I used to blog about food a fair bit, but got out of the habit, tonight is worth sharing…
The Rum Shack on Pollokshaws Road, opened about a year ago and is exactly what you expect from a place called The Rum Shack – lots of Rums (their facebook site claims 50, I didn’t count), Caribbean food and reggae music.
Being child free for a night meant we were out on a school night – but being parents of a young child meant we were in and out again before the cool people made the place look busy, in order to get to bed at a sensible time :-(
However, there was time for a couple of rums. The bar staff were knowledgeable and after a few questions and suggestions…. “Yea I’ve tried that” “Is that like their previous one” “What’s new from Barbados?” I had an Angostura Cask Collection No.1 and later a Plantation Grande Réserve 5 years. Both were very nice, but the Angostura was amazingly smooth and I’ve started trying to track down a bottle (limited edition with only 9,600 bottles available worldwide). But I was supposed to be blogging about food not rum…
The Rum Shack’s menu isn’t extensive but from my limited Caribbean experience (honeymoon in Barbados) it seems authentic enough with Salt Fish, Curry Goat and rice-and-peas of course. We shared a starter of Accra -Salt Fish mixed with herbs and seasoning, shaped into balls and fried till golden. This came with the house hot sauce which nearly melted my lips and I thought I wouldn’t taste anything else all night! The hot sauce isn’t messing and was way beyond my limit.
After some water and about 10min my mouth had calmed down enough to carry on.
Our main courses were Rum Shack Fish-n-chips which had a jerk style coating, sweet potato chips and lentils and Jerk Chicken, served with rice and peas and corn on the cob. It was all absolutely delicious, the flavours weren’t overwhelming or too hot, everything was perfect. Except, in my opinion, the portion size was a little small especially given the prices, e.g. 3 small balls of fish. It isn’t extortionate but neither is this a cheap choice so you really don’t want to leave still feeling hungry. That said, I would certainly like to go back and give it another try for both the excellent food and the chance to try different Rums!