I keep saying, ever since we moved to Liverpool nearly three years ago, there has been a massive influx of independent cafes, restaurants and bars. When we first moved here, we were, to tell you the truth, a little uninspired by the food and coffee scene here. We had come from the world’s food capital, Melbourne, which is so ahead of it’s time with an array of thousands of top eating and drinking spots, and had landed in, not only a city, but a country, which loved chain restaurants. We couldn’t quite understand it.
Thankfully, Liverpudlian’s love uniqueness, and have embraced the independents, which has created a flourishing scene of numerous cool spots to eat and drink, outside the chain trend. The city is starting to remind us of a ‘little’ Melbourne, which is one of the reasons why we haven’t moved on from living here just yet.
Bold Street Coffee was one of the first coffee shops we came across when we arrived in Liverpool. We missed our Melbourne coffee and we were desperate for a good-tasting brew (you know how much I’m a coffee snob, and if you think coffee from a chain store, like Starbucks, is good, you need a coffee connoisseuring lesson from me, ha! Brutal, but true!), and Bold Street Coffee certainly impressed us. Recently however, the coffee spot had to unfortunately close the doors at its original home (and its namesake) on Bold Street due to landlord issues.
However, to the relief of the locals, the coffee shop has come back with a bang by collaborating with the pizza-geniuses at Santa Maluco on Castle Street, Liverpool City Centre.
The unique collaboration has brought together the two local dining powerhouses under one roof, where you can enjoy the same delicious brunch and coffee menu from Bold Street Coffee, while also devouring the mouthwatering pizza and cocktail menu from Santa Maluco. Talk about having the best of both!
Bold Street Coffee
If you’re not too familiar with Bold Street Coffee’s brunch menu, it consists of light and simple, yet tasty dishes, including homemade granola, bircher muesli soaked in apple juice, and creamy Portobello mushrooms or smashed avocado on toast. They also have a range of cakes you can enjoy with your coffee, such as peanut butter, cookie dough or Snickers brownies. Yum!
Santa Maluco offers pizza with a Brazilian flare and an authentic Italian touch. They take inspiration from Brazil to create a variety of unique toppings (unlike the Italian pizzas, where the toppings are generally made up of only a few ingredients), and base inspiration from Italy, where the crust is thinner (unlike thicker styled American pizzas). Their pizza’s are all homemade and are cooked in a woodfire oven.
Santa Maluco offer a unique ‘Rodizio’ dining experience too. Rodizio is an all-you-can-eat style of restaurant, which is common in Brazil. The waiters bring round samples of each pizza and guests can have as many as they would like until they’re full. This is a great option if you can’t choose between the various pizza options on offer. Alternatively, if this isn’t for you, you can also buy a slice of pizza for £3 or a full 18inch pizza.
We visited Santa Maluco for the first time one Saturday afternoon to check out how the collaboration between themselves and Bold Street Coffee worked. I was a little skeptical at first, as I thought the two brands could potentially be quite the random mix. To my delight, the partnership works seamlessly.
The restaurant space is really rustic, raw, laid-back and shabby chic, with large long sharing tables, vibrant Brazilian-style murals splashed on the walls, an exposed ceiling and not to mention, the huge pizza oven, which creates a yummy pizzeria aroma. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and you can imagine spending a long afternoon here, enjoying the food and drinks with friends.
As we were super hungry, we decided to first choose from the Santa Maluco menu. We chose the divine Green House 18inch pizza, which included charred aubergine, courgette, peppers, spinach, sun dried tomato and goats cheese. This was the highlight of our lunch meal, and although the pizza looks ginormous, the crust is really thin, so you can get through it easily with two people. The pizza is lovely and fresh, and I enjoyed the combination of the Brazilian-styled topping and the Italian crust.
To be honest, we would have been fine just sharing the pizza between us, but as we weren’t sure how big it was going to be, we ordered sides of the Waldorf salad and the pizza wedges. The Waldorf salad was nice and tasty, but I personally wouldn’t choose to order it again, as it has a little too much mayonnaise for me.
The pizza wedges were very interesting. They’re potato wedges which come with the pizza toppings of your choice on top. We chose the Leonardo Da Veggie pizza toppings, which included mozzarella, cherry tomato, courgette, aubergine and garlic oil. As this certain pizza is a white pizza (without tomato) the team at Santa Maluco kindly added crushed tomato to the wedge’s topping, to create more of a sauce. If you’re looking to try something a little different, I’d definitely give the pizza wedges a go!
To go alongside our meal, I enjoyed a Fabiano Pinot Grigio, which was super refreshing and paired perfectly with the pizza, and Tim tried a Brahma beer, which he loved.
For dessert, we indulged in a Snickers brownie. This has to be the most incredible brownie I’ve ever tasted, it was melt in your mouth stuff! We of course couldn’t leave without having Bold Street Coffee almond milk cappuccinos too, which were the best cappuccinos we’ve had in a long time.
We loved our Saturday afternoon lunch experiencing the collaboration between Santa Maluco x Bold Street Coffee. The two really work well together, and although the menus are quite diverse, the rustic and relaxed space really connects with both brands exceptionally.
If you’re in Liverpool soon, I highly recommend you head here for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or a cake and coffee.
Santa Maluco x Bold Street Coffee are located 2 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 0NA
Editor’s note: Thanks to Santa Maluco x Bold Street Coffee for inviting us for lunch