Restaurant Review: Prego, Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai

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Prego, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai, provides one of the best Italian food experiences in Mumbai. People return here often because of the quality and variety of Italian food served. Many of the meats and other authentic ingredients are procured right from Italy.

 

Prego in Italian means, “You are welcome!” And one really feels so, the moment one steps into the classy Italian fine-dining restaurant called Prego in Westin Mumbai Garden City Hotel, Goregaon. The Executive Chef of Westin Mumbai, Masterchef Ajay Chopra, and the newly appointed Italian Chef Fabio have made no stone unturned to make sure that their guests have the most pleasant and unforgettable Italian dining experience in Mumbai.

 

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Left: Chef Fabio. Right: Executive Chef Ajay Chopra.

 

Chef Fabio, who worked in Milan before joining Westin Mumbai, is soon going to introduce some of his signature dishes in the Prego menu (including a savoury onion cake with blue cheese sauce!), which only means that dining at Prego will become much more exciting for a food connoisseur like you, who wants nothing but dining at its best!

 

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Food talk with the celebrity chef and great mocktails made our day! The mocktail had an interesting combo of orange juice, mint, basil, honey and fennel seeds. The serving staff told us that the mocktail has medicinal properties and is inspired by the flavours of pesto.

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The luxurious and comfortable ambience in Prego, with occasional splashes of colour here and there, is one of the things AN and I really liked. The atmosphere is casual, so fine dining is also “fun-dining” here! The elegant table setting is very impressive and unusual: note the orange napkins folded in a special way and the contrasting bright blue glassware in the picture. As the Masterchef pointed out, almost everything on the table is a little slanted, be it the menu card or the arrangement of cutlery. The indoor as well as the al fresco seating are spacious.

 

The calm al fresco seating at Prego, Westin, Mumbai.

The calm al fresco seating at Prego, Westin, Mumbai.

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The wine collection.

 

At one corner, their wine collection is displayed beautifully, whereas at the other corner, there are choicest cigars encased for the patrons. They also have a few cheese varieties on display.

 

Have a look at the cigar selection.

Have a look at the cigar selection.

 

When we saw the menu, we were impressed by the spread of antipastis itself! We ordered Carpaccio di Manzo, which had circles of beef tenderloin, topped with button and porcini mushrooms, balsamic-tossed fresh arugula leaves, parmesan shavings and sun-dried tomatoes.

 

Carpaccio di Manzo.

Carpaccio di Manzo.

 

The beef carpacchio was flavourful, moist and just perfect with those toppings, along with a grind of black pepper. The well-informed serving staff also suggested that we try the vegetarian and chicken fritti, with salsa tartar. The fritti tasted great, as it was tender and juicy from inside, and crisp and grease-free from outside. For the vegetarian foodies, they have antipastis like Insalta Caprese (buffalo mozzarella with tomato and basil), Insalta di Rucolae Formaggio di Capra (arugula, goat’s cheese, caramelized walnuts, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes and balsamic dressing) and Arancini Piccolini (mozzarella-cheese-stuffed, deep-fried tomato rice balls in spicy tomato sauce). Love gnocchi? Try their pan-seared semolina gnocchi with caponata vegetables. I’m sure, you’ll just love it! Love Foie Gras? Treat yourself with Fegato D’oca Saltato, served with orange reduction, tomato and basil chutney and a delicious, warm brioche.

 

Do try this country bread at Prego. They make it really well!

Do try this country bread at Prego. They make it really well!

 

Apart from the awesome Minestrone, I also love other aromatic Italian soups, especially the seafood ones: they are so comforting and full of flavours! We were served Zuppa alla Pescatore, an interesting tomato-based seafood soup made with shrimps, squids, green mussels (my favourite) and clams.

 

 

Zuppa alla Pescatore.

Zuppa alla Pescatore.

 

I particularly loved the flavours of fresh herbs and garlic in it. Every ingredient in the soup was complementing the other so well. And when you have a crusty garlic bread to sop it up, your day is made. Masterchef Ajay Chopra also introduced us with a special in-house rustic bread, which was just fabulous: crusty from outside and soft from inside. It was served with an amazing tomato-based dip and a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Yum! We recommend to also try the Zuppa di Funghi, a win-win combination of cream of mushrooms and truffle oil!

 

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Pizza Piccante (with chicken): to die for!

