Prego (The Westin Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:

YUMMRAJ was awed by this splendid Sunday buffet ……….. One of the best in Delhi NCR, that has some fab veggie options in addition to a wide non veg spread.

A view of the buffet counter
A view of the buffet counter

Address & other details:  Prego

Meal for 2: Rs. 4000 onwards (Rs. 2000 per person buffet)

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description – in case u r in a hurry:

As we walked into the restaurant in a Sunday afternoon, we were told that it is a ‘no a la carte’ day and we have no option but to have buffet. We r usually not buffet fans and hence got disappointed. Thank god we were hungry and hence decided not to leave the restaurant and rather decided to stay back and try the spectacular buffet. A server took us around the spread and explained the options available.

Inside the dining hall - seating and wall decorations
Inside the dining hall – seating and wall decorations

Sometimes democracy is not that enjoyable. I said make me a salad that is special to this restaurant. Answer , ‘sir what shud I add?’ We asked that being Italian restaurant, do they serve laced coffee. Guy did not know. We explained the same. The guy asked ‘what alcohol do I serve with coffee’ !!!!!! At times it feels great to go to a top end restaurant (specially on a leisure dining) and have what the chef is proud to serve. That way I think one gets the best. Else, if I have to decide, I cud have made that at home my way anyway……The guys here did not seem to understand this……… With the exception of the guy who impressed me way beyond expectation – the one and only – the Italian master chef.

Different raw items kept in teh buffet, ready to b grilled
Different raw items kept in teh buffet, ready to b grilled

When he asked us what we want, we said ‘ we eat everything. Pls make us whatever u make best. Whatever is authentic, the way u have it at ur home in Italy.’ And I explained him the logic mentioned in the paragraph above. He said ‘that sounds like a cool logic and he made us the two dishes that we will remember for long……….. Super enjoyed the interaction with the chef , the chat and of course the food. In addition to being an amazing culinary artist, he was also an amazing person ( my perception from the little interaction I had with him).

An array of jars near the entrance
An array of jars near the entrance

And how did we stumble upon the chef – OverHeard chef ask the guys to b at the counter for salad and pastas . It was constantly empty. So one occasion we were hovering around the pasta station and  chef came and asked us what we wanted. We said pasta made by u in whatever way u like. He used gnocchi and maida rolls to make the pasta in front of us while explaining . We said feel free to add anything. We eat all.

Cold cuts
Cold cuts

We Asked for fresh juice. I was told that 5 star restaurant does not hv fresh juice. Italians do not drink fresh juice? I thought most people around the world hv it. They cud hv served that from other restaurant also . A lot later people in our next table were served juice. Then someone came up to us and finally served us fresh orange juice.

 

caramelised apple and rosemary cake
caramelised apple and rosemary cake

The serving staff were very nice in behaviour, had the basics of service right but were not the level that is expected out of seasoned servers at 5 star hotels. A lot more training is needed.

 

A view of the outside , while sitting in teh restaurant
A view of the outside , while sitting in teh restaurant

In china, everyone has a Chinese name that is given by their parents and then they give themselves an English name when they join college. I was reminded if that when I saw all servers having Italian name written on a badge on their chest.

 

Seating inside
Seating inside

Each and every item on the long menu was made with a lot of attention. They were different and had something to talk about. I have had very few such good buffets.

 

oreo chocolate cake
oreo chocolate cake

The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the courtyard of the hotel. Ambience was casual , smart modern wooden look, display if food was very good.

 

grilled lamb
grilled lamb

Food was excellent. Great options for vegetArians. Some of the food was so good that it was ‘star agonistic’. By star agnostic I mean if lamb is the ‘star’ of the dish, the overall taste and flavor wud depend on the sauces, broth and overall taste of the dish etc rather than just on the meat pieces.

 

Detailed description – in case u have the time to njoy reading:

We started our 3 hour long lunch with Calamari broccoli soup. It was a simple broth, thick and excellent on its own.  calamari added flavor to the soup and taste of calamari was good as well. Calamari was less chewy than most other places. Really loved this soup and rate it 4.5/5

Calamari broccoli soup
Calamari broccoli soup

At the buffet we started with Poached sea bass. Full sea bass fish was kept at the counter and one had to take out chunks of fish from it. The taste was not at all flat, like basa served in most places. Flavorful fish with good enjoyable flavor of fish. Mild good taste. Flaky soft fish. Rate it 4/5.

