Thursday, January 30, 2014

Poco Deli, Loving the Art of Sausage-making!

Poco Deli is now in Makati! YES!

I love it when my fave restaurants come near me.

However, I haven't been there yet and come to think of it, I wasn't able to write about my first visit to their first branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

While I was running through some photos, I saw these tucked-away in an unnamed file (files taken from my S3), what a surprise and an enticement indeed.

If some of you haven't known yet, Kapitolyo, Pasig had been one of the most, if not the most visited part in Pasig for food tours.  It's a humble yet gracious small village opened up to the public to share the town's hidden marvels, when it comes to dining.   One of the places I have unearthed was Poco Deli.

Poco Deli, situated unassumingly along East Capitol Drive in Pasig City, has only 5-6 tables including those outside.  Upon entering, you’d notice  on the left is the littlest open kitchen where they prepare all the food served.  Near the counter are display cases of cheeses, wines and their home-made deli products like sausages.  I actually came home with their best selling rack  of bacon.

So you think you knew bacon?  Well, come on over at Poco Deli, say bacon plate to the wait-staff and this is what they would serve you.  A thick slab, oh make that two, of pork belly with a cup of bacon-rice topped with twin sunny-side eggs.  According to the staff, their bacon slabs are smoked  for six hours or so to achieve that dry curing process wherein the salt and other herbs are infused to the meat making it extremely savory and smokey!  I like that it's not that sweet and super salty like the regular bacon we buy in the groceries.

German Sausage Sampler  (Single 340.00 )

German Sausage Sampler (Double 550.00)
It's a huge plate with a choice of three of their best-selling sausages - Kielbasa, Nuemberger, Bratwurst, Cheese Krainer, Chicken Sausage, Bockwurst, or Frankfurter. Served with homemade sauerkraut and mini toasts.

Australian Steak Sandwich  (220.00) is just sublime.  A non-typical New York bagel sandwich with pan-grilled, sliced Australian steak topped with melted Mozzarella Cheese.

Their pizzas too are to-die for.  Get either Quatro Formaggi (Four-cheese) or the Quattro Carne Pizza (Php 380).  The Quattro Carne Pizza is majestically topped with four sausages: Florentina, Bratwurst, Kielbasa and Frankfurter over a generous layer of Mozarella cheese. A bit oily though with all the meaty-works but the thin crust and meaty flavor was evident with every bite.

I know after eating all those meats, it's going to be hard to make room for desserts.  But may I suggest that you must try at least one from all their sinfully decadent sweets.
My recommendations:  White Mountain Cake (P 150) and Blackout Chocolate Cake (P 155).
Get that break from the usual chocolate overload during dessert, instead have a thick cream cheese frosting in between layers of rich chocolate from a slice of White Mountain Cake.
For the undeniable choco-holics, this should not miss your list.  Taunted as one of the best-selling chocolate cake from many foodie circles, Poco Deli gives us Blackout Chocolate, a Belgian Chocolate cake with its top covered entirely with dark choco ganache and mini choco chips.  Heaven, indeed!

Now, let me see when I can squeeze in my schedule their Ayala Triangle branch?

Poco Deli, Pasig
21 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(02) 477-4332

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