 

Next in was a wonderful wood-fired pizza, called Pizza Piccante, which had a great blistered crust and heavenly spicy roasted chicken topping, along with roasted red peppers, pizzaiolo sauce and mozzarella. Prego at Westin Mumbai Garden City has atleast 14 different kinds of pizzas itself! The prices range from around Rs 600 to almost Rs 3300.

 

Ribbons of handmade pasta. So beautiful!

Ribbons of handmade pasta. So beautiful!

 

The risottos and hand-crafted pastas are worth trying. They serve eggless pastas, but they do keep the ones with eggs. Most pastas are hand-made here, so that you as a guest get to eat the best pastas ever. Not only that, they have even procured gluten-free pastas. Gnocchi, lasagna, ravioli, tortellini, fagiotini: you name it and they have it! You must try the Lasagna al Forno here if you love beef and Linguine al Pesto if you are vegetarian.

 

Prego has an interesting wine list for both the casual diner and the serious wine connoisseur. The cocktails and mocktails were tailor-made for us, according to our liquor choices. The layered cocktail had triple sec, amaretto, white rum and dark rum. It was very interesting! The other cocktail was a blast of flavours: made with Mandarin oranges and rum, along with some mint.

Prego has an interesting wine list for both the casual diner and the serious wine connoisseur. The cocktails and mocktails were tailor-made for us, according to our liquor choices. The layered cocktail had triple sec, amaretto, white rum and dark rum. It was very interesting! The other cocktail was a blast of flavours: made with Mandarin oranges and rum, along with some mint.

 

There is a separate section dedicated to the “posh” dishes in Prego. We were suggested to try the Costolette di Agnello Alla, priced around Rs 3000. Oh My! This was one of the best lamb racks we ever had.

 

Four pieces of succulent lamb with beautiful presentation. We highly recommend this dish.

Four pieces
(one gone already!) of succulent lamb with beautiful presentation. We highly recommend this dish.

 

The meat was done to perfection and when I took a bite, the meat was melting in my mouth. I liked that pink blush when I cut through the meat. Presented beautifully, I just kept on staring at the dish for a few seconds. Served with a little thyme biscuit with goat cheese mousse, Costolette di Agnello Alla was presented perfectly with cute zucchini scoops, creamy mashed potatoes, lamb jus, olive tepanade, beetroot powder, black truffle and caramelized shallots. It was simply heaven!

 

Take my word: never miss the desserts at Prego. We loved both the desserts.

Take my word: never miss the desserts at Prego. We loved both the desserts.

 

Dessert rules! We made sure to save room for the famed, perfectly lightweight and melt-in-the-mouth Tiramisu and Zuccotto alla Cioccolata (Prego’s famous Mud Pie). The mud pie tasted great, with delicious, icecream inside. But for the tiramisu, it seemed to me like the chef has put his soul in making it taste out-of-the-world! We ate each spoon and appreciated the chef’s level of culinary sophistication.

 

The Prego kitchen is designed by Electrolux and boasts of premium Molteni stoves (interestingly, no two Molteni stoves in the world are the same!). Prego boasts of a uniquely custom-made kitchen, complete with modern Italian kitchen setup, and only very few restaurants in Mumbai have such a sophisticated, stylish, functional and interactive kitchen!

The Prego kitchen is designed by Electrolux and boasts of premium Molteni stoves (interestingly, no two Molteni stoves in the world are the same!). Prego boasts of a uniquely custom-made kitchen, complete with modern Italian kitchen setup, and only very few restaurants in Mumbai have such a sophisticated, stylish, functional and interactive kitchen!

 

It seems that each dish in Prego menu at Westin Mumbai carefully chosen. There are enough options for the vegetarian. You will be spoilt for the choice of meats here: be it beef, pork, chicken or lamb, they have it all! The setting is very quaint and relaxing, along with impeccable service. It was indeed a time well-spent and I loved the artfully plated and flavourful Italian dishes I had. The courses were properly spaced as well. Prego, Westin, is undoubtedly one of the best authentic Italian dining bets in Mumbai. Prego is a dining experience not to be missed!

 

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Which cheese is your favourite? Cheeses on display at Prego.

 

Thank you Stephanie D’Silva, Director of Sales and Marketing, for inviting me to review Prego’s Lunch Menu. Special thanks to Masterchef Ajay Chopra, Chef Fabio and the Restaurant Manager Sharoni Sharma, for making our lunchtime at Prego a memorable experience to cherish!

 

The Westin Mumbai Garden City,

International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City, Goregaon (East)

Mumbai – 400063, India

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