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Il Bacaro

Campbell House,106 Campbell Street | Georgetown, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
+6042618290
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Ranked #47 of 900 restaurants in Penang Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $66
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed with Antonio and Nardya at Campbell House- great place to stay, and now we have dined at Il Bacaro It's a great place to escape the frenetic pace of Penang and to luxuriate in a little continental relaxation. The Gnocchi are little pillows of cloud on a great sauce. The lamb shanks just melt in your mouth.... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed at the Campbell House and decided to have dinner here mostly because it had air conditioning and was not rice or noodles. Everything was excellent. Waiters were patient and answered all our questions about the where the meat and seafood was from and explained how the water was purified (big concern for us). There were a few meal... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

When in Rome do as the Romans do. We spent two weeks in Penang and for most of this time my wife and I pretty much stuck to this adage. For our last night we decided to treat ourselves to something a little more up market to what is generally available in Georgetown and we were not disappointed. I had... More

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Georgetown, Malaysia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

When you go to an Italian restaurant that serves food by an Italian chef, you know you're in for a treat. The menu is pretty simplistic with mostly appetisers, pastas and pizzas. But it does have a selection of other mains such as poultry and seafood just in case you didn't feel like having pasta or pizza. But since it... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Bruschetta is best I have had outside of Italy. Lamb shanks were to perfection. Steak with blue cheese sauce had great sauce and potatoes. Meat was well cooked but was a lower quality of meat. However considering how hard it is to get steak here perhaps understandable. Desert of chocolate chilli mud cake was a treat. The chef here is... More

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Rivignano, Italy
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Delicious food, typically Italian (original products!), authentic hospitality, kindness like a few! As frequent traveler for business reasons, I attend this place every time I am in Penang, I think it is one of the best Italian restaurants in the world. For the most demanding gourmets, chef Mario is always available for specialties on demand. Very good bar tender with... More

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Penang
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is by far my first dining choice in Georgetown. I've eaten here several times and it is a mainstay when friends from overseas visit. The menu is vast and changes frequently. We've had exquisite duck dishes, beef, fish and, of course, wonderful pastas. Vegetables are fresh and cooked perfectly. Wine list offers excellent choices at very fair prices. It... More

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Richmond, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We visited this restaurant recently and it looked so promising. Lovely inside, attentive staff, lovely setting. I ordered a garden salad to start with, well what a poor garden it must have come from. The only piece of salad on the plate was lettuce. I thought it should have at least tomato and cucumber. Then we ordered pizzas each. Well... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

Il Bacaro offers a very pleasant, quiet, cool and relaxed environment for meal - the polar opposite of the eating experience in most of Penang. We had a large green salad with grilled vegetables (eggplant and roasted red peppers) as a starter - beautifully presented and delicious. For mains, I had a pomfret fillet and my bride had a thick... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This restaurant looks like an oasis of European excellence in Georgetown's China Town and the setting and service is excellent - unlike the food. We ate a Lamb Shank that looked and tasted like it had been prepared a long, long time before we saw it together with a Chicken Milanese with Spaghetti which turned out to be an OK... More

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