Flutes' reputation carries over from years back when the restaurant was at the Fort Canning location. After moving to the National Museum of Singapore, it has changed from being a magnet for locals to rather an event destination given the architectural icon it is housed within (think weddings).
Don't drive to the restaurant, parking is nil. Take a cab and enjoy the massive wine list (the Aperitif negroni was pretty good too)
But DO GO, the experience is excellent!
One, the food is supreme and that is a given. Just go to eat, please.
Being able to walk from the cosy and intimate restaurant through the national museum's main entry and atrium at night without a soul around is amazing...BUT Two, the professionalism and attention to detail that the staff brings to the event (a fun meal with good friends) is THE reason to go and sets Flutes apart from a lot of other supposed high-end dining locations.
Ali was our maitre d' for the evening and was an absolute gentleman. It was quiet and he made a point of taking special care of our group of four, suggesting suitable alternatives for the wine when we realised the bottle we drank was the last one in the cellar and ensuring that we were not forced to suffer on price or quality.
Ali helped create alternative options for our vegetarian friends when the menu did not offer them and he was on hand for a quick chat as we wound up the night.
The menu is short but varied. It is arguably not groundbreaking food-flair but rather high quality food delivered cleanly and with excellence in everything.
You cannot beat a burrata and ripe tomatoes; minty pea soup; risotto with a lightly crispy rice topping (unusual and a nice twist compared to normal glugginess) and juicy lamb cutlets with spiced dukkah and roasted eggplant.
What seems to be a Flutes legacy is the dessert plates with written messages on them; happy birthday/happy anniversary/congratulations etc. Between the two couples we have seen a few of these and this trip was no exception. Nice touch by the staff and good skills.
There could be a couple more vegetarian options available but as mentioned the kitchen is skilled enough to offer alternatives on the spot.
It's obviously not a cheap-eat, this is a treat of a location but you'll not be disappointed. Make sure you visit the restrooms and enjoy the wander through the museum; they usually have a standing display in the main atrium that you can peruse if you want...an added bonus to a high quality evening.
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