“Ready on the left,
Ready on the right,
Commence boodle fight!”
Those are the usual words a senior military officer in the Philippines utter as a signal to the soldiers that they can now eat. Boodle fight is a tradition of the Philippine Military Academy where cadets would gather around a long table full of food and rice is spread over banana leaves and eaten with bare hands.
But today, this meal practice is now very popular especially in the province where fresh seafood, grilled meat, fruits and many more are served to visitors for them to enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
And while boodle fight can be commonly seen in the province, there are restaurants in the cities that offer this kind of meal setup. And we have spotted one of them near a famous university in Manila. The place is called Gillid’s 8Fifty. It is located at Arizona Tower, P. Campa St., Espanya, Manila. The store is open Mondays to Sundays (1:00 pm until 2:00 am). If you want an alternatives to food chains, this restaurant is a refreshing choice as they offer boodle fight menu. When we have tried one of their menu, I was amazed that the serving which is good for two persons can actually satisfy a group of four people. We ordered the Gillids B for 250 pesos only and you can have Bagnet (a popular dish from the Ilocos), ensaladang talong (eggplant salad), egg, rice and house blend ice tea.
And they are super affordable, too, as you can see in their price list below.
For me and my foodie buddy, Karla, Gillid’s 8Fifty is “pop na pop”!
So, you don’t really have to go to the province or be a military just to experience boodle fight. At Gillid’s 8fifty, everyone can enjoy boodle fight in the city.