Warning: This restaurant review may contain some unnecessary food puns. Read at your own risk.
Location: Lane 11, Khayaban-e-Muslim
Average price: PKR 2000-2200 per head including tapas, main course and drink
My favourite items: Carne Asada Taco, Orange and Banana Sangria
Drawbacks: Tiny seating area (reserve a table before showing up)
Overall rating: ★★★★★
Despite the nearly thousands of eateries that seem to magically sprout up in K-town, there aren’t very many that actually offer anything different. So, when I heard about Loco and googled tapas, I immediately put it on the ‘to-try’ list. And there it stayed until I finally fought off my laziness and got a reservation last week.
Having only visited Spain in my imagination and shamelessly ignorant about Spanish cuisine, I gave myself a crash course (aka did a few, quick Google searches) before we visited. As it turns out, Loco is actually a mix of Spanish AND Mexican offerings. While the focus on tapas (starters) is purely Spanish, the painting of Frida Kahlo overlooking one of the tables and menu items like tacos add distinctly Mexican elements to the restaurant. What’s the difference between these two, you ask? I had no idea myself so I’ll skip the know-it-all act and let you read about it here, if you’re interested.
Okay, now let’s taco’bout the food.
From the tapas, we ordered the crab and cheese dip. It was INSANE how good it was (*insert joke about going coco loco after trying it*). We literally wiped the dish clean. It was served with French bread which was a bit hard (the kind that can scratch the inside of your mouth) but thankfully the dip totally overshadowed this little faux pas.
For the mains we ordered the Carne Asada Taco and Pasta con mariscos (translation: pasta with seafood). Both were infused with SO much flavour. Wouldn’t have been able to find flaws in either of the dishes even if we tried. The guacamole accompanying the taco was perfect – totally guac-ed my world (y’know, like rocked. no? okay).
The orange and banana sangria was also a star. It’s sort of a strange combination so might not be to everyone’s liking but I personally found it super refreshing.
Wrapped the meal up with the Tres Leches cake. It wasn’t bad but ain’t got nothing on Aunty Munaver’s three-milk cake. I found myself wishing this one had some hint of chocolate which was blatantly missing.
While it is a bit pricey, I don’t think Loco is aiming to turn into your regular hang-out spot. It’s definitely worth a visit if you like trying out new cuisines. For me, it’s the kind of place I’d want to go to every once in a while when I’m in the mood to splurge on some great food.
Other things you should know
Considering the quality of food they have on offer, it’s crazy how tiny the place is. Not sure what the owners were thinking (they must’ve had a loco motive lololol *continues to laugh at own forced joke*). Make sure you get a reservation before you show up or chances are you won’t find a spot.
It currently does not serve lunch and opens at 7 pm.
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