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Restaurant review: Romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Singapore

 

Here’s a roundup of treats worth slipping into a sexy red frock for: La Villa, Halia, Modestos, Stellar at 1-Altitude, One Rochester, 1-Twenty-Six, Oscar’s, Otto Ristorante, Senso Ristorante and Bar, Ambrosia, Serenity Spanish, Lawry’s. Book soon, as these popular hot-spots tend to fill up quickly.  

La Villa

341 River Valley Road #01-03

+65 6836 5286

www.lavilla.sg

Why not enjoy a romantic, starlit dinner in the charming alfresco setting of La Villa? Its five-course set dinner menu for Valentine’s Day begins with an aphrodisiacal dish of fresh oysters Italian salad dressed in red wine vinegar and shallots, followed by lobster bisque with “love” croutons. (Sorry, we’re not allowed to say what these are; to solve the mystery, you’ll have to book a table.) served with

For mains, choose from ravioli stuffed with spinach, ricotta and sage in black truffle sauce; grilled beef tenderloin with baby vegetables and Marsala wine sauce; and pan-fried cod with green asparagus and “tomato & tomato” (oven-baked tomato with tomato coulis).

Lastly, a decadent hot chocolate molten lava cake served with rich vanilla ice-cream, amaretti and strawberry mousse is the perfect end to your meal.

Would this meal be complete with a bottle of bubbles? We think not. The Valentine’s Day set dinner is priced at $88++ per person, and includes a glass of La Villa’s signature Prosecco served with fresh strawberries. You might just want to treat yourself to a bottle of the lovely stuff.

Halia

Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens (enter via Tyersall Avenue)

+65 6287 0711

www.halia.com.sg

Like the original loving couple – before that most unfortunate incident with the snake, of course – you could celebrate your devotion in the Garden. Not Eden, but something pretty close to it.

There’s no more romantic place than intimate Halia, set among tall palm trees, surrounded by ginger flowers and other lush tropical plants, lit only by discreet lamps, flickering candles and serene moonlight.

On Valentine’s Eve,13 February, you can enjoy a special four-course dinner at the Halia Restaurant, entertained by the soothing sound of the Caravan Jazz Band and vocalist Richard Jackson. The set dinner includes duck and foie gras terrine, lobster with mango risotto, sharing main course platter of live red garoupa and Black Angus tenderloin with oyster, and a sweet ending of rose macaroon with raspberry ripple, lychee liqueur sherbet and other delights.

On Valentine’s Night, 14 February, you can have the above four-course set dinner at Halia Restaurant, or book for the buffet at Villa Halia next door, featuring a delectable spread of international flavours.

 The set dinner is either $300 nett per couple including a single rose and souvenirs; or $680 nett per couple for a garden-side table, a bottle of sparkling wine, a dozen roses and various gifts and souvenirs. The buffet is $200 nett per couple. Whichever option you choose, there are two seatings.


Lawry’s, The Prime Rib

333A Orchard Road

#04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery

+65 6836 3333 

www.lawrys.com.sg

They say that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – and a great steak can surely only hasten the process!

Men and women alike will love the romantic five-course meal on offer at Lawry’s, The Prime Rib this month. Highlights of the fun and flavoursome menu include Outback Passion, an oven-baked hazelnut-encrusted rack of Aussie lamb; Sea of Love, oven-baked salmon, lobster and Atlantic salmon; and, of course, Lawry’s signature prime rib.

There’s a lucky draw with great prizes to be won, too, and discounts for DBS and POSB card members.

A four-course pre-Valentine’s menu is available from 11 to13 February ($108 per person), and the five-course menu is available only on 14 February ($168 per person, including a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine for each couple).

Stellar at 1-Altitude

1 Raffles Place Level 62

+65 6536 4846

One Rochester

No. 1 Rochester Park

+65 6773 0070

1-Twenty-Six

902 East Coast Parkway #01-26

+65 6348 2126

Each of the 1-Rochester group’s three very different restaurants – the slickly urban Stellar, the leafy One Rochester in its elegantly colonial black-and-white bungalow, and 1-Twenty-Six on the East Coast– has designed special sharing dishes with Valentine couples in mind.

