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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 Monday, 22 April 2019

Bacaro is by far the best restaurant in Liverpool Everybody I take here or introduce it to - LOVE it and always return If I could eat here every night - I would! The food is divine and amazing as it comes as tapas (but perfectly sized portions) You will not be disappointed! I want to go there now!

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Visited On Monday, 22 April 2019

We often visit here and we have never received nothing but excellent service and delicious food. I recently have had to switch to a gluten free diet and I was particularly amazed at your choices, so thank you.

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Visited On Monday, 22 April 2019

I felt like that everything seemed heavily fried, there needed to be some freshness to balance it out - either more greens or lighter batters used. The fried calamari on the other hand seemed soft rather than crispy and the Milanese chicken was too heavily breaded. The pickled turnip didn’t compliment the fried gnocchi either... being Spanish I felt it didn’t do justice to the food I know. The slow cooked meats were good but as a table of food everything felt quite heavy - maybe a fault of ours in terms of ordering. The staff were great and really helpful.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

The waitresses are lovely and the tall slim bearded man with a paisley shirt (possibly a manager) was especially kind. Food absolutely to die for. Atmosphere is really lovely

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

I have been here a few times, and i love it! The food is amazing, the service is great and would do anything to help, it is always busy with such a good atmosphere, would recommend to anyone.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

It was our first time at Bacaro and we will definitely recommend to friends.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

The 50p charge for tap water was perplexing and annoying in principle. Why not give that 50p to Water Aid, your financial security cannot be predicated on it.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

As always we had a lovely meal @ Bacaro .Staff on hand to assist with any questions we had regarding any of The dishes.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Always wonderful service and food. Love it!!

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Absolutely love this restaurant - always my ‘go to’ place in Liverpool. Went for my birthday with a group of friends on Saturday for lunch and we had such a lovely time. The food is amazing and service always incredible - definitely recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

Wonderful meal, service was excellent. My mum was also given a complimentary glass of prosecco for her birthday which was a lovely surprise.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Considering how highly rated Bacaro was on Trip Advisor I was disappointed by the food and general atmosphere. There was nothing specifically wrong but nothing stood out and some of the dishes were a bit poorly executed.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Recommended by my friends who lives in the Wirral and I was visiting from Norfolk Everything perfect and wonderfully cooked ! Staff very attentive ! 5*

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Great food choice & quality plus the best service I know in Liverpool.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Firstly would like to express how much we enjoy the Baccaro, the food and staff are always both so lovely. We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from Alicia, her customer service is impeccable and made us feel priority all night. Also delighted with the return of our fave dish mac and cheese chicken and complimentary glass off fizz. Thanks for another fab meal!

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

The food and wine we ordered were fabulous as always. My birthday evening was made even more special by the service we received from all the staff, particularly Bryson, the manager. Nothing was too much trouble, even though the restaurant was very busy at the time. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

Fantastic experience, could not fault it

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

Great food, atmosphere, very friendly service. We will return.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Great place!

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Wonderful food friendly helpful staff and we had a lovely evening to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Thank you.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

We visited 3 times in 10 days- twice for lunch and once for early evening. Lunch time had an extra menu that had dishes our daughter would have preferred

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Love the place. Always telling people to go there

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

We had an amazing meal here with family. The service was spectacular, with really friendly and knowledgable staff. It was our first time here and we cannot wait to come back again. Thank you for a great meal!!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Consistently great food and service. Seasonal menu changes brings new, always enjoyable and tasty well thought out tapas which is why we’re regular customers.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Bacaro you are my favourite restaurant 😍

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