My love for home and just relaxing had been renewed after two weeks of work travel in December. Living out of a suitcase and hotel rooms might be nice for the first week, but hotel breakfasts of runny scrambled eggs, fatty bacon and barely grilled tomatoes gets old very quickly.
So after unpacking and tackling 2-weeks’ worth of laundry, we hopped into the car to check out Primal Pantry enroute to the supermarket.
Now neither the SO and I are paleo (duh), but the word on the street was that the breakfasts at Primal Pantry are pretty amazing. It was a little late for breakfast and there wasn’t much of a crowd, despite the rumours they get busy.
The SO started with a cold drip coffee. Served in a glass bottle that would look familiar at a bar and a glass mug of ice, Primal Pantry‘s cold drip coffee was quite the potent brew – perfect for the black coffee loving man and an increasingly warm day.
The smoked salmon, zucchinni frittata and poached eggs was probably not your average cafe breakfast option. I wondered if having a frittata and poached eggs might be an egg overkill, but the SO had no trouble wiping his plate clean. Perhaps the squeeze of lime juice over the ensemble made the otherwise rich breakfast taste a little less so.
This was the first time I had ever tried an Acai bowl and it reminded me of a big bowl of chocolate ice-cream with lots of healthy toppings, such as toasted shredded coconut, goji berries and seeds. It’s so yummy and a real breakfast treat. Eat this slowly to prevent brain freeze.
Since that first visit in December, we’ve been back a couple of times and Primal Pantry have recently changed their menu, which includes a few Asian inspired breakfast options.
The SO really got stuck into his Asian Inspired Crab Omelette, which kinda reminded me of the version I had at Sydney’s Barzura. Both had liberal sprigs of coriander (which the SO picked off half the amount to prevent it from overwhelming the dish), but the addition of fresh crab meat in Primal Pantry‘s version had the SO begging for more.
The lemon and cauliflower pancake with smoked Salmon, avocado and labna was quite a refreshing breakfast option and came as a beautifully balanced stack that was almost too pretty to eat. The cook had pushed the cooking time further than most might have, and I got to enjoy the crispy edged pancake that added textural contrast to the smooth fresh avocado and slick salty salmon.
I’ll be the first to admit as far as breakfast options go, Primal Pantry is on the more expensive end of the spectrum. However while the portion sizes are not excessive, they certainly don’t leave you hungry. We have always come away quite satisfied with our meals.