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Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

TonyC Feb 27, 2014 11:11 AM

overpriced and overrated come to mind.

prodded by a staff, I recently went back for vegetables (cuz I am not eating oily gorditas or fried flat bread stuffed with more fat). Indeed the vegetables are the only edible dishes, and even some are still mad misses.

what I find most hilarious is a bowl of stir fried (roasted, whatever) romanesco with really odd flavors) can go for $12, and the "fry everything" method of cooking produces majority of vegetables hits (doesn't it always?). Yes, the beets in yogurt is tasty enough, but really, it's a beet salad with some nuts. I'll eat beets if you peel/roast it.

straying from the veggie, the boquerones is probably the grossest fish so far this year -- fried breaded pickled anchovies topped with honey. gag was apparently the flavor profile, not the Spanish tapa. he worst offense of was that bowl of meat noodle soup. it was salted beyond belief and for half the money, 10 better bowls of Chinese beef noodle soup can be found all over SGV.

Coincidentally, the last meals at Jitlada and Baco ran up similar ticket prices, but I left the downtown culinary annoyance hungry and way more sober. At least it was a bit better than Ama. What happened to Centenos of Lot 1 (dinner, not lunch).

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    kevin RE: TonyC Feb 27, 2014 01:50 PM

    I'm pretty sure you will get some naysayers though not me.

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      JMan604 RE: TonyC Feb 27, 2014 03:01 PM

      Sucks that you had that experience. I tried Baco Mercat for the first time 2 weeks ago along with some friends for lunch and it was wonderful. Maybe that's because it was 2:00pm on a Saturday but it was pretty chill and the food was great.

      I do agree that the baco's are pretty oily but damn, it's up in my alley

      1. ipsedixit RE: TonyC Feb 27, 2014 06:26 PM

        You're fucking wrong.

        It's actually worse. Much.

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          kevin RE: ipsedixit Feb 27, 2014 06:54 PM

          I agree.

          Terrible spot.

          Nuff said.

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            Johnny L RE: ipsedixit Feb 28, 2014 12:11 AM

            The bacos are the only decent thing there and not all of them are good. Honestly I can't force myself to support the place as much as I do want to like it.

            Find me at Badmaash instead any day of the week at least they know how to make use of the Asian/Middle Eastern spices.

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              Servorg RE: Johnny L Feb 28, 2014 06:10 AM

              How's the tikka masala poutine? Certainly sounds like an interesting twist on the dish.

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                Johnny L RE: Servorg Feb 28, 2014 09:27 AM

                Its awesome, perfectly cooked chicken and the owners are Canucks so they know their poutinr.

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                ipsedixit RE: Johnny L Feb 28, 2014 08:19 AM

                I've been pimping Badmaash for a bit now. Glad I'm not the only fan here.

                As to Baco Mercat, what makes it even more frustrating about the place is that you feel like there's so much potential there that's gone to waste. Like that child prodigy who decides to become a Meth addict.

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                bringiton RE: ipsedixit Feb 28, 2014 10:49 AM

                I tried one of their sandwiches, took a few bites, thought it tasted odd and opened it up and it was filled with pieces of fat. I lost my appetite after that.

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                  liu RE: bringiton Apr 1, 2014 05:33 PM

                  This was my experience as well, bringiton. We went when they first opened and I am sorry to see that those sandwiches are still filled with fat. It was really gross.

                  Furthermore, our server was "on" something...his orbit was not near the planet Earth. Consequently, service was on his time...very, v e r y s l o w.

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                    Thor123 RE: liu Apr 1, 2014 06:56 PM

                    Could not agree more. Fat on a bun and bad service.

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                      kevin RE: Thor123 Apr 1, 2014 11:50 PM

                      Yep. Not a fan either.

                      But to each his or her own.

              4. estnyboer RE: TonyC Mar 17, 2014 03:39 PM

                Weird. I've had nothing but good food there in about 1/2-dozen trips. I lean vegetarian when I eat there and usually eat at the bar. I do agree that many items are overprices but the baco are not.

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                  BacoMan RE: estnyboer Mar 17, 2014 06:15 PM

                  What items do you feel are overpriced?

                  I usually feel like they're pretty much average, or below. I mean, looking at their veggie plate prices, they seem about the same as, say, Gjelina's. No?

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                  jesstifer RE: TonyC Apr 1, 2014 05:26 PM

                  I finally went there for the first time, prepared to be disappointed because of this thread. Both my Other Palate and I totally loved it. We had the carpaccio, the hamachi and tater-tottish thing, the brussels sprouts, and split a short rib baco. All delightful. She wants to go back immediately.

                  Only drag was, we were happy to find a full bar, but then they weirdly only have two vodkas available, and crappy ones at that. WTF?

                  Fortunately, we discovered Bar 137 a half block away.

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                    TonyC RE: jesstifer Apr 2, 2014 10:23 AM

                    quick Q: where exactly is this "Bar 137"? I know half a block away there are.. Lash and the Must.

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                      Servorg RE: TonyC Apr 2, 2014 10:37 AM

                      Jesstifer meant Bar 107 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bar-10...


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                        jesstifer RE: Servorg Apr 8, 2014 06:41 PM

                        Yes, thank you Servorg.

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                          kevin RE: jesstifer Apr 8, 2014 06:48 PM

                          What's Bar 107 ??????

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                            Seasa RE: kevin Apr 8, 2014 07:53 PM

                            Kind of place Bukowski would love ;-)

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                              kevin RE: Seasa Apr 8, 2014 07:57 PM

                              yeah, it looks like it.

                              i passed that joint all the time and it looks like it's at the bottom of an SRO hotel down there in the historic core.

                              if i'm not mistaken, of course.

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