This ‘a little crazy’ restaurant – its name being the short for ‘poco loco’, Mexican ‘little crazy’ phrase – is one of a series of restaurants Tom Hunt has opened in UK; there is actually another ‘Poco’ operating in Bristol for several years now, obviously successfully enough to be followed by another one in the capital itself. Only a few days ago at Broadway Market this eco-friendly, seasonal representation, natural gourmet venue opened its doors and became a favorite for many Londoners, already being one for even more Bristol citizens. Try reading a bit about it and decide whether it’s worth choosing Poco London for your next treat.
To begin with, the top chef owner Tom Hunt is the founder of The Forgotten Feast – Bristol’s loved eco restaurant serving only fresh, carefully selected and grown products; and the author behind the lord of the cook books called ‘The Natural Cook’. I can bet that you already get the idea: Tom Hunt strives to invent his own recipes from scratch assuring they use only the most natural products which boost your organism strength, fasten detox processes, include the best strategy to keep all ingredients fresh and healthy while tasting irresistibly delicious! In London Poco manages to be loaded with top quality products found in the area around the capital; Hunt says that his years of catering have helped him build stable relationships with certified local suppliers and we can be pretty sure he mastered the secrets of the finest produce one can hope to find. To be specific, Poco trust only suppliers located no further than 100 miles (ones you can meet, get to know and transport for the least time possible); also, all tinctures and cordials are custom made by the restaurant itself; everything is 99.9% waste neutral; no foil or cling film is ever used, even the fish you eat is directly sold by those who caught it, today, and furniture inside is reclaimed or salvaged. I mean it when I say it simply cannot be any more eco… A menu so delicately created is what many Londoners dream to open on their dinner out.
The menu itself is rich, extra-ordinary and various. As I already said, the menu will often be changed but for this season you can find sweet corn spelt fritters with english chillies, courgette fritters with soured raw cream, saddleback chorizo with red wine, deep fried oysters with kelp aioli, chargrilled apricots with honey, whipped ricotta and apricot kernels, berkshire pork belly with lemon and fennel, roasted partridge with cobnut dukkah and pomegranate syrup, beetroot puree with borage and crispbread, organic ice cream with clotted cream or goat’s milk chocolate pots with caramelized beetroot and whipped curd, for example.
All these are inspired by the countless trips Hunt has made to Spain, Mexico, Morocco, Latin America…just, every hot, spicy and deeply connected with its roots place. Even though I am not the biggest fan of tapas I must say I was impressed with my dinner and being a newbie restaurant in town, Poco has managed to shine with a high level game for not that high price. Its interior completely matches the whole natural idea, neatly furnished with affable and as I mentioned environmentally friendly pieces. The huge French windows and all this light coming in it definitely makes you feel the flow of pure energy. Poco’s service is also quite satisfying, again especially given the fact that the staff has worked there for about 8 seconds, and contributes to the whole calming experience.
Poco needs a flow of visitors to gain the popularity it deserves; I can only say that giving this young venue a try is the greenest decision you can make and a few months from now I am sure many of your friends will be telling you about this great restaurant they’ve discovered so don’t hesitate and beat them to it!