Review: Ristorante Prego at Nariman Point
Excited about a new eatery opened right by our office, we walked into Ristorante Prego at Nariman Point to find warmly lit interiors and the place buzzing with office crowd, a couple of families and a group of friends catching up over lunch.
Compared to the exterior, we found the inside more welcoming and well designed, with furniture and decor in shades of brown. The middle section of the restaurant has a dining area on a raised platform, separated by wooden grills. The sides are lined with booths that have comfortable couches.
The drinks menu had plenty of choices both for beer (the usual suspects, Kingfisher priced at Rs. 225) and cocktails, but being a working day we opted for a Virgin Mojito and a Cold Coffee. While the presentation of both the drinks was impeccable, my mojito could have done with more mint leaves, and my colleague’s cold coffee tasted like one of the readymade packs. Both were a definite let down.
We were served some warm bread and flavoured butter to start with, which we both enjoyed. We opted for the Roasted Bell Pepper and Tomato Soup with Homemade Grissini. The soup was tangy and delicious.
Of the appetizers, we had more misses than hits. Let’s start with the good – we loved the Stuffed Garlic Mushrooms, which were well cooked and not too cheesy. The Assorted Crostini could have been better, had we enjoyed the bread, which for us was a bit chewy and too sweet to go with the mushrooms or the tomato and mozzarella. The Risotto Cheese Croquettes were devoid of any flavour and the Spinach Artichoke Dip with Garlic also missed the mark. The garlic bread should have been much softer, but the dip itself could have been much more flavorful.
The main course, however, made up for what the appetizers lacked. The Italian Grilled Cottage Cheese Steak topped with Ratatouille was delicious. Served on a bed of spinach and mushroom, the cheese was moist and tasty and the ratatouille fresh and flavorful. The crunchy breadstick served with it was also good. To add to that, full marks for the presentation. We also tried the Penne with Grilled Veggies and Romesco sauce, a pink sauce that had a nice flavour.
After this massive meal, we barely had room for dessert, but how could we refuse our readers a sneak peak. We had a Raspberry Cheesecake that came recommended by our server. While the crust was a bit too thick in parts, we enjoyed this sweet end to our meal.
Although our meal overall was even on hits and misses, we are ever so grateful that Ruby Tuesday’s is gone and we have a better option now. We’re hoping they can work out the kinks and this can become a more frequented spot for us, given it’s proximity to our office. Service and presentation both were impeccable.
With mains priced between Rs. 300 to Rs. 400, a meal for two (minus drinks or some of the rarer non-vegetarian fare) should cost between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2000.
Address: Shop No. 31, CR2 Mall, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Contact Number: 022 66172008 /09