Whether you’re looking for sky-high fine dining or a casual fusion restaurant, dinner on the sea or date night beside the pool, Singapore is full of romantic dining options for a special meal out. Here are a few of our top picks – some of them offer fab Valentine’s Day dinner menus, too!
Overlooking the beautiful pool area of Mandarin Oriental Singapore is Italian restaurant Dolce Vita. Choose to sit outdoors for a relaxing and romantic dinner, or opt for indoor dining, which gets you equally superb views of the Marina Bay.
On 14 February, a Valentine’s Day dinner menu ($168 per person) will be served. Dinner begins with the decadent-sounding Uovo, a starter of soft poached egg, mascarpone mousse, Castelluccio lentils, focaccia croutons and black winter truffle. There’s also the restaurant’s raved-about Risotto e Uova – Acquerello special riserva rice, Tsarskaya oyster, Calvisius caviar, Amalfi lemon – to fill you up; then a sumptuous dish of pan-fried Boston lobster with cauliflower purée, pomelo texture, and seaweed emulsion. Make the occasion extra special by opting for the wine pairing, available at a top-up of $70.
For the ultimate romantic date, treat your special someone to a splendid lunch or dinner at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse! Sure to impress your plus one, the Valentine’s Day menu ($328 per couple) is available from 5 to 14 February, from 11.30am to 11.30pm on weekdays and 11am to 11.30pm on weekends.
The feasting begins with an indulgent burrata cheese salad, followed by a soulful clear chicken soup. You’ll be spoilt for choice as the main course offers a choice of New York striploin, dry-aged on site for at least 28 days, served with grilled king salmon and a jumbo crab cake, or a 60-day dry-aged ribeye. Mains can also be upgraded to Wolfgang’s signature porterhouse steak for two (top-up of $50). For sides, you get to choose two from the the likes of sautéed mushrooms, green pea mashed potatoes, cream of corn and creamed spinach. Round up the night with a sweet treat; the divine banana split is our pick!
For something a little different this year, check out Pan-Asian resto The Sampan at Boat Quay. Offering both indoor dining and alfresco seating by the river, this three-storey restaurant has an eclectic drinks menu, paired with unique bites infused with fresh flavours of Asia.
The Valentine’s Day menu ($98) is a three-course special with the option of topping up $50 for beverage pairing. Highlights on the menu include: sesame-crusted tuna loin with turmeric caramel, coconut sauce and pink ginger; Angus ribeye with hasselback potatoes and homemade Indonesian Iga sauce; and a signature mango pudding with grapefruit, sesame tuile and coconut sago.
Trying to avoid the crowds this Valentine’s Day? Famed Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali BYBG is offering takeaway pizzas for the first time! The Get Some Kit ($300) includes everything you need for a romantic date night at home, including the restaurant’s beloved 18-inch pizza, a salad and pasta, a bottle of L.A.S. Vino x Lucali Red Wine, and chocolate truffles to end the meal on an indulgent note.
The kit is available for pickup or delivery on 13 and 14 February, during dinner time. You’ll need to indicate an exact pickup time, during which each pizza will be fired immediately to ensure it remains fresh and hot.
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Novelty meals in cities like Singapore are typically found atop towering skyscrapers or between the pages of the latest Michelin Guide. But if you’re looking to really surprise your date with something different, why not take to the water? The Royal Albatross – Singapore’s only four-mast, 22-sail luxury Tall Ship – offers an idyllic opportunity to cruise the shoreline while enjoying a three-course meal, live entertainment and the city’s sparkling horizon from a distance. Talk about romantic dining!
Whether you choose the Sunset or City Lights option, you’ll want to be punctual for this two-and-a-half hour dinner cruise ($195 per person, including a welcoe drink), which sets sail from the home berth in Resorts World Sentosa. At 47 metres, there’s plenty to explore on the boat, from the cosy Grand Salon to the two well-stocked bars on both the upper and main decks. As the night progresses, head to the upper deck to catch a glimpse of the fireworks along the Sentosa coastline (City Lights option) or choose to ride into the sunset.
Planning to pop the question? There’s a range of special packages to choose from, including a proposal package (from $550 per couple)!
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Housed along heritage-rich Mohamed Sultan Road, this Tuscan-style steakhouse is an elegant spot for a special night out with your SO. The restaurant is dressed in brick walls and glamorous artwork, which add a touch of old-school Italian allure, while leather booths and wood panelling give the space a classy and upscale vibe.
The char-grilled bistecca alla Fiorentina ($198), a whopping 1.1kg T-bone, is truly a sight to behold. Seen on almost every table in the venue on our last visit, this sharing-sized steak uses F1 wagyu beef that’s pasture-raised in Australia. It’s served in thick-cut slices true to traditional Tuscan fashion and has a marbling score of six; each bite is rich, succulent and extremely flavourful. For something more modestly sized, there’s also a selection of individual cuts like the tenderloin ($69) and bone-in sirloin ($110).