Get heady with passion at Stellar at 1-Altitude, the highest point in Singapore. Its indulgent set menu ($160++ per person; $190++ for window-view seating) includes oysters, omakase, foie gras, Iberico ham, truffled taleggio with mascarpone and heirloom tomato, scallop risotto, Wagyu ribs and with a raspberry dessert trio. The set dinner includes a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne and a gift.

For a more laid-back Valentine’s celebration, try the set dinner at either Roast @ One Rochester or Coast @ 1-Twenty-Six. Priced at $95++, it features oysters in four styles, foie gras, Hokkaido scallop, jamon, Angus dried aged beef, and a raspberry dessert trio.

For a sweet finish, 1-Caramel, the patisserie, has concocted love cake pops, love cookies, Je t’aime – a flourless sponge with raspberry gelee, caramel chocolate mousse and a dark chocolate glaze – and a Valentine’s plate. Plenty there to get the juices flowing.

Oscar’s

2 Temasek Boulevard

Lobby Level, Conrad Centennial Singapore

+65 6432 7481

Surprise your loved one with a memorable Valentine’s meal at Oscar’s ($75) this month. To get your beloved in the mood, a Lover’s Paradise cocktail ($30) or mocktail ($24) is sure to do the trick.

Start off the evening with a complimentary “lovers’ tapas”, then indulge in Oscar’s sensational buffet dinner, complete with appetisers, a vast choice of fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi, a selection of main course dishes from around the world, and a great array of desserts.

To enhance the general snuggliness of the occasion, each couple dining at Oscar’s or in the Lobby Lounge during the month of February will receive a pair of iconic Conrad bears. Aah! 

Otto Ristorante

28 Maxwell Road, Red Dot Traffic Building

+65 6227 6819

www.ottoristorante.com.sg

In the mood for Italian food this Valentine’s Day? In an impassioned bid to woo your taste buds and win your heart, resident chef Michele Pavanello at Otto’s has a line-up of deliciously recipes from the countryside, along with light, contemporary dishes that explore the bounty of the sea.

Revel in a luxurious five-course feast that reflects Europe’s best seasonal produce and the cream of its wild ocean catches. Flirt with Chef Pavanello’s lightly smoked meagre fillet with grilled asparagus and Prosecco sauce; fondle his crispy parcel of foie gras with pear and red wine reduction; cuddle up to his beetroot tagliolini with Boston lobster and star anise emulsion; ardently embrace his Hokkaido scallop terrine with caviar, green apples and chardonnay jelly; nuzzle his grain-fed beef tenderloin; and finally, fall upon his chilled pannacotta with dark chocolate sauce and cinnamon fritters.

“The idea is to combine sensuous and luscious ingredients like oysters and chocolates with a little bit of sugar and spice to create soul-stirring dishes,” says Chef Pavanello. “After all, as the saying goes, the best way to reach the heart of a man – or a woman for that matter – is through the stomach.”

The Valentine’s Day menu ($118++ including a glass of Prosecco) is available for dinner on 14 February 2011 only.

Senso Ristorante & Bar
21 Club Street

+65 6224 3534

www.senso.sg

At the recently refurbished Senso, experience a Valentine’s Day dinner like no other – a decadently luxurious five-course set dinner menu featuring exquisite ingredients from all over the world to tease and delight the palate.

The meal begins with an eye-pleasing appetiser, pan-seared scallops with grilled scampi and caviar, served on sautéed spinach and shell bearnaise sauce. That’s followed by artichoke cream soup served with profiteroles filled with poultry mousse.

