Place: Spacious and stylish. The combination of wooden and steel furnishings give the place some character, so do the quotes and pictures of famous on the walls. The slightly warm lighting provides a touch of homeyness.
Food: Generally delicious.
First on our table is the BBQ Chicken Salad (Php 230): lettuce, corn, and bell pepper strips smothered with a salty mayonnaise-based dressing, topped with fried chicken that is drizzled with barbecue sauce, and some fried wanton crisps. The vegetables are fresh. The salad dressing and barbecue sauce complement each other well; the slightly tangy taste barbecue sauce is a good addition to the salty dressing.
Then, the Family Brunch meal (Php 720, good for 4) that consists of two racks of barbecued ribs and three side dishes. The ribs are tender and moist. Its sweet rub has a punctuated and satisfying taste, nothing too strong or pungent. The Coleslaw is a little watery, but the flavors are balanced. The Buttered Corn is fresh, not mushy, and loaded with butter flavor. Yummy! The Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato is bland and disappointing.
Next is an order of Sprice (Php 75) or Spicy Fried Rice. This one is delicious. It's not oily and its cajun taste is not too strong, just enough to be satisfying.
Last on our plate is the Mussels and Fries (Php 250). Fresh mussels topped with a creamy sauce, served with coated french fries. Everything is bland! What a letdown.
For our drink, we have the House Blend Iced Tea (Php 120, a pitcher for 4). It's refreshing enough. There's a hint of citrus. The brewed tea taste though needs to be a bit stronger.
Price: Considering the taste, serving size, and quality, the food here is reasonably priced.
Service: The service needs improvement. Our waiter is slightly inattentive and is not quite knowledgeable about the food that the restaurant serves.
RUB Ribs & BBQ is on the 3rd floor of UP Town Center.