Focusing on Italian cuisine, I recommend starting with the Insalata Mista, mixed green salad for something light.
For something heavier, there is the Stracciatella di Bufala , buffalo cheese with a marinated king prawn in the mix or the Cotechino – Italian cooked pork sausage with roasted organic sweet pepper sauce.
For the main courses I liked the Paccheri – Maine lobster which is rich in flavour as well as the mushroom risotto. Those needing their meats need to look no further than the Stinco D’Angnello, braised lamb shank with meat that falls right off the bone.
Finally for dessert, there is the traditional tiramisu and for those looking at something fruity, go for the Zabaglione.
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Kudos to the kind folks of Prego & Hungrygowhere for organizing & inviting me to the table
Prego is a semi-formal Italian setup at the foot of Fairmont. The kitchen boasts of a motley crew of international culinary champions helmed by Chef Antonio. Chef Long who hails from ‘the land of smiles’ is the pizza chef who prides himself in brining smiles to guests, with his own freestyle dough spinning flair (don’t miss it!)
The cute wooden crate of goodness is complemented with some in-house made spreads featuring; caramelized onions on cream cheese, basil leaves in tomato puree, truffle sprinkled cream cheese.
Insalata Mista - mixed green salad, radicchio, fennel, red onion and lemon dressing. I’m a meatarian, but the greens worked well for me.
Stracciatella di Bufala - Buffalo stracciatella, marinated king prawn, tomato, oregano and spring onions. Sweet & succulent prawn with a light spring on each bite, and the meat doesn’t flake. The buffalo stracciatella may not be too friendly for the waistline, but waistline watching doesn’t go quite well with food indulgence anyway.
Cotechino - Italian cooked pork sausage, roasted organic sweet pepper sauce. This dish is traditionally consumed in the colder seasons, and a glass of Valpolicella Masi, Valpolicella, Italy goes pretty well.
Paccheri - Maine lobster, roasted heirloom tomatoes & basil. A glass of Pinot Grigio Niedermayr, Alto Adige, Italy goes well together.
Merluzzo - baked cod fish, artichoke, pomodorini, kalamata olives, mashed potatoes. Evidently, the cod remained true to the taste, no traces of overbearing seasoning, hence, the natural buttery emulsion flavor. The crunch in the baked artichoke provided contrast to the dish. The mousse like texture potatoes was also very pleasant. The glass of Pinot Grigio Niedermayr, Alto Adige, Italy went well together.
Stinco d'Agnello - braised lamb, roasted fennel, potatoes. The doneness of the lamb (shank, if I’m not mistaken) is beautifully done; the meat comes off the bone clean, juicy tender to the bite, and the flavors from the 7hr slow fire cooking unveils as the meat melts in the mouth.
Surprise of the day - Portobello Mushroom Risotto, the name is self explanatory. The rice grains used are actually aged rice. Hence the texture is full & has a light beaded bounce of cooked barley. Nice~!
I was honored to have shook hands & spoken with Chef Antonio & Chef Long in person, and their personal introduction to the dishes & processes have helped me deepen my understanding & appreciation for culinary passion & pride.
Prego presents Chef Antonio’s personal Top 40 buffet lunch on Sundays 1230 to 1500hrs. You won’t need your passport & air tickets to savor different regions of Italy.
dinner was initiated by the esteemed bro JWNY... dunno what was the special occasion but he was in a good mood to invite for dinner. it was an impromptu decision, we walked in without reservation, and was ushered to our seats. all that with service with lots of smile from the friendly pinay staff...yes, i'm going to have to say that foreign employees tend to smile a lot more.
men being men, didnt take us too long to decide on the set dinner, in the following sequence:
appetiser: soup of the day - mushroom soup
pasta: pappardelle primavera, tomato sauce & assorted vegetables (jwny-fusilli, i- angel hair)
main course: jwny- roasted chicken w/ potatoes & broccolini, i- cod fish w/ roasted cherry tomatoes & lemon caper sauce
dessert: tiramisu (house signature)
* complimentary bread & spread free flow on the side
and i shall make special mention for the following:
mushroom soup was unlike the typical canned soup. the taste & texture was full to the taste like it was ground mushroom through & through.
pasta is inevitably the best i've ever tried so far. the noodles were scalded just right, and the chewy sensation remains consistant. the sauce was fresh made puree, and nicely balanced taste. there was no need for salt & pepper sprinkles for taste.
tiramisu was like an icing on the cake. once it went down, i completely felt no urge to find other stuff to munch.
