Chinese New Year seems to have sidetracked us a tad from the other big occasion happening in February: Valentine’s Day! We say round up a babysitter, ditch the kids, pull on your glad rags and try a romantic restaurant where you won’t have to order one single chicken nugget. Here’s where we want to be whisked off to on the day of lurve (hint, hint)…
If you fancy jetting away with your love for Valentine’s Day, but you can’t leave the
pests kids, then head over to Sentosa instead where you can grab some holiday feels (well at least for the duration of your meal). Treat yourself to a dining experience at The Knolls where a five-course meal including Alaskan Crab Salad topped with Smoked Avruga Caviar, Slow-Cooked French Duck Breast served with Tannin-Flavoured Pink Risotto and a sweet ending of Milky White Chocolate Mousse with Australian Organic Honey will be served overlooking the very romantic cascading pool (pictured top).
$148++ per person
The Knolls, 1 The Knolls Capella Singapore, Singapore 098297; www.capellahotels.com/singapore
Dining next to a pool without having to worry about the kids jumping in and drowning? Sounds wonderful! Head to the Pool Grill for a romantic dinner under the stars with no need to keep an eye on anything other than your wine glass being refilled. Decadent dining picks include Pan-fried Scallops with Chestnut Velouté, Duck Foie Gras Torchon with Rhubarb and Chocolate Fondue. And you won’t have to share any of it with small people.
$198++ per couple, inclusive of 2 glasses of Prosecco
Pool Grill, fifth floor, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865; www.singaporemarriott.com
Flutes has long held the title as one of Singapore’s most romantic dining spots (we’ve been going there for special occasions since it was at leafy Fort Canning). It’s current location in the breathtaking National Museum only ramps up the romance factor. The impeccable service doesn’t hurt matters either. Food wise, expect to be wowed with dishes like Whiskey Oak-Smoked Salmon Terrine, Grilled Rangers Valley Wagyu Striploin and Lemongrass Panna Cotta.
From $216++ per couple
93 Stamford Road, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897; www.flutes.com.sg
The Ottomani has put the sexy back into supper club: the moment you swish through the velour curtains and take a seat on a velvet sofa, you know you’re in date night heaven. Sip on Kissed by a Rose: a rose-based concoction before a decadent Middle Eastern dining experience of Tsarskaya oysters, Torched Foie Gras and Ash Roasted Wagyu Sirloin.
$144++ for seven courses
The Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street, #01-01A, Singapore 079317; www.theottomani.com
Nox Dine in the Dark
No time to glam up (thanks, kids!)? We’ve got the perfect solution: Nox Dine in the Dark! Your romantic three-course meal will be served in total darkness so no need to worry about that pimple you didn’t have time to cover, or the baby food on your skirt… Chow down (as messily as you like, no one is looking) on a decadent menu that includes a welcome drink, two amuse bouches, a three-course meal and decadent petit fours to round off the evening.
$288++ per couple
Nox Dine in the Dark, 269 Beach Rd, Singapore 199546; www.noxdineinthedark.com
Singapore Flyer Sky Dining
Here’s a Valentine’s date with a difference: combine romance and one of Singapore’s icons in a dining experience that will send you into the clouds… The exclusive Valentine’s Day Singapore Flyer Sky Dining four-course menu will be served in your own capsule, 165 metres above Marina Bay! Cameras at the ready for that skyline selfie.
$399++ per couple
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803; www.singaporeflyer.co
Fresh, quality seafood is at the heart of this relaxed seafront restaurant on Keppel Bay – perfect if you’re not feeling your skyscraper heels and LBD. The chilled dinner menu includes Smoked Halibut Gribiche, Cured Salmon and Crab Agnolott and hearty pies to share with your love of either cod and salmon fish or braised beef cheek. Leave room for the Chocolate Mousse: it’s divine!
$98 per person
Bayswater Kitchen, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382; www.bayswaterkitchen.com.sg
The French are renowned for romance – and you’ll find it in spades at the cosy and intimate French bistro L’Angelus. It’s a Club Street Institution with classy soft lighting, to-die-for steaks and oh-so-creamy potato gratin. Perch on the bar for a glass of Champagne (you’re in a French establishment after all) for a civilized start to your evening. Don’t miss the signature flaming crêpes Suzette. Delish!
A la carte menu
85 Club St, Singapore 069453; www.langelus.sg
Osia Steak and Seafood Grill
Sharing is caring when it comes to a succulent seafood and gourmet meat menu at one-Michelin starred Osia Steak and Seafood Grill. The mouthwatering three-course sharing menu will include Normandy Oysters served with Vichysoisse Espuma and Black Truffle, Seafood plate of Maine Lobster, Skull Island King Prawn, Fremantle Octopus, Hokkaido Scallops and New Zealand Short Neck Clams, as well as Bungalow Sweet Pork Rack Chop and Murray Bridge Lamb Saddle. Come hungry!
$316++ per couple
Osia Steak and Seafood Grill, Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa; www.rwsentosa.com/en/restaurants/osia
If it’s a splurge you fancy, and somewhere that the kids would turn their nose up at every single thing on the menu, then The Summerhouse is it. Within your climate-controlled, air-conditioned dome, you’ll enjoy a 10-course set menu with sumptuous dishes like Japanese Scallop with Seaweed and Sake Jelly, Red Snapper Pie with Young Potatoes, Leeks and Truffle in Crispy Puff Pastry garnished with edible flowers and handpicked herbs from the garden. A bottle of bubbly and a beautiful flower bouquet by Poppy Floral Studio are included to really ramp up the romance.
$600+ per couple
The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387; www.thesummerhouse.sg
Hidden in the Ginger garden of Singapore Botanic Gardens, Halia’s peaceful setting (no kids!) makes it the perfect romantic setting for a special Valentine’s date. Recently Halal-certified, the 11-course Valentine’s Day menu includes Freshly Shucked Oysters, Sustainable Australian Bluefin Tuna Tartare, and Slow Cooked Wagyu Striploin. One of our personal faves.
$270++ per couple, includes 11-course dinner, Herbarium mocktail activity, stalk of rose and photobooth picture memento
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road (via Tyersall Avenue) Ginger Garden, Singapore 259569; www.thehalia.com
Asia’s first Michelin chef showcase restaurant will present Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Halat’s inventive creations in a 5-course dinner menu that includes Oyster with Rose and Raspberries, Wagyu Tenderloin with Beetroot and Hazelnut, and Chef’s signature Soufflated Farm Egg, served with champagne and caviar just for Valentine’s Day. It had us at the champagne and caviar…
S$98++ per person
Curate, The Forum, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa; www.rwsentosa.com
Lead image credit: The Knolls
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