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, 14 January 2020

Great food, service & atmosphere. Really friendly with my 9yr old niece too

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Always enjoy the food and ambiance. The menu is always good with interesting choices

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Excellent food and great service. No complaints.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

We have been twice to Bacaro in Liverpool and on both occasions, not at all disappointed. Tremendous customer service to say how busy the staff and the food is absolutely beautiful. Would well recommend this place to visit when in Liverpool

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Been here many times and always bring any friends here from out of town I only ever had one bad experience,2 years ago Saturday was a great meal and service, Draft Estrella best in town Thanks for having us we will be back

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Great staff good service - food good but maybe some dishes slightly over priced

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Amazing staff and food!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

First time visiting Bacaro and would definitely return. Food was excellent and so was the service

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Great place would definitely recommend

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Food was fantastic as always!!

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Delicious food served by a friendly waitress in an amazing setting. Couldn't recommend enough.

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Lovely Continental atmosphere with welcoming staff who subtly check you have everything you need.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Love it here, always the best food. Travel from the Isle of man specifically to come here! Never disappoints. See you soon!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Excellent food, excellent service. Enjoyed it so much I have booked a table for 12 of my work colleagues at the end of January.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 January 2020

The fillet steak was one of the nicest steaks I've had in a long time, amazingly tender and perfectly cooked.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

Very good food and service

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

We enjoyed our meal very much. We had 7 different plates and a dessert. The food came very fast and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Amazing food in a lovely environment!

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Enjoyable as always!

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Alisa gives an excellent and outstanding welcome to all customers She understand customers needs and resaved to situations in a very professional way

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Really enjoyable experience, delicious food and great service

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Can't wait to come back, it was amazing!

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Best restaurant in Liverpool for food, drinks and service. Always consistent every time

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

We had a lovely meal with wine. Service was great.. we will return.

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