Friday lunch at one of the newest dining spots in town: 𝗨𝗻 𝗣𝗼𝗰𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗼, a small Spanish tapas bar by the team behind Au Jardin, is located at City Junction in Tanjung Tokong.
Started off our lunch with some Sangria:
Our 𝙩𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙨 spread:
Red pepper parfait with chicharrón. The peppery mousse was the perfect foil for the crisp shard of deliciousness which we could not get enough of.
Baked cheese with onion marmalade. A baked Brie is hardly “Spanish”, but rather a reflection of the kitchen crew’s French training.
Red capsicum croquettas.
Jamon Serrano, melon and rocket.
Grilled whole Norwegian mackerel.
Paella Roja with seafood. Without a doubt, the best paella I’d come across in Penang, where a couple of other Spanish wannabes churned out half-hearted versions.
The rendition here was perfect, down to the coveted crust at the bottom of the pan.
Churros with cacao & butterscotch sauce. We were “forewarned” that the churros here have moist centres - probably because previous customers have thought they were undercooked and sent them back. These were quite delish - the moist and dense in the middle, almost akin to a French canelé. Quite a unique rendition.
Kahlua con leche.
Crema Catalana. The version here was surprisingly quite “lemony” - another surprise. Tasty nonetheless.
Overall, an interesting and hugely enjoyable meal. Certainly trumped the other Spanish dining options in town.
Un Poco Loco
2-3-6, City Junction (Level 3 Atrium B), Persiaran Lengkuas 2, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Tel: +6016-214 7591
Opening hours: 11.30am-3.30am, 5.30pm-8.30pm Mon-Tue, Fri-Sun. Closed on Wed & Thu.