family. Its fun, really fun!!!

  7. I’ve never heard of a boodle fight before but it surely sounds interesting. I wish to try it out with friends and family next time we visit.

  8. when im back on track. still recovering from unknown digestive problem will devour this out!! solid! seriously im hungry right now! :)

  9. I love to try the boodle fight with my friends and family. This would be definitely nice bonding and fun. :)

  10. I have experienced boodle fight before and it was really good! This one looks great too. And I want to try the dessert with dulce de gatas. How much for an order of that dessert? Thanks

  11. Where are your locations in the Philippines?

    1. Hi,

      Aracama only has one location at the moment. It's in the Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. :D