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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 Saturday, 06 October 2018

Good service and great place to eat

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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

Great place

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Food was excellent - all very tasty small plates. It would be nice to have more ‘side’ vegetable or salad options. Good service. The music was very loud which meant voices were even louder meaning we had to really shout to hear each other but otherwise the atmosphere and set up of the place was great.

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

I thought my first visit to Bacaro was great. good vibe, good service and good food. my wife and friends also enjoyed it and would definitely go again. only one negetive with the food was the ox cheek which was much too salty and could have done with something to compliment the dish!

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Only negative for me, is there’s no cocktails I like on the menu. Everything else is 5 stars *****

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Consistently good food, atmosphere and excellent service whatever the occasion.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Not much in the wsy of vegan options on the menu, more please!

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Delicious food!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Excellent meal, excellent service, particularly enjoyed the slow cooked ox cheek.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Amazing food with great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Another excellent night at Bacaro; fantastic food and service in a relaxed atmosphere, and competitively priced as well.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

My favourite restaurant. 👍

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Amazing value for money, the food is delicious. Staff so friendly they make for a great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and go again if ever in Liverpool.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Really impressed. Great venue right in the city centre. Staff were amazing, very intensive and knowledgable. Drinks great, especially cocktails. Food was great, service was quick. Highly recommended!!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Brilliant evening with the family, top notch food and service

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

I called because I knew we were going to be more than 15 minutes late due to traffic. Bacaro agreed to hold the table. The restaurant was very busy, but service was quick and efficient. The food wasn't as spectacular as the reviews imply but it was all hot and tasty and our bill was quite reasonable.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Love this place!!

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Excellent value for money, staff very friendly and tasty food!!!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

First time there booked again for lunch

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Second visit to the restaurant and yet again been blown away with food and service! Food from the kitchen was superb and service with a smile, with over 12 years Hospitality experience myself, what more can I ask for. The team in Bacaro have it down to a Tee! Every time I’m in Liverpool a visit is a must!

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Food is outstanding Never fails Clearly happy kitchen team passionate and committed Stunning food

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

First time I had been there. Partner had been before and recommended. It was better than I expected. Well worth a visit. Great food. Helpful staff and good atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Third time visited here and was not disappointed. Excellent food and great atmosphere!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Absolutely 10/10, just as it was the last time I visited. Me and my 2 best friends who were up visiting for the weekend had a fab meal and time at Bacaro. Food wonderful and staff so lovely - atmosphere was great.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Lovely food , great staff, always an enjoyable experience

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