Primo Grill

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’ve made a recent trip with several colleagues from my lab, including my supervisor/boss to Washington State for a conference. On our way there, we made a brief stop at Tacoma (which I actually initially thought was some Mexican chain restaurant rather than a city) for late lunch/early dinner. Now The Boss was absolutely deadset against any chains/fast food places, which unfortunately made up probably about 80% of all restaurants that we saw along the way, so we ended up spending probably the better part of an hour driving up and down the streets looking for a place that met his standards. He finally settled on a semi-high end Italian place called Primo Grill. The restaurant seems to be quite popular, and there were a good number of patrons, so we got seated at the bar. I got their Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs ($28):


This consisted of a piece of short rib that was served over a bed of polenta with some tomatoes. The portion of short rib wasn’t exactly big, but it was sufficient. It was very tender and juicy, but quite underseasoned and not very flavourful. I actually enjoyed the polenta more, which was creamy, buttery and rich.

Fried Cauliflower ($14):

I didn’t order this; The Boss and one of the colleagues, who’s a post-doc, both got this as an appetizer. The funny thing behind this dish is that the aforementioned post-doc has just recently came to our lab from Korea and not particularly well-versed in English. Hence, he had no idea what cauliflower was, and we spent some time trying to explain to him that it’s “broccoli but white”.

So overall, I found the food to be good but nothing spectacular. The prices were also pretty high (fortunately The Boss picked up the tab). Furthemore, while the service was friendly and attentive, they did mess up one of my colleague’s orders (he wanted lamb chops but they brought him a pork chop instead). This probably isn’t a place that I’d want to revisit if we come back again next year.

Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 2.5/5
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A
Primo Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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