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“Very nice meal at a good price.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Bacaro

Il Bacaro
Campbell House,106 Campbell Street | Georgetown, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
+6042618290
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Ranked #39 of 1,016 Restaurants in Penang Island
Price range: $16 - $66
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Very nice meal at a good price.”
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 snapper fillet. Mine was grilled and sauced with a white wine lemon and caper reduction and served in a sea of lightly sautéed cherry tomatoes, over boiled and sautéed golden potatoes - yummy. My wife's snapper was sautéed and sauced in a tomato, parsley and garlic mix - also delicious. We had no drinks other than water. The bill was RM 118 (US$ 36), very reasonable for what we got and the quality of the dining experience. The service was very attentive. This meal was such a contrast with the hastily prepared, carelessly presented low quality food we found in several of the well known Penang restaurants and the famous hawker stalls. The latter were a real disappointment - highly touted worldwide, but frankly not worth a look.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Dissapointing food - please don't think of it as typically Italian.”
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 Chicken Milanese with dried pasta twists and fake Parmesan cheese. The bread served was sliced supermarket white! The desert was a perfectly acceptable Panacotta. If your looking for a typically Italian restaurant where they use the freshest ingredients, cooked simply and always delicious Il Barco isn't it.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Will come back again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The spaghetti vongole was cooked al dente which was superb. Tried the cicchetti for 6 dishes and they were lovely. Friendly and attentive staffs. Pizza however was a little too salty to our liking. Overall it was a good experience and would definitely come back again.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Will be back for more.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Comfortable and Cozy. Friendly and Attentive staffs. Great place to dine and relax with family and friends. Tried the Tiramisu with a hot cup of Illy cappuccino. Two Thumbs up.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Good Italian restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Ate here three times, food was good and service. Had one slight disappointment on last night when we chose the recommended wine from the 'Specials' board, which was shown as 75 ringgits and seemed a good deal. However, when we came to pay they charged us 95 ringgits and when I queried it they brought out the Specials board showing the price at 95. They said it must have been smudged when I saw it but I'm certain they changed the price. Surely if a wine is on 'Special' it would be cheaper than the normal menu price? They said no, it was only to recommend it. I paid the bill but felt slightly cheated and annoyed that they seemed to suggest I was mistaken, when my wife and I both saw the price at 75, as that is why we ordered a bottle. A little honesty would not go amiss and if they had made a mistake they should have stood by the price shown.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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