Prego, housed in The Westin Kuala Lumpur is a multi-level Ristorante Italiano with a stone terrazza overlooking the vibrant Bintang Walk. Dining in Prego promises to be an "Italian culture of laughter" with its rustic Italian cuisine.
Come Sunday and you will have an opportunity to experience Prego's famed and indulgent "Sunday Bubbly Brunch". Recently Prego welcomed the celebrated House of G.H. Mumm to its Sunday Bubbly Brunch as its star bubbly - to add more zest and lustre to its culinary offerings.
From nearly 200 years ago, G.H. Mumm champagne was the preferred drink of French kings and the royal families of Europe. It is still the leading brand in France and Italy and is definitely growing in popularity in Asia and more than 100 countries worldwide, with nearly 8 million bottles sold each year.
As the 3rd largest champagne producer in the world, G.H. Mumm offers champagnes with a sense of tradition and for all occasions, to be enjoyed on their own or with food, whether savoury or sweet with a rare balance between freshness and intensity. In this range, you will find the G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge, G.H. Mumm Demi-Sec, G.H. Mumm Rose, G.H. Mumm Grand Cru, G.H. Mumm Millesime, Mumm de Cramant and Cuvee R. Lalou.
You will be totally spoilt for choice with the vast selection of alcoholic beverages offered at Prego's Sunday Bubbly Brunch. Besides champagne, indulge free-flow of vodka such as Smirnoff, SKYY Vodka and Grey Goose, Italian prosecco - Prosecco Batasiolo Cascine 7, amongst other exclusive beverages.
With an open kitchen that houses a wood-fired pizza oven, pasta counter and rotisserie, you will be able to see the chefs at work and their theatrics, led by Chef David King - Westin Kuala Lumpur's Director of Kitchens.
You will be greeted by the formaggi arrangement at the entrance - a bounty of beautiful imported Italian cheese (tallegio, gorgonzola, asiago, pecorino, fontina, aged parmesan wheels among others), homemade breads and condiments...
The array of "casalinga" home-cooked items on display was mind-boggling, to say the least! Choose between potato salads, pasta salads with tuna confit, pumpkin/asparagus/radicchio/
octopus salads, scallop carpaccio, fritatta (italian omelette), caprese, tourte milanese, insalata ai quattro funghi (all kinds of mushroom salads) ... the list was endless ...
Oyster lovers will be mighty pleased with the selection of freshly-shucked oysters flown in from Donegal, Ireland - creamy, smooth-textured slippery oysters - perfect with the G.H. Mumm bubbly!
Besides oysters, other seafood on ice are Spring Bay black mussels and tiger prawns and various types of salmon... smoked, bake breaded, steam pickled and even honey-cured...
The chefs and service attendants come round to your table with trays of freshly-baked pizzas - I lost count of the variety they served that day! Sottobosco, quattro formaggi, margherita, pizzicosa, romazzino - honestly, I can't remember the rest!
I actually overheard one of the service crew speaking urgently into his walkie-talkie "there is no chef out here in the terrace - get a chef out here NOW!" That summed up their concept of "heightening the sense of interaction and generous hospitality" practised by Prego - a casual interplay between house and diner.
More pasta, ma'am?
Endless rounds of Prego's famed pasta - penne, fusili, farfalle, orecchiette, capellini served in different sauces (alfredo, arrabiatta, bolognese, napoletana, aglio olio, boscaiola etc!) came to the table, offered by the smiling crew...
Oh, did I mention that the champagne re-filling was endless too?
Main course selections were also served at our table... the menu varies from week to week. Special mention had to go to their Lamb Shank with rissotto, Short Ribs alla genovese and Red Wine braised Wagyu Beef Cheek with parmesan polenta - absolutely superb!
Ohh... don't ever pass over their famed Figs baked in gorgonzola cheese - it's something you can actually go gaga over!
Truth be told, I was truly too stuffed to have anything from their BBQ Grill... but if you love BBQ, go for it! Savour grilled yummies like whole lamb on the spit, lemon & rosemary chicken, roasted striploin, seafood like octopus, tiger prawns, squids and vegetables...
Desserts... on display: pastries, tarts, cheesecakes, sweet dumplings, mud pies, pralines, homemade icecream - these pictures merely showed a fraction of those!
Even if you are by now stuffed to the neck, you have to make room for the Soffiata di Cicoccolato... their famed Chocolate Souffle, which is made to order... served with a scoop of malt icecream, drowned in espresso coffee...
Do you know that bubblies can certainly make you all sweet and rosy and happy...:-))
The Sunday Bubbly Brunch is priced at RM268++ per person every Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm serving food and free-flow of G.H. Mumm champagne, Italianesque cocktails, selected wines, house pouring spirits and beer. For a non-alcoholic brunch, the price is RM168++ per person and RM84++ for children aged 4-12 years.
For reservations, please contact:
Westin Dining @ 03-2773-8338
or log onto westindining.com.my
Prego is located in:
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
*Many thanks to Marian Eu for the invitation & Westin KL for hosting this review!