This article originally appeared in the November 2015 Issue: Hosting the Holidays. Read it here!
What’s new: Their weekend BBQ. This menu filled with a whole lotta American comfort food is perfect for people who want to go out and eat lots of good food but don’t want to have to say they are going for “brunch”.
The menu: You’ll start with a seafood platter that comes with oysters, shrimp and long crab legs poking out of a big plate of crushed ice. The fresh oysters slide down with ease while the shrimp are dusted with a cajun spice that’ll perk up your taste buds and prepare them for the labour-intensive crab claws that are worth every ounce of energy expenditure. After you’ve dusted off your grubby mitts, the nacho bar awaits. That’s right...a nacho buffet. Homemade tortilla chips with all the fixin’s. Melted cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, beef and beans, all ready to be piled high again and again. But you shouldn’t go back for too many rounds as the mains have a very unusual free refill-type premise.
You choose any main on the menu and then have as many as you like. Your choices are: bacon cheeseburger (I’m not sure how many most people could put away, but for me the answer would be one), Hebrew National hot dogs (maybe two on a hangover), Maple BBQ glazed ribs (definitely one, they’re pretty huge), fish tacos (they give you two good sized soft tortilla ones so no seconds from me on this one either), mac n’ cheese (one bowl is always enough) or southern fried chicken (let’s face it, we could always eat more chicken but that doesn’t mean we should). So, the all-you-can-eat portion of this menu isn’t what entices us; it’s of course the quality of the dishes the first time round that negates the need for an overstuffing.
The ribs are fall-off-the-bone fantastic and the fish tacos are a juicy and filling triumph, we’ll be back to try the hot dogs as it can be hard to find a good American dog in this city. The price for this bbq menu is also just right at $298 and feels like a great value for the wide array of refillable (and did we mention delicious?) food on offer.
The drinks: As for the free-flow PBRs (Pabst Blue Ribbon beer) and margaritas, now that’s another story. Keeping it cool and serving the beer in a can, straight from the fridge to the table, adds more to the backyard BBQ vibe they’ve got going. The margaritas are perfectly delicious, not too sweet and not too sour, but just Goldilocks right. We are perfectly all right with having several of these and making good use of the all-you-can-drink for $98.
Verdict: Affordable American fare that hits the spot for a Saturday / Sunday spent lunching (and NOT brunching).
69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai