CHECK IT OUT: RUB Ribs & Barbecue at East Capitol Drive, Pasig City

Ribs you won't get enough of.

RUB Ribs & Barbecue
88 East Capitol Drive
Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Tel. No. 624-6850
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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(SPOT.ph) Just a stone's throw away from the busy, restaurant-lined stretch of East Capitol Drive is RUB Ribs & Barbecue. Located at the far, unassuming end, and partially concealed by the hush of residential houses, it's easy to miss; in fact, diners desperate for a meal and hard-pressed to gather enough patience might not even make it this far. In this case, however, going the extra mile-literally just a few yards away-pays off: RUB happens to have (arguably) the juiciest, tastiest ribs this side of the city.

 

Co-owner Don Tayag, who developed the recipes, says the name "RUB" came from the term "dry rub," a method used to season meat, particularly for slow-cooking processes like barbecuing and roasting. The technique is excellently used in RUB’s grilled offerings. Sample the perfectly spiced, fall-off-the-bone ribs RUB is known for by trying the Family Brunch (P685), two giant racks of moist, tender ribs paired with three side dishes (go with Garlic Spinach and Mushroom, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, and Sprice Fried Rice). The menu says it can serve up to four people, but we know better. Two hungry carnivores can gobble it up in a matter of minutes.

 

Another must-try is the Rub Beef (P290), dry-rubbed tenders with garlic sauce, buttered veggies, and toast. Flavorwise, this dish is just as rich as the ribs though much lighter and definitely easier to eat. The Blackened Fish (P220), smokey fish fillet sitting in a bed of white rice and sautéed vegetables, meanwhile, is a delicate alternative to the otherwise heavier options.

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On some days, one might catch students of the neighboring Shine Foundation acting as servers for RUB. Shine is a center for special children and working for the restaurant helps them socialize and adapt in a regular environment. Social responsibility with spot-on flavors? That's a recipe we like.

 

Photos by Jason Mariposa

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