This week sees the opening of Poco, the Bristol based restaurant which is now opening its restaurant in Broadway Market in Hackney. Run by Tom Hunt, Ben Pryor and Jen Best, Poco centres around, 100% seasonal, locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and tapas- a fine partnership.
Their ingredients are really locally sourced too, none of this ‘sourced locally’ and then you find it just means it’s from England, not here, instead ingredients will come from the likes of Dagenham Community Farm and Kappacasein Dairy in Bermondsey. When ingredients do have to be sourced from abroad and that’s only 10% anyway, they’re all non-freight from Europe. The vegetables will be predominantly organic and the meat will cooked using the nose to tail method, all to ensure there is minimal waste.
Tom will be joined by Henry Russel the former chef at Morito to create a menu of dishes that are rustic, affordable, humble but still big on taste and flavours. Start the day with breakfast – eggs ‘how you like them’ on sourdough toast with home-made harissa and choose from Tom’s own recipe chorizo. Come the evening the menu will be all about tapas and will be inspired by Tom’s travels in Spain, Morocco and Latin America. Dishes include deep fried oyster with kelp aioli, saltmarsh lamb scrag, marjoram, samphire and lavender and for pudding Peruvian chocolate, caramelised beetroot and crème fraiche.
Co-owner Ben Pryor will be mixing up classic and botanical cocktails from foraged ingredients, homemade tinctures and cordials. They’ve also teamed up with Wiper and True to create a saison beer made from elderflowers!
The theme continues through to the interior, well it would be a bit of a cop out if it didn’t, with sustainable products being used such as English hardwood, reclaimed timber and clay based paint. Poco is going to prove that being ethical doesn’t mean that the quality isn’t lost. Sounds like a good idea to us.
Poco: Open now, 129A Prichards Road, E29 AP, www.eatpoco.com
Image: Neil White