Bacaro

47 Castle Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 9UB
Critics Review 17.5/20
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Passionate about Venetian small plates.

There is something about Salt House Bacaro in Liverpool that makes you want to spend all day and evening in there, talking with friends, laughing, whispering; draining your wallet on lots and lots of its food. And you won’t even care.

That’s not to say Salt House Bacaro is particularly expensive, but it is very addictive and temptation is everywhere. From Paddy Smith’s Red and Blue group, which already runs the hugely popular Salt House Tapas and Hanover Street Social, Bacaro is all about ciccheti, the Italian version of tapas: diminutive, and, as the saying (almost) goes, perfecto formed. The attention and passion is evident.

Spinach puree and pea shoots elevate goats cheese pearls into the heavens. Or try acorn-fed Iberico ham; Venetian, slow cooked duck ragout; a handful of pizzettes, and wonderful Stornoway black pudding with chicken livers in Marsala. Don’t miss the grilled king scallops in shells (£3.50 each), a perfect 10. Thirsty? Choose one of 10 different Camparis or a Bellini from a magnificent list.

"It is very clear that everyone involved is absolutely passionate about the food and how it is cooked and presented, along with obsessive interest in provenance." - Gordo

Cuisine: Italian, Small Plates, Vegetarian Friendly
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Gordo bloody loves the newest bit of Italy on Castle Street
17.5/20
As a North West food pundit and all round fat bastard, Gordo despairs sometimes of the current trend towards good, but middle-of-the-road dining that flows up from that there London, generally landing in Manchester first, then spreading over to Liverpool as a second destination. For the first time in ten years Fatty gave a dish 10/10 outside a Michelin-starred restaurant. Liverpool can get the needle over this “Manchester first, Liverpool second” stuff. Alternatively it can thank its lucky stars. And, because of three scallops, it should indeed do just that. Like the Galapagos Islands, Liverpool gets more time to be quirky and interesting in its restaurant offerings due its geography, as it does take longer for stuff to arrive from outside. This means that the homegrown varieties can be a good deal more interesting than the stuff being manufactured by the soulless marketing men elsewhere. Take them three scallops. Gordo had time to kill after spending a couple of hours chewing the Migas with the Spanish food botherer Peter Kinsella over at Lunya, who mentioned that a new restaurant had just opened next to another of Gordo’s favourites, San Carlo. So, Gordo found himself staring at these three scallops, served on the half shell, salivating furiously. The size was impressive. The fact that the chef had kept the orange roe on was impressive. The aroma floating off them was very impressive. The timing of the cooking, to get them slightly charred on the outside and translucent in the middle was really, really impressive. Then they blew Gordo’s mind. Cooked with butter, parsley, garlic and a touch (he thinks) of good white wine, these freshest, sweetest of scallops, grabbed Gordo, slung him back and snogged him with an abandon that left him breathless. For the first time in ten years Fatty gave a dish 10/10 outside a Michelin-starred restaurant. Matt Walsh is the head chef here and cooked those scallops. God help him if doesn’t replicate it next time Gordo is in. The place is Bacaro, the new kid on the block up on Castle Street from the Salt House people. It’s a bit normal from the outside, but walk in and you get the buzz, instantly. It’s all a bit Hemmingway. Don’t ask. It just is. There is a bar, punted at us as a Campari bar. All a bit distressed, but cool and not over-engineered. Flowers and leather banquettes add atmosphere to the room, whilst over in the far corner the kitchen is on view, adding warmth and great smells. Service is assured, cheeky and professional. Gordo fell madly in love with his waitress, Laura. Apart from being a stunner, she knew what she was doing. Then, being a fickle old bastard, those scallops turned his weak head. Beforehand, charcuterie - one a board of fennel salami (£5.95), then hand-carved shoulder, salchichon and chorizo (£12.95) and D.O.P. Bellota ham (£8.50-half portion) - had stunned Gordo into silence. The latter two were from acorn-fed pigs; they were served immaculately and sang with flavour. There was Stornaway black pudding on the menu; this should be Bury, to be fair, so Gordo snubbed it. The portions are all small, and priced that way, in the new "Cicchetti" style that has become popular, think grazing and sharing. Or just be one greedy mother like Gordo. Mussels with sliced fennel, Pernod, chilli, cream and bacon lardons (£5.50) were tip-top whilst the chicken saltimbocca with Parma ham and sage (£5.50) suffered a little from being chicken and not veal. It did have a cheeky bit of pan-fried apples with honey that was a nice ‘ouchy’ touch. The pudding was an outstanding buttermilk panna cotta, with amaretto cherries (£4.95) served with nutty biscotti, brilliant for scooping. The wine list is a charmer. Gordo started off not wanting alcohol but finished up necking a bottle of Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella from Veneto in Italy (£49.95). The less ridiculously extravagant can do very well indeed at the sub £20 level with a bottle of Aires Andinos (£18.95), a tricky little Malbec from Mendoza, in Argentina. The point about this absolute gem of a restaurant from a gem of small group, including Salt House Tapas, is that across the North West region, quite frankly, we don’t find places like this; it is very clear that everyone involved is absolutely passionate about the food and how it is cooked and presented, along with obsessive interest in provenance. Gordo’s hat goes off to these fellers. Bloody love it. Bacaro is a Gordo Go.
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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Only issue was my ox cheek the coating was a bit too hard to cut other than that no issues and great dining experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Amazing restaurant. I had my graduation lunch here and they were so so lovely helpful ! I would recommend! Great food also

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Visited On Monday, 08 July 2019

Absolutely amazing food that was extremely tasty and all came very quickly. Fabulous waitress who was very accommodating and couldn’t do enough for us. Will absolutely be back!

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

A wonderful way of dining. Stunning food (everything we tried was beautifully presented, fresh and full of flavour), lots of friendly guidance from our waitress, and surrounded by funky and industrial style decor. Couldn't fault it and would definately be a frequent visiter if I didn't live 200 miles away.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Amazing food Customer service is outstanding

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Been to bacaro several times with friends and family, never had anything but great service and food.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Lovely evening, food and service faultless

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Great selections and service again!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

What a fantastic find. You need tp book, but it’s so worth it. Next time we’re in Liverpool this is a definite repeat.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

A great fun evening, with good food and interesting Campari cocktails!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Service with a smile... Fast efficient and friendly, lively atmosphere and food so good you can't help but order a bit extra. I love it here

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Just love the food here, always service with a smile. Recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

We had a wonderful meal. Our waiter was fantastic. He helped us through the menu and explained how the dishes would arrive. I cannot fault the food or service. This is a cool restaurant with a great vibe and we will definitely return next time we are in Liverpool .

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Fabulous meal and service.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

We enjoyed it so much. Perfect dining experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Fabulous atmosphere, with amazing food & friendly service..

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Excellent once again been twice in 2 weeks food and service can not be faulted. Me and my wife’s new afternoon restaurant when we in town little gem of a place. Best book as it is constantly busy.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Perfect for big occasions

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Went the extra mile for girlfriends birthday.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Slow service with first meal out then waited a while for others and then all came out at once. I appreciate it tapas but with 4 guests you can’t have 1 person eating while others wait. Have been before and was better

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Friendly service and great food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Lovely service and even better food

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Lovely food. Delicious Bellinis.

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Consistently excellent service and food. Standards never falter. Hayley, who looked after us was a credit to the restaurant.

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