Chubby's Rib Shack in Solaris One, Makati

Ribs, ribs, ribs! All I can think of are ribs! :) Lip-smacking, fork-tender meat that falls of the bone without a struggle. That's my type of ribs. I found one of the best rib places in Angeles, Pampanga and another one in California, USA yet I continue my search here in Manila.

A few months ago, I purchased a Deal Grocer coupon with fellow Food Club members Richard, Jane and Abet to try Chubby's Rib Shack which is located right at the heart of Makati and is also the sister-restaurant of Buffalo Wings n Things. With Christmas just around the corner, I normally try to avoid heading to this part of town especially on a Friday night where everyone normally goes out for dinner and drinks after work.

However, just the thought of having a plate of ribs for dinner was enough to convince both Paul and I to brave the traffic and head to Makati to try Chubby's Rib Shack out. The deal was pretty sweet, all I had to pay for was P300 and I get to order anything worth P500 on the menu.

We got there pretty early allowing us to have a lot of time to review the menu. It's a back-to-back laminated menu where you get the Chubby's line-up on one side and Buffalo Wings n Things on the other.

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What's dinner at Chubby's Rib Shack without trying the ribs, right? Thus, Paul and I got a plate of Baby Back Ribs that came complete with two sidings -- Coleslaw and Honky Tonk Rice (Php. 349) to share. We requested that it be grilled with Honey BBQ sauce and I was really pleased by our choice. The rice was quite dry and nothing extra ordinary to rave about, the coleslaw was good though a bit too creamy but delicious nonetheless. The highlight of this platter was definitely the ribs. Thank goodness for that as Chubby's really do deserve to be called a Rib Shack with its tender, juicy ribs. It was quite small that I don't really recommend for it to be shared but given the price, we should have known better. I didn't even have to use my hands to eat it as it cooperated very well with my fork and knife. The meat was very soft and I loved the sweet barbecue flavor brought about by the sauce.

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To go with this, we were torn between the Pulled Pork or a 1lb. basket of Honey BBQ Wings (Php. 264). We went for the latter as I was also craving for really good chicken wings and I was sure that Buffalo Wings n Things will not disappoint. We got the Honey BBQ while Richard and Irene ordered the Garlic Parmesan.

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While the Honey BBQ was ok, my heart still belongs to the buttery Garlic Parmesan variant. I loved the crispy skin coated with a very flavorful butter, parsley, parmesan cheese and garlic mix. I love how the butter drips as we pick each piece up from the basket. It's heart-stoppingly good! A great thing to indulge on especially at the end of a busy day.

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To go with our meal, we ordered a basket of Nachos with Salsa and Cheese. I wasn't able to try the salsa but the cheese was delicious. Sadly, service was very bad that evening that we initially requested for an additional order of cheese that never came and was forgotten forever.

The food was good but as mentioned earlier, service wasn't at its best that evening. Sure the place was packed but I guess that's not a good excuse for not being able to attend to our requests and for making us wait for more than thirty minutes for the bill. We all used our Deal Grocer coupon and it was only after getting the bill that we were told that they can only accommodate two coupons per bill/table. Note that we actually handed in our coupons prior to ordering but were not advised about the rule. :-/ I've been buying quite a lot of coupons and this is actually the first time that we encountered a miscommunication problem like this. Finally they agreed to remedy the situation making us wait even longer.

I'd probably go back to Chubby's Rib Shack to try their Pulled Pork or to have their Ribs again but I'll probably schedule this on a not so busy day to make sure I get better service next time.

*photos taken using a Samsung NX11

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Chubby's Rib Shack is located at the Ground Floor, Solaris One Bldg. Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Call them at 552-1103.

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