Before tucking into your steak, kick things off with starters like the polipo ($26) – slow-cooked octopus sitting on a bed of savoury romesco sauce – and burrata ($40) with rocket salad. Wash it all down with an Italian sangria ($25) and finish the night on a sweet note with a classic Italian dessert like tiramisu ($12) or pannacotta ($15).
If you have somebody special that you want to wow, Artemis is your place. With to-die-for views of Marina Bay and the CBD, this romantic restaurant manages to be elegant without being stuffy. The incredibly attentive wait staff and talented sommelier are as impressive as the stunning panorama outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Chef Oliver Hyde’s menu of Mediterranean-inspired flavours is like a who’s who of the ingredients you’d want to feature for a special occasion: lobster, crab, fish, pork, caviar, mouth-watering dessert – it’s all here and it’s all impressive. If it’s lunch you’re after, try one of the sets (two courses for $47, or three for $55). For starters, we suggest the quinoa falafel with hummus, white cabbage slaw, pomegranate, and za’atar ($19/$28). For mains, highlights include the Iberico pork “secreto” ($44), the veggie-friendly saffron fusilli ($24/34), and the Australian lamb rack ($72) with truffle and parsley spelt.
This Duxton destination is an experience you won’t forget. From the moment you walk in, the service is impeccable. And, though it’s fine dining, there’s no stuffiness here; in fact, Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jeremy Gillon and Managing Director Anant Tyagi, both owners, couldn’t be warmer. The Normandy-born chef pops out of the open kitchen from time to time to check on guests in the intimate dining room (and by intimate, we mean seven tables only!), while Anant is behind the second-floor bar making cocktails or helping diners with their wine selections. Meanwhile, there’s a great upbeat playlist in the background, taking any fine-dining staleness or preconceptions out of the equation.
Inspired by the mountainsides of Savoie, France, Jeremy uses 40 indigenous herbs that are flown into Singapore, and playfully incorporates them throughout all his dishes – right down to the delicious herb butter.
It’s all about tasting menus here, with your degustation experience customised to your personal dietary preferences. Prices start at $98 for the Executive Set Lunch, which lets you opt for wine pairing with a top-up of $78. For a special romantic dinner date, we recommend the Discovery Degustation Menu ($223) for the true JAG omakase experience.
NOX Dine in the Dark
NOX has a perfect balance of fine dining with a flair for the dramatic. All the wait staff are visually impaired but impeccably trained and will help you feel at ease with this multi-sensory culinary experience.
Heading up the stairs into total darkness is a little daunting. It’s disorientating, too, but the well-practiced servers know to expect this and gently guide you to your table. Sitting in a completely dark room, with no people watching or technology to distract you (personal belongings are locked away downstairs), you’ll find that you actually talk. Be it your first or thirtieth Valentine’s Day together, NOX connects you like no other restaurant can. Feeling for the familiarity of each other’s hands across the table, discussing what you think you might be eating, and just listening to the sounds of the restaurant can make for an intimate encounter that you’ll remember for years.
Head Chef Shahrom has created a menu that’s memorable from first to last taste. Served in little easy-to-manage bowls, the food changes every few weeks based on seasonality and availability. Four different samples are served for entrée, main and dessert (the three-course menu is $88 each), and you can choose to match each course with wine, cocktails or mocktails (pairings start from $30). You can request a vegetarian menu too.
Past and present collide at Blu Kouzina where the splendour of ancient Greece meets Singapore’s Chinese heritage. Starry-eyed couples can dine on seasonally inspired small plates that are perfect for sharing. The warm and friendly atmosphere and authentic food – the organic extra virgin olive oil used in every dish comes from the owner’s family estate in Messinia – are just the ingredients you’ll need to kick-start a classic romance.
Start with some of their fluffy pita bread ($3.90), dipped in homemade hummus ($15.80) before moving on to a hot mezze like keftedes – beef meatballs with tzatziki ($11.80) – along with bougiourdi ($17.80), a red pepper dish stuffed with marinated spicy feta cheese. For mains, share the small meat platter ($55.80), consisting of two keftedes, one beef skewer, one soft beef patty and two lamb chops cooked to perfection, along with a side of fries and more tzatziki. If you have enough room for dessert, share the bougatsa ($13.80) – a light filo pastry filled with semolina cream – and wash it down with a cup of traditional Greek coffee ($5.80).
The vibe here is fun and relaxed, while the staff are friendly and willing to make recommendations. Get a seat outside on the terrace, if you can.
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