We’re super happy to be part of Poco Deli’s Bonifacio Global City (BGC) restaurant launch through the invitation of Zomato. We can’t thank Poco Deli enough for the warm accommodation.
Anyway, for those of you who still hasn’t heard of Poco Deli, it has been around for quite some time already, eight (8) years to be exact. With its first home in Kapitolyo, their next branch was in Ayala Triangle Makati where Me-An got to try some of their dishes and, currently, Poco Deli has found its way to BGC.
From the restaurant’s name itself, Poco is an Italian word which means “little” and deli is an Americanized short version of delicatessen which is often a grocery and restaurant combined. Delis are known for offering cold cuts, beverages, and a fresher menu than fast food chain.
In the case of Poco Deli, they offer artisanal sausages without preservatives, prepared meat products, a wide array of wine selection, and fine ingredients like truffle oil and homemade sauerkraut to name a few.
Inspired by a husband and wife owned restaurant in France, both Mr. Sonny and Mrs. Joy de León used their skills, experiences and passion for European cuisine to open Poco Deli. Mr. Sonny, who was raised on a ranch in Bukidnon, is in charge of charcuterie whereas Mrs. Joy with her background in baking is in charge of the restaurant’s pastries.
To be honest, I find it somewhat intimidating whenever I see wine displays since it exudes refined taste which tantamount to fine dining for me.
However, that wasn’t the case with Poco Deli. In fact, the place was perfect for good, casual gathering with friends. We firsthand saw this as most of the customers that went to the restaurant were groups of friends that were in for both bonding and chilling. Thus, yes, it gave us that classy vibe, but there was a neighborhood feel to it which made us felt comfortable.
By the way, we heard from the management that the place still lacks European flag banners. They put such for European flags to represent the respective European dishes that are present in their menu.
The food that we’ve featured here are the highlights of our evening and/or what we have something to say. For instance, we can’t make a review of the served wine since we don’t know how to spot a good wine and we seldom drink it, so it was not included here.
The first dish that was served was SAUSAGE & CHEESE, PhP 500 (or 10.61 USD). We just assumed that it was a single serving since we failed to ask the management and it has only one of each kind of sausage. The sausages that were served with in the dish were the following:
- Kielbasa – I’ve been hearing about this Polish sausage from Me-An ever since she had tried it in New York. Apparently, according to the owner, Kielbasa is popular in New York. It was the meatiest and juiciest out of all the sausages I’ve tried.
- Nuernberger – It can’t be seen in the photo above since it was underneath the other sausages. I prefer this dark-colored sausage since it had that smoked taste to it. It’s
- Cheese Krainer – It’s a sausage with bite size cheese. Yes, it easily became our favorite since it has cheese inside it.
- Vienna Sausage – It tastes good as it seems that it was delicately seasoned.
- Chicken Sausage – To be honest, I can’t taste the chicken here.
As you can see from the Sausage & Cheese platter, it comes with a unique condiment called sauerkraut. It is a delightfully sour, fermented cabbage that usually seen in Eastern European and Germanic cuisines. It was actually our first time eating it and it reminds us of kimchi without the spice from Korean red pepper flakes.
Next, we had the COLD CUTS & CHEESE, PhP 450 (or 9.56 USD). Please note that this was already partially eaten so this isn’t the actual serving. The cold cuts that were served with in the dish were the following:
- SALAMI MILANO – Without the spices overpowering the meat itself, it was flavorful.
- PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA – I found this salty and rubbery to eat.
- NAPOLI PICANTE – This tastes much like a pepperoni for me.
This platter is, of course, best eaten with wine.
I only had a tiny portion of their TRUFFLE OIL & MUSHROOM, PhP 380 (or 8.07 USD) and, for me, the angel hair pasta had a robust flavored cream as its base. This is because it was infused with truffle oil which was considered to be a luxurious flavoring.
We were also served meals from their charcuterie. On the left of the photo, it’s MEAT LOAF, PhP 400 (or 8.5 USD), homemade German style meat loaf. We still haven’t tasted the real thing so all I can say is that it’s firmer, juicier and a delight to eat.
Meanwhile, on the right, it’s BACON SLAB, PhP 400 (or 8.5 USD), cured and wood smoked French pork belly. The meat tastes exactly like bacon, but way bigger, tastier and has sweetness to it. This is definitely one of my favorites.
Both come with top-notch quality eggs as seen above. We learned that Poco Deli’s eggs were still sourced from Angono, Rizal.
Poco Deli’s SPANISH CALLOS, PhP 380 (or 8.07 USD) has to be the best callos I’ve ever tried and is definitely a must try if ever you’ll be visiting Poco Deli. As this was slow cooked for 8 hours, the supposedly tough US tripe was soft. The stew ended up tasty with the added homemade chorizo, pancetta and pork knuckles. The dish was served with rice that has bacon bits on top which made for a great meal.
Upon the suggestion of our friend, Nate, we had CITRUS DELIGHT, PhP 150 (or 3.19 USD), a non-alcoholic drink that is a mixture of orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime with soda as its base. Me-An doesn’t really drink carbonated drinks but she found this one to her liking. Nate said that when it runs out we can just add water and it’s still good to drink for another round.
And this our new found friend, Nate. Doesn’t he look familiar to you? Yes, he is Nate Punzalan, Janina Vela’s brother. Awesome! He is an amazingly nice guy and he is great to converse with.
POCO DELI IS REASONABLE
Anyway, we think Poco Deli is reasonable because their servings are big and they make their top-notch charcuterie from imported meat. They import their beef from U.S. and their lamb from New Zealand. Meanwhile, they import almost all of their spices from Germany.
Although we think this is a place best for groups of family and friends, everyone will still find this as a good place both to dine and to procure exquisite ingredients for that next wonderful home-cooked meal. Truly, a little deli that surely delights.
One Parkade Building, 7th Avenue Corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Operating Hours: 11AM to 10PM.