Greek Ribs – Scooby’s Taste of Greece

by Martin 'Scooby' Arnold on June 27, 2012 · 1 comment

in Restaurant Reviews

Roulas Ribs - Rhodes GreeceWell I’m back from my sunny holiday in Greece reaching well into 40 degrees. Not the greatest of temperatures when you have 2 ginger kids but they loved it. The island of Rhodes where my wife lived for about 3 years gets frequently visited by our family due to its blue waters and sandy beaches. But not only that, they also have Roulas.

Now anyone who has been to Rhodes knows that Roulas is the restaurant of restaurants situated in the laid back town of Lardos. It is family run and has been for over 25 years and if you ask anyone in the area about where to eat, they all say Roulas. I have been there myself 20+ times and tried many of their dishes. But one seemed to have escaped me, but not this time. BBQ chilli ribs by the rack or half rack. Didn’t seem like a typical Greek dish, as most of the menus over in Greece are Kleftiko or moussaka for example. But I thought I’d give it a try purely as it had the word chilli in (sad hey). But come on crack out the ribs and lets see what they have to offer.

They come out on a large silver platter with chips and salad. A golden coating drizzled over the ribs with a sweet yet peppery aroma. Pretty thick and sticky sauce as I dip my finger in timidly. Immediately I get a sweetness and simply amazing bbq taste. Napkin on! This is going to get messy.

The first time I had the ribs I had already had a huge dinner so I ordered the half rack as I was still quite full. But the ribs have this weird tendency to make your feel hungrier the more you eat. I ate the half rack wanting more. So the following 3 nights (that’s 4 in total and I was only there for a week) I had the full rack. The heat was a touch over mild but built as you went through the rack. Tingling more and more with a more than perfect balance of heat and flavour. I found my self several times picking up a rib laden with meat and sauce, taking a bit only to find that the meat which had been slowly double cooked had fallen off the bone it was cooked that great.

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best rib I have had to date. After speaking with the head chef about the recipe, his words were, ‘I will give you any recipe on the menu, but not this one, and I shall take it with me when I go’. You can imagine I was not impressed grrrrrrrrr I want to know his secret. In all honesty he was right to keep it to himself. I mean if you knew the winning lottery numbers for the next draw you wouldn’t pass them onto anyone right?

Sweet bbq flavour with a kick to please any palate. But don’t take my word for it, l and see for yourself. Roulas is THE place to eat and if you go there and not try the ribs then you need to seek help. They are amazing!!!!!


I believe the full rack was 13.70euro so about £11-12.

Until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

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