Synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine, and also known as one of Singapore’s favourite and longest standing Italian restaurant, Prego @ Fairmont Hotel Singapore has created quite a name for itself over the last two decades, consistently bringing to the table new ensembles of familiar flavours from Italy to excite tastebuds. And as we enter into the last segment of the year and bask in the festive spirit of the Christmas season, the most anticipated seasonal menu returns to Prego again, where Chef de Cuisine Antonio Facchinetti meticulously crafts a number of exquisite dishes with these legendary, prized black truffles that will delight gourmands and truffle connoisseurs alike. From now till January 2018, customers can look forward to indulging themselves in a variety of tantalising truffle delicacies, enjoy perfect pairings with a selection of their fine wines available all while immersing in this authentic Italian style dining experience.
Kicking-start the truffle feast, we had the Burrata ($38) which features a bouche of creamy burrata cheese, topped with an abundance of fresh truffle shavings that spews an unmistakable truffle aroma in accompaniment. Nicely charred, the grilled Belgium endive added an addictive crunch, while the hazelnuts contributed some subtle nutty undertones to the dish.
Foie Gras E Capesante 4.5/5
The Foie Gras E Capesante ($40) comes in a slab of tender foie gras, juicy pan-seared scallop on a bed of soft velvety potato, complete with a drizzle of rosemary gravy and truffle shavings to enhance the flavours of the dish. No doubt an appetising marriage of foie gras, scallop and potato, this dish is nothing short of impressive, and certainly will delight tastebuds of many.
Passatelli Con Funghi 4.2/5
Moving on, we had the Passatelli Con Funghi ($46) which comes in a bowl of passatelli, freshly made in-house from scratch, with roasted wild mushrooms and generous portions of black truffle atop. With short strips of pasta formed from bread crumbs, eggs and grated parmesan cheese, the passatelli boasts a soft texture. It makes up a warm, comfort dish that settles well with the mildly salted roasted mushrooms. Of course, the black truffle was a welcoming addition that further added depth to its taste and just elevated the entire dish.
Risotto Zucca E Anatra 4.2/5
The Risotto Zucca E Anatra ($48) is another favourite, with tender and juicy slices of duck breast meat sitting on a bed of richly flavoured pumpkin risotto. Cooked till al dente with the addition of a subtle sweetness of the pumpkin flavour, the risotto was deliciously creamy while retaining a sufficient firmness to its every bite. The aromatic black truffle sauce offers a rich, earthy tone that lends a perfect savoury finish to the dish.
IL Cervo 4/5
The IL Cervo ($56) features tender wood oven venison loin, with crunchy root vegetables and buckwheat plenta that contributed to a sophisticated twist and an interplay of textures and flavours, while the drizzle of truffle jus as finishing touch added a richer depth in its tastes.
Cioccolata Bianca Al Tartufo 4.5/5
The truffle does not end with its mains. For those desiring a sweet end to the meal, try the Cioccolata Bianca Al Tartufo ($18), which is the perfect marriage of truffle with desserts. A unique take on truffle desserts, the dish features a spongy fluffy cheesecake with roasted pumpkin oil, soaked in white chocolate soup that lends a subtle sweetness and moisture to the cake. (A small jug of the soup is provided for you to personally pour the white chocolate soup in). Topped with a scoop of smooth, creamy and aromatic truffle gelato for that extra oomph, this is perhaps the one of the best truffle desserts I had. Also the perfect way to end the truffle feast on a refreshing and satisfying note.
The special seasonal menu at Prego boasts a variety of decadent truffle-infused creations, and is definitely one of the best places for you to indulge in those highly-prized winter truffles. Do note that all dishes are served with 2 grams of shaved black truffle, with additional shavings of truffle available at $15 per gram.
Words and photos by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Fairmont Hotel Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)
Daily: 6am - 10am (breakfast), 630am - 1030am (deli)
Mon-Sat: 12pm - 230pm (lunch)
Sun: 1200pm - 3pm (brunch)
Daily: 6pm - 1030pm (dinner)
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]