After years of being ignored, Spanish cuisine is now finding a place in Mumbai’s food scene. This cuisine is as colourful as its people, full of spice and bold flavours. The Spanish way of eating isn’t fussy or formal. Dining is seen as a social experience, meant to be shared and collectively enjoyed. Hence, Spain’s most significant contribution to the culinary world is the concept of tapas. Tapas isn’t any particular dish or recipe, just small portions of food that can be eaten collectively, while you drink. Tapas varies in every bar, every region, every household and every season. It refers more to the way of eating, that a type of food.
Sounds like a great way to spend an evening with friends, doesn’t it? Head over to Poco Loco, Pali Naka, Bandra. Right next to the oh-so-popular Toto’s, you’ll find a neat restaurant called Poco Loco.
Behind the counter
Owners Sonal and Saurabh Shroff felt like it was high time Mumbai was introduced to tapas, which is well explored internationally. It’s an adaptable sort of food, that allows for experimentation.
Sonal and Saurabh are both experienced entrepreneurs, but this is their first venture in the food and beverage industry. Sonal studied at IHM (Mumbai) while Saurabh owns a consulting firm called Clearwater Consulting. The menu at Poco Loco has been designed by Executive Chef Salim Mondal and hospitality consultant Anirudh Singhal. The menu is aimed at keeping the food authentic and suiting the local palette.
What to expect
Visit Poco Loco and you could either sit at the bar with a bunch of friends or cozy up with a date at one of the tables. Wine lovers, you’d be happy to find a large selection of Spanish, French, Italian, Chilean, Argentinian and Indian wines on the list. Of course, a Spanish restaurant would be incomplete with Sangria, which is well represented on Poco Loco’s menu.
Where food is concerned, they serve a fair number hot and cold Tapas. The vegetarian options aren’t particularly enticing, which might disappoint a large number of you. The menu favours chicken and sea-food. There are a couple of variations of paella, and some interesting sounding salads and mains.
The food and drinks are definitely priced on the more expensive side of average. A meal without a drink should cost you about Rs.800-Rs1000 per head. But at a place like this you’d definitely drink, so only go if you’re in the mood to spend.
I have my hopes set high. The idea of a tapas bar definitely appeals to me, and I’m sure to be lured there on one of those nights I feel poco loco, a little crazy.
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