Review: An Upscale Business Lunch at Primavera

Bahrain Confidential experiences a refined Italian Business Lunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s Primavera.

Overlooking the lush green gardens and sandy beach, Primavera is an ideal location to catch up with clients or colleagues over a quick lunch. As ever, the restaurant’s atmosphere is inspired by Osteria Contemporanea. It’s modern interiors highlights some of the best of The Ritz-Carlton’s repertoire of features.

We began our three-course meal with an Italian cuisine classic, Vitello Tonnato. This Piemonte dish features thinly-sliced succulent veal served with some greens, tuna icecream, and capers. Who would have thought that tuna and veal would make such a perfect combination? Topped with capers, this appetizer is delicious, bright, and savory. We also had the Insalata di Rucola – a refreshing, simple rocket salad served with pecorino cheese, raspberry, and balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this salad, you can really taste the quality of the ingredients with each bite.

For our main course, we had the Risotto ai Fungi which was outstanding – we couldn’t have enough! It is rich and creamy, with a burst of delicious flavours of wild mushroom, truffle oil, and parmesan cheese. Risotto generally is very filling, but the lunch portion is just enough to give you that same satisfaction without feeling stuffed. We also had the Filetto di Branzino alla Mediterranea using local seabass, which is tender and full of flavour. There is a unique tang to it, enhanced by the cherry tomatoes, olives, and capers.

When it comes to dessert, the velvety and decadent Tiramisu at Primavera never disappoints. This iconic world-famous delight is boldly flavoured with espresso and cocoa, and is light, creamy, and irresistible. We also had the Torta di Mandorle e Cioccolato Bianco, which upon first glance would give the impression of an overly sweet dessert. But we were pleasantly surprised by its balance of texture, taste, and sweetness, which makes it a perfect pair for coffee.

Overall, Primavera sets the bar high for business lunches on the island, offering a true Italian taste, excellent service, and a beautiful view. Lunch out on the terrace once the weather cools down would make for a lovely experience.

The Business Lunch is available from Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday-Monday between 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM at BD 25 net. To make a reservation, call +973 17586499 or visit their website.