What’s on offer?
Traditional Greek favourites, served very much as you’d get it on the isle of Samos, where owner Diamantis still has family. There’s a huge picture of the fishing harbour hanging above the restaurant as a reminder. There’s no gimmicks, no menu changes, just great food, and plenty of it.
Where is it?
The dock road, on the site of the old Frank’s Cafe, the greasy spoon that was featured in Egon Ronay’s good food guide. Once the conveyor belt from the docks into the city, now in the shadow of Costco and luxury apartments. Possibly soon to be the road to the new football stadium.
What makes it special?
Di is a real food lover, and a perfectionist – he is usually up before dawn every morning getting the best produce from the markets. His food is made with love, and served in large portions. I’ve never left without a doggy bag.
What should we order?
Simple favourites such as Greek salad (£6) and houmous (£4) are hard to beat. The garlic mushrooms (£4.50) are a real treat, with a butter, cream and wine sauce that begs to be mopped up with the fluffy bread it is served with.
Meat lovers will adore the kebabs, which are a firm favourite with professional athletes. Several of Liverpool’s boxers and footballers are regulars, calling in for Welsh lamb cutlets (£12.50), or the house special with pork, lamb and steak, cooked over the charcoal grill (£16.50).
The vegetarian moussaka (£13.50) is superb – and huge – with mountains of steaming hot potatoes, aubergines and courgettes topped with cheese sauce, and cooked in a large ceramic dish.
Main courses come with side orders included, so you don’t need to order vegetables separately.
How about the drinks?
Wash it all down with a chilled Mythos beer (£3.50) or half a litre of house wine (£7), and dream of Greek sunshine.
Bacchus Taverna – 0151 255 1661
14 Waterloo Road, Liverpool L3 7BB