 

Poached sea bass
Poached sea bass

Roast Lamb leg – this was also a full leg of goat displayed on the counter. The server was helping customers to take slices off the big piece of meat.

 

Roast Lamb leg
Roast Lamb leg

The meat had a crispy upper layer and a soft inside, mildly fibrous inside, fat chunks in the meat were super soft. Overall the meta was flavorful and enjoyable. Subtle flavor of aromatic herbs were there in every bite. We really loved this one. Rate it 4.25/5

 

Roast Lamb leg
Roast Lamb leg

Sautéed green beans with garlic and cashew. Crunchy to the core, perfectly seasoned , bit burnt at the edges.  This veggie disb was competing well with the non veg food. Excellent. I rate it 4.5/5 . It takes massive calibre to convert green beans to such a YUMM dish.

 

sauteed green beans
sauteed green beans

Mushroom salad had nice round mushrooms, very thinly sliced spring onion plant, red pepper. Excellent again. Aromatic herbs gave flavor . The spring onions sprung up the taste and flavor by miles . Rate it 4.25/5.

 

Mushroom salad
Mushroom salad

Sea bass salad with fennel and orange. Fried fish chunks with fennel and orange. Orange segments had mild salt added to it which went well with its intrinsic sweetness and sourness .  Loved munching on the fennel.

 

Sea bass salad
Sea bass salad

The fish was like plain fried fish that bongs have maach bhaja. With skin. Super flavor and taste. Rate this dish 4.5/5.

Melon with Parma ham. Melon gave a good relief to the meat heavy diet. Juicy and nice melon. Parma ham was excellent. Rate it 4.5/5

 

Melon with Parma ham
Melon with Parma ham

Coppa with pineapple. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5.

Coppa with pineapple
Coppa with pineapple

Chorizo full of fat and overflowing with flavours but bit the oversalted overstrung types. Loved the small crispy fries with the chorizo. Rate it 4.25/5.

choritzo
choritzo

pepelonata – Mixed veggies. Not at all tomatoee inspite if being densely populated with tomatoes. Most veggies were crunchy. Simple dish but very tasty. Rate it 4.25/5.

pepelonata
pepelonata

 

Broccoli    Crunchy broccoli flavours of good cheese. Perfect seasoning. Loved it. Rate it 4.25/5

 

brocolli
brocolli

Shrimp cocktail was one of the best I have had in a while. Outstanding texture of shrimp. Soft, non chewy, bursting out with flavours. The bread crumbs were just too good and so were the tiny veggie cubes that were marinated in sauces. Rate it 4.75/5.

 

shrimp cocktail
shrimp cocktail

Red cabbage and onions bruschetta. Onion and red cabbage on a toast. Super loved it. Crunchy toast and crunchy onions and cabbages with juicy sauce at the top. Rate it 4.5/5.

 

Red cabbage and onions bruschetta
Red cabbage and onions bruschetta

Bruschetta with tomatoes. Tomatoes , herbs, onion plant and leaf on a toast.  Loved this again. Rate it 4/5.

 

Bruschetta with tomatoes
Bruschetta with tomatoes

Bruschetta with egg plant – Aubergines and cheese on a toast. Superb again. Rate it 4.5/5

 

Bruschetta with egg plant
Bruschetta with egg plant

Beef and bell pepper salad. This one was Good but was way behind what I am going to describe next. Rate it 3.5/5

 

Beef and bell pepper salad
Beef and bell pepper salad

Tenderloin carpaccio – with baby tomatoes and thin sliced cheese. Excellent. Rate it 4.5/5

 

Tenderloin carpaccio
Tenderloin carpaccio

Grilled aubergines. Loved that. Perfect seasoning, perfect flavor. Good aubergine used. Almost no seeds. Rate it 4.25/5

Grilled aubergines
Grilled aubergines

Tomato mozzarella salad – poached Tomato and mozzarella cheese chunks. Soft and flavorful cheese, a bit of crushed herbs and tomatoes. Very good. Rate it 4/5.

