6 October 2016

A New Menu and a Singing Chef

I've had many wonderful meals at Prego - the fun dining Italian restaurant at The Westin Mumbai Garden City, but I knew this one was going to be different even before I walked in. Reason? Prego's all new Chef de Cuisine - Chef Antonello Cancedda, known for the mastery he exudes over his craft. May that be creating the most exquisite Italian dishes, highlighting the recipes from his hometown in Genoa, or his ability to serenade the diners with his guitar. No wonder why he's called 'The Singing Chef'. 

'Life is incomplete without good food, good music, and good wine. And every good meal should have all three key ingredients', chef exclaims. And it is this experience he tries to recreate every single time. I sat down with a glass of Riesling, to chat with an extremely affable Chef Antonello, and dined on an exquisite meal that was going to last four hours long.

Lobster Bisque
The new dishes on Prego's menu are reflective of Chef's signature cooking style - simple, rustic and letting the produce stand out. Which is how most Italian cooking should be, Chef says. He is a purist in my opinion, one who believes the simpler the recipe the stronger your dish. Chef scoffs when I ask him about the 'desification' of classic dishes to suit the Indian palate. Which may explain why there were no chilli flakes or oregano on my table as I dined.