Talk about the classic favourite Italian restaurant, and Prego at Fairmont Singapore would come to the minds of many.
It is one of the recommended Italian restaurants in Singapore that offer an authentic Italian family style dining experience, known for its decadent variety of offerings, especially the pastas and pizzas.
Few may know that they have actually launched a Sunday Brunch from 12pm to 3pm every week, themed “A Sunday Trattoria Brunch Buffet”.
A “trattoria” is an Italian-style eating establishment, considered less formal than a ristorante, emphasising in communal dining.
So I say, get your family or small group of friends if you intend to dine here.
You get that sense of homely and light-hearted casual vibes, from the service to the décor featuring wood dining tables and Italian features (such Parmesan wheels, hanging sausages) to complete the feel.
In a nutshell, the Italian Sunday Brunch conceptualised by Chef de Cuisine Antonio Facchinetti and team showcases a live pasta crafting and risotto bar; meat and seafood grill selection; loads of fresh seafood; various seasonal stations; Italian farm cheeses; and some of the most amazing Italian desserts.
Hungry yet? There are many counters and highlights at the Sunday Trattoria Brunch Buffet, and here are 10 of them:
Live Pasta Crafting and Risotto Bar
Easily my favourite section. There is something about freshly-made pastas that commercial ones cannot replicate – the texture and that pleasant chewy bite.
This is a ‘live’ station, and it is not only the cooking. Chef Antonio and his team can be seen making the pasta on the spot. That means you can technically watch your pasta go from flour to a plate of piping hot charcoal gnocchi (which is what I had).
Also, diners are not given only a choice of one, but four seasonal sauces. There were Truffle Cream Sauce, Beef Bolognese, Spiced Tomato Sauce with Seafood and Carbonara when I visited, accompanied with a variety of condiments.
If that is not enough, there is always freshly cooked Risotto with Radicchio and Sausage cooked using premium Acquerello Rice, and Beef Lasagna.
Prego’s Signature Pizza
Authentic Wood Fried Pizza with that light, crispy pizza base. I actually finished 4 slices on my own, 3 beyond my own-set quota.
Over at the Pizza counter, there is a rotational Chef’s Choice of 2 non vegetarian and 1 vegetarian options. This can range from Margherita, Funghi Misti, 5 Formaggi (different types of cheese), Rustico to Parma.
Seafood Bar and Condiments
The cold seafood counter is where you can find freshly shucked seasonal oysters, poached Alaskan crab, marinated tiger prawns, mussels and scallops.
I found the seafood items to be particularly fresh, especially the poached Alaskan Crab Legs which were sweet and juicy. Plus point: the crabs were first cut up and thus it was very easy to pick up the flesh without a big mess.
Meat and Seafood Grill
How this section works is that you pick your choice meats and seafood, and the chefs will prepare them à la minute and send them to the table once ready. No hassle.
The offerings include a selection of succulent meats and seafood such as Lamb Rack with Garlic & Thyme, Salmon Fillet with Dill & Lemon, Beef Sirloin with Rosemary and Chicken Thigh with Lemon & Oregano.
Sunday Roast and Grill Specials
Experience a Sicilian-style feast with Baked Seabass in Sea Salt Crust (a Sicilian classic) and Roast of the Day.
The fish is baked with salt setting to a crust which helps hold the moisture in the fish. When it is cracked open, the crust peels off in large chunks, and you can savour chunks of succulent flesh.
The Sunday roast differs every week, and you get choices such as Slow Baked Plum Stuffed Porchetta (savoury, moist boneless pork roast), Roasted Chicken with Rosemary or Wood-Fired Roasted Angus Beef Rump, all served with variety of sides and sauces.
This section alone can allow you to experience an Italian feast with many of your favourites from Slow Braised Short Ribs with Mushroom and Truffles Gravy; Roasted Pork Belly, Porchetta Stile with Rosemary and Garlic Sauce; Crispy Calamari with Spicy Tomato Salsa & Fresh Lemon; Roasted Fish with Cherry Tomato, Capers, and Black Olive; Cioppino Seafood Stew with Spiced Tomato & Oregano and Soft Polenta.
Cold Cuts Interaction Deli
You will not get bored of the cold cuts here, which are flavourful, authentically Italian. Get your fill on the Parma Ham, Coppa, Salami, Pork Porchetta Chorizo Sausage & Prosciutto Cotto.
Italian Farm Cheeses
Cheese connoisseurs will be treated to a sensory experience of the best of Italy’s cheeses, from Ricotta, Burrata and Mozzarella, Asiago, Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano, Scamorza, Goat Cheese and Pecorino.
Spread some of the fresh honeycomb on the cheese for enhanced flavours and textures.
Home Crafted Rustic Italian Bread
Assortment of rustic Italian bread such as Basil Pesto, Tomato Pesto, Olive Pesto, and bruschetta.
Seasonal Desserts Counter
Always save some room for the grand finale, and I am glad to find some really Italian classics of Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Traditional Cannoli, Gianduja Finger, Chocolate Salame, and even a Gelato and Sorbet cart.
There are too many to choose from, and in very cliché words… there is something for everyone.
If I got to pick 3 items, I would recommend the Tiramisu for its silky mascarpone and rich cocoa flavour, Ricotta Cheese Cake, and Lemon Crumble for the burst of zest at the end of the meal.
Another one highlight is the Rotation Interaction Dessert Bar, to be surprised by stunning desserts from Deep-Fried Apple to Flambé Tiramisu Ball.
For families with children, good to know that there is a dedicated buffet of kids’ delights and a supervised kids’ room where they can take part in fun culinary crafts and pasta making.
As for the adults, you can opt for the ultimate indulgence and include free-flow Moët & Chandon Impérial or Zardetto Prosecco, along with Italian cocktails and house wines.
Prego Italian Sunday Brunch Buffet
Every Sunday: 12pm – 3.00pm
Adult / Child: $98++ / $49++ (Includes free flow of non-alcoholic drinks)
$128++ (Includes free flow of Zardetto Prosecco, Italian cocktails, and house wines)
$148++ (Includes free flow of Moët & Chandon Impérial, 3 styles of Negroni Italian cocktails, and house wines)
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*Kindly note that discount will apply to lower-priced buffet option
Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560 (City Hall MRT Station)
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 12pm – 3.00pm Every Sunday
Reservations Tel: +65 6431 6156
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Fairmont Singapore.