Poco Havana Bar & Cantina Glasgow Review
48a West Regent Street
G2 2RA Glasgow
0141 353 6098
Visit Date : 20th August 2016
Poco Havana is another new restaurant that opened in Glasgow in 2016, it's opening was March the 18th and you can find more details about them on Facebook, their website and why not follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
I had been recommended by the staff at Obu Pan Asian, and via their twitter account to try here so I finally did.
There are several Latin American restaurants in Glasgow e.g. Topolabamba and Las Iguanas are two I have already tried. If you want my thoughts on them send me a tweet and I will let you know.
First Impressions :
Poco Havana is a very cosy little restaurant, and has a very unique theme compared to the other latin american restaurants in Glasgow that I have tried. There is themed music playing and unlike Topolabamba it's not too loud where you need to shout over it and everyone else in the restaurant. Having to shout over music in places is a big no, it kills your enjoyment of the meal and who you are with but here the level was perfect.
It had just enough atmosphere which was good, and was very relaxing. The staff were all very friendly, and the waitress this night was very helpful.
The Food :
I am not a big Latin American food person, so this style of food is not something I have on a regular basis but I do enjoy it when I have it. Tonight I decided to try several small plates, so I could sample a few dishes and then the next time order one small and one large.
HUARACHAS CON CHORIZO: A CORN MASSA SANDAL WITH A SPICY MIX OF CHORIZO AND POTATO, FINISHED WITH FRESH AVOCADO, CREMA AND CORIANDER £4.95
This was very nice, everything about this just worked. It was a great portion size, and the flavours all complimented each other.
PRAWN AND AVOCADO TOSTADAS: PAN FRIED PRAWNS WITH GARLIC AND CHILLI, WITH A PINEAPPLE AND AVOCADO SALSA ON FRIED MINI CORN TORTILLAS £5.95
For me this was just ok, I really don't know what I was expecting. The flavours for me were interesting and did work, but I don't know if I would try this again. The prawns were warm whereas the rest of the plate was cold, so I don't know if that was it or that it was missing something. Please don't let this put you off trying it, as this is my opinion remember.
HOME MADE TORTILLA CHIPS AND GUACAMOLE: GUACAMOLE MADE FRESH TO ORDER, SERVED WITH OUR HOME MADE CORN TORTILLAS £4.50
This was a small plate, but wow its bigger than some of the other Latin American restaurants large plates. Out of all the tortilla chips I have tried, I really enjoyed this one the most and could have easily gone another plate but that would have just been too greedy after all the other ones.
Churros with rock salt and lemon sorbet. The churros were heavier and harder than expected as I have tried churros in many restaurants, but they were nice and the sorbet was really really good. I would have this again when I return.
Overall for me this was a very good first time, the food, service etc all were very good and I had a nice time and nice meal. Would I go back? Yes, I would as Poco had for me the best parts of both Topolabamba and Las Iguanas, nice food, music just right level and good relaxing atmosphere.
The Rating for this visit (out of 5) :
- Service : *****
- Menu Choice : ****
- Taste : ****
- Overall : ****