PREGO’S – Italian Restaurant
Prego’s is an Italian restaurant already distinguishing it from most of the city’s other Italian eateries. After hearing so much about it, we were so glad to be invited over dinner at this venue by Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi. The location is a winner of course with a schematic and welcoming interior that features a uniquely stylish and contemporary design with great use of light, mosaic tiles, open kitchens and natural colors. The terrace overlooks the beautiful beach and garden of the hotel plus unprecedented views of AlReem Island. The outdoor seating is a great option when weather permits.
Chef Andrea and his team loved to delight us with a little touch of Italy in their selection of authentic dishes and ingredients with grand flavors in truly inspirational dishes with perfection. The place undoubtedly presented excellent food and warm service via their friendly staff. They have nice dessert selection to complement the experience. The Carpaccio of beef tenderloin was as fresh as it can get. The quantity of meat could actually get a bit more as the rocket salad taste was empowering and parmesan, white truffle oil was combining to take away the carpaccio essence. Bread stick presentation was lovely.
Buffalo mozzarella arrived and was displayed in different cuts than the usual classic thinly sliced setting. It was topped with taggiasca olives, basil pesto. While I was not fully satisfied with the accuracy and was missing on the artistry presentation of traditional cuts of heirloom tomatoes; the very professional head waitress, Nilar Htun humbly presented us with burrata sitting over the bed of rocket salad and datterini tomatoes drizzled with balsamic reduction. Their burrata was fresh and creamy, and salad mix was well seasoned. Highly recommended!
This is an example of well-trained staff and their ethics to know that the customer is always right, though I did not even complained she figured my urge for perfection, and before I know we got presented with another great surprise. Arancini was a great vegetarian option with rice croquette with mushrooms, peas, parmesan cheese, tomato sauce. Another likeable option for vegetarian is Insalata di Pollo (with no meat option). The one we tried was regular with mesclun salad, cherry tomatoes, corn, olives, hard boiled egg and marinated chicken breast.
If you’re craving something warm for the soul, then risotto ai Funghi is your go to option. With porcini and button mushrooms this dish was beautifully completed with pecorino cheese. Truffle oil drizzled over the top was of superb quality and perfectly complemented the dish.
Pizza Campana with tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and basil was baked in a traditional wood-fired oven. Another kid’s favorite dish was fresh tagliatelle. It was delicious with chicken & mushroom in Alfredo sauce. Pasta was freshly made as they prepare it on a daily basis. In main we tried roasted baby chicken which was designed with care and exploding with aroma when it was presented by Chef himself on our table. The chicken marinated was stuffed with sautéed potatoes, mushrooms, garden salad, garlic butter sauce. It was so tasty and filling. Last epic main we tried was Australian prime beef tenderloin with veal jus, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables. It was tender and cooked to perfection. We finished off with yummy warm chocolate fondant.
Prego’s is an ideal and engaging restaurant which is indeed a home to our Italian cravings from here onward. We thoroughly loved the lively, accessible and friendly atmosphere and did not get bored throughout the dinner. Service was friendly and attentive. Plates from the kitchen to our table arrived with a taste of humbleness full of flavor, we can’t thank enough for your hospitality and sweet treat for our Anniversary too. Thank you F&B Team at Restaurants at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi