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Restaurant review: Poco Loco, Paphos

It’s difficult to claim convincingly that one understands how genuine Mexican food should taste, when the closest most folk have been to Tijuana is a budget bottle of tequila. That said, I often crave for a bit more spice in my life, so in the company of friends I visited Poco Loco for a tingling of the taste buds through its Mexican food culture.

I have to say from the off the positioning of Poco Loco is one of its biggest pluses; it is set in the Alsos Park and customers can dine under the arches of an old and now sadly closed hotel with the remainder of tables set under shady trees so the place resonates with a feeling of space yet manages to still offer a level of dining intimacy. The total area is large and also allows customers to enjoy regular salsa evenings which feature throughout the summer months.

We went for the delights of chimichanga with a platter of them plus Quesadilla pork tacos, and taquitos served with sour cream and spicy pico de gallo – a salsa of chopped tomatoes, onion, coriander, fresh serranos, salt and lime juice. Be warned though, Poco Loco does not offer baby portions, here the food is a bit like the country of origin, big, bold, colourful and at a culinary level a very basic form of cooking once one has conquered all the different seasonings etc.

No one is going to come here to relish a gourmet lunch or dinner – it’s a fun food place where folk happily spear at other people’s plates where sharing different flavours is enjoyable and no-one ever leaves hungry. After the platter we pushed ourselves to finish a pair of substantial flour tortilla (Dobladas Durango) stuffed with chicken, roast bell peppers and spring onions, oven baked then topped with sour cream and spring onions. On reflection we would have been better off going for the enchilada or burrito platter as they seemed to offer more manageable mini portions.

My one complaint would be that chef needs to reach for the seasoning chart and load up on the citrus combo when making his guacamole as this didn’t quite offer that essential flavour punch. Local wine is on offer but the whole point of going Mexican for the evening has to be sipping on a Margarita, or maybe a Tequila sunrise to awaken the nerve ends. Here the choice of cocktails is complemented with Sangria by the glass or the jug. Desserts include a pretty evil total diet destroyer in the form of chocolate lava cake and for those who really wish to earn a sombrero award there is a whole list of extras that can also be piled on the plate including refried beans, jalapenos and a good selection of dips

So if you fancy a tasty meal in a really great location seated at tables comfortably apart so one doesn’t have to inhale the aroma of fellow diners aftershave, a place where you can just pop in for a starter of corn chips with dips and maybe a sneaky Cuba Libre or, you can go (as they say) for the full enchilada, it’s an enjoyable and very happy place with owner Yiota Dianellou being the kind of person who makes you feel instantly welcome and ensures you and your friends do have a genuinely good time.

SPECIALTY Mexican dishes
WHERE Poco Loco, 37 Gladstonos Street, Paphos
PRICE from €5.50 upwards
CONTACT 99 424441

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