Weekday brunch @ Primivito, Barwick Street

Bars & Pubs, Review / Monday, June 4th, 2018

A few weeks ago I visited the newly revamped Primivito to check out the recently launched brunch menu.

Found just yards from Hotel du Vin and Snow Hill Station, this long serving bar come casual bistro is a popular weekday hangout for the banking district. I’m used to seeing the after work crowd spilling out into the street come a Friday night, but it had never occurred to me that this venue could be my next breakfast go-to.

Despite the extensive Grand Hotel works forcing closure for near on two years, Primivito has reopened bringing with it a stylish, sleek aesthetic. Dark wooden floors lead you from the bar to the dining area, complete with a great view into the kitchen if, like me, you’re a bit nosey and like watching the backstage action. Prints by local and renowned artists are proudly displayed on the beautiful exposed brickwork, with many of the pieces being for sale. New to the venue is a party room for hire, complete with a glitzy chandelier and private bar. There’s also a ruddy massive screen in this room which arrives at the touch of a button; excellent for Brum’s suits scene getting their World Cup fix without anyone realising they’ve been out of the office.

Available from 8am, the breakfast/brunch menu is fairly concise but well priced. In light of there not being much in the way of healthy options I chose to embrace my mild hangover and go for the Full English (£8.95) and a (very big, hoorah) cappuccino. You can add more to make it bigger, but the basic breakfast offers up two sausages – sourced from Robinson’s Butchers – two bacon, two poached eggs, flat mushroom, baked beans, grilled tomato halves and a hash brown. You can choose how cremated you like your bacon (I unashamedly like mine to resemble a pork scratching that’s been in a fire) and there’s a choice of toast too. I was very impressed with the sausages, which had a great porky flavour and not an ounce of gristle. I actually asked where they were from so I could potentially source myself some. The poached eggs were oozy as you’d hope although I would have liked the option of scrambled or fried instead. Having met the lovely guys running the kitchen I’m sure if you ask nicely this could be arranged. All in all a lovely cooked breakfast; a far cry from a greasy, deep fried version you may expect.

Others tried the Potato Rosti Benedict (£7.95) which looked like the perfect petit dejeuner if you have a smaller appetite. I’m told the hollandaise sauce was just perfect; butter rich but not too much to drown the other flavours. There’s also cold options including pastries with preserves, and hearty bowls of oats you can adapt to suit with an array of toppings. I personally wouldn’t bother with sugar-spiked porridge when you can have a tasty cooked breakfast but to each their own. Overall it would be a good option for breakfast meetings, especially as you can have a glass of fizz with your meal.

There’s been some serious effort made to relaunch this place with added benefits and use, and the team behind it seem happy with how it’s been received. It’s a nice spot to bury your head in your laptop with a decent bit of grub or a frothy coffee. I’d perhaps like to see some lighter or ‘healthier’ additions to the menu, although there’s plenty of places close by that offer that. The chef told me they’re willing to be adaptable, so if there’s something not on the menu or you want to tweak an existing dish it’s worth asking. The menu doesn’t reinvent the wheel but the kitchen is putting out quality food, with thought put into product sourcing and buying local. Heads up, the bar isn’t open at the weekends, so if you want your brunch fix you’ll need to visit Monday to Friday, and pre booking is currently required.

Primivito, 10-12 Barwick Street, Birmingham, B3 2NT

Disclosure: I was a guest of the venue and the food was complimentary for review purposes. All opinions remain my own, along with any photos and words.

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