Progressive, avant-garde, author’s cuisine are some of the key words that describes Preludio: it’s a contemporary fine-dining restaurant and bar situated in the heart of Singapore’s business district.
Perched on the roof garden of Fraser Tower’s 3-storey podium, Preludio has snagged the privileges of being the only F&B entity on the third floor, offering unobstructed views of the city and excellent clarity thanks to the large panes of glass.
There are so many reasons why you should visit this stunning restaurant, but let’s just focus on the top few.
1. The Ambience Of Elegance, Yet Relaxing Good Vibes
Stepping into Preludio feels like you’ve stepped into someone’s charming house for dinner. The place is divided into two sections — there’s no reception counter at the entrance, you’ll find a homey bar lounge on the right that combines art with stylish interiors and a bodacious beverage menu to ease away with delicious pre-dinner drinks.
On the other section where the main dining area is, the decor is done tastefully with Marmorino lime stucco walls to give a sense of understated sophistication. Tables are spaced far apart for an aura of privacy and each were adorned with an art piece from a local artist which showcases the restaurant’s theme dining.
Currently, in its first chapter themed ‘monochrome’ which runs for 12 to 18 months, you can expect a collection of white-and-black dishes (including the plate ware, table decor and the wine list as well). Thereafter, Executive Chef Fernando Arévalo will switch things up for the next chapter according to the new theme and produce.
2. Preludio Doesn’t Just Serve Food, It Serves Outstanding Culinary Masterpieces
One of the main hurdles confronting monochromatic food is on how to make the dishes worthy of aesthetic attention. At Preludio, it is not only about the artistic visual presentation of the dishes, but more on the dining experience and how the culinary elements of each dish can influence the diner’s perception and response to food.
Head chef Fernando Arévalo brings fresh perspectives to the table by incorporating novel ingredients and seasonal produce in his creations. From the eight-course degustation menu, there are three dishes that I enjoyed the fullest.
Firstly, the La Cortina; named after the room Chef Fernando stayed in when he visited the producer of il borgo balsamico in Modena. The specially imported 25-year old balsamic vinegar takes the handmade ravioli to the next level by adding extra oomph and full flavour to the dish – the tartness and acidity of balsamic vinegar were pretty pronounced and hard to resist!
The second favourite dish of the course was the Pata Negra; comprising oven-roasted squid ink panko-crusted Iberico pork presa rubbed with garlic and a spice mix of cumin, cayenne, paprika, salt, pepper, brown sugar and lemon juice, accompanied with charred Piennolo tomatoes, white carrot and apple puree. Smoky flavour permeates every bite – if the meat was a little juicer and moist, this dish would have been outstanding.
Lastly a sweet treat, the Strawberry Milkshake features a pretty creation inspired by nostalgic childhood flavours and prepared by pastry chef Elena Perez de Carrasco. A light and refreshing dessert composed with delicate layers of white chocolate and yoghurt powder sandwiching genoise sponge, vanilla mousseline, strawberry ganache and strawberry jam, served with a side of homemade milk ice cream and mille feuille crumble – this dessert is almost too beautiful to eat!
3. Exceptional Wine Selection And Curated Pairing
Preludio has access to some of the world’s most beautiful wines and spirits, including exceptional selection from Bargylus vineyard in Syria; dubbed as the world’s most dangerous wine produced in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Domaine de Bargylus Grand Vin de Syrie 2010 has an amazing ageing arc and contains slightly higher alcohol percentage (15.5%) than other wines. Palate shows a hint of smokiness, full bodied with excellent acidity.
What’s more interesting is that the drink list here is also conceptualised with the current monochrome theme, whereby the wine curation is inspired by black and white types. I’m not talking about the colour of the wines, but the soil type (white limestone or black volcanic) where the grapes were grown. Not a fan of wines? The restaurant offers non-alcoholic drinks pairing too.
4. Lovely Custom Plates, Cutlery and Glasses
Preludio presents its food on custom-made dishware which elevates the whole dining experience, and along with chef’s expertly plated dishes, it’s always an enjoyment to admire the collection during the course.
5. Professional Warm Hospitality And Great Service
The restaurant host (and sommelier) will explain in details the menu and all the dishes (and drinks). They will also highlight the special ingredients chosen by the chef to represent the monochromatic dish.
Menu Price List
Lunch 7-Course Chef’s Selection: S$98++
4-Course Executive Set: S$58++
Dinner 6-Course: S$188++
Beverage pairing available from $48++
Location: Frasers Tower, 182 Cecil Street, 03-01/02, Singapore 069547
Tel: +65 6904 5686