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 Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Great food, great service. Highly recommended

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Visited On Monday, 18 November 2019

Great food and service, one of my fave places in Liverpool!! Will defo be back :-)

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Visited On Sunday, 17 November 2019

Lovely place with a relaxed atmosphere. Plates were small but very tasty and food was served piping hot. All reasonably priced and would definitely visit again when I am in the area

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Visited On Monday, 18 November 2019

Everything good, food wine service and location

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Visited On Sunday, 17 November 2019

Fantastic gluten free menu. Food was excellent and value for money. Waiter was very helpful and service good.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Amazing food and service

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Visited On Sunday, 17 November 2019

knowledgeable and friendly staff make this our favourite restaurant in Liverpool

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Great menu and delicious dishes, the cod and sea bass were amazing, and the fried gnocchi a revelation. A great night out with friends

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Love this gem of a restaurant. Great food, not so small plates, fab variety of dishes set in a lively atmosphere. Friendly, attentive service too. There's a fantastic buzz about Bacaro!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Really.lovwly food

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Good value for money Staff very friendly

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Fabulous food and drink at very reasonable prices. Fabulous service. Cannot wait to return. 👍👍👍👍👍

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Dine her at least once a month. Our favourite restaurant in Liverpool by some distance

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Perfection

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Enjoyed the food as usual but just not as much as other visits

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Dined here a few times now, as great as it was the first time. Positive experience and will return again and again.

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

My only criticism is that the food came all at the same time. This meant it went cold whilst eating the first dish. Could they be brought out a little slower?

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Love your restaurant. Never had a bad meal or cocktail. We don’t go anywhere else for lunch apart from here when in Liverpool because we love everything abt the place !!! Keep doing what you are doing ! If you ever need anyone to sample a new menu or cocktail give us a shout lol

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 November 2019

This was my first visit to Bacaro, for a pre theatre meal,and myself and my daughter were not disappointed. We loved the decor, atmosphere,friendly service and last but not least the food.It was a thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable evening.Would not hesitate to recommend.Looking forward to visiting again.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

I went here a couple of weeks ago and returned as i recommended it to my friends. From my point of view i have to have gluten free food and the menu for me was extensive as well as delicious. My friends food was amazing too.Will return again and again. Service/staff were great too.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Fantastic - as always!

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Amazing food and great atmosphere will be back

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Lovely evening as always at Bacaro

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Staff very helpful What more can I say. ❤️ That we will be back ♥️

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

First time coming here and will definitely be back! The food was amazing, thank you!!

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