Review: The Rum Shack
The Rum Shack
657 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G41 2AB
I've reviewed The Rum Shack twice, so here's both reviews:
15 April 2015:
Wow, the Rum Shack totally blew my socks off - and I didn't even have any rum!
I'm a south sider, so it's pretty embarrassing to admit last night was my first visit. At first look, I think it looks like a standard kind of bar with some Caribbean decor spotted around the place. We had a booking for a large group (as organised by the legendary Rocco G for International Food Night!) and they split us over two high tables which wasn't ideal but we made it work.
The menu is pretty interesting and has a lot of stuff which sounds super tasty. I went for the popcorn prawn starter followed by chicken brown down for my main. To be honest I really didn't know what to expect but these folk really know their flavours - the food was excellent. The popcorn prawns were deliciously battered but served with nice light accompaniments like lime and salad to make it the perfect starter. The tamarind sauce had a nice spicy yet sweet punch to it.
By this point I was super excited for my main and it was even better. Luscious chicken stew (a really generous portion of around 3 pieces) and the macaroni pie was nice and crispy. Again, the flavours were outstanding and I was left wanting more when I finished it purely out of greed rather than small portions!
I even had dessert which is pretty rare for me. The trio of sorbet (mango, pink grapefruit and passionfruit) was a nice way of topping off the meal. Service was helpful and friendly all night and they were always back checking up on us to make sure we had everything we needed. What an awesome night - I can't wait to return, and thanks Rocco for making this one of my fav IFNs so far!
9 April 2016:
Nearly a year since my last review and I thought it deserved an update seeing as I've been a few times since then.
Firstly - they have an awesome beer garden! It's big, it gets lots of sun (if it's out) and it's dog friendly. Win, win, win.
Secondly - they now do brunch on the weekend. I haven't been for this *yet* but that will happen soon. The brunch offerings aren't what you'd normally expect and they sound super tasty - Big Plate 2 has my name on it: avocado, cucumber salsa, sliced fresh Mexican cheese, broken eggs, spiced plantain pancake, breaded mushroom, and tomatoes on the vine roasted with thyme, all served with toasted farmhouse bread. Optional lime and coriander cured salmon. WOAH.
Thirdly - there's a gig space downstairs.
I was in for dinner this week and again - I was super impressed. As it was an early dinner I just had a main and had to have the chicken brown down again. I have to say, it was just as good as I remembered and the macaroni pie is AMAZING. Well worth trying if you're into rich, succulent chicken and delicious macaroni. Personally I don't like the callaloo (the green stuff) - not because it's green but it has a strange flavour to it.
Service was great, the staff are warm and friendly and the place is super chilled. I really love it here and can't wait to head back again soon.