Romance. Remember that? You know, before the kids stole your figure, your sleep and, half the time, your mind? Well, it’s time to take that ALL back and insist from here on in that at least once a month you’ll start drafting in a babysitter (or leaving the littles in the capable hands of your fabulous helper) to head out for date night. Yep, a whole meal where you don’t have to worry if there are chicken nuggets on the menu. You might even get to speak to your other half about something other than whose turn it is to attend to the wailing three-year-old who should be sleeping through the night by now. We give you our guide to the 12 wonderful, kid-free, grown up date night restaurants in Singapore that serve up a side order of romance. You’re welcome.
For a standout meal serving up a modern take on Middle Eastern fare, The Ottomani (pictured up top) ticks all the boxes for a dinner date to remember. The low-key lighting, luxe leather sofas and excellent cocktails set the scene for what’s been hailed as ‘Singapore’s sexiest supper club’ – bring on the sexy, we say! Make sure you savour every last morsel of the walnut bread, and then move on to delicious delights such as foie gras mousse, sticky pork, salt and inked potatoes and Boston lobster. Food heaven.
The Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street, #01-01A, Singapore 079317, tel: 92319316; www.theottomani.com
If affordable fine dining floats your date night boat, then Flutes is THE place to have on your ‘dinner for two’ radar. The food, the staff, the ambience and the location all make for a top notch treat that won’t bust a gaping hole in your wallet. In fact, it’s long been our go-to when it comes to the perfect meal sans kids. There’s also a huge wine menu to go along with the extensive and delicious cuisine – the Chermoula scented lamb rack or roasted cote de boeuf washed down with a glass (or two) of Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2015 ($85++ per bottle) gets us every single time.
Flutes, 93 Stamford Road (National Museum of Singapore), Singapore 178897, tel: 63388770; www.flutes.com.sg
Handcrafted pizza (that you won’t have to share with the kids), pasta, cocktails and all other manner of Italian delights are what you’ll find on your plate at Publico. It’s one of our favourite picks for its chilled vibe, great music, friendly staff and lovely view of the river (for when we’re not busy gazing into one another’s eyes).
Publico, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909, tel: 68265040; www.publico.sg/day
Tired of your usual restaurant haunts and looking for flavours that offer something a little bit different? How does Tribajam curry goat, jerk chicken and Caribbean nachos (using plantain chips) grab you? Head over to Lime House and chow down on seriously good Caribbean feasts aplenty (including vegan options) at this fun and vibrant date night spot. Make sure you leave some space for the spiced banana cake, but don’t let the evening end there: Pop upstairs to the Bago Rum Bar to continue the party for two.
Lime House, 2 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089260, tel: 62223130; www.limehouse.asia
Small and intimate with a flavour-packed menu are what you can expect at Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Maggie Joans, with an extra bonus for its really lovely staff. The house baked sourdough bread with beef fat butter is a must, and menus change regularly, which makes it perfect for repeat visits. Heads up: to prevent ‘frayed tempers’ before you get to your table, do note that the entrance is on Gemmill Lane NOT Amoy Street.
Maggie Joan’s, 110 Amoy Street, 069930, tel: 62215564; www.maggiejoans.com
Oxwell & Co
Wear your stretchy pants and come hungry for a date at Oxwell & Co, a Brit-inspired restaurant in a lovely four-storey shop house. Pitch up early for a pre-dinner drink at the bar on the first floor before heading up to a quaint dining room dishing up contemporary British classics on the second floor. End the evening with a cocktail at the rooftop bar for views of one another – and of twinkling Chinatown.
Oxwell & Co, 5 Ann Siang Road, 069688, tel: 64387036; www.oxwellandco.com
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Celeb chef? Contemporary steakhouse menu? Michelin Star? Check, check and check! For a steak that really is a cut above the rest, CUT is THE place to go. Offering the finest range of beef selections grilled over hard wood and charcoal, CUT caters to the true steak connoisseur, all while being surrounded by swish decor and a wonderful ‘grown up’ ambience. Once you’re done with the delish food, prolong the date by heading up to the top of MBS to Spago by Wolfgang Puck for a post-dinner cocktail with stunning views over ‘that’ infinity pool and beyond.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-71, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 018972, tel: 66888517; www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants
Xiao Ya Tou
“Modern Asian flavours, served with a touch of naughtiness” are how Xiao Ya Tou (XYT) likes to be known, and we absolutely concur. Local dishes are reinvented with slick style and must tries include drunken flower clams, Xianjiang style lamb spare ribs, XYT hokkien mee and crispy otak otak rolls. One of our date night favourites.
