Saskatoon restaurant makes national top 100 list

Saskatoon’s Primal Restaurant was named to the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada list on OpenTable this year.

The online reservation service analyzed more than 540,000 reviews from restaurant customers across the country.

Primal has been open for eight years and serves Italian cuisine, including handmade pasta.

Christie Peters, chef and owner of Primal, said it was a huge surprise that Primal made the list.

“We weren’t expecting to see this,” Peters said.

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Primal was the only Saskatchewan restaurant to make the list.

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“We have worked a lot over the past two years. I am so grateful to be recognized among so many other great restaurants and colleagues and friends of mine, ”explained Peters.

Peters said Primal has always strived to be among the best in Saskatoon and internationally. Over the past two years, Primal has added a deluxe tasting menu with food and wine pairings, revamped their entire kitchen, and decided to focus on natural, low-intervention wines.

“We’ve been very creative and we’re just honing our service experience,” said Peters.

“I am so grateful to have such a good community and such good following. We really try to make sure everyone is happy and I feel like the people supporting us really see that we go above and beyond and provide the best service and the best food possible, in a really consistent way.

Peters said Primal couldn’t have done it without their reception and kitchen team.

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Peters runs Primal with Chef Kyle Michael and Sommelier and Managing Director Adrian Chappell. Peters says they’re a big part of the restaurant’s success.

In the middle of their eight years in business, Peters said regrouping during the high stress time of COVID-19 was one of their biggest experiences.

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“It’s a weird thing to say but (the pandemic) really pushed us to the next level,” Peters said.

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