The Ribcage

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Ribs. Shop J, G/F, May Sun Build­ing, 1 Smith­field, Kennedy Town, 2956-4213. Ever com­plained about there be­ing no good ribs in Hong Kong? The Ribcage is here to put your com­plaints to rest, with their cave­man por­tions and low- and slow-cooked meat.

HIT The Ribcage of­fers stick-to-your­ribs (no pun in­tended) south­ern food, and is a true meat-lover’s par­adise. The menu con­sists of four items: USA baby back pork ribs ($148 for half, $248 for full) and Cana­dian AAA beef ribs ($298) for mains, and beef fat skinny fries ($38) and coleslaw ($28) for sides. It was a no-brainer for us to or­der all four items, and our eyes lit up when the glo­ri­ous plates of heart-at­tack-in­duc­ing ribs ar­rived. Ten­der, juicy and suc­cu­lent, the slow-smoked pork ribs were glazed with a tangy bbq sauce that com­ple­mented the smok­i­ness of the hick­ory and ap­ple­wood. The beef ribs, served bonein, were equally en­tic­ing. Glis­ten­ing with an even mar­ble of fat run­ning through, they were melt-in-your-mouth ten­der. The glossy skinny fries were the per­fect carb-y com­pan­ion to the ribs, and the coleslaw with beet­root and pear slices was a won­der­ful palate cleanser.

MISS The place is uber-spe­cial­ized, so it’s not a place you’d visit ev­ery week. Al­though the ser­vice was won­der­ful, the 20-seat eatery was way too small for a place with such big, ram­bunc­tious fla­vors and the high stools were not par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able to sit on.

BOT­TOM LINE Veg­e­tar­i­ans, avoid this place like the plague. Car­ni­vores, wel­come home. You won’t leave dis­ap­pointed.

Open Mon, Wed-Sun 6:30-10:30pm. $-$$

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