Prego is located at the first floor of the hotel. The restaurant has a huge dine in area. The restaurant offers Italian cuisine and is quite well known for its authentic Italian family style dishes. Recently there was a credit card 1-for-1 offer for its CHEF'S DINNER SET MENU ($69++) which valid till 17 April 2016. The set meal consisted of choice of Antipasti (Hot and Cold Starters) + Primi Piatti (Pastas & Risotto) + Chef Daily Special + DOLCI (Dessert). I decided to take up this offer. We were showed to a table by the window, which offered a great of the busy street outside. After placing our orders, we were served a box which consisted of 2 kinds of bread and the creamy cheese spread. If one did not like the spread, there was also olive oil and vinegar available at the table. I was kind of disappointed that the bread was not served warm. We started the meal with Antipasti : Insalata Caprese (usual $24++) Vine Ripened Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, White Balsamic Vinaigrette Simple but appetizing dish to start with. Prosciutto di Parma (usual $24++) 18 Months Aged Parma Ham, Rock Melon, Balsamic Reduction The sweet juicy melon was balanced by the salty ham. For the Primi Piatti : Penne Carbonara (usual $32++) Crispy Pork Pancetta, Fresh Cream, Egg, Parmesan The dish was rich and creamy. I was sightly disappointed in the Crispy Pork Pancetta which turned out to be just fried bacon pieces. Fusilli al Granchio (usual $38++) Crabmeat, Asparagus, Sundried Tomatoes, Creamy Sauce There was chunks of crab meat which I like. The sundried tomatoes did not have much flavour in this dish. Disappointed. Next we had the Chef Daily Special which turned out to be Roasted Chicken. The chicken was quite tender. But both of us were too full for it. Lastly for dessert : Panna Cotta (usual $14++) Vanilla Panna Cotta Raspberry Sauce, Anise Cookies The dessert was milky and creamy, served with pieces of strawberry and kiwi. Lemon Sorbetto (usual $14++) It was lemony and refreshing to taste. There was crumbles under the scoop which balanced the sour taste. The single scoop was topped with juicy berries. Overall the food was not bad but the serving was too much for 2 females and we could not finish them. We were full after having the pasta dishes. Audrey had the roasted chicken take-away as she could not eat anymore. I felt that the standard of the pasta dishes had dropped alot when compared to my previous visit. As the restaurant was crowded, it was very difficult to get the attention of the staffs available. Water was not refilled until we were able to get the attention of the staffs to do so.
Complimentary bread was awesome.
Carbonara was good - had a really good smoky flavour. Not too creamy. Big portions.
Panna Cotta - not fantastic, too big, unrefined, lacked flavour, too little berries & sauce.
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Prego is one of Singapore’s favourite Italian restaurants that offer diners an authentic Italian family style dining experience. Chef de Cuisine Antonio Facchinetti presents 40 of his all-time favourite dishes (Unlimited Ala Carte Order ) in addition to an impressive and wide buffet spread of the freshest seafood, authentic Italian antipasti and desserts.
Some things for the chef to take note: We tried all their 3 types of fish dishes in their Top 40 menu. Nothing wrong with the food, just that the meat of the fish were a tad not tender enough we felt; and a little bland for our tastes.. Their Tiramisu was very good during the first round with appropriate espresso "punch", generous cocoa powder, soft and creamy texture. But when they replenished it with the second Tiramisu, it was not as good as the first one and the cocoa powder was much lesser... a little lacking in consistency here...
Overall Impression: It depends on which staff serving you, some were infectiously cheery while a few were without any smile. We were initially served by a male staff who looked lethargic but luckily we were served by a very efficient young female staff throughout the remainder of our meal there.
We were really overwhelmed by the huge place and the huge food selection here, with many antipasti, tasty salad, ala-carte pasta and so many other main dishes to choose from.
The live music performance + homely ambience and the food really made a very enjoyable Sunday Lunch for our dining experience here. Do give it a try if you're craving for some authentic Italian cuisine, soothing live band, in a lively setting!