The third course is a delicious ravioli stuffed with ricotta, served with a medallion of fresh lobster in broccoli cream sauce. For your main course, choose between Atlantic Dover sole served with grilled balsamic eggplant and Mediterranean salsa, or roasted bobby veal rack served with caramelised figs, sautéed squash and red wine and foie gras sauce.

The meal ends with a delightful chocolate and mint tartlet served with strawberry foam, and a gourmet coffee or tea with pralines.

Complete the experience with Ca’ del Bosco Franciacortasparkling wine.

The Valentine’s Day five-course set dinner is $148++ per person, and comes with a flute of this sparkling wine.

Ambrosia – The Mediterranean Restaurant

19 Baghdad Street

Ambrosia – The Mediterranean Lounge

25A Baghdad Street

+65 6292 7313

www.ambrosiacafesingapore.com

In ancient Greek mythology, ambrosia means “the food of the Gods”, so – bearing in mind the generally rampant canoodling that those godly types got up to – this might just be the spot to light the flame of love this Valentine’s.

Ambrosia – The Mediterranean Restaurant, showcases cuisine and wine from (you guessed it), the Mediterranean. Tuck into succulent mezze and kebabs from Turkey and the Middle East, tapas from Spain, appetisers from France and main courses from the entire coastal region. To complement its food, Ambrosia has a range of wines from each of these countries. It also offers Turkish beer and a number of other local favourites. Best of all, a brand new menu is being launched in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

At number 25A Baghdad street next door, Ambrosia – The Mediterranean Lounge is a retreat from the pressures of the real world. Pop in, they say, for happy hour until 8pm every evening, and don’t forget to stay for the belly-dancing on Saturdays.

And if you need to recover from the cosy togetherness of Valentine’s, you might want to take advantage of Ambrosia’s ladies’ nights: from Monday to Thursday, the fairer sex gets a free mojito or martini with any main course, and a free flow of tapas with a bottle of cava.

Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant

1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivo City #01-98/99

+65 6376 8185 

www.serenity.com.sg

Add some Iberian spice to your Valentine’s Day by heading to Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant.

The set menu starts with seafood soup, a simmering bowl chock full of imported Spanish scampi, squid, scallops, prawns and mussels. Next, nibble on octopus and mango skewers. Then look forward to the main course – a choice of grilled cod fish with a sauce of morchella mushrooms and gratinated eggplant, or grilled Meltique beef striploin with portabella mushrooms and julienne vegetables.

It would be a sin not to leave room for the simultaneously sweet and savoury dessert sensation shown here: ripe fig with black raspberries, red raspberries and blueberries cooked in sweet Spanish sweet wine and served with the chef’s own vanilla ice cream.

The Valentine’s Day menu, available from 8 to 14 February, is $78 per person for three courses dinner and includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Modesto’s

#01-9/10 Orchard Parade Hotel (+65 6235 7808)

24 Mount Elizabeth,
#01-05 The Elizabeth Hotel (+65 6736 2808)

1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-166 Vivo City (+65 6376 9808)

You can’t go wrong with Italian for a Valentine’s dinner. For an unfussy, no-frills night out, try the Modesto restaurant closest to you. No set dinners. No worries. Because love is complicated enough as it is.

This Valentine’s Day, express your passion with hearty, traditional Italian cuisine. Choose from a scrumptious variety of mouth-watering Italian delights from Modesto’s a la carte menu.

Their forte is traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas and pastas freshly made in-house, so authentic that they transport you to bella Italia at first bite. Specialities include linguine alla Modesto (flat spaghetti with fresh prawns, squid, mussels, whole crab, anchovies, capers, olives, fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine cooked in the traditional cartoccio style; recommended served for two at $48), and pizzas featuring thin, crispy crusts. Have fun choosing from a multitude of toppings to create exactly the flavour combination that you’re lusting after.

When it comes to dessert-time – and it should, this being Valentine’s – we love the sound of tiramisu, strawberry ice-cream crepes or chocolate profiteroles. It’s a la carte, so you can have exactly what your little heart desires.

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