Having watched the construction and waited in eager anticipation for The Ribcage to open, it took us a while to actually get round to trying it once it finally did open. Although I want you to read until the end of this review, here’s a spoiler: it was well-worth the wait!
Located on Kennedy Town’s Smithfield, The Ribcage, as you may have gathered from the name, serves ribs, and pretty much only ribs. The space is very minimalistic, with bare concrete walls, aside from three blackboards listing the menu: one for ribs; one for sides and soft drinks; and one for booze. The restaurant isn’t large either, with space for only about 20 diners, but since a meal here is served and devoured pretty quickly, you won’t have to wait long to be seated.
There are three types of ribs on the menu, all slow-smoked over hickory and apple wood. Firstly, there are USA pork baby back ribs (half or full rack), then there are Canadian AAA beef ribs, and lastly, new to the menu, Australian lamb spare ribs.
We decided to go traditional and shared a full rack of USA pork baby back ribs, which come served on a baking paper-lined baking tray. These had a beautiful smoky flavour that was enhanced by The Ribcage’s house-made sticky and sweet barbecue sauce. We forgot to request “extra saucy” but thankfully there are multiple squeezey bottles of this magic sauce dotted around the restaurant. The pork itself was incredibly tender and fell satisfyingly away from the bone. One bite and we knew we had found Hong Kong’s best ribs.
The only sides on the menu are beef fat skinny fries and coleslaw – naturally, we ordered both. The generous portion of fries, which also came piled high on a baking tray, were utterly delicious, perfectly crispy and sprinkled with sweet paprika.
I have never been particularly fond of coleslaw, thinking it a poor man’s salad and a waste of stomach space. The Ribcage’s version sadly didn’t make me change my opinion about it.
The Ribcage also offers a selection of craft beers and a seriously refreshing apple cider that went down a treat with the juicy, meaty ribs.
Our meal for two came to $460 for ample amounts of food. The Ribcage offers seriously good ribs that are guaranteed to satisfy any meat lover. They’d probably satisfy a vegetarian too, if they’d only try them!
Shop J, G/F, May Sun Building
Tel: +852 3956 4213
Only open for dinner; closed on Tuesdays.