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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 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
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 Sunday, 20 May 2018

One of my favourite places to go!

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Visited On Sunday, 20 May 2018

Eaten there many times, always a pleasure. Always freshly cooked food served by friendly staff.....

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Another great meal at Bacaro

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

We absolutely adored our amazing food. First time we have dined here, but definitely won’t be the last. Atmosphere was relaxed. Service was excellent. Cannot wait to have the hummus again, and particularly loved the goats cheese pearls. The wine was reasonably priced. Definitely book again really soon.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Great food, relaxing atmosphere and fab service

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Excellent food loved the scallops. Great service from all the staff, Rosalind deserves a special mention very knowledgeable with the menu friendly and professional. Will definitely return. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Lovely décor, great food fab Bellinis and lovely staff myself and our friends had a lovely night...thanks...

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

A really lovely atmosphere and attentive servers.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Went for late lunch on Saturday. Service not good.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Everyone's food was tasty, house red wine was lovely, plenty of water brought to the table, waiting on staff were all helpful and polite.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Very busy, but pleasant Pretty loud, but the quality of the food is worth it

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Consistently excellent

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Best night in Liverpool on our long weekend from Canada !

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Amazing food, amazing drinks and choice of drinks, amazing and attentive staff. Perfect for me and my partners date night

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Beautiful food and excellent service. Loved the ambience x

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

I hesitate to give the venue only 4 out of 5 for food and drink as everything was near perfection BUT there was no non / low alcohol beer choice which I found disappointing.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

I love this place! A real gem! Thanks as always.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Great place too eat , flavours were amazing could not fault it

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Service as great, big thanks to Jo.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Lovely place with great ambience. Fab food and staff/. service. We had a lovely night

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Really great. I've been a few times now, and every meal has been lovely. Great atmosphere & helpful staff. Look forward to the next visit!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Highly recommended and very affordable. Food superb and staff very attentive. One of my favourite restaurants to visit.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

First visit here, food lovely, service good, relaxed atmosphere. Will probably visit again as we need to try more dishes!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

This is by far the best restaurant in Liverpool and the staff are the best I’ve come across. Thank you guys, amazing as always

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

Everything was excellent

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