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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 Thursday, 21 February 2019

Great afternoon with excellent food and service! Will definitely be revisiting.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Very tasty food, a real dining out experience. Lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff. However, had to ask for drinks as were left waiting for over 10 mins. Second time visited and will definitely be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Food is fabulous, great atmosphere, never disappointed.

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bacaro - from the service to the food to the atmosphere everything was top quality. We do not live in Liverpool but each time we visit the city the first thing on our itinerary is always a visit to Bacaro. It is consistently brilliant and keeps us coming back time and time again. Thank you Bacaro team!

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Never disappoints. All time favourite restaurant in Liverpool.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Had the best dining experience at Bacaro, the food was phenomenal, service outstanding and a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. I have already recommended to many of my friends and family and will do for some time. Bacaro is definitely one to remember and I'd 100% return.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Fabulous foood

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Food was amazing, service was excellent.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Food arrived a bit fast.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Lovely date night venue

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Even though it was Valentines night myself wife and daughter had excellent service during our visit. Third time we have been and it wont be the last.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Usually would have given 5 stars for everything but for the first time I have visited I left disappointed. Food just wasn’t up to scratch and they hVent changed the menu since I last went I December, no specials on. Very disappointing

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Awesome

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Once again top notch food and service. Celebrated our wedding there. They made it really special.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

We loved everything about this restaurant,great atmosphere,lovely,friendly,helpful staff and the food was absolutely amazing-so glad we used trip advisor to find this restaurant and next time we visit Liverpool we will definately eat here

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Excellent food and service

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Visited On Monday, 11 February 2019

Fantastic service - server is a real asset to your business and deserves recognition for that. She was passionate about the food, attentive and friendly! I could not even try and pick a favourite dish as they were all delicious and unique. I will hopefully be back very soon. The free coffees was a lovely touch to end a wonderful meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Came for my friend's 50th. We had the most amazing food. The service was outstanding. We weren't happy with the table we were sitting at and on a very busy sat night we were moved to a table in the middle of the restaurant. I always recommend the restaurant to all my friends. My favourite.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

A regular salad on the menu would be a nice accompanyment to some of the dishes such as the fritto misto.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Always enjoy coming here!

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Great food and service in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Maybe a better selection of gin and tonics, as there was not a great choice to choose from, and the bar staff didn’t know what goes well with any of the gins you did sell, this is something minor as the food and restaurant itself is fantastic.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Best restaurant in Liverpool, or anywhere, in my opinion.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Excellent food, brilliant service and good value for money.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Can’t recommend highly enough! I had dinner here on my birthday & the food was outstanding, very tasty! The waitress was lovely and service was fantastic, she explained how the menu worked and how to order as we hadn’t visited before. We were also surprised with a complimentary chilled glass of fizz as it was my birthday. I will definitely be back, just a pity I live in Scotland!

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