Hola! Sangira, Tapas and a lot more

When I received an email asking whether I would be interested in sampling the new menu at Poco Loco in Bandra, it took me just two minutes to make my decision – and these precious minutes were used to check if the husband was game to come along!

Friday evening and the promise of yummy Sangrias and Tapas was absolutely alluring. I was dreaming about it all day, even at work. Walking into the restaurant you immediately notice how they’ve cleverly used the space, the open kitchen at the ground level gives you a glimpse of what you’re going to be served and the fact that all the food that comes to your table is freshly prepared is something heartening. The wooden flooring and beams, brown decor and mellow lighting give it a very rustic yet warm feeling and it immediately relaxes you.

This Sangria was so good, I could have downed an entire pitcher!

We were handed over two special menus that were created just for the evening. Since it was the two of us, we decided to taste each of the four Tapas on offer. The Sangria de Manzana Verde (white wine with green apples) was our choice of beverage, this was fresh with just the right combination of acidity from the wine, tang from the apples and sweet from the fruit juice. The Patatas Bravas were just delicious – perfect way to bring in the weekend – served hot and with that sweet-sticky BBQ sauce taking the flavours up by notches. The Champinones A La Plancha were served hot and the mushrooms were juicy and full of flavour, another tick mark for the restaurant. The Pincho de Pollo was great too and it was evident that the chicken had been marinated well. The only disappointment here was the Gambas al Ajillo, prawns with garlic, this is one of our favourite combinations and were were really looking forward to the dish. The let down was that the prawns were overcooked and had become rubbery which made it tough to cut into and bite, a pity considering that this is one combination that you really don’t need to do much with.

Some of the Tapas
PS: Notice the beautiful crockery!
The mushrooms and prawns

The Tapas filled us up quite a bit so we asked the staff not to rush with our orders for the mains. In the meanwhile, we spoke with the owners who came to check on us and looked out for the chef. While we could only manage a two-minute conversation with the chef, I would really have liked to talk more to Chef Amey about Spanish cuisine, we didn’t really  mind considering the restaurant was filling up and the good chef was on his toes attending to orders.

For the mains, the husband picked Pollo a la Brasa which just said grilled chicken on the menu; but boy! what a piece of grilled chicken that was! The meat was tender, almost falling off the bone, it was hard to believe that this was chicken. It was well flavoured even though it wasn’t spicy. The accompaniments were the best part and they really added a lot to this dish – aspraragus, broccoli, a sauce and the most luscious mashed potatoes. Delicious! I was debating between the Pancakes de Broccoli (Broccoli pancakes with tomato compote) and the Paella Marinera (Seafood Paella), when I told the husband about this, all I got in return was a look that said, “Really, you are choosing vegetables over seafood, you?” Well, the decision was easy now – Paella it was! And I’m glad I chose what I did – the Paella was out of this world; perfectly seasoned and freshly made, it was bursting with the goodness of seafood and studded generously with garlic. But what was perhaps the best part of this dish was that there was generous, and I mean generous amount of seafood in it – shrimp, clam and squid; this is the kind of stuff I’ve dreamt about!

Grilled chicken
Seafood Paella

The husband was a little surprised to see that there were no desserts on our menu, even though I don’t mind skipping dessert, I will admit I was a little taken aback too but by the end of the Paella I was so full that I didn’t really give the missing dessert too much attention. To tell you the truth, by this time I’d just finished the Sangria and one of the wait staff thoughtfully handed me a clean spoon so I could scoop out all the delicious pieces of apple from the glass. Slurp! Dessert? Now, I didn’t really need it either!

Here’s what you’ll need to know about Poco Loco, if you’re planning to visit:

Address: 5, Lourdes Heaven, Next to Toto’s Garage, Off Pali Naka, 5, Dr KB Hedgewar Rd, Pali Hill, Mumbai, MH 400050
Phone:099 20 033803

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