Prego's - Media Rotana, Dubai
As I walk into Prego's at Media Rotana, I am greeted with a big smile by the hostess and shown to my table. The first feeling that washes over me is how warm Prego's is. This warmth runs deeper than the friendly hostess. It is the decor. Light wood floors and wood paneled walls ensconce the restaurant in warmth. Light shades create soft yellow light. A red motif runs throughout the restaurant in light shades, sofas and seats. Finally, the dimmed lights, if there is any doubt in anyone's mind, drive home an overwhelmingly cosy feeling, notwithstanding that the restaurant seats around 120 diners.
|Dumith in the open kitchen.|
|An excellent Cava to get the evening going.|
|Selection of cold cuts.|
|My burrata and cold cut starter.|
My waitress for the night does a sparkling job. Her ability to read my body language is worth noting and from a distance she is able to engage me. Perfect - proof that engagement does not mean stopping by a guest's table with those inane, "How is everything?" questions. But it is not just her. I notice some of the other staff on duty pretty much showing that they posses that balance between engaging and withdrawing.
|The wine that accompanied my tenderloin.|
|A tenderloin with complexities of flavour on the plate.|
|Beautiful tears visible in this Cognac.|
For dessert I request the hazelnut foam with milk flavoured ice cream, caramelized figs and soft biscuits. While their tiramisu is a classic, tonight is all about me broadening my experience. The bar man pairs it with a Hennessy VSOP. When the dessert is served, I do a double take because it looks just like mousse. I expected it to be much lighter, foamy. Somewhat unsatisfied, I order the lava cake. It is served with lemon sorbet on the side and berry coulis. I forego the sorbet and enjoy the lava cake. The inner part is rich and creamy, not too sweet but I have it with the coulis. Sour. Nice.
Prego's is a restaurant with a very comfortable and relaxed feel, serving a variety of classic Italian dishes. A superb selection of coldcuts, a wine list that features 22-by-the-glass options, very good service and a passionate manager make for a wonderful dining experience.
The low down
Media Rotana, Dubai
+971 4 435 0000
Starters 55-103 Dhs
Pizza 75-99 Dhs
Pasta 90-115 Dhs
Other mains 120-230
Dessert 12-60 Dhs