Sunday, 17 June 2018

Food: Breakfast at Primitivo

Primitivo is a wine bar in the Colmore Business District that you might not know about. It's incredibly popular with local business people due to its good prices, warm hospitality and complimentary bar snacks. It's been running for twenty one years: a seriously impressive amount of time in this industry.

As my job (teaching) doesn't really lend itself to the Friday night drinks scene, I'd only vaguely heard of it and wasn't sure where it was. A quick look on google maps made it easy; it's just at the back of the Grand Hotel. Inside, the decoration is simple but with nice touches like the arch shapes dotted around.

Primitivo is very much aimed at the business types who work in the Colmore Business District. Because of this, they don't usually open at weekends, unless specifically requested. They will now be doing breakfasts on weekdays, which is great because so many places only serve up eggs and bacon on the weekend.

They're not quite up and running with breakfast yet, but I went along to a preview service one Saturday morning. I enjoyed a few glasses of fizz alongside my food, an elegant way to start your day.

The hot drinks menu isn't extensive: tea and all the usual coffees. They were able to rustle me up a green tea bag as I prefer a lighter tea with my breakfast. I loved the crockery.

We were given some croissants, toast and jam to start. I'm a big fan of a multi-course breakfast!

The breakfast menu is small but perfectly formed. There's lighter bits like porridge and granola with a variety of toppings, alongside a Full English, Eggs Benedict with ham, salmon or avocado; then there was my choice of potato rosti with portobello mushroom, poached egg and hollandaise (£7.95).

I loved having the potato cake at the bottom, which had a gorgeous, almost caramelised outer. The mushroom gave a good savoury hit, the poached egg was perfect and the hollandaise was thick and creamy. I liked that they put a little on the top with extra on the side. I don't really like lots of hollandaise so I don't want my food swimming in it.

The potato rosti was excellent. I'd actually like this available with ham or salmon, just like the eggs benedict.

Others around the table enjoyed the Full English, which featured beans separated in a pot, bacon cooked to your liking and sausages sourced from a very good butcher. I didn't think the tomato looked very good; it was just a basic tomato quickly grilled. Everyone who had the full breakfast enjoyed it and appreciated that it wasn't greasy.

Breakfast at Primitvo will be a Godsend to a certain sort of person who works in town, particularly those looking for a breakfast meeting venue. Equally, people searching for a breakfast on a Tuesday will be very happy. Who says breakfast is just for weekends?! The service was lovely and the owners are the warmest and most generous people you could meet.

Primitivo, Barwick Street

Photos my own.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.

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