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 Friday, 20 September 2019

What a great first experience in Bacaro. Booked online, super easy. I booked for my mums birthday and was made to feel very special. My mum is gluten free and the menu was fantastic. Biggest gluten free menu we have seen. The service was great, very friendly. Would highly recommend

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 September 2019

It was a very enjoyable evening

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Visited On Thursday, 19 September 2019

Super food, both in terms of quality & value. Great ambiance in the restaurant itself. And the service is just fantastic, - very relaxed, we never feel rushed. Personally I love the way we’re able to order one or two dishes at a time, which means we can take our time over them. Our dining experience was especially good this time because it was my fiancé’s birthday and once seated we received two complimentary glasses of Prosecco. A really nice touch and very much appreciated. Thank you so much for making our night truly special.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 September 2019

I've been coming back to Bacaro for over six years. That says it all!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 September 2019

My first visit exceeding all my expectations. Can’t wait to go again!

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Visited On Monday, 16 September 2019

Very noisy even on a Monday

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Visited On Monday, 16 September 2019

Great staff, delicious food, wonderful service

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

Staff were excellent and arranged a quiet corner table for my elderly Mum who loves the chicken Milanese at Bacaro. Food great and at a great price. Lovely lively atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

Amazing food. Amazing Service.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

Excellent as usual! Great food, great service!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

Food, and staff once again amazing, made us so welcome and lovely gesture glass of the lovely red wine to help celebrate my husbands birthday, they never fail to deliver excellent service. See you all again soon

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

We had a brilliant meal here on Sunday lunchtime. There was loads of choice and every single dish was delicious. (Big portions too). Our waiter was great, really efficient and friendly. We can’t wait to come back.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

This restaurant never fails to deliver top class food as well as great staff. In my opinion the best restaurant in Liverpool City Centre. It was my wife's birthday and she was made to feel very special by the staff. A great afternoon all round.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Really enjoyed our evening in Bacaro. Delicious food, friendly ambience, good and friendly service. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Loved it...

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Food was great and nice concept. Bit noisy but guess not much you can do about that!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Great choice on menu, good service and lovely food

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Been here four times in two months. Love the atmosphere, the food and the drinks. Staff are lovely. So friendly and smiley. Definitely will be back. You need to book.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

One of Liverpool's best! Always great service and the food is delicious! Would reccommend!

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Fabulous food, served by lovely staff. Great atmosphere. Thank you for my husband’s birthday wine.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Really good food

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Food excellent as always plus good service. Such a shame we had to shout to each other to be heard due to music.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

A fabulous restaurant! I will definitely be back ! Loved everything xx

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Great meal really enjoyed our visit again

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Amazing food and friendly staff Cant wait to go back

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