The Boodle Fight Experience at Captain A’s!

What’s up, guys?

I’m hoping you guys are enjoying your last few hours of 2013. In just a bit, we’ll be welcoming 2014. Here’s to more adventures and experiences that make us better people! Anyway, more backlogged posts. Last month, we had our teambonding for the last quarter over at Captain A’s!

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Captain A’s Seafood Grill is a restaurant located in Cebu City. It used to be located at Asiatown IT Park, but it recently transferred to somewhere along Don Jose Avila St., and it’s now nearby Sacred Heart School – Hijas De Jesus, and is behind CDU in Capitol. They transferred to a much larger location, with lots of available parking.

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They’ve certainly decked out their decorations for the Christmas holidays, all with lots of bright lights!

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They’ve got a stocked bar for some drinks as well!

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They also have this special area which is more of a coffeeshop, featuring hot and cold drinks with pastries.

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As for the actual restaurant space, they’ve got an outdoor area, as well as an indoor area that spans 2 floors, with several private rooms for gatherings or events. There’s a barracks room that fits up to 30 people, as well as another room that has a videoke in it that can fit up to 25 people. All in all, they’ve got a huge area with a capacity that could probably fit 15-20 groups at one time. Design wise, they play along with the sailor and sea theme pretty well, with the life buoys and marine tank displays.

Now, Captain A’s is popular for the Boodle Fight Experience. What is a Boodle Fight, you ask?

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So, in a nutshell, basing from the huge framed picture above, a Boodle Fight is a term coined by the Philippine Military Academy in where they would gather tons of food and spread it over banana leaves, and dine together, without utensils and just by using their hands, as a sign of fraternity and equality. It’s also whenever a celebration is in order. So, yes, you can imagine just how messy and just how unique this experience is! This is their best seller, so we just had to try it!

They’ve got several packages of Boodle Fights and it’s inclusive and complete with unlimited rice, dessert (fruit cocktail) and 4 rounds of iced tea. These were all priced at PHP 1,298.00 but it might be outdated now, so it’s best to call them and ask for their most recent prices.

  • The Battle of Mactan

It is named after the famous battle off the shores of Mactan in 1521 between Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan.


Bagoong Rice, Plain Rice, Grilled Shrimps, Grilled Tilapia, ½ Chicken BBQ, Kinilaw na Tanguige, Kare-Kare, Ensaladang Mangga with Bagoong, Salted Egg
  • Birthday Boodle

It is a boodle fight meal especially prepared for birthday celebrations.


Plain Rice, Pancit Canton, Lumpiang Shanghai, Pork BBQ, Fried Chicken, Grilled Prawns, Grilled Tilapia, Grilled Squid, Chopsuey, Cream of Mushroom Soup, (Also served with cake for birthdays)
  • Crab Temptation

This is the newest boodle fight meal that offers a sumptuous array of steamed crabs that are deliciously irresistible.


Bagoong Rice, Plain Rice, Medium Steamed Alimango (1 kilo), Pinakbet, Nilarang na Tuna Head
  • D’Original

As its name suggests, it mostly consists of the original items of food eaten by PMA cadets in a boodle fight.


Sardines Rice, Plain Rice, Chicken and Pork Adobo, Grilled Squid, Grilled Prawns, Steamed Crab, Crabmeat Sisig, Grilled Tuna Belly, Vegetables, Salted Egg w/ Tomatoes
  • Loakan Fiesta

It is named after Loakan, Baguio City, where the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is located.


Java Rice, Plain Rice, Grilled Squid, Grilled Pork Belly, Steamed Crab, Grilled Clams, Nilasing na Hipon, Sinigang na Bangus, Pinakbet, Ensaladang Labanos with Dilis
  • Sinugba Festival

All of the viands that make up this boodle fight meal are grilled.


Garlic Rice, Plain Rice, Grilled Pork Belly, Grilled Chicken, Inihaw na Pusit, Inihaw na Bangus, Baked Scallops, Monggo Soup, Inihaw na Talong, Amplaya w/ Dilis
  • Sinulog Feast

It is named after the well-known annual festivity in Cebu City, the Sinulog Festival.


Pusô or Garlic Rice, Plain Rice, ½ Lechon Baboy, ½ Chicken Inasal, Native Chorizo, Danggit, Hipon with Gata, Nilarang na Tuna Head, Ensaladang Mangga

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There were 8 of us, and the Boodle Fight Package is good for 3-4 people. We just ended up ordering more viands instead. We had the Sinugba Festival, as the food it comprised was very appealing and sounded delicious. It’s fun too, because when they deliver it, they have this PMA kind of soldier shout where they chant “Boodle Fight Commence!” and have special chants for birthdays and other occasions as well.

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Here’s an actual picture of our Sinugba Festival Boodle Fight Experience. We had to wait about 20-30 minutes for this order, and we were really hungry when it arrived! The experience of eating it with just your hands (or plastic gloves) and sharing in this meal is very unique. I love the concept about it!

I will be honest though, the serving was on the smaller side, but maybe that’s because there were 8 of us and we just ordered more food. Otherwise, I could honestly see this being good for 3-4 people, but it is also a bit pricey at PHP 1,300.00 for just 4 people! The actual food was okay. I wasn’t a particular fan of the scallops or the vegetables presented. The grilled food tasted good, so take it as it is. Others might have a different opinion, but for me, food was just so-so.

So, would I recommend this restaurant? The place and ambience is nice, there’s ample parking, there are lots of options with food and drinks, but the actual food was just your standard restaurant fare. The novelty of the Boodle Fight Experience is worth trying once with your team, family or friends, but I wouldn’t really go back again and again if we were just talking about the food. That being said, it’s still probably worth a try if you’re bored with your local restaurants and eats!

Took pictures of the menu and placed it into a gallery. Please feel free to click on the pictures to enlarge them, the resolution is pretty large.

 

Phone:

+63 32 236 1693 / 0932-466-4258

E-mail:

reservations@Captain-As.com
captainasseafoodgrill@gmail.com

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/CaptainAs1

Address:

Don Jose Avila St.

Capitol Site, Cebu City, 6000

I think that’s all that I have to say! If you have a comment or question, please feel free to message me or drop a comment.

Wishing you guys a Happy New Year. Here’s to a great start to 2014! Stay safe, eat well, and don’t mess with the fireworks!

Until next time,

Cheers!

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