Taking a break from the usual grabbing a snack , I ventured out to Newton Mearns this week to sample midday fare at Primavera Bistro.
The clientele at The Avenue’s most prominent eatery were more early bird specials than early deadlines — but whether in your golden years or fitting in food between important meetings, there’s a lot to be said for a leisurely lunch.
The other half jumped at the chance to escape the office too, and we settled into seats surrounded by shopping centre bustle, and down to a menu of old faithful mains and light bites.
I opted for penne salmon; a rich cream and tomato sauce over pasta tubes and delicate smoked salmon. In most instances it’s hard to get pasta wrong — but when it comes to smoked salmon, it’s tough to keep it melt-in-the-mouth in a hot dish.
Primavera pulled it off with aplomb - just the right temperature, just the right texture - and in a hearty portion too. This is food to keep you going beyond dinner time — but fuel worth savouring too.
The OH went for the minute steak sandwich; a thin cut laid out on a doorstop wedge and laden with pepper sauce. The sauce packed a bit too much of a punch and the chips alongside were average, but points go to Primavera for a decent, tender piece of meat — a cut above the usual lunchtime sarnie.
We finished with an excellent coffee and crumbly, oh-so-naughty caramel shortcake — one of many tempting fresh cakes behind the counter — before I left leisurely pursuits behind and slogged back to Extra Towers to finish out the day.
Still, lunch at Primavera brightened up my working week — and the Avenue eatery is proof positive that just as much effort should go to lunch as to fancy dinners.
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