Saturday, December 12, 2009
Pronto by Al Dente @ Great World City
I've always shunned walking near Pronto because of their open concept kitchen and the smells from the kitchen would make you a walking italian dish if you are not careful. It was a self imposed "Italian" weekend and Pronto was it. Funny how 'Pronto' is actually quick in spanish but they dish out Italian.
The open concept kitchen for you to oogle (literally) at the neat looking chef and cute waiters.
They've got set lunches at pocket friendly prices, no service charge too!
3 course set ($22+)
2 course set ($20+)
Smoked Duck Breast with Marinated Tomato and French Dressing
Liked the layout of the dish, resembled a carrot with the colours used. Rockets with cherry tomatoes never fails to tease the tastebuds. Nicely smoked tender duck breast, nearly quite melted in the mouth.
Linguine with Smoked Chicken, Chilli and Olive Oil
Mind blowingly good. Comparisons make the differences even more stark. Read along to discover why. Tossed with chilli and olive oil sealed the verdict for the well cooked pasta, packed the right punch. The smoked chicken was really just chicken.
Caesar Traditional Smoked Chicken ($12)
The veggie lovers were naturally pleased as punch. I liked how Pronto uses a variety of vegetables for each dish rather than plain old lettuce throughout. Crunchy croutons, juicy cherry tomatoes, refreshing romaine lettuce leaves, chicken slices and shards of cheese that you can never go wrong with.
Juicy Premium Beef Patty with Button Mushrooms and Cheddar Cheese, Served with Gherkins and Idaho Potatoes
The salad stole the thunder once again with the pan fried idaho potatoes. The burger was well, moderate. The patty was too tightly packed, the minced beef clung so tight..it tasted a little over cooked. Not complaining about the gherkins nor cheddar cheese nor mushrooms here.
Seafood Marinara Linguine ($18)
Fresh Prawn, Mussel, Clam, Squid in Tomato
Less stellar because the taste was less robust as compared to the Smoked Chicken Linguine. Prego sauce would have done the trick with a sprinkle of chilli.
Hawaiian Pizza ($16)
8 inches of delight. Biscuit crust topped with the family favourite and mint leaves! That's a first. Sweet pineapple cubes that weren't canned, generous chunks of ham and cheese..simple yet satisfying.
Set Lunch Dessert (Choice of Cheesecake, Chocolate cake or Eclair)
Dense cheesecake that I relished though the company thought otherwise. Too moist and fluffy cheesecakes are not quite my cuppa tea.
Double Scoop Gelato ($7)
The tale behind the gelato was plain amusing. The very young and obviously inexperienced waiter was baffled when I asked the price of gelato;
"How much is one scoop?"
"How about two?"
"Uh..$8?" Almost instantaneously, meeting our equally bemused expressions. He excused himself to double check the prices.
It's one full bodied gelato that leaves a lovely milky taste. Hazelnut decadence..I wish I ordered more!
This was less frozen of the two, creamy and packed with macadamia nuts. One of the more generous nut ice-creams around. Glad that it was not too sweet but the smoothness of the gelato was pure addictive. Seems that they added in a dash of liquer but I'm certainly not complaining!
The gelatos surprised me, so much so I was so very tempted to try the other flavours. Arguably one of the more stunning gelatos around.
I pretty much tried out most of what Pronto has to offer, apart from soup perhaps. Pronto offers up decent Italian fare with a couple of memorable ones. Service was pronto, servers were inexperienced but overall pleasant. Our table was left uncleared for the longest time, plates piled and dessert was served despite the mess. They could do with a little more training but otherwise, Pronto's worth the while!
#02-K2/K3 Great World City