Prego @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur

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As a country makes up of multiracial communities of diverse culture, Malaysia celebrates a plethora of public holidays. We have nationwide holidays, statewide holidays, and heck, we even got a day off to celebrate Malaysia’s victory over Indonesia in the AFF-Suzuki Cup.

I’m not complaining here; how could anyone NOT love public holidays? First of all, there’s no work and I have absolutely no guilt over sleeping in until 11am! And slowly crawl out of my bed, get all dolled up and get my other half to bring me for a good lunch.
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During one of the many public holidays that we had last month, KampungBoy took me to Prego @ Westin. The rich and classy, elegant interior in Prego induces that relaxing feeling of comfort. We were seated downstairs, which features an open kitchen with a wood fired oven which added a lot to the authentic Italian atmosphere.
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Complimentary Bread with Homemade Tomato Dip
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Prego is also offering executive set lunch for RM38++ (2 course) or RM 48++ (3 course). We went for the ala carte menu instead as the choices of mains for the set lunch were limited.
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fichi biondi RM 36
wood-fired oven roasted figs with gorgonzola sauce
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If you are a fan of sweet-savory combination, then this is the dish for you. Roasting slightly caramelizes the figs, making it sweet and juicy. Drizzled with a savory Gorgonzola cream sauce, the little morsels were bursting with sweet & savory flavors with rich textures. However, some slices of the figs weren’t sweet enough which make us felt akward, because all we tasted was the salty, cheesy sauce.
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lasagnette di aragosta RM 61
pasta silk handkerchiefs, slipper lobster, leek confit, light bisque emulsion

True to its name, the silk handkerchiefs pasta was indeed smooth and silky. There was a generous amount of slipper lobster bits here and there. However, the bisque emulsion was way too salty, almost bitter in flavor. Although I think the saltiness tends to be present in the bisque but not necessarily so much.
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tibia brasata dell’agnello, risotto milanese RM 64
braised lamb shank, saffron risotto

The braisd lamb shank was tender but not to the extend of falling-off-the-bone tender. The chef on duty that day must be heavy handed when it comes to salt. The accompanied gravy was really salty too!
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Pistachio Gelato (RM 6.50)

It was quite good; smooth and creamy with chunks of pistachios throughout.

All in all, we though that our food was at best mediocre. We must have picked the wrong day – with a chef that is heavy-handed with the one particular seasoning! Or are we expecting too much from The BEST Italian Restaurant in TimeOut KL Food Award 2010? I’m always open to giving a place a second chance unless it was just a horrendous experience. Furthermore, reviews I read online has been nothing but rave reviews. So we’ll be back, before our Starwood Card expired.

Prego
Ground and Upper Ground
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
100 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 603 2773 8338
Email: westindining@westin.com

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  1. mimid3vils says:

    I only knew the dried pickled fig & never know the fresh one can cook like this :P

    Happy Belated V Day to u :)

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  2. revel in me says:

    Oooh, I’ve been to Prego before, but similar to your experience, it was kinda forgettable! The question I asked myself after my dinner was: WHERE IS MY RED CLOWN NOSE??? Hehe

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  3. samlee860407 says:

    whao, so bad eh?

    maybe you guys should complain….hmmm

    but i still love their bubbly brunch.

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  4. JD says:

    I was there once and thought that their Portobello are pretty good. The pasta on the other hand was a bit salty to my liking. However, I think it’s still a best place to go for Italian food.

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  6. eddikl says:

    The foods at Prego looks delicious, I must go there after seeing your review, thanks.

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  7. Jessica K. says:

    went there for dinner 2 days ago and one of the pastas we ordered was a tad salty. we talked to one of the waiters and they re-cook the dish for us. tasted good. :) but not sure if there’s any added extra ingredients. ^^;

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  8. venven81 says:

    i’m contemplating between Prego and Qba for my upcoming Valentine’s dinner with my wife. For Italian cuisine, I must recommend Favola @ Le Meridien as they serve “the best” Italian food in KL that I have sampled so far. Been there twice and I have unforgettable tasty delicious meals in these two occasions. I might just give it a try at Prego this time round so that I could make a comparison between these two :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi venven, we’ve only tried prego but we thought the food was nothing to shout about hehe. will definitely take up ur recommendatin and go for favola, heard good things about them!

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  9. Jamie says:

    I will go there tomorrow, heard about your blog from WT, very interesting and impressive!

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