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Restaurants, Italian Bow
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)


Address: 387 Roman Road
E3 5QR
Price: ££
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Little local gem on the Roman Rd. Had both a cosy and buzzy atmosphere when we visited on a Friday night. Service was efficient and friendly on both occasions I’ve visited. Authentic flavoursome Italian food- with an emphasis on cicchetti (small tapas style dishes) on the menu. And to finish I had the tiramisu, which was one of the best I’ve tasted. Well worth a visit!

A brilliant find in Mile End! It was a delightful spread of Italian tapas and red wine! 

Last weekend, my friend and I had dinner here before attending the All Points East Festival in Victoria Park, which is just a short walk away. It was a beautiful evening so we grabbed a table outside. Between the two of us, we shared the following dishes:

1. Bread Basket - A great way to start any meal off in my opinion! This was served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side, which is a great pairing. It's simple so we could really taste the bread, which was fluffy on the inside but slightly hard on the outside. It was also great to soak up the sauces and gravy from our other dishes.

2. Artichoke Bruschetta - I really enjoyed this, as it's not the typical version of bruschetta that I'm used to but I enjoyed it all the same! The artichokes were super fresh tasting!

3. Arancini - Beautifully made deep fried battered risotto balls! These had the perfect amount of cheese and they paired really well with the bed of rocket leaves underneath. 

4. Garlic Prawns - A different take on the usual Spanish garlic prawns that I'm used to but these had a tasty tomato sauce that soaked up well with the bread.

5. Calamari - SO GOOD. Thin batter, fresh calamari, tasty aioli sauce, need I say more?

6. Spicy Sausage - Basically thinly sliced chorizo on a bed of fresh salad leaves and a really nice pea mash, which was a surprising combination but it worked!

As a drink, I went straight for a glass of Chianti when I saw it on the drinks menu. It's one of my favourite red wines, which I don't find often in restaurants so it was an easy choice. This paired well with the food we ordered as well as a smooth drink on its own. 

Overall, the service was great - the waiters were friendly and attentive. It also didn't take long for the food to come out after we ordered, which I really appreciated because I was rather hungry. A bit of a trek to make it out to Mile End, if you don't live in the area, but certainly worth it!

Ideally situated minutes from Bow Road, Mile End, Bethnal Green and Victoria Park is Bacaro, which opened its doors in Roman Road in February 2016.

The restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine with a simple but effective menu. We opted for the crispy duck lacrime & blueberry sauce to start – good blend of flavours and very tasty.

For main dishes we chose the pumpkin tortellini with sage, pumpkin and cream and the casarelle & ragu:

Both dishes were decent portions and well presented – I particularly rated the pumpkin dish. There were plenty of other dishes I was tempted by including the risotto, sausage with white beans and roast lamb. 

Price for two people with two courses and two alcoholic beverages was around £50. Also check out the weekend specials – 2 courses for £12.95 and 3 courses for £15.95.

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