While we love hitting the top attractions in Singapore with our kiddos, and eating at kid-friendly restaurants, we know there’s nothing more important than a night out on the town. And with the annual sexy time upon us, our minds are turning to romantic restaurants for date night. Nothing puts us in the mood (for love) like good food! From swish restaurants to relaxed al fresco spots with lush garden surrounds, we’ve got the list of the most swoon-worthy venues to wow your significant other.
Po at the Warehouse Hotel
We’ve been watching with barely contained excitement the refurb of the warehouse hotel in River Valley. It’s a building steeped in history and culture – it’s been a spice trading house, an opium den and a disco in its colourful past! Get the romance flowing with an original cocktail at the sleek and sexy bar (personal thumbs up to the Kopi Cat with salted caramel, vodka and expresso). Then nip through to the gorgeous Art-Deco restaurant Po with its dark wood paneled walls, mod-Singaporean nosh and one of the finest selections of loose Chinese teas on the island (we had the light and refreshing Chrysanthemum tea). Standouts from the stellar menu include the rich, succulent pork korobuta char siew and the Canto-inspired whole baked paper spring chicken. Our fave dish? The popiah of course! It’s their signature and pays homage to distinctly local roots. We’ll be rushing back.
320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628; www.thewarehousehotel.com
Botanico at The Garage
Part of a stylish new multi-dining concept in the lush Botanic Gardens, Botanico at The Garage is the perfect place to treat your other half. Housed in the conservation building once used by the professors in the Horticulture Department to park their cars, it’s now had a lovely facelift. Helmed by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo, Botanico plates up contemporary cuisine from a seasonally driven menu. We simply couldn’t go past the braised pork belly, cured and grilled Spanish mackerel, or the to-die-for warm chocolate dessert with ginger ice cream. You’ll want to head back the morning after with the kids for eggs and waffles at Bee’s Knees downstairs.
Botanico (Level 2, The Garage), 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257488; www.sbg.org.sg
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
We’ve been devotees of Violet Oon’s Nyonya-fusion delicacies since the good old days at her Bukit Timah restaurant. But, oh my, the fit out at little sister restaurant at the National Gallery is worth slipping on your best frock and red lippy for. There’s also something thrilling about wandering through the Gallery after hours. Sure snagging a booking can be très tricky, but with sufficient lead-time you should be right (even if you have to sit at the emerald lit bar). There’ll certainly be a twinkle in your eye as you sup on dishes such at the fragrant beef rendang, chilli crab and fiery laksa. As it’s all designed for sharing you’ll have a chance to sample rather a few. Don’t miss the cocktails!
1 St. Andrew’s Road, #02–01, National Gallery Singapore, (City Hall Wing), Singapore 17895; www.violetoon.com
Fratini La Trattoria
Gabriel Fratini personally serves his lucky group of guests every exquisite Italian meal himself– all made from scratch daily (there’s no menu, he just selects fresh seasonal produce). Seemingly endless plates of antipasti, pasta, succulent meats, seafood and veggies appear on your table with a flourish (and he has no trouble catering to dietary requirements). There’s also a talented pastry chef on site to end the evening on a sweet note – hello tiramisu in sugar-spun bird’s nest. Think warm, comforting, classic – yet refined Italian fare with ambience to match. Bookings essential.
10 Greenwood Avenue Hillcrest Park, Singapore, 289201; www.fratinilatrattoria.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 the freshly shucked seasonal oysters and the decadent twice cooked free-range pork belly with caramelized apple compote. And if you’d like to dine on the big day itself, there’s a scrumptious Valentine’s Day menu (but be quick and book in advance and you might just see our writer Tracy there!).
93 Stamford Road, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897; www.flutes.com.sg
If you’re looking for the perfect location for a very special dinner, head to two Michelin star restaurant Odette by Chef-Owner Julien Royer. It’s a joint concept with the fabulous local peeps Lo and Behold, so you know it’s going to be next level fabulous. Everything is just sublime, from the seasonal modern French cuisine, to the stunning neutral interior design with notes of pale pink and rose gold. We also love spying through the glass to watch the master chefs at work. If three words could describe this venue they would be: elegant, iconic and refined.
#01-04 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957; www.odetterestaurant.com
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. For a dramatic and heartwarming end to proceedings don’t miss the signature flaming crêpes Suzette. Delish.
85 Club St, Singapore 069453; www.langelus.sg
UNA at One Rochester
Escape to an idyllic hideaway at UNA, a colonial black and white house nestled in the quiet Rochester enclave. Indulge in top-notch Spanish fare, and if you’re feeling super romantic, opt for the premium Valentine’s package with a 6-course dinner and private butler, free flow Cava and a bouquet of roses. Ooo la la! Make sure to dine al fresco out on the deck, as the leafy surrounds are divine, and will set the mood for a sizzling night out. And, if you want to include the kids in your love-in, bring them along to the Sunday Brunch (12 Feb 2017) where they can tuck in to your paella and roasted suckling pig or choose from their own kid-friendly menu. You’ll still sneak a starry-eyed moment or two while they’re busy with arts and crafts and the bouncy castle.
UNA at One Rochester, 1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212; www.una.sg
The White Rabbit
It doesn’t get much more romantic than dining beneath the soaring beams of an old church where many a happy couple has said “I do”. The White Rabbit is one of the HK team’s go-to restaurants, with it’s exquisite modern European fare and spectacular wine list. It’s putting on a delightful 6-course Valentine’s Day menu including a melt-in your mouth veal cheek and muscato snow globe with berries for dessert. Do opt for the wine pairing – it’s sublime. Enjoy an al fresco pre or post dinner gin cocktail at The Rabbit Hole and let the whimsical ambiance envelope you.
39C Harding Road Singapore, 249541; www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg
Right in the heart of pumping Amoy Street you’ll find darling little Greek taverna ALATI. White and bright and awash with blue, you’ll be transported to Ios Island in the Aegean Sea for the evening. The food is lovingly made by hand from fresh produce and wild-caught seafood. Don’t miss the divine rice stuffed vine leaves, seabass carpaccio or the grilled octopus. The creamy and zesty tzatziki is the perfect accompaniment to every dish. Post dinner wander along the gorgeous little streets down to My Awesome Café for a nightcap under the swaying colourful lanterns (or any of the other great bars along the way like Employees Only and Birds of a Feather).
73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892; www.alati.sg