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Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Baccala

Bronze Award

Bermondsey Street is a breeding ground for stellar restaurants. One need only look to Jose, Café Murano and Flour & Grape up the road for the players that are setting the bar. Baccala is certainly worthy of its place here, an intimate modern Italian restaurant and wine bar with a focus on fish and seafood, stellar Italian wines and artisan extra virgin olive oils. Its offering is familiar enough to draw a crowd – everyone loves Italian food - but niche enough to get people to stay.

Spanning two cosy floors with a ground-level bar, the décor balances modern and traditional elements, with chalkboard menus, a well-stocked wine rack behind the bar and clean spotlights which illuminate the dining room’s muted tones.

Just like the wine, extra virgin olive oil is treated with the utmost respect. It's a technique that opened our eyes to its nuances and distinctions: one was mellow, yellow and fruity, while another was verdant green and a little bitter. Elsewhere, a clever dish of cod puree, made simply by whipping salted cod with olive oil, was presented with artistic flair, alongside meaty mussels, borlotti beans and shard-like crispbreads. These are unique dishes, and for the most part succeed in execution. A plate of prawn linguine enveloped in a sweet, peppery butter had bite and addictiveness. Not quite so astounding was a main of baby octopus which, although tasted perfectly fine, was a little tough. A hefty slab of tiramisu, however, hit all the right notes: light, boozy and dusted heavily with cocoa.

This is very nice food, but what really takes the dining experience up a notch is its wine selection. If you’re a novice and find lots of choice disconcerting, sommelier and co-owner Fabio is a fountain of knowledge and able to recommend fantastic pairings with every course. Or at least, everything we drank was delicious.

Our meal came to £60 a head before wine which, to us, places it predominantly in special occasion territory. Still, a combination of innovative dishes, delicious wines and a passionate team make it well worth a stop any day of the week.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fish, Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bars
Eat at Home
Takeaway service
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Originally opened in Bermondsey in 2019, Baccala is an Italian restaurant and wine bar with a focus on fresh seafood, extra virgin olive oil and wine. 

The restaurant spreads itself across two floors and boasts a sleek, pared-back look. Upon entering the main dining room, guests are greeted by an imposing chef’s counter which offers a glimpse into the action of the kitchen. Downstairs meanwhile, you will find a warmly lit main dining room which features tables that overlook the open kitchen for an extra touch of dining theatre.

Baccala pays homage to its Italian roots by using high-quality local and seasonal ingredients throughout its menu. The restaurant is owned by two couples and long-term friends: Ilanit Ovadya and Fabio de Nicola, and Elif and Moreno Polverini. Moreno (a former executive chef for the Four Seasons hotel) heads up the kitchen, while Fabio (ex-Zuma and Oblix) curates the wine list. Former La Petit Maison restaurant manager Elif leads the front of house team and Ilanit is responsible for the restaurant’s design.

For dinner, diners can choose from the a la carte menu which changes seasonally and is underpinned by locally-sourced produce. Here, you can enjoy the likes of salted cod with sauteed escarole and yellow datterino, and slow-braised octopus with red wine and Swiss chard. 

It also offers a specific daytime offering - Piccolo Baccalà - which allows guests to enjoy a selection of small plates and wines for lunch. The menu changes daily and is prepared according to what is freshest that day, with ever-changing dishes written on a blackboard. You can also order the lunch menu to takeaway if preferred, and there is a wine shop if you'd like to take one of its wines home with you.

Baccala places particular emphasis on cooking with olive oil, which is used to prepare every course. The oil is sourced from trusted artisan producers and treated much in the way that wine normally would be, with the kitchen team matching its flavour profile carefully to dishes. As for the actual wine, you can expect an extensive and diverse list focusing on wines from artisanal producers, who respect the nature and land around them and many of which are organic or biodynamic.

Menu Highlights

Evoo whipped salted cod, mussels, borlotti, puntarelle - £19.00

Baccalà mantecato, cozze, borlotti, puntarelle

Main Courses
Salted cod, sautéed escarole, yellow datterino - £28.00

Baccalà fritto, scarola, datterino giallo

Monkfish stewed with guanciale, wild fennel, green beans, sea fennel  - £24.00

Coda di rospo in porchetta con finocchio di mare

Stone bass, mirto, lemon, broad bean, chicory - £29.00

Ombrina, mirto, limone, fave e cicoria

Spaghetti with clams, sicilian courgette sprouts - £22.00

spaghetti ‘mancini’, vongole, tenerumi

la pentolaccia di chitarrine con sugo allo scoglio - £36.00

chitarrine, langoustine, prawns, scallops, squid, clams, mussels, cuttlefish

Linguine with prawns, lemon and three peppers - £22.00

Linguine ai gamberi, limone e tre pepi

Biancomangiare - £10.00

Almond milk light panna cotta, tonka beans, lemon and strawberry

Tiramisu - £11.00

Savoiardi, espresso, liqueur, mascarpone cream


Can you book Baccala?

Yes, booking ahead is recommended although walk-ins are welcome when there is availability.

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Is Baccala dog-friendly?

Yes, small and well-behaved dogs are allowed in the restaurant.

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Does Baccala serve lunch?

Yes, lunch is served from 12-5pm.

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Does it offer gluten-free options?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu.

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What is the menu like?

It's famous for its authentic, contemporary seafood dishes tailored with fresh seasonal produce. The day menu offers small plates of the signature dishes in a sharing style.

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Meet the team

Moreno Polverini

Executive Chef

Moreno Polverini is the co-founder and executive chef at Baccala. Previously at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair, Moreno's style is rooted firmly in beautiful presentation, local and seasonal ingredients, and authentic cooking techniques.


Fabio De Nicola


Fabio De Nicola joined Baccala with a wealth of experience behind him, including time at glamorous hotspots like Zuma, Oblix and Hovarda. Fabio has always been fascinated by the world of wine, and loves to share his knowledge with any guest who visits the restaurant.

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Unit B3, 194-204 Bermondsey Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 3TQ

020 7407 5514 020 7407 5514


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-17:00
Wed 12:00-17:00
Thu 12:00-17:00
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed


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