 

Tomato mozzarella salad
Tomato mozzarella salad

Spinzomonio – Raw veggie strips on a dip, served in a shot glass. Chef told us he likes munching in these personally and hence he had included this in the menu. This, he said, was something commonly eaten at his place. Really nice munching on this simple yet nice dish.  Rate it 4.25/5.

 

Spinzomonio
Spinzomonio

Calamari with potato salad was good. Mild flavours and good yo taste. Calamari was soft and as less Chewy as possible. Rate it 3.5/5

 

Calamari with potato salad
Calamari with potato salad

Pasta Agnolotti was made by chef as per his choice. He used gnocchi and maida to make rolls. He cut those into pieces, made pasta out of them by using a pesto made by him.

Chef preparing pasta from scratch.
Chef preparing pasta from scratch.

Super duper good. Way beyond words. The pasta was super soft, wildly tasty, was aromatic and was one of the best things that we experienced on our plate this month. The shrimps in the pasta were of the best evr texture – not rubbery, not chewy, retail end full flavours, soft and njoyable.

Pasta Agnolotti
Pasta Agnolotti

When chef came back to ask for feedback, I refused to speak. Instead I stood up and clapped – standing ovation. The shy guy in him smiled and quickly went back to kitchen….. Rate it 4.95/5.

chef creating pasta from scratch
chef creating pasta from scratch

The chef also made some ravioli for us. That was made with minced chicken. Marvellous again. Rate it 4.75/5.

 

ravioli
ravioli

After this we went for grilled meats.

Lamb was as soft as gnocchi / paneer!!! It had immense flavours and robust taste. I am salivating as I write about it again. Rate it 4.95/5

 

Lamb
Lamb

Tenderloin was soft and juicy, medium rare. Perfect texture. Super flavours. Just too good. Rate it 4.75/5.

 

Grilled tenderloin
Grilled tenderloin

Calamari grill was a bit brittle as expected. However it was made as good as possible. It had burnt edges and good taste.  One of the best tasty calamari I have had in a while. Rate it 4.25/5.

 

grilled calamari
grilled calamari

Fish grill was very good. It was flaky, soft, juicy and charred at the ends. Fully enjoyable. Rate it 4.5/5

 

Fish grill
Fish grill

Chicken grill was thin strips of chicken meat. It was relatively harder than the rest of the grills but soft otherwise. It had good taste and nice flavours. Rate it 4/5.

 

Chicken grill
Chicken grill

Super loved the Prawn grill. Very soft, non chewy, non rubbery, full of flavor prawns with slightly charred ends. Rate it 4.5/5.

 

prawn grill
prawn grill

Desserts were very good as well. The chef said he did not make these and there was a common chef in charge for desserts across all Restaurants in the hotel.

There were a Variety of sauces with real fruit chunks in them – to b poured .

 

fruity sauces with fruit chunks in them
fruity sauces with fruit chunks in them

Hazelnut Oreo chocolate bar had coarsely ground Oreo atop and a rich dark chocolate base. Superb. Rate it 4.5/5

 

Hazelnut Oreo chocolate bar
Hazelnut Oreo chocolate bar

Berry and Mascarpone cake. Another very good one. I have had better mascarpone cake but this one was very good as well. Berries were enjoyable. Rate it 4/5.

 

Berry and Mascarpone cake
Berry and Mascarpone cake

Lemon tart was very good but the one a L opera is much better. Rate the one at prego 4/5

 

Lemon tart
Lemon tart

Caramelised apple and rosemary cake was really nice with strong flavours of both apple and rosemary. Rate it 4.5/5

 

Caramelised apple and rosemary cake
Caramelised apple and rosemary cake

Plum crumble cake was coarse, soft and a bit moist. There were plum chunks in it. We enjoyed this with the sauces having fruit chunks in them. Rate it 4/5.

 

Plum crumble cake
Plum crumble cake

Kiwi tart was very good but not outstanding. Rate it 3.5/5

 

Kiwi tart
Kiwi tart

Ended the afternoon with a super Double shot espresso.

 

double shot espresso
double shot espresso

Honestly I do not remember going to such an elaborate buffet and have everything so good. This was an experience in itself.

Overall rating averages out to 4.3/5.

Impressed beyond expectation. Period.

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3 comments

  1. Incredible! The food, the pics and the review!
    You’ve captured the textures, the vibrant colors and, with your descriptions, the aromas too!

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