XYT, 6 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089592, tel: 62261965; www.xyt.sg
Nox Dine in the Dark
You know the drill: you have a dinner date in half an hour and the kids have just flung spag bol at your one non-mumsy dress. You didn’t get near a hairbrush and your make-up seems to have been purloined by your five-year old for a ‘fashion show’ with her dolls. Time crunched mum, much? We hear you, and we think we have just the place…Nox Dine in the Dark. The menu is a closely guarded secret (the whole point is to taste your food with your senses, not your mind) and as far as date nights go, the mystery and intrigue of this one definitely makes for a dinner winner. Also, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or that you have no mascara on. Woohoo!
Nox Dine in the Dark, 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546, tel: 62980708; www.noxdineinthedark.com/
Not only is the view over the coastline of Sentosa a romantic dinner factor at Panamericana, but the delicious cocktails and excellent menu really seal the deal for a fab date night at this relatively new restaurant kid on the block. Kickstart your evening with a Grown Up Fanta (a Prosecco based cocktail) and savour the smoky delights from the open oven including Colombian chicken, Spanish mackerel and rib eye steaks. South American food, how we love thee. Our advice? Ditch the kids for the night, and make a Sentosa staycation of it!
Panamericana, Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, 099892, tel: 62538182; www.panamericana.sg
Fabulous rooftop views over Boat Quay give chicken curry a new romantic twist at Our Village. The outstanding North Indian cuisine and sparkling lights are a winner every time for a regular (and affordable) night out. Worried that the calorie content of your fave curry will seriously curtail your diet? Fear not: this place also offers HEALTHIER OPTIONS – you did indeed read that right: healthier curries! You need this place on speed dial…
Our Village, 46 Boat Quay, Singapore 049835, tel: 65383058 (no website: it’s too busy whipping up fab food to create one)
One for the herbivores, Original Sin serves some of the best Mediterranean-veggie plates in the city — meat, what? Don’t leave without trying its cheesy baked portobello mushroom with pesto and tomato basil sauce (aka the Magic Mushroom), and the pomelo salade with romaine, lettuce, crispy tosu, cucumber, capsicum and roasted cashew nuts in a sweet, tangy chili lime dressing. Yes it’s a veggie restaurant, but even if you’re a prolific carnivore, this one will have you fooled. We *may* have tricked one of our own husbands with this pick and he was won over before he’d even finished the starter.
Original Sin, #01-62 Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens, Holland Village, Singapore 278115, tel: 6475 5605
Sabai Fine Thai Dining by the Bay
We don’t know about you, but despite our close proximity to Thailand, we struggle to find really authentic Thai food… Step forward, Sabai Fine Thai Dining by the Bay, which not only has scrumptious Peek Gai Sod Sai, Yam Sam Oo and Gang Daeng Neua (stuffed chicken wings, pomelo salad and beef Thai red curry if you prefer), but also has a fine dining setting right across the bay from Marina Bay Sands.
Sabai Fine Thai Dining by the Bay, #01-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323, tel: 65353718; www.sabaifinethai.com.sg
For casual dining, excellent burgers and craft beers, there’s plenty of buzz around new burger joint on the block, Black Tap at the moment. We’ve been there with our own kids, but would definitely head there for an easy, breezy date night, if for no other reason than not having to share those CrazyShakes with the small humans. Sadly you can’t reserve, but queuing is a doddle without kids whinging in your ear about being bored. Check out our review before heading on over.
Black Tap, 10 Bayfront Ave, l1 80, Bay Level, Singapore 018956, tel: 66889957
Greenwood Fish Market at Dempsey Hill
Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! Greenwood Fish Market just opened the doors on its fourth branch and this time set with the jungle backdrop of Dempsey. We recently checked it out on your behalf and can happily report that its freshly shucked oysters, New Zealand littleneck clams, Boston lobster tail et al are wonderfully divine. This is not a meal to rush (courses can take a little while to arrive) but it’s perfect for a whole evening of unhindered, leisurely dining sans kids.
Greenwood Fish Market Dempsey Hill, Block 8D, Dempsey Rd, #01-01, Singapore 249672
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