When you think of Latin American dining you think tacos, empanadas and sharing plates and with Poco Loco’s greatest hits approach to regional South American cooking hits all the right spots; from Peruvian ceviches and antichchos, Mexican tostadas and barbacoa as well as so many more urban style Latin dishes.
The two-level space is an eclectic mix of industrial and traditional, with low hanging, statement lamps and deep wood communal tables comfortably mingling with Mayan-esque grafiti and clay tiles intermingled with the worn parquet flooring.
Diners can choose from a menu that features dishes which comfortably dart from the likes of Melting Cheese Sticks served with a salsa verde to Josper Roasted Sea Bass with red and green adobe and Exploding Chocolate Tacos. With each dish intended for sharing you can revel in a table full of small plates and delve into a world of exciting flavours.
We started with the cheese sticks and the Spiced Chicken Tinga Tostada, served with fresh tomatoes and onions and a generous portion of avocado, the marinated shredded chicken is soft and succulent, served on a crisp warm tortilla and a bed of beans this is a perfect meld of flavours but a little hard to eat…expect flying tortilla pieces every time you cut into it.
Next were the tacos, creatively served and three to a portion these soft corn tortillas were mouthwateringly delicious. We went for the Grilled Chicken Al Pastor served with pineapple, it was fresh, succulent and one that should not be missed.
Throughout the night one thing I found strange was the servings, some of them came with enough for four, others for two and then the tacos for three. It’s great if there are just two diners but when, like us, there is a larger party things can get a little awkward trying to split it evenly.
Finally the Beef Fillet antichchos was served with the most delicious chimchuri sauce, the most beautiful vibrant green and the most perfectly cooked morsels of meet, each one served on a skewer. The couple of sides we ordered were a perfect round off, the Mexican carrots were smokey and sweet and served with a warm cinnamon dipping sauce, the roasted potato wedges and their mole sauce had a slight kick but the most amazing flavour.
The entire night was a complete deilght, the food was delicious despite the inconsistent portions and the staff were incredibly helpful taking us through the dishes. Our only complaint was when trying to pay the bill, a 20 minute wait for them to take our money almost had us walking out the door, money in hand.
With beach front outdoor seating and a perfect family atmosphere I can’t do more than recommend getting a group together and trying it for yourself.