Cebu Food Stops: Captain A's Seafood Grill

March 4, 2013

Hooray for today! Have you ever heard of a boodle fight? Well, I learned about it since I was young. I have tried this kind of experience many times in our province and at school. Oh, memories! :) For those who have no idea, it is defined as below,

[1] A Philippine military eating tradition, originally practiced by the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets, wherein members of the military—regardless of rank—gather around a long table where a jumble of food is spread over banana leaves or old newspapers, and eaten with bare hands, as a symbol of fraternity and equality
[2] In Philippine usage, the boodle fight is a military academy terminology for “eating combat” or “attack the food.”
[3] The boodle fight is usually prepared in celebration after a successful event or for a special occasion.

To eat with your bare hands from banana leaves with a dozen other hands seems unusual, but totally awesome! :D My workmates and I were able to experience this during our team dinner at Captain A's Seafood Grill. It is the only restaurant around Cebu City that offers this kind of tradition. It was really an amazing night and we went back to the office with our bulging tummies! Haha. In fact, we took out some of the remaining food since there were just so many of them! :D

"Captain A’s Seafood Grill is a Filipino-inspired grill house restaurant that is the first in Cebu to bring in the concept of the Philippine military boodle fight tradition to casual dining.
The boodle fight as a house specialty makes Captain A’s unique from other native grill houses in town. While the Philippine military boodle fight is usually eaten while standing around a long table where a jumble of food is laid over banana leaves and eaten with bare hands, at Captain A’s, guests can experience the boodle fight tradition nicely presented and served on a customized boodle tray and dining tables, and if they choose, with the use spoons and forks.

Captain A’s Seafood Grill is the flagship restaurant and brand of Simala Food Creation, Inc., a Cebu-based corporation that is a developing player in the consumer food service industry."

The are seven mouth watering boodle fight meals to choose from.
  1. Battle of Mactan (Php 1,280.00) (good for 4-5 persons) 
  •     It is named after the famous battle off the shores of Mactan in 1521 between Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan.
  •     Includes: Bagoong Rice, Plain Rice, Grilled Shrimps, Grilled Tilapia, ½ Chicken BBQ, Kinilaw na Tanguige, Kare-Kare, Ensaladang Mangga with Bagoong, Salted Egg 
    2.  Birthday Boodle (Php 1,280.00) (good for 4-5 persons) 
  •    It is a boodle fight meal especially prepared for birthday celebrations.
  •    Includes: 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) 

     3.  Crab Temptation (Php 1,480.00) (good for 4-5 persons) 
  •    This is the newest boodle fight meal that offers a sumptuous array of steamed crabs that are deliciously irresistible.
  •    Includes: Bagoong Rice, Plain Rice, Medium Steamed Alimango (1 kilo), Pinakbet, Nilarang na Tuna Head

     4.  D' Original (Php 1,280.00) (good for 4-5 persons)
  •   As its name suggests, it mostly consists of the original items of food eaten by PMA cadets in a boodle fight.
  • Includes: Sardines Rice, Plain Rice, Chicken and Pork Adobo, Grilled Squid, Grilled Prawns, Steamed Crab, Crabmeat Sisig, Grilled Tuna Belly, Vegetables, Salted Egg w/ Tomatoes

     5.  Loakan Fiesta (Php 1,280.00) (good for 4-5 persons)
  •   It is named after Loakan, Baguio City, where the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is located.
  • Includes: Java Rice, Plain Rice, Grilled Squid, Grilled Pork Belly, Steamed Crab, Grilled Clams, Nilasing na Hipon, Sinigang na Bangus, Pinakbet, Ensaladang Labanos with Dilis

     6.  Sinugba Festival (Php 1,280.00) (good for 4-5 persons)
  •   All of the viands that make up this boodle fight meal are grilled.
  • Includes: 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

     7.  Sinulog Feast (Php 1,280.00) (good for 4-5 persons)
  •   It is named after the well-known annual festivity in Cebu City, the Sinulog Festival.
  • Includes: Pusô or Garlic Rice, Plain Rice, ½ Lechon Baboy, ½ Chicken Inasal, Native Chorizo, Danggit, Hipon with Gata, Nilarang na Tuna Head, Ensaladang Mangga

Sinulog Feast was what we ordered that night! :)

Next time, I will try the Crab Temptation. :D What do you think? Don't forget to leave a comment of your experience on boodle fight! :)

Captain A's Seafood Grill is located at Don Jose Avila Street Capitol Site, Cebu City. You can contact them here. Let the battle begin and shout!


Dainty Chic by Loila L.


  1. Replies
    1. It really is! it was such an amazing experience. Hope you can try may be there's a restaurant in your place that offers the same. Or you can try it at home with your family and friends.

      Thanks for dropping by on my blog! I really love your blog. <3 <3

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    1. Yep Jenniya! Boodle fight is fun. :D

  3. Been to Cebu once. Will definitely try it out when we go to Cebu for vacation. :)

    Followed you via GFC and Bloglovin'. Hope you could follow back. :)

    -paucheecasimiro ♥

    1. Aw, nice! You should try this when you come back here in Cebu.
      Followed you already Pauchee! Thank you. Stay in touch. ♥ ♥

  4. amazing photos :)

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  5. wow this looks amazing- wish we had something like this in the UK!


  6. Hi babe, thank for dropping by on my blog, i appreciated it! btw ang sarap naman neto! super mahilig ako sa food na to pero medyo pigil ako sa pagkain ng shrimp kasi nangangati ako, at share lang naman kung eto talaga trip mo may alam ako sa seaside sa moa sa julies retaurant ok din dun, parang 2500 good for 10 persons na pak na pak! aun lang... :) do you mind following each other? let me know! mawha!

    1. Thank you too pretty! Yep sobrang sarap nang lahat na food hehe. :D may allergy ka pala sa shrimp? sayang! Aw, how nice of you thanks for sharing sana ma.try ko din yan pag.pumunta ako ng Manila. Galing ah 2,500 for 10 pax na. Nice!

      Sure we can, will follow you now. :)

  7. Oo may allergy ako sa shrimp ehehe.. pero grabe naman ako nun makakain tiis lang sa pagkakamot tapos kain perin, oo tama kapag nagpunta ka ng manila try mo un hindi ka magsisi kasi may rice at sofdrinks ng kasama super busog na ang 10 pax! Btw im following you na! :)

    1. ahaha! grabe tiniis mu nalang pero oo nga naman minsan di talaga makapagpigil sa sarap. take medicine nalng after! :) Uu, soon wala palang ako idea when. Thank you Sasa! ^_^ <3

  8. OMG! Perfect timing for a graduation celebration with my family next week! :) Lami lagi!

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    1. Lami jud diri! :) Perfect for a family dinner too. ^^,

  9. WoW! And all of a sudden im so hungry right now. haha


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