Prego @ Swissotel 2
Back at Prego's for seconds after the brunch that left sweet memories.
The hateful "min order of one dish per person" rule is making its rounds to many places now. PS Cafe and The Cheesecake Cafe warmly snug with such policies.
Min orders, pay for your water...
I wonder what other policies dining establishments have up their sleeves next...?
Prego's another of those bread places that I adore, loved the bread roulade they serve each table with. Warm and toasty, chewy doughy great stuff!
Baby Spinach Salad with Corn, Asiago Cheese DOP, Boiled Egg, White Cannellini Beans, Red Onion and Honey Mustard Dressing ($20)
I liked how the spinach leaves were not overly raw in taste, the hearty combination of kernels, beans and veggies made this refreshing.
Traditional Bread and Tomato Salad with Ricotta Salata Cheese, oven roasted with Olives and Marinated Anchovies ($18)
Soggy bread with baby cherry tomatoes and cheese that was barely discernible. Unfortunately, I found the marinated anchovies too sour. More pleasing to look eat than taste.
Grilled Eggplant layered with Mozzarella, Parmesan, Tomato Sauce and Basil ($23)
I'm a self confessed fan of eggplant, this dish turned out quite mushy for the others..but I found delight in it.
Spaghetti with Clams, Garlic, Parsley and White Wine Sauce ($25)
Ribbons of pasta made extra tasty with clams!
Linguine with Garlic, Olive oil, Chilli and Breadcrumbs ($22)
I say, it's as boring as it sounds.
Calzone with Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese, Garlic Spinach ($27)
Nothing to shout about with bland ingredients and a thick crust.
Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, Parma Ham, Rocket Salad and Parmesan Shavings
Of the two Prego signatures, this was more palatable with stronger players like parma ham and parmesan shavings. A pity that by the time these were served, they were not piping hot anymore. The chewy crust for both was enjoyable though.
Disappointed that this was far from the scrummylicious ones I had at the Brunch.
Porcini Mushroom, Bacon, Seamorza Cheese and Truffle Oil
Bland. For once, truffle oil was visible but not detected by the nose. Nary the overpowering fragrance that truffle oil exudes.
Fine Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit Custard, Cocoa Crunch and Giandua Biscuit ($15)
The chocolate addicts frowned upon the fruit custard that made this bitter, sweet and sour. The cocoa crunch was delish though.
Crispy Cannoli filled with Orange Ivory Cream and Citrus Zest, Lemon Mascarpone Gelato and Berry Compote ($15)
Crispy was certainly an understatement, felt it was crumbly so. The flavours did not blend in harmony as desired.
Two portions later, I concur its one of Prego's best desserts.
Overdusted with coffee powder that choked me in my quick bid to taste. Otherwise, loving the smooth mascarpone cheese and coffee soaked sponge.
Neapolitan Traditional Dessert Livened Cake Inzuppato of Sweet Rum, served with Orange-flavoured Gelato and Light Sciroppo ($15)
Coarse cake heavily infused with Rum and Raisins. Did not mind the orange gelato till the ice crystals appeared.
Kahlua-flavoured Icecream with Chocolate Cookies, Caramel and Vanilla Sauce ($15)
Reminiscent of NYDC's mudpie in its heydays, it's one towering dessert that got the table's loudest cheers, literally "wows" were heard muttered. Potency at its best though a tad bitter, the chocolate cookies crunchy and lovely sinful partnering of caramel and vanilla sauce. A personal favourite!
3 scoop Icecream ($13) Lemon Mascarpone, Raspberry & Strawberry Sherbet, Lemon & Lime Sherbet
I wonder why it was ordered when most of the desserts came with icecream or sherbet. I attribute this to the art of amnesia after closing the menu, especially when the description runs longer than 3 words. Case to prove, nobody ever forgets what goes into Tiramisu or Sticky Date Pudding?
Anyhow, apart from the vibrant colours, most part of the time this was sent almost untouched after the first spoonful.
Vanilla and Strawberry Ice-cream dessert with Frozen Jelly ($15)
Pretty to look at though it really tasted like icecream with a sponge base.
The complimentary pralines that brought big smiles throughout the table.
Few dishes truly deserve the "Prego signature" tag though they are really not half as bad. I expected way more given the outstanding Sunday Brunch. Prego's is one of those places that scores during the buffet and somehow did not outshine in its ala carte options.
Service was thankfully prompt and acceptable.
Do I feel compelled to return? Maybe just for the Kahlua icecream!