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)…
The Knolls, Capella Singapore
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 four-course meal including a Chef’s Selection of Seasonal Oyster, Line-Caught Cod Fish Confit and Slow-Cooked Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with a sweet ending of Balinese Dark Chocolate Mousse will be served overlooking the very romantic cascading pool (pictured top).
Available 14 February only, $128++ per person
The Knolls, 1 The Knolls Capella Singapore, Singapore 098297; www.capellahotels.com/singapore
The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning
For something simple but elegant, head to the park for a four-course dinner surrounded by lush greenery. Be serenaded while you dine on Hokkaido Scallop, Baked Norwegian Salmon with Prosciutto and Chargrilled Grass-fed Wagyu Beef, and finish off the meal with a Classic Fudge Cheesecake to sweeten the deal.
Available from 13 to 15 February, $168++ per couple
Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881; www.hfcsingapore.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 Sockeye Salmon Rillette, Cape Grim Tenderloin and Marou Chocolate Tart with cherries and coconut ice-cream.
Available 14 February only, from $216++ per couple
93 Stamford Road, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897; www.flutes.com.sg
If you’re in the mood for Cantonese with a modern twist, Mitzo is just the ticket. Sip on a complimentary sweet and bubbly pre-dinner cocktail, Bed of Roses made with Campari infused with longan red date tea and topped with Prosecco, and then bring on the six-course meal specially created by Executive Chef Nicky Ng. Dine on dishes like Truffle Chicken Spring Roll, Double-boiled Abalone Soup, Pork Rib and Steamed Lobster with Miso and Pink Ginger.
Available 14 February only, $298++ per couple
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857; mitzo.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. Dip into a decadent Middle Eastern dining experience and indulge in a seven-course tasting menu with Kelly Oysters served with Chili Pearls and treats harvested straight from local farms, before choosing between Tiberias Snapper or Omega Lamb Tenderloin (tough choice!).
Available 14 February only, $296++ for seven courses per couple
The Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street, #01-01A, Singapore 079317; www.theottomani.com
Sushi Jiro at The Admiral
What’s more romantic than sailing off into the sunset in a cruise? Hop aboard The Admiral to experience a glamorous date against the backdrop of the city skyline this Valentine’s Day. Pick one of two slots (4 to 7 pm or 7.30 to 10.30 pm) for a night that starts off with a luxurious cruise down along the southern island and Singapore skyline right in time for sunset. Sushi Jiro – known for its authentic sushi and Omakase experiences – will serve up a seven-course dinner aboard (think fresh sashimi, tender steak and more), once the yacht docks at Marina at Keppel Bay.
Available 14 to 15 February, $599++ per couple
The Admiral, p. 6303 8448 or e. firstname.lastname@example.org; marinakeppelbay.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.
Available 14 February only, Lunch: $256++, Dinner $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! With complimentary Champagne and rose bouquet, it’s all sorted for you. Cameras at the ready for that skyline selfie.
Available 14 February only, $438.90++ per couple
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803; www.singaporeflyer.com
Feel like spreading the love this Valentine’s Day? Why not spend it at SPRMRKT Cambodia to support underprivileged young adults from the non-profit Cambodian hospitality school, EGBOK. Dine alfresco on a special six-course Cambodian inspired meal of delicious pumpkin Kor Ko Soup, Pan Seared Duck Breast and Chicken Wing Amok served with crispy purple potato croquette. The best part? 15% of the proceeds from both nights go directly to supporting the students of EGBOK.
Available 14 to 15 February, $190++ per person
SPRMRKT at STPI, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236; sprmrkt.com.sg
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 six-course dinner menu includes Foie Gras, Clams, Ribeye and Dark Chocolate to share with your love. Leave room for the Chocolate Mousse: it’s divine!
Available 13 to 17 February, from $88 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
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 four-course sharing menu with sumptuous dishes like Seared Scallop with Foie Gras, Grilled Sanchoku Wagyu Rump with King Oyster Mushroom and Creamy Polenta and Red Snapper with handpicked Sauteed Brazilian Spinach from the garden.
Available 14 February only, $250+ 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. Halal-certified, the 10-course Valentine’s Day menu includes Blackmore Wagyu Gunpowder, slow cooked French Chicken Breast, and Barramundi in Ginger Milk.
Available 14 February only, $270++ per couple, includes 10-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
Planning something a little more extravagant? Head to Michelin-star restaurant JAAN for an extravagant ‘Reinventing British’ 10-course dinner. Enjoy Chef Kirk Westaway’s menu featuring luscious seafood of Irish Majestic Oyster, Scottish Scallop with Smoked Iberico Broth and the Scottish Lobster with Burrata and Tomato, all with a scenic view of Singapore’s skyline to whet the appetite.
Available 14 to 15 February, $399++ per person, served with a selection of snacks and a glass of Krug Grand Cuvée
Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882; www.jaan.com.sg
Pool Grill, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
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 in an exclusive poolside cabana with no need to keep an eye on anything other than your wine glass being refilled. Decadent dining picks include Grilled Herb Crusted Lamb Loin, Pan-Fried Black Cod Fish with Potato Paupiette and Pink Mint-Infused Custards. And you won’t have to share any of it with small people.
Available 14 February only, from $198++ per couple, inclusive of two glasses of Prosecco
Pool Grill, fifth floor, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865; www.singaporemarriott.com
Dinner with a view? Yes, please, especially when it comes with a crisp glass of bubbly. If the exclusive tequila cocktail, My Funny Valentine hasn’t swept you off your feet, the five-course meal sure will. The Black Pearl Oyster with rich Scallop and Uni Risotto, melt-in-your-mouth sake-glazed Alaskan Cod, and the Wylarah Wagyu Strip with Kombu will leave you plenty satisfied. Leave room for the decadent Chocolate Brownie dessert featuring Ruby Chocolate, the first new variety of chocolate in 80 years.
Available 13 to 15 February, $248++ per person, includes a glass of Champagne
Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Level 70 Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882; skai.sg
Lead image credit: The Knolls
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