Rub Ribs: 1, Pepe: 0 (or, The Beginning of My Love Affair with Ribs)

Here’s why I don’t like seafood, chicken wings, and ribs that much: they’re messy and fussy. I don’t like eating with bare hands except probably if it’s summer and I’m in a beach with friends, complete with a feast eaten on banana leaves and spiced up with salted eggs and tomatoes. I hate struggling separating the meat from the bone -- given a choice between a full rack of ribs and a cheap tenderloin steak, I’ll probably choose the latter. Yes, I’m lazy like that!

Fortunately, on the eve of my friend Via’s birthday, my laziness took the back seat when she invited me to have dinner in Rub Ribs in N. Garcia in Makati. My foodie friends have been raving about Rub—an establishment that actually has been around for a couple of years now—but with my not-so-welcoming affection towards bone-in meat, I never got excited. For me, eating ribs translated to getting a plateful of food and being able to eat only one-tenths of it (or less). Being the glutton that I am, ribs was never among my favorites, except when it’s the house specialty (read: Casa Verde).

What this intro is actually leading to is that on this epic night, my history with ribs took a sharp, unexpected turn: I loved Rub Ribs.

Raki's BBQ Ribs Family Brunch, P685 (good for 4)

We ordered the Raki’s BBQ Ribs Family Brunch, which was composed of two huge slabs of ribs and a selection of three side dishes. For the sides, we chose the Bacon Potato Salad, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Spiced Fried Rice. Good for four, says the menu.

Rub Ribs redeemed all of my bad experiences with ribs. The meat was incredibly tender and fell cleanly off the bone—I didn’t have to gnaw at it! The amount of actual meat was pretty generous too, and didn’t make me feel as if I were being forced to go on a fucking diet! The sauce smothering the entire rack was not too sweet, not too salty, and just a bit tangy; in my mouth it felt perfect!

Savoring my first few bites of Rub Ribs
The three sides weren’t too bad either! I especially liked the fried rice, which was flavorful but mellow, not overpowering and instead complementing the taste of the ribs.

The best thing is, this platter is available for only P685! Amazing value, if you ask me.

I actually wanted to order the Blackened Fish Fillet but it seemed stupid not to try ribs when it’s Rub’s flagship product. Next time, I’ll definitely try the fish. But you know what? I just might order some solo-size ribs as well, haha!

Another thing I really liked about Rub is its incredibly casual vibe. No-fuss and no-shit. Enter, eat, and enjoy. It’s a perfect venue for chatting the night away with friends over good food. I’ll let the pictures below speak for themselves.

Can't wait to try their burger next time!

Cooks and servers posing and insisting that I was from ABS-CBN (WTF?? Haha!) 

Loved the relaxed atmosphere, red walls, and chalkboard menu

Things I wanted to steal. LOL
Definitely, Rub sparked in me an unexpected interest in ribs. Seeing as I was a former hater, I don’t think I could call it the best ribs ever—but for sure, it was the one I enjoyed the most.

Happy Birthday Via! :)

Budget: Not more than P250/head, unless your stomach is planetary.

Rub Ribs & BBQ
1703 Baler St. Corner Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati City
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Any other awesome ribs place I should try? Feel free to make me fall more in love with ribs by posting your suggestions below!

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