It’s been awhile since we paid a visit to Prego, the Italian restaurant at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. Famous for its pizzas and pastas — two of our favourite things — we were excited to see what Prego had to offer for Valentine’s. Take a look at some of the dishes we sampled, to see if it’s something you and your loved one would like to savour together for Valentine’s this year.

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There’s a relaxed, casual vibe in Prego that’s not stuffy in the least.

Walking up the steps to the intimate private dining area where the semi-buffet was set, the comforting scent of pizzas baking in a wood fire oven enveloped us and set up a rather cozy atmosphere. Our table was beautifully set with the addition of rose petals for a romantic touch — it is for Valentine’s after all.

valentines - prego at the westin kl
The antipasto buffet corner features a good variety of Italian-geared salads and some fresh seafood on ice.

The semi-buffet features an antipasto corner with delectable Italian appetisers. There’s a variety of salads, charcuterie and fresh seafood on ice — oysters, tiger prawns, flower crabs, blue mussels and Japanese half-shelled scallops. Among the selection, we really liked the beetroot salad with arugula, goat cheese and lemon dressing; char-grilled asparagus, grated pecorino and porcini mushroom emulsion; and roasted pumpkin and risoni salad, feta cheese and balsamic reduction. Other dishes being featured included a seared tuna Venetian style; slow cooked chicken supreme with salsa tonnata and Sicilian capers berries and black Angus beef carpaccio. See the full menu here.

The first course was a rich, decadent lobster bisque with a lobster ravioli, sea urchin roe, crustacean veloute and truffle foam. Pairing it with the restaurant’s freshly-made bread, we were cautious to not overdo it in fear of not having enough capacity for the rest of the dishes. The main course was served as a platter to be shared. It consisted of a lovely herbed, parmesan-crusted black Angus tenderloin; wild mushroom pithivier, zucchini flower, natural jus; seared cod fish, cherry tomato and fregola salsa and grilled jumbo asparagus with preserved lemon aioli.

valentines - prego - main course
Sharing is always nice when it’s with somebody you love, right?

The tenderloin was divine, just the right amount of tenderness and chewiness. Being fans of the ‘surf and turf’ styled dish, we also savoured the seared cod fish with much enjoyment. The wild mushroom pithivier provided a burst of earthy flavours, perfectly soaked up by the pastry bits. Before you scoff at the serving size, we found it was perfect, keeping in mind that you’ll be tempted to go back to the antipasto corner for more.

Dessert was a medley of Manjari chocolate emulsion, chocolate ravioli and caramelised banana passion vanilla curd with some honey comb ice cream. Our favourite was the honey comb ice cream, hands down. We loved the little bits of crunchy and sticky honey comb — like candy, but healthier (or so we like to think). The chocolate ravioli was something unexpected, and had an interesting texture. All in all, we’d say this ‘Head Over Heels’ Valentine’s semi-buffet dinner at Prego is definitely worth a try. Go for the comfortable, non-stuffy atmosphere and good antipasto buffet corner, and enjoy the other courses with a glass of wine or two if you’d like.

This dinner is priced at RM168 nett per person for food only. Wine and other beverages are available to order. The hotel also has several other restaurants. To see the other Valentine’s Day promotions at The Westin Kuala Lumpur, click here.

Prego, Ground and Upper Ground level, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 99 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2773 8338