Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Many of us love to eat out but don't always love the side-effects that come with doing so. We come home feeling sluggish and tired, remembering the stodgy meals we had as delicious but now, not worth the side effects. As great as it is to indulge in the greasier side of life, it is important to have some sort of balance. I love when I visit an eatery that caters for people with varying desires and dietary requirements.
When I decided to take my brother out as a reward for him passing yet another year of university with flying colours, I was conscious of the fact that he and I have completely different diets. After trawling through several underwhelming menus, I stumbled upon the one for 'The Rib Shack', a place my sister has told me about before.
When my brother and I arrived, we were promptly seated at a table of our choice. The table was clean and the air conditioning was just what we needed because it was a HOT day.
My brother ordered a chicken burger, fries and cornbread and I ordered the Pan Fried Sea Bass with Sautéed Potatoes and Tender-stem Broccoli with Cornbread. I was definitely in the mood for something lighter than meat and this really hit the spot.
If you are a fish fan, this is the dish for you. Sea bass is one of my favourite types of fish. There was no toughness in the fish at all - it was flaky, but firm and not annoyingly flimsy. Not a bone in sight! When I think of the seasoning on the fish, the story of Goldilocks comes to mind. It was 'just right'. I could have eaten it without the creamy wine sauce that came with it. The sauce was the right thickness and was quite subtle in flavour to me. I mostly added it to the fish for some more moisture; the fish wasn't dry but I like to use sauce when I am able.
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside - that is how I would describe the potatoes. Apologies for the overused description but I really don't have much else to say about them. Lastly, the tender-stem broccoli, though you may ask why I am even mentioning it, was enjoyable too! Overcooked broccoli is a no-no, and thankfully, the Rib Shack chefs know that.
The star of the show for me, though, was the cornbread. My brother and I agreed on that. As I indulged in this buttery treat, I observed that there were whole bits of corn in it. I'm not sure if this is a thing in other restaurants or even regions where cornbread makes regular appearances at dinner tables, but wow. Yes, I would love to eat it again! The cornbread was very cake-like, even in sweetness. The bits of corn halted the sugar takeover and gave me a bit of work to do whilst eating. Beautiful invention.
I never expected to find such a restaurant in Petts Wood (no offence) but I am so happy that I had a chance to experience what The Rib Shack had to offer. If you're ever in the area, make sure you try it!
You can find out more about The Rib Shack here: http://theribshackgrillandbar.com