Boodle Feast at Blackbeard’s Seafood Island in Market! Market!
When we went to the Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buenviaje church in Antipolo last week, we passed by Market Market to have lunch. Among the many restaurants within the vicinity of that shopping mall, we chose to eat at Blackbeard’s Seafood Island where we had one of the Boodle Feasts specifically the Dapitan’s Pride set.
Dapitan’s Pride, according to the menu, consists of crispy coco gin shrimps, San Mig clams, grilled tilapia, grilled squid, laing, steamed crabs, grilled liempo, kalkag rice & atchara papaya. And because it’s a Boodle Feast, it was served on top of banana leaves.
It was my first time to eat at Seafood Island so it was my first, too, to eat one of their Boodle Feasts but, of course, even before we ordered the meal, I had an idea what it’s going to look like because of the word boodle feast. Here’s a definition of boodle fight from the Urban Dictionary and a photo from Webshots.
Some years ago, I stood as the best man to my cousin’s wedding in Nueva Ecija. Both my cousin and her then fiancée were members of the military and as part of the wedding ceremony, a boodle fight was made. All the members of the military who were present on the occasion was called by the master of the ceremony to take part in the boodle feast where they would altogether eat the food served on banana leaves on a long table. That was when I learned about what a boodle fight is.
Dapitan’s Pride is priced at Php695 and is good for three to four persons but there’s also a bigger set priced at Php969 which is good for five to six persons. The price list from their official website shows a much lower price range (Php545 and Php890 respectively) which I think was just not updated.
The feast was considerately good. We all enjoyed the meal including our two-year old daughter who has been eating rice with her bare hands. Fortunately, we didn’t have my wife with us because she is allergic to mollusks (I couldn’t say to seafood because she still can eat fishes).
Blackbeard’s Seafood Island can be located at Fiesta Market, Market Market! in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Global City but they also have branches at Shopwise Arcade in McArthur Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon and in Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.