The menu is quite extensive, with options for pasta, risottos, classic Italian dishes such as veal osso buco and high quality seafood and meats from the grill. I started with the bresaola, rocket salad, parmesan and olive oil. The bresaola was was soft with a melt in your mouth texture and had a lovely peppered crumb. The rocket was extremely fresh and peppery while the parmesan lacked in flavour. It was a good dish, with nice simple ingredients.
The pasta dish of pappardelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle oil was divine. The pappardelle is made on site and has a lovely silky texture. Truffles are one of my favourite things to indulge in, though unfortunately not as often as I would like, due to the price! The porcini and truffle oil sauce was excellent, very intense but well balanced. The portion size was huge and I couldn’t quite finish it off, for £16 it was a good deal.
The veal milanese arrived at the table and strangely resembled the shape of a hot water bottle, and was also the size of a small blanket, it was huge. Tasty veal coated in a crunchy golden crumb with no greasiness and cooked perfectly. We ordered a side of mash to compliment which was smooth and buttery, though maybe a bit over the top with the buttering. The dish was £30 including the mash, it wasn’t cheap, but portion sizes definitely make up for the price. If you’re looking for a treat, then it’s money well spent.
Extremely full at this point but managed to find some room to squeeze in a couple of the delicious sounding desserts. The classic tiramisu arrived, served in a cup with a dark chocolate twirl popping out. It was definitely one of the more unusual tiramisus I’ve had in awhile, very thick and dense, with a lot of cream in it. Although it was a little different, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would go as far as saying it was the best tiramisu I have had all year.
Almond crème brulee arrived and was presented beautifully. The top was very well caramelized and had a good crunch when smashed into with the back of my spoon. The overall flavour was good, though it was very intense, with a lot of sweetness coming through. I don’t think almond is made for a crème brulee. Still, it was nice to try and something a bit different.
Overall I thought Primo’s extensive and well thought out menu was very good and could cater to most tastes or fancies. The restaurant itself is well executed with a lovely grown up decor. My only gripe would be service still needs to become a bit more polished. The wine list is excellent, cocktails are delicious and the food is good. Would I return? Yes, but maybe only for that special occasion as prices are not cheap. A meal for two with wine, service and water will set you back around £130.