Be More Pacific, Austin’s very own Filipino bar and kitchen is bringing more of their authentic Filipino cuisine and traditions to Austin with the addition of the Kamayan Experience.  This family-style feast takes place every Tuesday night at the new brick and mortar location, so we gathered a few of our friends for a sneak peek.

Eat with your Hands

Also known in the Philipines as a Boodle Fight, this Kamayan style of feasting was popular in the Filipino Military in which all soldiers dined together with all of the of the food spread across a long table, and placed atop banana leaves.  Kamayanmeaning “with hands,” is a traditional style of eating in Filipino culture, dating back to the 16th century, and is meant to bring family and friends together while enjoying a massive feast.  Today, many Filipinos often eat in the Kamayan fashion to celebrate holidays and to pay homage to their rich history and culture.



The Menu

Served family style, Be More Pacific‘s Kamayan Experience features new, non-menu special items like Grilled Stuffed Squid and Whole Fried Tilapia, and other Filipino staples like lumpia, longganisa sausage, “drunken” shrimp served atop steamed white rice, banana leaves and edible flowers.  Specials will be available based on seasonality and supply but Chef Melgarejo’s curated menu is guaranteed to stuff guests’ bellies.


A Priceless Experience

Be More Pacific’s Kamayan Experience is priced at $35 per person, and includes a welcome drink.  There is limited availability, with only four seatings every Tuesday night and Reservations must be made by the previous Thursday, with a $75 non-refundable deposit.  There is a minimum of 6 people required per reservation, and tables can hold up to 20 people.  Kamayan tables can be reserved by calling 512-814-RICE.   For more information about Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar, go to

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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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