Your dinner get together with friends is about to get a whole lot more fun. Located in Burlington, just on Mountainside Drive off Guelph Line is the off-the-radar Mikaela’s Kitchen. In a little strip plaza in a suburb, this is not exactly a place that first comes to mind when you think of spectacular culinary experiences…but it should be!
Mikaela’s Kitchen is a Filipino restaurant that specializes in quick serve takeout or eat-in dishes like Chicken Tinola (Soup-based dish with green papaya), Longanisa (Sweet Garlic Sausage), Picadillo (meat hash with potatoes and veggies), Bicol Express (Stew made with long chilies, pork, coconut milk and shrimp paste), Adobo (Meat or seafood marinated in a sweet/salty sauce), and many more Authentic Filipino dishes.
It is well-known and popular amongst the Filipino community, and for good reason; the family that owns Mikaela’s treats everyone as if they are family.
Though they have a lot of popular mains and entrees, their masterpiece is their Boodle Fight.
A Boodle Fight is a Kamayan meal that was popularized by the Filipino military. Basically, their food for the evening would be served family-style, but without any dishes or cutlery. All the food was piled in the centre of the table on banana leaves, and each person went to town, dining on the delicacies with their bare hands (or gloves, if you so prefer!). The name “fight” came into play because since these were very hungry soldiers, they would have to eat as fast as they could to make sure they got enough to fill their hungry stomachs.
But at Mikaela’s Kitchen, you definitely won’t go hungry. You will leave with a food baby, and you’ll name her Mikaela.
The Boodle fight is $25 per person and comes with your choice of three pork options, two chicken, three seafood, three vegetables, one rice, one noodles, two sides, one fruit and one soup. Though that’s all per person; you will get stacks upon stacks of everything you choose piled on your table. Their menu for the Kamayan feast can be found at this link or below.
It also includes a drink and dessert. Their spectacular Melon Juice with fresh melon pieces blended in comes highly recommended.
Be sure to give Mikaela’s advance notice if you’re planning to visit for the boodle fight, they need a bit of time to prepare your feast!
For the price, the amount of food you get and the overall experience, Mikaela’s Kitchen is one that cannot be beat. You will want to return time and time again.
2236 Mountainside Dr, Burlington, ON L7P 1B6
Tuesday 11am to 6pm
Wednesday – Saturday 11am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm