Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
It's winter now but Singapore is still as hot and humid as ever. If you are wishing for a white Christmas, you could always head down to Snow City to experience snow on our sunny little island. After you have worked up a healthy appetite in the freezing cold, you can pop over to PocoLoco Microbrewery conveniently located on the second floor of Snow City to fill your tummy with delicious Italian fare and glasses of ice-cold craft beers brewed exclusively by PocoLoco.
Ever since our raving review of PocoLoco's Ang Mo Kio outlet here
, we started frequenting the place personally, taking advantage of the unbelievably affordable prices to order up mouthwatering Italian feasts.
We always find ourselves gravitating towards the little Italian restaurant when we crave for gourmet cuisine but don't want to burn a hole into our pockets. With authentic Italian dishes starting from just $3, what's not to love about this simple and economical eatery? However, one may remark that while the food is delicious and comparable to fine-dining restaurants at the Ang Mo Kio outlet, the décor is rather nondescript and prosaic.
Well, what the Ang Mo Kio outlet lacks in luster, the newly opened outlet in Jurong makes up for it big time with a sophisticated interior design featuring dark oak wall panelling, wooden furniture, sleek black furniture, glittering edison light bulb chandeliers, cream floor tiles, black and grey paint tones and shiny silver brew tanks.
The Jurong outlet even has an al fresco area where you can chill out with a beer during the evening while enjoying a gorgeous scenery of the pink and golden hues of the setting sun amidst the lush greenery. This is definitely the perfect place for a romantic setting or a casual chillax session with friends that doesn't break the bank.
PocoLoco Seaweed Beer
The menu and prices are exactly the same as the outlet in Ang Mo Kio. Just that at the Jurong outlet, you have the opportunity of tasting PocoLoco's exclusive brews at prices so low, you will be tempted to indulge in copious tipples.
Zuppe di Melone, $5
Chilled melon soup with parma ham
This refreshing honeydew soup is served chilled and perfect for those hot days when you want something light. Honeydew, ice cream and a few other secret ingredients are blended together and topped with mint leaves and two large slices of parma ham. The by-product is a sweet, fruity, minty and creamy bowl of freshness with a salty and smoky contrast from the parma ham.
Thinly sliced beef tenderloin with truffle essence
The thin, raw slices of beef tenderloin has a melt-in-the-mouth effect with a buttery and velvety texture. It is garnished with shavings of parmesan cheese, arugula, and cherry tomatoes. The beef slices are infused with truffle essence which gives the dish a deep musky, earthy and rich taste and aroma.
Baked scallops with capsicum puree and flavored butter
This is one of our favorite dishes served in PocoLoco! Hokkaido scallops specially flown in from Japan are used in the creation of this heavenly appetizer. A pair of huge and juicy scallops are first pan-fried, then baked in a bath of capsicum puree and flavored butter with a layer of cheese and bread crumbs generously sprinkled above. The by-product is a crunchy, cheesy, savory, creamy and herby affair. The naturally sweet scallops are cooked perfectly medium-rare and are soft and springy to the bite.
Ravioli, $18 (Chef's Special)
Keep a look out for the weekly chef's special dishes written on the chalkboards, or ask a waiter about it! The head chef of PocoLoco has a passion for pasta, and he loves experimenting with new pasta dishes. All pastas are made and prepared fresh in-house every day. When we were there, he had whipped up a lovely ravioli stuffed with chicken, pork and beef accompanied with a cream sauce made with veal jus. The little parcels of ravioli had a nice al-dente bite, albeit its skin was a tad too thick for our liking, while the fillings within were generous, well seasoned and delicious. The cream sauce had a hint of sweetness from the veal juices with an aromatic and savory taste.
Duck Confit, $20 (Chef's Special)
Another weekly chef's special that we had the pleasure of tasting, the duck confit had that coveted crisp and savory skin that all duck confits aspire to achieve, with meat so tender and moist that it falls off the bone with a light scrape. The meat was a light pink on the inside, extremely flavorful and so succulent that its juices leaked all over the plate as we cut into it. It was served with a sid of soft and buttery spinach and wedges of potatoes tha had a nice crust and a fluffy interior.
Chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream
The chocolate sponge cake is as soft and fluffy as a cloud. The cake gives way to your spoon as easily as a fighter jet cutting through the clouds in the sky. The chocolate lava oozes out slowly, thick, luscious and rich. This decadent dessert is perfect for the chocolaholics, and the raspberry sauce at the side provides a burst of sour tartness to the chocolate overload, while the vanilla ice cream gives a refreshing creaminess to wash down the thick and viscous chocolate lava.
Italian coffee cheese cake
We were pleasant surprised to find that this is one of the best tiramisus we have had in Singapore, far surpassing other dessert specialty shops. The mascarpone cheese is extremely light and fluffy yet ironically, creamy and rich, the perfect flavor and texture combination of an authentic Italian tiramisu. The lady finger biscuits that are packed at the bottom of the cup are heavily infused with coffee liquer with a sweet, bitter and slighty alcoholic finish. This is a delicious pile of velvety bliss that we can't get enough of.
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Level 2, Snow City, Singapore 609433
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Telephone No.: +65 8438 3833