Recently, I have been a “date guru” of sorts. Not just food anymore. People asking me where to bring their girlfriends on a first date, first month anniversary, first year anniversary etc etc. Actually, I rather not recommend as I would never want to be guilty of recommending a ‘wrong’ place and spoiling that date (forever).
‘Wrong’ because I don’t believe that many wrong places when compared to wrong dates.
I think the other party will be pretty impressed and delighted to have a dinner at Shangri-La Hotel’s new Waterfall Café. It is very respectable, yet does not cost a bomb. I however, would not recommend this for the very first date. Set your cost expectations right first, because it should only get better (or higher).
Let’s see… One of Singapore’s top hotel, tropical greenery, poolside view, dim yellow lighting, colonial interior, comfy furniture, lovely chocolates and desserts… checked, checked, checked.
The mains consist of healthy yet creative and colourful-looking dishes inspired by Mediterranean flavours, created by Chef de Cuisine Stephane Cocu.
The Seared Sea Scallops ($24) in hazelnut crust, crushed potatoes, port win jus sets the tone right – light pan-fried, crispy on the outer crust, and fresh and moist on the inside. Easily the most memorable dish of the evening.
I had the Atlantic Cod ($38) which is served on barley risotto, an interesting take as most would have been cooked with rice. The barley gives the dish a light sweetness, and has slight foam which adds a more varied texture. Probably two can share this if both are light eaters.
If you date is a vegetarian, the Socca ($21) which comes with spicy tomato coulis, roasted vegetables, fresh herb salad and pesto is both a beautiful and delectable dish.
Every date should end with a dessert, and it is usually a key deciding factor on whether the dinner would turn out well. The dainty looking Lemon Curd with Fresh Blueberry with Orchid Root Scented Coulis ($10) was surprisingly my favourite dessert, for just being very different from all the rest of them.
Dating a chocolate lover is a high possibility. You can go for the Valrhona chocolate cake with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream ($14) though there is no chocolate flowing from the centre, or the Trio of Chocolate Mousse ($8) which has white, milk and dark chocolate beneath a cacao crumble which should set you on a chocolate high.
And guess who I spotted having a date with his wife at Waterfall Café? Professor Tommy Koh! Now, if Chubby Hubby’s daddy and mummy are here, you know you have probably chosen the right place to treat the love of your life.
Waterfall Café (Shangri-La Hotel)
22 Orange Grove Road, Garden Wing, Level One, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore 258350, Singapore 258350 Tel: +65 6213 4138
Opening Hours: Breakfast Mon – Sun: 6.30am – 11am, Light Snacks, Mon – Sun: 11am – 12pm, 3pm – 6pm, Lunch Mon – Sun: 12pm – 3pm, Dinner Mon – Sat: 6pm – 10:30pm
Other Possible Date Places
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Raffles City)
The Royal Mail (Ascott Singapore)
Cocotte (Wunderlust Hotel)
Salt Tapas & Bar (Raffles City)
TongKang Colonial Bar & Restaurant (Clarke Quay)