Originally a military style of eating in the Philippines, 'Boodle Fight' is the tradition of eating altogether in one big dining table where food is served and spread on top of banana leaves with no option to use a spoon or fork, meaning you have to eat with your bare hands!
The tradition also used to be a symbol of brotherhood and equality among Filipino military men by sharing the same food without regard to rank. And because getting yourself involved in a Boodle Fight doesn't usually require the use of basic kitchen utensils, it was quickly adapted by modern foodies not only across Southeast Asia but all the way to the Middle East!
And although the concept of eating with your bare hands while substituting the modern glass plate with a banana leaf sounds new in Qatar, we are still luckily blessed with these five restaurants wholly devoted to bring us the taste of our designated Southeast Asian homes may that be Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, or the Philippines!
Note: The 'leaf legend' signifies the specific restaurant's worth for money, not our rating. So you know it already: the more leaf you see, the more we recommend it!
This tiny gem in Al Muntazah area prides itself as the ultimate go-to place for families and friends in search for authentic Filipino taste while not breaking the budget! They offer Boodle Fight option in three sizes: QR 75 for Boodle Duo Division (2-3 people), QR 145 for Boodle Barkada Brigade (4-5 people), and Boodle Fiesta Platooon -- their biggest yet -- for QR 245 (6-8 people). Besides their fast service, Kamayan is also known for its relatively low prices and of course -- unlimited rice! Each of the three options already comes with a mouthful round of drinks so what more can you ask for?
Saturday to Thursday (10:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Friday (5:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
One reason why Barwa Towers in Al Sadd area is usually infested with Filipinos is because of the presence of Bacolod Chk-N-BBQ House which claims to be the only restaurant in all of Qatar which serves authentic Bacolod -- one of the most livable cities in the Philippines -- delicacies with the grilled chicken as their specialty for many years now. Bacolod House's family value meals are also up for grabs apart from their medium-sized Boodle Fight platter -- which is served in aluminum foil unfortunately -- and prices range from QR 160 to QR 195 per combo inclusive already of rice, at least three meat viands, vegetable/soup/noodles, and a drink of your choice.
Timings: Daily from 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location: 1st Floor, Barwa Towers, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Sadd
Contact number/s: (+974) 5048 5586, 4442 0227
Being one of the newest and fastest emerging Filipino restaurants in town, Sam's Kitchen's logo is green because it's giving us the green light to feast non-stop! Just recently, they introduced the 'Kawayan (Bamboo) Boodle Feast' -- which gives its customers an exclusive up to 45% discount, trimming the price to only QR 159 good for 4-5 people already. Sam's Bamboo Boodle Feast is made up mostly of seafood varieties and comes with adobong pusit, grilled jumbo prawns, fried tilapia, sweet and spicy crab, dynamite stuffed with ground chicken and cheese, BBQ drumstick, grilled shrimp skewers with steamed rice, okra, tomato, onion, egg plant and your choice of dippings.
Sunday to Wednesday (10:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Thursday (10:00 AM - 1:00 AM)
Friday (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM ) (1:00 PM - 1:00 AM)
Saturday (8:00 AM - 12:00 MN)
Location: Ibn Seena Street, Al Muntazah
Contact number/s: (+974) 4444 7267
Max's, being one of the prime FIlipino food destinations in Qatar, has immensely grown in the past few years with two of its established branches strategically located in Doha and just two weeks ago, the restaurant launched its new menu which focuses mainly on Visayan cuisine. But if you're a group of 5-6 people who don't mind sharing, then their "Salu-Salo" (gathering) option could be your best ally. The line-up includes Max’s popular fried chicken, sweet & spicy crabs, halabas na hipon, BBQ chicken, sinigang na salmon, fried eggplant, steamed okra, green mango, fruits, unlimited rice, and bottomless drinks! These are just few of the several reasons why celebrating the round-the-year festive season with Max's "Salu-Salo" could be one of the best decisions you'll make all day!
Timings: Daily from 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location/s: Al Sadd beside Royal Plaza, Al Muntazah B-Ring road
Contact number/s: (+974) 4444 6297
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What makes The Sizzlers worth the hour-long drive from Doha to Al Khor is the fact that they serve food to their customers the 'Bancakan' -- Indonesia's own version of Boodle Fight -- way. There's not much difference between the two apart from The Sizzlers' overly-colorful presentation topped with the most unforgettable exploding Southeast Asian flavors that you can only taste from this food stall located inside Logic Food Center. Some of our favorites are 'Satay Ayam' (Chicken Satay) with homemade peanut sauce, Udang sauce Padang (Shrimp Sauce Padang), and their sinfully-appetizing Es Timum (Cucumber melon) drink. Not only are The Sizzlers' food tasty, the price they offer is also on-point. You can order an all-chicken Boodle Fight feast (good for 6-8 people) for as low as QR 120! We can't recommend them enough!
Timings: Daily from 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Contact number/s: (+974) 5591 5981, 7705 2731
Location: https://wego.here.com/directio... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesizzlersak/?rf=469962749693209 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snackhouseak/
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