A peaceful escape from the chaotic Mid Valley Mall, with finger food and squishy sofas. Coming here is the next best thing to actually going home and sitting on your own couch.
It’s the restaurant that seemingly doesn’t want you to know it’s a restaurant. In an alcove looking out onto the narrow back street, the Flutes Living Room @ The Boulevard Hotel looks like a lounge area for hotel guests waiting to be picked up. Indeed, during our entire meal, we were the only ones actually eating here. Everyone else who sat down read papers or chatted with family before heading into a car that pulled up outside.
I discovered this place through the Eatigo app during a tiring Christmas shopping day at the Mid Valley Megamall. I am thoroughly sick of all the restaurants within the mall, so I welcomed the chance to try something different. The Boulevard Hotel is directly connected to the mall at the north end, so its easily within walking distance.
Ambience & Amenities
We entered the hotel and found the restaurant – a block of space enclosed by large windows on two sides. A table and a freezer mark the boundaries of the Flutes Living Room within the lobby. There was no maître d’ stand or accompanying maître d’ anywhere nearby.
This really doesn’t look like a place to eat, as there was no tableware set up or kitchen that could be seen. The only places to sit are couches and armchairs set up around low coffee tables. The only indication that this was the right place was the neon signage on the wall.
Since the seating is set up in this way, I strongly suggest that you only eat here if you plan to get finger food. Little plates are provided, so munching on some bruschetta while easing back into a squishy sofa is quite comfortable. Continuously hunching over to cut a steak on a coffee table is not.
There is the lobby bathroom that Flutes’ patrons can use. It’s around the corner in the same area as the check-in desk. The facilities are what you’d expect at a nice hotel: clean with western-style toilets.
We took a few menus that were on a table by the front and seated ourselves. We had a comfortable sit for ten minutes, deciding on what to eat but no server came by. I finally had to go around the corner to the check-in desk to ask if I could order food. The concierge sent someone to tend to us, and once that person showed up, the service shot up to requisite hotel levels. Since we were the only diners in the restaurant, the server was attentive, filling water glasses long before they emptied, but not hovering and watching so closely to the point of awkwardness.
The main food menu is confusingly branded as “Wild Rice Restaurant” on the front but the concierge confirmed to me that this is the correct menu. There is also a small standing menu that will be on the tables that include some items that are not in the main menu, such as the nachos and the chicken quesadillas.
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The menu is truly a smorgasbord of different cuisines. There’s a mix of local Malaysian favourites, casual Tex-Mex inspired cuisine, and traditional Italian… sometimes all in the same dish! It’s not listed on either of the menus, but filtered water is free.
We ordered their Kampung Pizza (RM28), which was a surprisingly large size for a hotel restaurant. It’s roughly a ten-inch pizza with a thin crust. Mildly spicy rendang sauce is topped with cheese and a mix of white meat chicken pieces and chicken floss. There is a ton of chicken floss compared to actual chicken, and the actual chicken is really dry.
The Spicy Cajun Fries (RM16), similarly, was quite larger than what we were expecting. This deep bowl of chips is definitely enough to fill up two people by a good amount. The fries were cooked very well – not too oily and uniformly crispy. On the side was a heaping bowl of spicy queso sauce that was more than enough for all the fries. There was so much sauce that we even dipped our pizza crusts into it, and still had some left by the end of the meal.
If you’re ever at Mid Valley Megamall during a hectic shopping season, almost any restaurant in the mall will have you elbow to elbow with other harried shoppers and tired, shrieking kids. After a day of pounding our feet and the stress of gift shopping for persnickety people, sinking into Flutes’ couches was the perfect end to the day. It was gloriously free of crowds and a quiet reprieve with soothing hotel muzak.
Price for 2 Pax: RM32.65
Kampung Pizza: RM28.00
Cajun Steak Fries: RM16.00
30% Eatigo Discount: (RM13.20)
6% Service: RM1.85
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Flutes Living Room @ The Boulevard, Mid Valley
The Boulevard Hotel lobby, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 11pm
Alcohol Served: Yes