3745 Memorial Dr E #4
I found this little gem with a friend who was visiting from Vancouver a few months ago. Originally we were going to try out another restaurant in the plaza, but our luck redirected us in trying this place out instead! (So happy that we did aswell!)
When I found out they have boodle fights/kamayan, I made it a point to organize one and bring my friends with me! Growing up I was surrounded by quite a bit of filipino influences, my best friends and more than half my school were of filipino decent. So I feel quite fortunate to have been spoiled with lots of authentic filipino cuisine as a child. But having been so busy for the past few years, I haven't attended as much gatherings as I used to... So whenever I smell or hear about this cuisine, I get a rush of nostalgia and feel super excited to get it in my belly again!
Boodle Fight: "a military style of eating" with long tables + lots of food on top of banana leaves
Kamayan: "eating with hands"
This here is the team I assembled for this feast!
A little short clip of the build up of the Boodle Fight.
It is recommended to call and reserve 1hr min ahead of time for boodle fights.
Upon arrival they will have tables saran wrapped and oiled up banana leafs all lined up and ready for food to be place across the leaf.
*note: they only start serving food when the entire party arrives, so don't go running on filipino time here!"
I haven't ate with my hands in a very long time, boy was it fun to get a bit messy!
Boodle Fights start at $99 (Meat) - $149 (Seafood) which is good for 6-8 people!
They all come with unlimited rice,Ensaladang talong (roasted eggplant salad), salted eggs & vegetable okoy (fritters) + dipping sauces.
For our 3 choices between many others, we ended up getting their:
Coconut milk Chicken Adobo, Crispy Pata and Lumpia (spring rolls).
Their adobo was done incredible well, tender, flavourful and crispy pata was delicious + wasn't too oily compared to ones I've had at other places.
For their seafood they have options of shrimp, fish (Pompano fish, daing) and tahong (mussels).
Dessert/Drinks that we tried:
- Gulaman - its made with seaweed and taste like jelly. (similar to grass jelly texture) It was a good refreshing drink, especially since the boodle had a lot of meats. It's a mix of water, syrup and jelly.
- Leche Flan - Caramelized egg custard
- Taho - Silken Tofu, sweeten syrup and tapioca
(one order was able to be split between the entire table!)
*Note: we really wanted to have halo halo, however they didn't have it at the memorial dr location!*
I had a wonderful time at Adobo Experience! Besides their really warm service, good food, incredible price to portion ratios, I really love Brents' (owner) passion in spreading this cuisine in Calgary! It was Dickson & I's pleasure in having met you during our first visit and hear about your goals with Adobo Experience! Good luck in the rest of your endeavours in and about Calgary!