Going Loco for Poco Deli

Remember our Thursday lunch out group in the office that we fondly call LOFONG? Well, last night it became DOFONG (Dinner Out Far Out Ng Group)! I know it’s so corny, but come on, you gotta keep track of your cliques. πŸ˜›

After work, we left the office in groups of three and met up at Poco Deli in Kapitolyo, Pasig. This, by the way, is pretty rare since us who live south would rather hold post-work dinner or drinking sessions around Alabang. The same goes for the others who live in Manila and Pasig, so imagine our surprise when everyone agreed! πŸ˜€ (Credit should actually go to Dwight who can be pretty persistent and insistent!)

One of the LOFONG founders, Julls, has been here before so we knew we weren’t going to be disappointed. Julls and Dwight were the first to arrive there since they made the reservation. Camille, Jane and I were the second group to arrive. The boyfriend, Ken and Geli were the last ones to show up. πŸ˜€

Outside Poco Deli.
Outside Poco Deli. I’m sorry for the terrible photo. I couldn’t get a nice shot. :s

From the outside, you wouldn’t look twice at this small restaurant because of its simple facade. But peeking through the glass door, the fully-occupied tables attested to its artisinal charm and allure. Clearly, it’s a neighborhood favorite and boy were we lucky that Julls made a reservation for us that night. πŸ˜€

The view from our table. This area is the "innermost" part of the deli.
The view from our table. This area is the “innermost” part of the deli.

Poco Deli is a cozy little artisan deli restaurant along the popular food street in Kapitolyo and is right beside Mad Mark’s. When I walked in, I was immediately bothered by how small their space is. It was too cramped for my liking, but the Spanish-like and rustic decorations took my mind off rubbing backs (chairs don’t have back support here unless the wall’s behind you) with the woman sitting behind me.

I wasn’t able to take a picture of their menu, but it was by far the biggest menu I’ve laid my hands on–as far as I remember. Everything on the menu sounded pretty enticing, with a section specifically titled Comfort Food. Now how’s that for easy menu picking?

German Meat Loaf
Here is Julls’ Home-made German Meat Loaf, which Dwight also ordered. Julls didn’t finish hers, while Dwight did–though it wasn’t without a struggle.

Julls’ German Meat Loaf plate was already sitting on the table when we arrived. I was surprised because of its gargantuan proportions.Β As such, I was slightly warned of what to expect from Poco Deli in terms of portions. I wanted to eat pasta that night but seeing “bacon slabs” on the menu immediately steered me away from any other dish.

Bacon Slabs
Bacon Slabs. It looked like char-grilled liempo, to be honest.

And so I ordered Bacon Slabs. Some of Poco Deli’s rice-based dishes come with two fried eggs and bacon rice. Mine arrived with two eggs laid on top of bacon-sprinkled rice. They really pepper diced and toasted bacon bits generously on top of the rice!

When they say slabs, they really mean S-L-A-B-S. It was a serious dish for some serious tummies, I tell you. The bacon slabs were nearly an inch thick. I had a hard time cutting it into small bite-size pieces, which is why B had to tackle them himself so I wouldn’t like a miniature baboon sparring against two harmless pieces of meat.

Flavor-wise, it was okay. I peppered it with chili flakes. I didn’t think it was too special other than the fact that it was a big-ass slab of heart attack. Also, I suggest that you split this dish with another person.

We made an effort to order different dishes each so we could sample everything.

German Sausage Sampler.
Jane’s German Sausage Sampler. This one looked really nice when it was served. Jane finished this, though the others were saying one of the sausages wasn’t too pleasant. I’m a sausage noob so I didn’t pay attention to which sausage they were referring. πŸ˜€
Camille's Gourmet Tapa.
Camille’s Gourmet Tapa. Looks so much like Tapsilog eh? I guess the bacon bits made the difference. Camille wheedled her way into an extra cup of bacon bits because she’s a bacon hoarder. πŸ˜€
German Sausage and Cheese Platter
Geli’s German Sausage and Cheese Platter. Didn’t really get to taste this plate, but since Geli finished everything here, I assume she was superbly happy with this.
B's Irish Beef Stew. The meat's really tender, unlike my bacon slabs. Very savory!
B’s Irish Beef Stew. The meat’s really tender, unlike my bacon slabs. Very savory!

Missing here is Ken’s dish! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. It was however, Moom’s Poast Roast that he ordered. As soon as I get a hold of a picture of that, I’ll update this blog entry. πŸ™‚

Citrus Delight, a secret drink!
Citrus Delight, a secret drink!

We all had Citrus Delight, a zesty and sprightly drink that has four kinds of citrus fruits. It’s not included in their menu, but I would seriously recommend this drink. It’s citrusy alright, but it also has that refreshing soda kick to it. Perfection!

Imported beers. They also have a good selection of wines.
Imported beers. They also have a good selection of wines.

Most of us wanted to cap the night with a slice of cake, a bottle of beer or perhaps a glass of wine but sadly we couldn’t find enough space in our stomachs to accommodate them. Camille was tipped by a friend that Poco Deli’s blueberry cheesecake is to die for, which is something I have to take note of.

The dishes, I have to admit, are perfectly priced. Most of the items we ordered were between about Php300 per plate and I personally thought it was worth every peso. Although if I were to come back, I would definitely share a plate with another person. πŸ˜€

Overall, Poco Deli makes the trip from far south to Pasig a deserving travel. The fact that they make their own sausages, smoke their own bacon, make their own ice cream and also serve a well-edited selection of wines really put emphasis on their effort to be unique and, well, be the little deli with a huge character.

And now, meet the LOFONG crew:

Everyone's here!~
Everyone’s here! (from L to R: Paolo, Me, Geli, Camille, Jane, Julls, Dwight and Ken) Photo from Julls.

Check out Poco Deli’s official Facebook page here!

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