Bonifacio started with a love of food, cooking and feeding people. Like many Filipinos, it’s their way of showing they care. Our CbusFoodBloggers group was able to experience Boodle Night at Bonifacio which is every Thursday 5p to close. Boodle is a traditional family style feast where a communal table is covered in banana leaves and piled with heaps of rice, meat, vegetables, and more. Traditionally there is no silverware – you grab and eat everything with your hands. If this sounds like an event you’d love to take part in, you are really going to love KamayanFest so don’t miss an amazing giveaway at the end of this post.
Let’s get this party started with some yummy drinks. First up, the Rasberry Frose: Rose, Campari, Creme Yvette, Fruit Liqueur, lemon juice and raspberry frozen and blended.
El Nido which uses Karate Cowboy, tamarind syrup, lemongrass syrup, lemon juice.
House Sangria: Riesling, Pisco, mango, lychee, jackfruit, lime, lavender bitters
Boozy Ube Milkshake: Mount Gay Silver Rum, housemade ube ice cream, ube whipped cream
Left: Oooh Bae!: El Jimador Tequila, Fruitlab Orange Liqueur, Crème de Violette, ube jam, kalamansi syrup, lime juice, ube-citrus foam
Right: Mayon Volcano: Old Forester Bourbon, Strawberry Cordial, lemon juice, orgeat
Left: Kalamansi-Honey Fizz: Bombay Dry Gin, lime juice, kalamansi syrup, egg white, cream, orange blossom water
Right: Boozy Bubble Tea: Taro milk tea, Mango milk tea, and Lychee green tea
During Boodle night, you get the chance to experience an authentic Filipino meal that is homemade with an emphasis on ingredients and presentation.
True to Filipino tradition, the purpose is to bring the community together. You may find yourself sitting beside a complete stranger, but by the end of the shared dining experience, we hope that all of our guests will leave as friends.
Jordan of Midwest_foodfest really got into the spirit.
During another visit, I was able to experience a couple of other dishes. Featured on left is the Sisig Tacos: Pork sisig in a corn tortilla, topped with pickled onion, green mango, and aioli. On the right is one of my favorite dishes: Asado Siobao: Fried pork belly sliders in a steamed bun.
Of course, we couldn’t leave without dessert. The Ube Ice Cream Sandwich was calling my name. Fried bun filled with housemade ube ice cream and young coconut strings, drizzled with a coconut caramel sauce and sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles
In honor of Bonifacio’s 1 Year Anniversary, they will be hosting the inaugural KamayanFest Benefit celebration with the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) to raise money for the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, a national initiative to raise awareness and obtain national recognition for the over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers for their wartime service to the U.S. in WWII. The restaurant’s namesake, Bonifacio Yanga, the grandfather of the owner, was one of these veterans who fought valiantly for the cause and whose brother died on the field of battle.
The overall goal is to raise $10,000 for a cause that means so much to them and so much to the thousands of Filipino veterans who have been waiting and fighting for the recognition of their service. Since tickets are no longer available, please donate what you can to the GoFundMe or spread the word and share the message and the stories of the heroes.
In collaboration with Bonifacio and to celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary, I’m excited to announce that I am giving away two tickets to the KamayanFest 2017. Aside from your Kamayan meal, which includes a complimentary cocktail, drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert, there will be dancing, entertainment, and more. Proceeds from this event will be donated to FilVetREP.
Menu items will include
- Lumpiang Shanghai – Fried pork spring rolls, served with sweet chili sauce
- BBQ Chicken – Grilled chicken skewers in a sweet soy marinade
- Fried Tofu (GF, VG)
- Mango Salad (GF, VG)
- Bok Choy (GF, VG)
- Pinakbet (GF, VG) – Vegetable stew with eggplant, long beans, okra, and squash
- Assorted Grilled Vegetables (GF, VG)
- Chicken Inasal (GF) – Grilled chicken quarters marinated in lemongrass, kalamansi, garlic, and achuete
- Fried Tilapia (GF)
- Sauteed Shrimp (GF)
- Pork Shoulder Lechon (GF)
- Tocino (GF) – Sweet and savory cured pork, similar to thick cut bacon
- Tofu Afritada (GF, VG) – Tomato stew with tofu, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers and green peas
- Dessert: Assorted Fresh Fruit and Bico (GF, VG) – sweet, sticky rice
To enter, head to SweetlyCBUS on Instagram and follow the directions on that post to get entered.
The Kamayan dinners have been lauded as one of a unique dining experiences in Columbus. We look forward to welcoming all of you to our Kamayan table!
1577 King Avenue