Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur 

Words by Kristin Cosgrove
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

You probably know the story Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, where food falls from the sky like rain. Well, this story came to mind at Prego’s Bubbalicious Brunch this past weekend, though ours would more aptly have been named  “Hazy with a Flood of Champagne”.  

Regardless of the hazy conditions outside, Prego Bubbalicious brunch manages a fun, party atmosphere (still keeping it classy), due in no small part to a fun and eager staff, a never-ending flow of booze, and even live music provided during our visit by a male and female vocal duo.

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
The Calm Before the Storm

From the moment we arrive, we are surrounded by food, it beckons us from the huge antipasti buffet, it shows up table-side as chefs emerge from the kitchen, serving us personally from hot pans of risotto and pasta and pans of piping hot pizza. It even appears outside, as a grill on the patio is fired up for cuts of meat like chicken, lamb and steak, as well as grilled veggies.  

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Barbecue
Our experience begins before we even enter the restaurant, as sparkling soda in champagne glasses welcomes us at the hostess stand.

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Moet Chandon

In the bar area a colorful table of freshly cut fruit and melon catches my eye, but an impressive range of desserts quickly steals my attention. The real showcase is the long spread of authentic Italian antipasti dishes along the buffet counter lining the open kitchen. Handpicked cheeses and a tantalizing range of charcuterie are served with thin shavings of melon – my favorite! 

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Bar, Fruit and Cheese
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Dessert Buffet
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Selection of Appetisers
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Champagne and Cheese

A large array of fresh seafood makes a visual splash on a mound of ice. Oysters on the half shell, scallops, bright red crab claws and huge prawns are ready for the taking. 

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Fresh Seafood

Chef Vincenzo Sirna, who is from Sicily, has added his stamp to the menu with several specialties from his home region, including Grandmother’s Style Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce – a huge hit at our table. 

Vegetarians have plenty of options too, some of my favorites being the Beet Root Carpaccio with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese and the divine Eggplant bites layered with cheese.  

A special feature of the buffet includes the Prego Caesar Live Station, where my Caesar salad is freshly prepared to my liking, with a surprise. The flavor proportion is perfect, with a soft poached egg elegantly situated on the greens, alongside a small helping of whipped potatoes with just a hint of truffle oil. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat another Caesar again without it! 

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Caesar Salad Station

In the midst of enjoying our antipasti, Chef Vincenzo appears at our table with a pizza hot out of the oven, tempting us with the crispy, chewy crust and melty cheese. I indulged in a slice of pepperoni and have to stop myself from taking a second helping.  

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Pizza
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Chef Handing Around Hot Items
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Table Service

Several chefs make the rounds with delectable fare, hot pans with steaming risotto and freshly prepared pasta. Of particular note is the homemade Squid Ink Pasta, with a pleasant mild tang, and the Truffle Scented Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Parmesan. 

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Just a few of the Mains

Not to be neglectful of our duty to try everything, I dutifully make my way to the dessert bar, where candies await their fate as gelato toppings (at least six flavors were in the freezer case) and where the chocolates, panna cotta, cheesecake, cannoli and more call to me.  A generous helping of samples later, I realize I needn’t have bothered to get up at all, at our table is Chef Vincenzo offering up ramekins of Molten Lava Cake, hot out of the oven. Groans of pleasure and gorged stomachs emanate from around the room.  

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
A Sampling of Desserts
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Molten Lava Cake

By this time, patrons have grown more and more boisterous, perhaps signalling the perfect time to pull out the piece d’ resistance - the magnum bottle of Moet and a giant champagne glass with which to toast guests celebrating a birthday (Happy Birthday, Monica!). 

Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
The Take Over
Prego, Bubbalicious Brunch, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Last Call

Reason to visit: Elegant Sunday brunch with a party atmosphere, great for celebrating a special occasion, authentic Italian staples with Sicilian flare.

BUBBALICIOUS PACKAGES:
Food & Champagne package RM365 nett/person
Includes free flow of Moët and Chandon champagne, red wine, white wine, draught beer, soft drinks, chilled juices

Food & Beverage packageRM265 nett/person
Includes free flow of sparkling, red and white wine, draught beer, soft drinks and chilled juices

Food only packageRM165 nett/person

DISCOUNTS:
50% off for kids under 12
15% discount for SPG members on Food Package only.
20% discount  for  Beyond members on Food Package only.  

Prego
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2731 8333



14 comments:

  1. Monica and Cordobes Junior!

    As Sally Bowles with her green fingernails would say - the Movie "Cabaret".
    "Divine Decadence" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cordobes Junior: That smart looking T-shirt! What's with this Union Jack on the sleeve???
    Off it goes and on with either an Australian flag motif or well maybe the Catalonian, Andalusian or the
    Basque ones - well San Sebastian just might be looking!!!

    Wouldn't Oliver Twist be in food paradise??? Poor little bugger would be "peeing" his britches
    with delight - ha ha.
    Cheers with reservations on flag selection of sleeve.
    El Colin Cordobes

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    1. And - I forgot - A bloody happy birthday Moncia!
      That bottle if you can keep - you know who away - should
      do the trick!
      El Colin Cordobes - obviously overcome with the array of food and forgot
      the most important part!

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    2. Thanks Colin!

      I will tell Jr. to be more mindful of his attire ;-)

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  2. Oh? They have it that size? Great for weddings! :D

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    1. Bit of a fun gimmick. Anyone celebrating a birthday gets to drink from the enormous glass. Yes, you're right - would be great for weddings!

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  3. Happy Birthday to you, Monica! I love this photo of you and have to say that you are very photogenic. You look radiant! Wow, what a feast for the eyes here (and I bet for the tummy, too). I would go for the fruit and cheese and a slice or two of vegetarian pizza, and that would be just enough for me! Beautiful, organized and amazing! :)

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    1. Thanks Linda! It is certainly a fun way to celebrate a birthday. Just like me - veggie pizza and cheese - more than happy. :-)

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  4. I was wondering who'd be drinking that enormous glass of champagne....ah, for the lovely birthday gal, I see! :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to you Monica! What a classy lady you are, fresh and pretty! I like the giant champagne flute and the large bottle of moet photo, too!
    Looks like you were having a good time. The food looks absolutely delicious! ;-)))

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  6. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Monica,
    Happy Birthday to you...

    Trust you are having a great day and nice to see a photo..

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  7. Monica, I love this place, and buffets are such a wonderful way to get to sample everything. Happy birthday, girlfriend.

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  8. Happy birthday! :)
    You should probably let Prego know that it's your birthday and Birthday Girl should get a full 100% discount. ;-p
    Maybe next year? He he...

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  9. Happy Birthday Monica ..That glass is huge! Pizza's look awesome. Very curious how the Ceasar salad tastes. :-)

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