5 Minutos with a Loco – Señor Ryan Choi

27 January 2017

Ryan Choi, our Group Training Manager is our main man when it comes to training the Loco team. He is instrumental in striving for the highest customer service levels for the Loco Group. Torn between trainings, paperwork and Jakarta, we nabbed our favourite Korean for quickie.

Ryan Choi – our Group Training Manager

Where are you from?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Go Leafs Go!! (he’s was referring to Toronto’s Hockey team)


Who inspires you and why?

Danny Meyer – one of the best restaurateurs in the world. Watching his YouTube video and reading articles, I’ve learnt valuable things. He truly understand the essence of succeeding in hospitality industry. Also, he seems like a real down to earth type of guys and a humble being. … No, I’ve not met him, yet!
At work, Alasdair is just an amazing mentor! I truly enjoy working with him.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job with us?

When I see our team working together as one and really having fun together while working. It also makes my day when guests leave a genuine comment about our teamwork and hospitality!


What’s you best restaurant dinning experience and why?

An unusual experience ten years back in a beautiful small town, Hunza Valley, Pakistan. You could walk to China from here! The place only had 5-6 tables, all the plates and utensils were different colours and sizes and some where even chipped. Food took a long time and they did not have any carbonated drinks or water. Food was so-so. But somehow it did not bother me and evening up going back five times in a week. The old man running the place was the only reason for this. I learnt then that even if ambience and food are not perfect, his infectious, inviting smile and how he made me feel really good every time was more than enough for me.


What kind of food do I miss form Canada?

Hot dogs, Chinese food, spicy Italian Sausage with sweet corns, onion, jalapeño and a drizzle of Mustard. Chinese food in Toronto is very different from what we have here, maybe I’m just used to that.


What kind of food will I crave if I left Singapore?

Minced pork noodles, Bak ku teh.. best food to have after a hangover!


Where do you think Singapore service quality can be improved?

Genuine hospitality, simple things like welcoming any guests with a genuine smile, and going above and beyond.
Even face, every table and every time.


Your pet hate?

When people chew noisily and open the mouth while eating. Drives me absolutely ‘loco’ overtime.


Nicknames:

Ryebread, ryeguy, Choi


Do you say Takitish?

Was born after the 50s, so no but I do say a lot of ‘eh’s.. that’s pretty Canadian, eh?

Thank you for your time Ryan! 😉

Not a Bad Drop

27 January 2017

Specialising in lesser known southern Italian varieties, Con-Greg Grigoriou’s Delinquente Wine Co. mixes accessibility with generations of wine knowledge.


What did we think of them when we were introduced?

Screaming Betty- Vermentinos by Delinquente Wine Co.

It was love at first sight and passion at first sip!


Handmade in small batches, here’s a wine series that makes use of under-appreciated grape types from the Riverland that grows naturally well in the South Australian climate. With loco attitude from downunder, Delinquente Wine debuted last year with Vermentino (Screaming Betty) and it goes beautifully with our Mexican dishes. We’re happy to have these ‘ugly as sin’ Vermentinos available in Super Loco Customs House.


Con-Greg Grigoriou is the son of wine professional Chris Grigoriou, who manages high-volume wineries in the Riverland and Barossa Valley for more than 35 years. Having spent most of his childhood playing between vats and barrels, Con-Greg wanted to “get as far aways from the wine industry as possible” and so, moved to Melbourne and worked in advertising.


Sometime later, Con-Greg found himself back in Adelaide where he was once again drawn into the world of fermented grapes. “The idea had been bubbling along for awhile. I love these varieties and I think I saw an opportunity to make an awesome wine from the place I grew up, but put my own slant on it as well.” says Con-Greg! Tight and concise, small batches and special stuff year on year, collaborating with other winemakers and grape growers and keeping things fresh is Con-Greg’s moto. “The idea is to make really really, easy drinking – ‘smash able’ is the word we use – wines.”


Another factor that draws attention to Delinquente is it’s aesthetics. Masterminded by Con-Greg together with a mutual friends Ankles, the bottle labels depict a suite of characters set against hand-drawn illustration. The Delinquentes designs were influenced by pop culture references and people Ankles saw on the streets. The labels are meant to be ugly, confronting and weird, but still sort of beautiful and cool, which it is!


You can now enjoy this beautiful blend at Super Loco Customs House! Click here to make a reservations today.


– Adapted from CityMag and AWOL

Brunch with us on Monday this CNY

23 January 2017

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Brunch with us this CNY

Yes, Super Loco Robertson Quay will be open on Monday, 31st Jan for brunch and dinner this Chinese New Year. Indulge in a hearty Mexican brunch with us this Chinese new year! By the way – there’s no need to wake when the Rooster coos! Our brunch will be available from 10am.


Don’t wait at the door, click here to get yourself a table before arriving!


The Loco Group’s outlets will be closures are as follows:

★ Lucha Loco and Super Loco Customs House will be closed from Saturday, 28th till Monday, 30th Jan and opened on Tuesday, 1st Feb 2017.

★ Super Loco Robertson Quay will be closed on Saturday, 28th Jan only. Super Loco Robertson Quay will be open for brunch and dinner on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th Jan 2017.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Quandoo