Before Liverpool One and The Baltic Triangle offered some stiff competition for the best eateries in Liverpool, Bold Street held the torch for the best place to visit for some decent grub. In my opinion, Bold Street still is the number one go to for independent brands and restaurants, and standing proud in their 44th(!) year of serving our streets, at the top of Bold Street is Cafe Tabac.
Cafe Tabac is one of those places anyone could visit, a bit like Liverpool really, a real melting pot of people and cultures. On the day of my visit I seen a whole host of people warmly welcomed through the doors from smart men in shirts and pants, to young students and older couples.
If you’re out and about in Liverpool, alone or with friends, head to Cafe Tabac, their menu is really versatile so there shouldn’t be too many sad faces because there is nothing on the menu they can eat (absolute nightmare!). There’s a range of regular, vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers and traditional home cooked dishes to choose from. Our host Nick passionately recommended we try the goulash, he said it’s super popular and his favourite dish. I could see why, this stew type dish was really tasty, in fact I literally dreamed of dipping my chips in the sauce the night after my visit!
Cafe Tabac is an ideal venue for a brunch, with breakfasts served 9-5 and lunches from 12, you can do what I did and feel really strange for having a burger so early. I couldn’t recommend the halloumi burger enough – it came topped with pesto and cooked red peppers, with a huge side of seasoned fries, salad and coleslaw.
The cream and marshmallow topped hot chocolate is absolutely delicious too, a real comfort treat! If you’re after something a little bit lighter for your brunch there’s a really great selection of toppings for bagels including avocado of course, or if you’re sweet toothed, perhaps you could be tempted by a peanut butter and banana pancake stack – I was, so I’ll be back, Cafe Tabac!