Cafe Primo: Adelaide | Caffe Primo : Review

Garlic Bread, Cafe PrimoOver the last few months, I've noticed a lot of changes when I visited Caffe Primo (Café Primo). I resisted updating my review until I had a definitive experience. So, as of today (28th April 2008), I decided it's time to update this post.

Updated Review:
I'm withdrawing my verdict. I believe that Cafe Primo no longer deserves the title "best cafe chain in Adelaide". At least, not in my book.

My two main reasons for this:

  • Prices have definitely gone up. Minimum price per meal now is around AU$15. The old deals have all disappeared. For that kind of price, I've got a lot more options. And, Caffe Primo won't be topping my list.
  • While prices have gone up, quality of the food and the service have gone down. I've experienced wait staff trying to rush me off to finish my meal. And, management staff being less than friendly. The garlic bread that I used to love so much has now became dry and tasteless. Really not impressive.

And no, the lame TV commercials definitely don't help either: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Gah. Seriously?

Well, Caffe Primo folks, the answer to that question now is: Obviously not.

The only positive change I've seen in Cafe Primo is that they've increased their food offerings in their menu. But, even with more choices, my desire to go and eat there has definitely decreased. And, I've stopped raving about the place.

It really saddens me when I see something like this happen to what started out to be a good thing.

OLD REVIEW:
Cafe Primo is probably one of the best cafe chains in Adelaide, Australia. I'm not sure if there are other Cafe Primos elsewhere. Anyway, this is a great place to eat some good food for affordable prices. They have set menus that are divided in to AU$9.95, $14.95 and $19.95 meals.

My favourites from the 9.95 meal are: Garlic Prawns with Rice, Pasta Alla Panna, and Calamari with Chips. From the $14.95 meals: Prawn Gamberi Risotto and Pasta Carbonara top the list. From the $19.95 meals: It's gotta be the Surf and Turf (Steak with Prawns and Chips). All these meals are served with salad.

Also, lunchtime meals come with a free small sized garlic bread per meal. For dinner, you get a free pancake with cream and maple syrup per meal instead.

Pancakes, Cafe PrimoI definitely recommend the garlic bread. They're absolutely yum!

Down sides of the place: It can get really noisy and crowded. So, sometimes, you must allow for some waiting time. And, to avoid getting disappointed, you might want to book seats in advance, especially if you're going out on a busy night in a popular location.

The thing with Café Primo though is that because of its success and popularity, you can find one nearly anywhere in Adelaide. Just check the phone book for locations and contact information.

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Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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