Red & Blue Restaurants Limited have recently opened their third Liverpool venue in the form of Salthouse Bacaro.
Situated in Equity & Law House in Castle Street, the venue is nestled in the city’s business district and follows the extremely popular Salthouse Tapas and Hanover Social Street.
The restaurant group agreed a lease with landlord Merseyside Estates and now rent the 2,500 sq ft outlet on a 20 year lease. The unit was formerly the home of the Blue Arrow office.
We caught up with Red and Blue Restaurants Limited co-founder Jonathan Poole to find out about the inspiration behind Salthouse Bacaro. He said:
“We already had tapas restaurants where we were used to dealing with small plates. We had visited Venice and seen the Venetian Bacaro’s and we thought it would fit in really well within the business district in Liverpool. We offer fresh Italian cuisine on a series of small plates.”
The venue has its own individual, urban and relaxed look. Upon entering the new eatery guests will be greeted by Bacaro’s long bar which they can sample a divine selection of Italian wines and beers. The wooden bar top was sourced from the water ways of Venice and is set to wow guests. There is also an array of beautiful, individual and handmade lighting, alongside original and commissioned art pieces.
The term bàcaro is a venue that traditionally serves a small glass of wine together with cicheti as they are called in Venetian dialect, which means small plates of food. Salthouse Bacaro brings Italian cuisine back to its roots and offers diners the chance to enjoy Italian dishes that can be combined and shared.
Head Chef Matt Walsh has 15 years experience in the industry, is passionate about Italian cooking and has developed a delicious menu including classics like fritto misto, chicken and Parma ham saltimbocca, charcuterie boards along with grilled king scallops.
More adventurous dishes include Stornoway black pudding with chicken livers and Marsala wine and Roasted monkfish with pancetta and bean cassoulet. Diners can also sample the venue’s own carbonara pizzette. There are a sumptuous array of desserts including a classic tiramisu, buttermilk panna cotta, lemon cheesecake with an amaretti crust and rosemary blackberries.
Paddy Smith is the co-owner of Salthouse Bacaro and the co-founder of Red & Blue Restaurants Limited. As a talented cook Paddy says nothing makes him happier than chatting, drinking and eating with friends. He said:
“We treat everyone who comes to Salthouse as we treat our friends and family when they come to our own houses for dinner!”
Those visiting the new venue can sample Social Coffee; a specially selected blended and roasted coffee. Coffee from Ethiopia, combined with coffees from Central and South America make up the main origins of the blend for diners to enjoy. Retail packs are also available to buy in the restaurant so diners can experience the rich full bodied espresso taste at home.
The venue also has a quirky feature which allows diners to eat communally; for those who like social dining occasions table 14 is the place for you. On table 14 at Salt House, strangers sit together, eat, drink, recommend favorite dish’s and chat.
Salthouse Bacaro’s sister restaurants Hanover Street Social and Salthouse Tapas scooped a coveted prize following their inclusion in 2013’s Michelin Guide. Red & Blue Restaurants which operates both brands were also included in the Good Food Guide, which was published in August 2013.