Sunday, January 21, 2018
ADV---Barca-Love

A Christmas brisket you won’t forget

Nicholise Garner December 6, 2017
SMOKEY AMERICAN BBQ… Barca.Love business owners, Phil and Tina Barca are doing what they love and Shepparton get to benefit. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SMOKEY AMERICAN BBQ… Barca.Love business owners, Phil and Tina Barca are doing what they love and Shepparton get to benefit. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

YOU know that feeling when you find a restaurant that impresses you so much that you always remember it? That’s how I felt when I visited Dexter in Melbourne. The food was American BBQ style and I loved it so much that I ate there two nights in a row and told all of my friends about it. I’ve just discovered Dexter’s equivalent here in Shepparton and to say I’m thrilled about that is an understatement.

Barca.Love is Shepparton’s very own American BBQ style restaurant with a Cuban influence. Owned by the lovely Phil and Tina Barca, the pair combined Phil’s surname and part of Tina’s maiden name to come up with the name Barca.Love, and their passion for food has made this place one to remember.

Phil said, “I’ve always had a great love of cooking and we wanted to do something that would be really unique to Shepparton. We are really proud of what we’ve achieved here. We make our own pickles, barbeque sauce and aioli as well as the dry rubs for our pulled pork. Our briskets are mouth watering which is no surprise given the 20 hours in preparation with 12 of those hours in the smoker.”

Inside Barca.Love, the décor is really warm and comfortable and Latin American music makes for a great atmosphere, while outside, the setting is a little different, playing music from the 1950s and ‘60s. This licenced restaurant can be found at 337 Wyndham Street and they’re taking bookings for Christmas parties now. Call Phil and Tina at Barca.Love on 5858 4070 or drop in to give it a try. You won’t regret it!