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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lunch @ Il Bacaro

During our meal at Il Bàcaro Paalo looks at me and asks "Why haven't we been here before?" "Well" I reply "when we come to the city we always go to Vue!"A true enough statement but I'm pretty sure we'll be finding our way back here in the future.


Il Bacaro is located on Little Collins Street near Russell Street - quite a compact space the room is dominated by a central bar area. Paalo is particularly enamoured by places where the waiters speak Italian - moreso since I can understand what they are saying - but it's all part of making you feel like your back in Italy.

Quite a few specials augmented the regular menu - some of which found their way into our starters


Paalo had two of the specials - the Brushetta of the day - this was topped with salted cod and potato puree and roasted capsicum


and the grilled Coffin Bay Scallops on the shell with garlic, thyme and celeriac puree

I also have one of the specials - freshly made Tagliatelle with oven roasted wild onions, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and wagyu slices that have just been drapped over the top of the pasta.

For mains:

Paalo has the braised Abacchio (lamb) finished with a generous serving of truffle pecorino

I have the Grappa marinated suckling pig served with roasted baby fennel and braised chicory. This was deliriously good pork and you can see how small the pig was by the size of its ribs - it is a true suckling pig. The skin was also crisp without being too crunchy - it doesn't shatter when you bite into it.

We also ordered a side of baby beans with goat cheese and olives.

We decide to finish our wine with cheese


we choose taleggio - it's served with bread, muscat grapes on the vine, sliced pear and a fig conserve.

Finally, time for dessert

Paalo couldn't go past the Pannacotta with rosewater soaked donuts

and I ordered the chocolate and hazelnut tart with poached pear and mascarpone ice cream. The tart was ultra light which was a pleasant surprise.

The details:

Il Bàcaro
168 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Phone: 9654 6778

Monday-Saturday: Noon - 3pm
Monday-Thursday: 6pm - 10.30pm
Friday-Saturday: 6pm - 11pm



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