Besides sublime food, one of the best bits of dining out in a sophisticated restaurant is revelling in gorgeous ambience and – even better – a stunning view. If gazing at lush greenery or the sleek cityscape is what you’re after, make a reservation at one of these well-positioned restaurants in Singapore.
Feel & See: Il Lido is impressive even before the food gets to the table. There aren’t many restaurants in the world with a view over both a golf course and the sea. The furniture consists of contemporary, transparent chairs and funky, brightly coloured side tables. With comfortable seating areas, indoors is wonderful – but with these views, the outdoor area is the place to be.
On the menu: Hand dived scallop with sea urchin and sunchoke; goose liver with celeriac, apricots and pistachio; tagliatelle lobster Bolognese; saltbush lamb rack & cheeks, Romanesco
Visit: 27 Bukit Manis Road, #02-00 Sentosa Golf Club
Reserve: 6866 1977
Feel & See: The restaurant is located at an exclusive spot overlooking the South China Sea. The Cliff features a show kitchen and a split-level platform built over a lush jungle setting that provides privacy and seclusion. For even more impressive surroundings, book the Cliff Gazebo. Located a short distance away from the main restaurant, it boasts a 180-degree view of the sunset and night sky and comes complete with personal butler service.
Cuisine: Contemporary seafood cuisine
Menu: All sort of seafood including fresh oysters, tuna, lamb, halibut, maine lobsters
Visit: The Cliff at The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel, 2 Bukit Manis, Sentosa
Reserve: 6371 1425
Feel & See: Get an unobstructed, postcard-worthy view of the harbour at this terraced restaurant. Its sleek minimal décor combined with warm lighting and wooden furnishings offer a perfect ambience for intimate parties, private dinners and cocktails.
Menu: Deep fried octopus balls, potato croquettes, seaweed salad, smoked duck in sweet sauce
Visit: 109 Mount Faber Road
Reserve: 6377 9688
Feel & See: Boasting a panoramic view overlooking the river and Marina Bay attractions, Forlino is a spot for special occasions with a stylish yet classic interior.
Cuisine: Contemporary Italian fine-dining cuisine
Menu: Wild Scottish salmon with baeri caviar; four chesses bonbon with chanterelle mushroom & porcini mushroom trifolati; risotto with smoked eel, semi dried tomatoes, lemon pepper cream; herb crusted kurobuta pork loin
Visit: #02-06 One Fullerton
Reserve: 6877 6995
Feel & See: Located in the serene Telok Blangah Hill Park, Alkaff Mansion offers a panoramic view overlooking a 19-hectare park and the sea down below. The first storey features a cheese and cold-cut room in a jewel-cube enclosure and, if you’re in the mood for al fresco dining, enjoy your meals at the verandah on the lower level. To set the mood, resident band, Rosanna & Johnny, performs live from Mondays through Saturdays.
Cuisine: Authentic Italian
Menu: Pan seared Mediterranean monkfish; homemade veal ravioli in alba truffle cream sauce; stewed New Zealand red gurnard with black mussels
Visit: 10 Telok Blangah Green
Reserve: 6510 3068
Feel & See: Situated in the Botanic Gardens, Corner House occupies a 1920s restored colonial residence. It’s great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city in the private retreat amidst the lush greenery. For a more romantic setting, request for a table at the garden terrace.
Cuisine: Modern European
Menu: Maine lobster, carabinero prawn, Hungarian mangalica pork, Cocoa pebbles
Visit: EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Garden
Reserve: 6466 8812
Feel & See: Situated in Singapore Botanic Gardens, the venue is set among tall palm trees, surrounded by ginger flowers and other lush tropical plants. Halia is lit only by discreet lamps, flickering candles and serene moonlight, giving it a fairy tale feel.
Cuisine: Contemporary European cuisine with Asian influences tradition European with light Asian touches
Menu: Tempura of white prawn; salad leaves, ginger infused foie gras; oven baked Chilean seabass fillet; braised mayura station wagyu brisket and shortrib yakitori with pumpkin puree
Visit: Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Reserve: 8444 1148
Feel & See: Located right on Siloso Beach, Trapizza is a casual Italian eatery overlooking the South China Sea. Its open-air layout offers an ideal chill-out spot for beachgoers and families. Go here for a casual yet still elegant on Siloso Beach. While children run off to the play area or the beach, rekindle the romance over simple Italian comfort food.
Cuisine: Casual Italian
Menu: Wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, a selection of pastas, salads, snacks and desserts as well as kids menu
Visit: Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Level 1, Siloso Beach
Reserve: 6376 2662