The best part of going dining with my daughter is her ability to do her homework well. Gets smart reviews of speciality cuisines, ones unique & untried.
This particular one, Jimmy Jacks Ribs Shack, is found among a plethora of eateries in a corner of Paihia. A nice “come to” after a longish and somewhat serious Waitangi Treaty grounds tour.
Not surprising that there should be a beeline outside this restaurant, made worse with the near freezing temp. Well, to say it was near freezing was an exaggeration. It was to me at least, what with the windy weather that makes an otherwise 14 deg seem like 10 deg.
I love big wide windows but not when you’re on the wrong side of it. I mean it takes much to control one’s salivating mouth to look away from those wide windows. At those from the queue who made it inside earlier.
It was a 30-minute wait after we were finally ushered to our table at the far end of the restaurant which, in my opinion, is the better part. Better, as the ceiling was high and lit with sodium vapour lamps that it lent an impression of a well lit night sky.
The whiff of cooking oils assuaged our willing noses as we eagerly wedged ourselves into chairs around a table.
We must have overestimated our appetite, at least that’s what queueing up does to the gastric juices.
We ordered for three huge slabs of pork ribs which we expected wouldn’t fill our gaping tummies. They came altogether - juicy, with a saucy finish.
In the sizes that they came it was but natural for them to be served with kitchen knives!
Manoeuvred the slicing in between the thick ribs, from what must have been over a 50kg hog. A well fed one.
No meal can be complete without a cool drink. I attempted a bitter tap beer called Tui, which is local to New Zealand. Someone had a Chomp beer while my daughter settled for some Export Citrus beer if you can call it a beer at all.
And there came along a bowl of batter fried calamari and curly fries ordered in enthusiasm. Glutton fare. Local fare. But to live and eat like a local is what I love most.
An unforgettable local dineout experience.
A great eating shack, for the stout hearted.