Flutes at the Fort – Just another Western Brunch Place

23 09 2011

Flutes at the Fort is a hidden enclave located in the heart of town. Very much like Spruce, this green hideaway provides a brief respite for the busy white collared workers in the area from their harsh schedules. It’s definitely not as well known a brunch place compared to Rider’s Cafe or Cafe Epicurious and I would never have known of its existence if not for the SMU Gourmet Club’s decision to host a quiet saturday brunch event here. I was excited about the brunch, for gourmet club events have always been rather fun and provides a great setting to just talk to random strangers and meet new friends.

Flutes at the Fort is not solely a weekend brunch place but caters for lunch and dinner as well. Executive set lunches are available on weekdays at $32/$38++ for 2/3 Courses and going for a 3-course ala carte might set you back $100.

We had the 3-Course Set Brunch, priced at $35++ but with a school’s subsidy, we only had to fork out $20 nett per pax, quite a steal! Well, you must be thinking why would SMU subsidize gourmet meals right? While I don’t have a sure answer to that, I’m guessing that in developing a holistic education in the fields of business, fostering soft skills in students such as dining etiquette and networking skills might be possible reasons. But for whatever the reason, at least I’m making full use of my higher-than-other-local-university tuition fees.

For starters, I chose the US Asparagus with Poached Egg, Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise Sauce. The egg was slightly overdone so the yolk was not as runny as I would have liked it but the Hollandaise sauce was pretty competent. I have tried making it at home before so I know it’s really not that simple, despite being part of the 5 Mother Sauces in French Cuisine.

I felt that the Grilled Baby Octopus with Chili Jam, Cherry Tomato and Musclun was rather flavourful, especially with the chili jam which made the octopus slightly reminiscent of those sambal ikan bilis we get in nasi lemak.

I didn’t get to try the Sauteed Garlic Mushroom and Goat’s Cheese on Sourdough but feedback about it was positive.

For main, I choose the Seared Sirloin with Celeriac Remoulade, Spinach, Roasted Tomatoes and Red Wine Sauce. The roasted tomato was probably the best thing in this dish, as I felt the sirloin was way too tough, a portion of my steak was way too rare and the sauce wasn’t that impressive either. You’d probably find better steak at Bedrock Grill & Bar, which offers set lunches at $32-$38++, depending on which main is chosen.

CrunchyBottoms had positive reviews with regards to the Beer Battered Snapper with Fries, Mixed Leaf, Malt Vinegar or Tartare Sauce.

I was quite opposed to having the Eggs Benedict with English Muffin, Spinach, Ham, Roasted Tomato and Mixed Salad as a main, especially since the Poached Egg was also available as an appetizer.

Flutes at the Fort clearly falls flat when it comes to desserts.

The Crepe with Caramelized Banana and Butterscotch Sauce was pretty disastrous. The crepe skin was way too thick, and when I say thick, it means about thrice as thick as the skins used to eat peking duck. Perhaps a scoop of ice cream or two would have made this a little more palatable.

The Earl Grey Creme Brulee with Black Sesame Ice Cream and Strawberries fared slightly better, though I still wouldn’t rate it positively. It’s just not my cup of tea, get the pun?

I chose the Belgian Waffle with Vanilla and Strawberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce for my dessert and found it pretty dismal as the waffle was totally bland and the ice cream rather pedestrian. It didn’t help that I patronized Salted Caramel along Upper Thomson the night before and had their pretty awesome waffles there, alongside their very awesome chocolate sorbet and rum and raisin ice cream.

To play safe, stick to the aesthetically pleasing Trio of Ice Cream (Salted Caramel, Black Sesame, Vanilla) with Mixed Berries.

While I only forked out $20, we did still pay the full price of $42 a pax and I honestly believe that there are many places out there that give better value and quality for a weekend brunch. Still, I’m wondering if this was a one-off or I made the wrong choices for my orders because online reviews of Flutes at the Fort on Hungrygowhere seem really positive.

Bon Appetit!

Flutes at the Fort

21 Lewin Terrace, Fort Canning Park

Tel: +65 6338 8770

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5 responses

23 09 2011
Christine Leow

Salted Caramel’s waffles are mad good and crazy affordable. I live nearby but don’t go there often enough. And honestly speaking, the Goat’s Cheese on Sourdough was probably the best part of the meal for me. Oh, and the Beer Battered Fish. Hey didja get bookings for Saint Julien??

23 09 2011
drpiggy

sadly no! i’m damn annoyed by Restaurant Week now, even during pre-bookings only left the so-so restaurants. but i’m gg wait till the week before or a few days before and try again coz ppl tend to cancel their reservations last minutes after chopping it first.

28 09 2011
adel

woah,being a student nowadays so lucky,get to have gourmet meal at a good rate..man..wish i could be a student again

28 09 2011
drpiggy

haha just one of the perks of being a student now. but factor in the cons, with the education system being so competitive and all, then maybe not right?

9 10 2011
Maureen

the poached egg does look sexy 🙂

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