Saturday afternoon, cue girly lunch. This week at Princi. I’ve been eager to visit since it opened last year and have wandered in on a couple of occasions wishing that I hadn’t already eaten.
We all opted for the salad bar, a mix of 2 from the 6 on display for about £6, Noy and I had the chicken and avocado and the mozzarella and tomato. Nibs went for the lighter options including the artichoke and rocket salad.
The chicken salad interestingly contained slices of apple, unexpected but pleasing. It was topped with poppy seeds which gave an additional if subtle dimension. I loved this, the texture was comforting and the apple provided a slight sweetness.
The mozzarella was tasty, as Noy pointed out, not the best we’ve ever had but, certainly tastier than most. A liberal sprinkling of basil leaves and both cherry and plum tomatoes made up the salad and a nice slice of sourdough bread is served as an accompaniment. There were also black olives and raw red onion which I like but the girls picked out. There was an abundance on Nibs' plate.
I also felt like something sweet so had the passion fruit cheesecake for dessert. I’ve heard much of this elsewhere in blogger reports and it lived up to my expectations, providing a contrasting crunch (far better than any cheesecake base I’ve ever managed to achieve) topped with oozing soft cheese and a slightly sharp, very fruity, jellied passion fruit top.
I found the place to be a little hectic and daunting. One needs to adopt a gung-ho approach to nabbing a table, thankfully Noy was on the ball as usual and got us 3 of the high seats along the back wall after having loitered around for a good 20 minutes, coming close to fisticuffs with one gentleman.
On the way out I picked up 2 loaves of bread, a sourdough and an olive bread, these were amazing if a little pricy at £10 for the 2. Here's the 1/2 eaten sourdough which is some of the best I've ever had.
I guess it’s a good sign that the staff and most of the diners here are Italian, if it’s good enough for them..! I’d recommend Princi but be prepared to take no prisoners or don’t go at 2:30 on a Saturday! I hear the pizzas are amazing and there is a selection of hot food available that I didn't even get to because the cold displays are so very impressive. The place is filled with enticing aromas. I shall be returning, probably very soon.
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