Monday, June 28, 2010

Prego Italian @ The Westin, Kuala Lumpur


Prego has upped its game, revamping its menu with thrilling recipes rarely found at KL's other Italian restaurants. We were bowled over by what we tried.


Wood-fired oven roasted figs with gorgonzola sauce. The whole figs were plump, juicy and nearly as sweet as peaches, while the cheese sauce added a savoriness that worked wonders.


Braised tripe with tomatoes, chili & pecorino. We're not typically fans of tripe, but the tangy tomatoes made it more than a mere mound of bland squishiness.


Salad of grilled ox tongue, gremolata & pecorino. The succulent, smoky tongue certainly beats out most beef recipes. All salads could use some meat in them.


Ravioli of roasted beetroot & ricotta with poppy seeds. Stuffed with creamy, mushy goodness. Also a nice change from the cliched meat/seafood/pumpkin stuffings for ravioli.


Bruschetta topped with San Marzano tomatoes, basil & garlic. Overflowing with toppings; if only all restaurants served bruschetta this way. Loved the tomatoes _ perfectly soft and ripe.


Potato gnocchi with basil pesto & cream of black cod. Oily, gooey comfort food; the pillowy gnocchi, combined with the not-too-fishy cream, scarcely required chewing.


Fish head braised with olives & tomatoes in Crazy Water (premium mineral water). Hearty salmon head, filled with chunky, tender flesh (and chewy, gelatinous eyes!).


Taleggio cheese risotto with rosemary-smoked trout & butter sauce. Sumptuously sinful. Amazingly, there's still more on the menu to beckon us back.


Click here for previous review of Prego (May 21).






Prego,
The Westin Kuala Lumpur.

32 comments:

  1. Fish head? How very Chinese of them. Haha. Sounds like it's about time for a revisit to this old favourite. It's been too long. Thanks for the heads up and have a good week ahead

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  2. OMG. If there is a reason to go there, it would be for the whole roasted figs. I guess the italian eateries are upping their ante with the appearance of some fierce competitors in town. Free Market economy rocks.

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  3. Wow, haven't seen figs in this part of the world, I don't recall. And that gnocchi dish is just luscious! But cream of black cod... would that taste somewhat like those icky cod liver oil Mom made us consume daily? :-S

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  4. Greetings,

    Firstly, please allow me to introduce myself as the Restaurant Manager of Prego.

    We wish to extend our sincere Thank You for the favourable feedback on your experience you encountered at Prego.

    Thank you very much for your honesty, which in return gives us an opportunity to identify or strengths to ensure Prego remains an unforgettable dining experience for our guests.
    We hope the experience has been a good one that will keep you coming back for more.

    We would be delighted to welcome you back to Prego.

    Please feel free to contact me at +603 2773 8013 or e-mail; .Naveentharan.Balakrishnan@westin.com.

    I look forward to meeting you soon.

    Thank you.

    Be well,

    naveen

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  5. qwazymonkey: ya, definitely my first time having fish head at an italian restaurant in malaysia ... but it worked! yup, sometimes we forget about these longtime outlets or take them for granted, since there are so many other choices these days...
    android: yeah, it's so hard to find figs on the menu at any restaurant, so i was pleasantly surprised when they served FOUR entire figs! yep, sometimes it feels like there's more quantity than quality when it comes to kl's italian restaurants, but things have certainly improved in the past year :D
    min: i'm rather curious now about whether fresh figs are available at local supermarkets (since i don't do grocery shopping). they'd make a great snack! heh, the cod cream tasted like cod fish that had been blended and whipped into mousse. thankfully, cod isn't terribly fishy-tasting in the first place :D
    naveen: no worries, this was an excellent meal, definitely one of my favorite italian dinners so far this year. will definitely return to prego for more.

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  6. Wow!! Even the restaurant manager personally commented on your blog :) I wonder why they never commented on mine... LOL!!!
    Anyway, guess that I went there before they actually revamped the menu... which was 2 months ago when I celebrated Jenn's birthday! Sigh.. missed out on these creative food

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  7. leo: ya, it was a surprise to see all this on the menu. come to think of it, all their restaurants serve quite creative cuisine now, including eest and qba. maybe that's their master plan :D

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  8. I knew Prego has been there for quite sometime but don't know why I have never thought of going. Hey you free tmr night? wanna join me & ciki for paella? buzz me at my email.

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  9. Eiling: ya, there r so many restaurants these days, it's easy to lose track! paella sounds terrific, but I can't tomorrow. err hopefully another time ya! Hope u gals have lotsa fun!

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  10. Looks like it's time to go Italian, again! :)

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  11. Lfb: again?! U've been doing Italian behind my back?! :P

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  12. Haha, I've done Italian all my life... it's hardly a secret, my friend. :P

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  13. Ya, I can vouch for Kenny. I've even seen his Italian.

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  14. lfb: pasta queen :P
    lemongrass: i wouldn't mind seeing photographic evidence :D

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  15. The photographic evidence reside somewhere in the depths of my blog. Go dig. Deeper. LOL

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  16. lfb: aiya, that's what providing links are for. after all, too much to dig through :P

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  17. Haha, links are too easy. No work, no mystery. :P

    P.S. You can always try bribing Lady Lemongrass. She knows, she does.

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  18. lfb: very little work necessary for someone of my investigative skills. ta-dah! http://lifeforbeginners.com/2001/10/sarah-shannon-and-shamrock/

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  19. LOL. Fail. The Italian's not in the pictures. The photographic evidence still eludes you, my friend. :P

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  20. lfb: ok then ... http://lifeforbeginners.com/2007/06/friends-come-a-visiting/

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  21. Better. Bingo, in fact. :)

    Don't they look lovely? Hee.

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  22. lfb: that would've been my first choice, but his, errmm, persuasion threw me off the scent :P

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  23. Oh my..u knw, after readin PA's tweet of Cilantro, i thot I wanna go there fr my b'day..
    then I saw this,. hmmm.. me thinks here more reasonable right?

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  24. tng: hmmm, it's a very good deal with a starwood card discount, but without one, the meal should still cost about two-thirds of a meal at cilantro...

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  25. Oh ok then. . must get my hands on a Starwood card...

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  26. tng: i have one (thanks to leo!) :D

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  27. Persuasion. Well, I'm known to be persuasive... ;)

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  28. Lfb: ahh with such great power comes great responsibility. Why do I get the feeling u abused yours :p

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  29. oo yummay! you've had me convinced again! :)

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  30. Augustdiners: hope u like it too if u try it :D

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  31. The roasted figs were great. We ordered it on your recommendation. And the potato gnocchi was good too - the flavours of the black cod wasn't overly fishy at all. Thank you for introducing them to us. As for wine, we enjoyed the Castello Banfi Sangiovese. Very yummy.

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  32. nha: really glad to hear u enjoyed the food! it's always a pleasure to spread the word about good places.

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