Il Bacaro, the handsome and long time resident in Little Collins St, Melbourne has endured, not only as a business lunch venue but as a busy Italian night spot in the top end of Melbourne.
This time my visit was dissapointing – although service and atmosphere was as always fault-free.
The stuffed zucchini flower entre which was wrapped in pastry and deep fried was underwhelming – felt more like fish shop batter – and certaintly did not show any of the ‘tempura’ style lightness enjoyed in other well known establishments that serve this Italian classic.
The rabbit main was good except that the leg confit (served alongside a pork mince stuffed saddle wrapped in proscuitto) was excessively salty and the potatoes that came with the main were overcooked and dry. The presentation was uninspiring.
The dessert of chocolate and mascaprone pudding was excellent in both taste and presentation.
Perhaps it was an ‘off’ night for the kitchen!