Filipino cuisine is probably one of the most underrated cuisines in the world. I don't wanna sound biased here but there's really a lot more to Filipino food than being salty, oily, or icky (as others may perceive).
It just makes me feel proud and happy to know that the Filipino cuisine is continuously being known and celebrated in this part of the world. It makes me even happier and prouder when Filipino cuisine is being introduced to other nationalities, just like what The Daily in Rove Trade Centre did with their newest offering every Saturday—Rove Boodle Fight!
The Daily is Rove Hotels' flagship restaurant. I love the consistency when it comes to the restaurant's look and feel. I've also been to the Downtown branch before, and it's very much like the Trade Centre branch. It's casual vibe makes for a perfect venue for some relaxed dining with family and friends, sundowners after work, and even a boodle fight!
For those who are unfamiliar, boodle fight is a traditional Filipino practice wherein food is served military-style. An assortment of meat and seafood, along with rice and sides, is laid on a banana leaf, which you'll have to eat straight from the table with your bare hands. Yup, no plates, no utensils.
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I love how The Daily created a festival of flavors to honor the tasty traditions of Filipino seafood and meat dishes with the Rove Boodle Fight.
It is served on a banana leaf lined huge tray, with a heaping serving of white rice (which may be refilled); grilled chicken, shrimps, mussels, squid, and corn on the cob—all cooked Filipino BBQ style; steamed crabs, calamari, and chicken inasal skewers; ensaladang mangga (this is like a Filipino version of mango salsa), boiled egg and fresh tomatoes; and BBQ sauce and spiced vinegar. It also comes with Lomi soup and a choice of a glass of lemonade or iced tea.
The BBQ flavor was on point—a little sweet, mildly salty, and tangy—just how Filipinos love it! The mango salsa (which I love!), BBQ sauce, and vinegar were equally delicious and enhanced the flavors of the grilled meat and seafood. The calamari seemed a little off from the grilled bunch (we don't usually include fried dishes in boodle fights), but I totally enjoyed it!
I also wasn't initially sure about the purpose of the boiled egg there until I saw the tomatoes; it was supposedly a replacement for the salted egg which is usually part of a boodle fight. The lomi soup also didn't appeal to me. It didn't have the actual lomi noodles, which is most likely why that distinct lomi taste was lacking (it just tasted like a thick salty chicken broth).
Other than that, Mark and I enjoyed the boodle fight. Everything tasted fresh and authentic. It made me miss home!
Priced at 99 AED per person, though may seem a bit steep when compared to other restaurants here in Dubai serving Filipino boodle fight, I can say that it's totally worth it. Also, just a personal opinion, with its presentation, serving size, quality, and taste; plus considering the restaurant's ambience, Rove Boodle Fight is something that other nationalities would also enjoy (and I'd be proud to recommend).
They also have a special Boodle Fight 2-for-1 offer till end of November 2018. Yes, that's 99 AED for two! Such a great deal so make sure not to miss out. ;)
ROVE BOODLE FIGHT
plus a glass of lemonade or iced tea
THE DAILY - Rove Trade Centre
Rove Trade Centre, Lobby Level
2nd December Street, Al Jafiliya
Al Satwa, Dubai, U.A.E.
+971 (0)4 561 9000
We were invited to try the Boodle Fight at The Daily and our meal was complimentary, but this post is not influenced nor paid for. Opinions on this blog post are my own.
All photos were taken with an iPhone 6S Plus.