The previous time I dined at Prego was more than a year ago. A lot of things have changed now. The Chef has changed, the menu has changed, the plates have changed, and the concept has somewhat changed too.
Prego is a casual dining restaurant. The serving portions weren’t small, the plate wasn’t nicely decorated, and the ambiance had a homely touch to it. The only thing that wasn’t too casual was the price, which was on the high side. But coming from a hotel’s restaurant, the price was understandable.
I liked the options given in the set menu so I took the set dinner. My dining partner decided to go Ala Carte.
Their free bread was really good!
I think the bread spread was ricotta/cream cheese with olive pesto.
Despite how messy it looks, it was delicious. As I mentioned, they changed their concept. In the past, the bread wasn’t a whole bagel but just slices from a loaf, and the dip was just olive oil and vinegar. I liked this new change.
Prosciutto de Parma – $16
The parma ham was good! Though a bit salty, it was inevitable as it’s cured. It didn’t have the fishy smell. I experienced fishy smelling parma ham at Pasta Fresca (boat quay) where ham tasted like it had expired.
This salasa like thing was sour. It complimented the salty parma ham well.
Traditional Baked Beef Lasagna Bolognese – $29
The lasagna looks very unphotogenic here. The only complaint about this was that there was a lack of cheese. Otherwise, it was tasty. I love the tomato sauce.
Rocket fennel salad
Rocket leaves with shaved parmesan, chopped almonds and olive oil.
This was exactly the sort of salad I always loved! I love rocket leaves. I love parmesan. I love almonds.
Mortadella Mushrooms Ravioli in Cream Sauce
There were really only 5 pieces of ravioli for this course. The mushroom filling was minced up and tasted like tuna. I always liked stuffed pasta after trying Spinach Tortellini so I kind of like this.
Cod Fish with Roasted Tomatoes & Lemon Capers Sauce
This had got to be one of the best cod I’ve ever had! The cod was juicy, oily (cod is an oily fish so it should be oily) and soft. I guess this was pan seared or grilled. The searing/ grilling made the skin slightly crispy on the sides, which was perfect.
The tomatoes on the vine were as delicious as it looks. The juice explodes in my mouth and it was so flavourful. I always loved roasted tomatoes but this has got to be one of the better ones. There really is a difference between normal tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine.
Unfortunately, I don’t think they serve this dish all the time. On their ala carte menu, it states that the fish of the day changes daily.
Their tiramisu was one of the better ones around. Although I would prefer a thicker bread layer, the mascaporne layer was very tasty so it’s ok to have more mascaporne. I liked how it wasn’t soft and messy but could stand on its own after digging into it. The bread layer was saturated with alcohol. The crispy thing on top was probably shortbread crumbs and it complimented the tofu-soft tiramisu well. The chocolate sauce just made it even better.
The total bill for 2 was $58.85, after a 50% discount with Feed at Raffles.
Value: 8/10 (with Feed at Raffles)
Overall: I feel that the food quality has improved with the new Chef Samuele. I liked what I had tonight. For an authentic casual Italian meal, this is a place to consider. It helps if you hold the Feed at Raffles Card, otherwise for the original price this isn’t the best value you can get as you could get a fine dining meal with that price paid.
Tel: 6431 6156
Open Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Parking available at Raffles City Shopping Centre
Monday – Friday
8am to 5pm: S$2 for first hour
S$0.50 for subsequent 15 minutes
5pm to 8am (the next day):
S$2.50 per entry per day
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
8am to 8am (the next day):
S$2 for first 2 hours
S$0.30 for subsequent 15 minutes
Bus stop located at Bras Basah Road
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City Hall MRT interchange station (EW13/NS25) along the East West Line/North South Line.