14 Most Romantic Restaurants In Singapore – The Atas Edition
Friends ask me for the “Most Romantic Restaurants In Singapore” ALL THE TIME – for Valentine’s Day meals, birthdays, special dates and anniversaries. I think thrice before dropping a name of a restaurant. What if the restaurant spoils the occasion for them? “What if the food sucks and she is not accepting the proposal?! Help!”
Here are 14 of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore. I know there are many many more, since every one’s idea of romance is quite different. Some would say a home-cooked meal is the sweetest, while others don’t mind as long as the both of them are together forever. Awwwwwww…
The criteria are based on the generalised view of romantic dinner – quiet European style dinner, elegant ambience, quality food, personable service with atas price.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, EJH Corner House, Singapore 259569
(Drive in from Nassim Gate, Park at Carpark A or B)
Opening Hours: 12-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm (Tue-Sat), 11:30am-3pm, 6:30-10:30pm (Sun & PH),
Dine Within A Garden
The Gastro-Botanica cuisine created by Chef Jason Tan would a shoo-in for one of the best fine dining meals I had in Singapore. Chef Jason’s cuisine could be described as French with some twists inspired from food from his growing up years and travels. There was also inclusion of strong botanical elements – sustainably-sourced seasonal produce and vegetables, due to its unique location.
The degustation menu was an 8-course “Discovery Experience” (S$248++), while the 4-course set (S$98++) and 6-course set (S$148++) seemed value for its quality. Beautiful food, beautiful setting, in a beautiful garden. (Read: Corner House)
After date: Star gazing in the gardens.
Dine In Singapore’s Best Restaurant
In a short span of a few years, Restaurant Andre has been chosen as Singapore’s best restaurant under S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and lauded by The New York Times as a “top 10 restaurant in the world worth a plane ride”.
The philosophical menu is based on an “Octaphilosophy” theme of eight dishes, representing Pure, Salt, Artisan, South, Texture, Unique, Memory and Terrior, created by the talented Chef Andre Chiang. If nothing less than best can satisfy your date, then this is perhaps one of the best Singapore can offer. (Read: Restaurant Andre)
After date: A walk around Bukit Pasoh Conservation Area.
2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox complex, Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore 178882 (City Hall MRT), Tel: +65 9199 9008
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm (Lunch Mon-Sat), 7pm – 10pm (Dinner Daily except PH)
Dine In The Clouds
There are many restaurants found at high stories with scenic views in Singapore, but how many can claim that they are one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Located on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, Jaan will give you breath-taking view of the Singapore skyline facing the Marina Bay district, and you would somehow spend some time gazing across with a fall-in-love feeling.
The cuisine by Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway is imaginative and exceptional. 5 course degustation dinner menu with 48 hours confit Tajima Beef Short Ribs is recommended (198++, $298 with wine pairing). (Read: Jaan at Swissotel the Stamford)
After date: Dance at Equinox next door, or walk to the Merlion or Esplanade area for more photo-taking.
1 St. Andrew’s Road #01-04 National Gallery Museum Singapore, Singapore 178957 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6385 0498
Reservation Hours: 12pm – 1:45pm Lunch, 6pm – 9:45pm Dinner
Dine In The National Gallery
Odette is a fine dining restaurant at the National Gallery with its menu and concept inspired by Chef Julien Royer’s (previously from JAAN) grandmother. No prizes for guessing what her name is. This is also a collaboration with The Lo & Behold Group.
Some of the signature favourites from JAAN have resurfaced at Odette, such as the 55’ Smoked Organic Egg, though not without modifications.
Chef Julian Royer’s style has become more distinctive in Odette, with an interplay of textures, balanced subtlety, with use top quality ingredients to create pieces of culinary art. Service was top-notch, nothing was overly gimmicky
Note: Getting a reservation here may need weeks of waiting.
After the date: Down to the Padang, walk to the Marina or near the Singapore River.
CHIJMES 30 Victoria Street #01-26/27 Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 6837 0402
Opening Hours: 6pm – 9:30pm last order (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
Whitegrass is a new fine dining restaurant at Chijmes, helmed by Chef Sam Aisbett who will present Modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian. This is Chef Aisbett first ever role as owner, who has spent years working under the well-respected Chef Tetsuya Wakuda at Tetsuya’s and Peter Gilmore at Quay.
I love the interior to bits. It has an appeal that combines both a feminine touch with shades of pink and turquoise green, added witha feeling of home. The patterned sofas, vibrant coloured rugs, fresh flowers and hand-painted drawings on the wall provide a sense of ease and comfort.
The standout dish for me is the Slow-cooked Mangalica Pork, which incorporates some elements of Japanese with a dashi stock cooked with pork and seaweed poured from a teapot, and usage of spongy hasu-imo—the inner stalks of the Japanese lotus yam.
After the date: CHIJMES and its surrounding area is quite charming to walk around.
Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt OCF
1 Old Parliament Lane, #02-02 The Arts House (above Timbre) Singapore 179429
Opening Hours: 12 – 2:30pm (Mon – Fri), 6pm – 10:30pm; 6- 10:30pm (Sat)
Dine In The Arts House
Romance is in the air even before stepping into the restaurant itself, with the colonial building being a favourite spot for wedding photos for its elegant façade
Executive Chef Jonathan Koh has worked alongside many Michelin-starred chefs previously, honing his skills at 3-star Michelin Le Jardin De Sens, La Villa Augusta — a Relais Châteaux awarded establishment in Valance and Raffles Grill Singapore.
It has almost quite the complete package for that romantic meal – Michelin-worthy French cuisine, knowledgeable Sommelier, set in a colonial building, jazz performances during certain evenings, all at affordable prices for its quality. Service was also down-to-earth friendly, without that uptight vibes some higher end restaurants may give.
Standout dishes include La Boeuf – Roasted Tajima beef with char-grilled romaine lettuce and roasting jus; and Le Café et Cacao – a sphere moulded by hand-whipped ganache made of single-vintage dark chocolate, drizzled with some hot chocolate over.
After the date: Enjoy the breeze by the Singapore River .
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
S.E.A Aquarium, Marine Life Park,22 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269, Tel:+65 6577 6869
Operating Hours: 11.00am till 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Dine By The Waters
Ocean Restaurant by celebrity Iron Chef Cat Cora is likely to be one of the most beautiful and magical in Singapore, located right inside the S.E.A Aquarium at Sentosa.
You dine with thousands of marine life right beside you, with the Ocean Gallery – the world’s largest aquarium viewing panel. Some of the food was so so, but price still reasonable ($55++ for 3 course set lunch).
Note: If you do not drive, finding the entrance which is within the carpark, can be a problem. (Read: Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora)
After date: Propose by the fishes, or go for round 2 at the Universal Studios. Getting out of the carpark can be a challenge for the unfocused though.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens (enter from Tyersall Avenue off Holland Road), Tel: +65 8444 1148
Opening Hours: Lunch – Mondays to Fridays, 12 noon to 5pm (set-lunch only till 2pm); Dinner – Daily, 630pm to 11pm
Dine In The Gardens
This is literally a restaurant in the garden – and within Singapore’s most iconic Botanic Gardens. “Halia” drew its name from the Ginger Garden nearby, and is indeed a scenic get-away place for that relaxing brunch or romantic dinner in earthy greenery.
Some of Halia’s signatures include are the Roasted Rack of Lamb in Javanese spice, Paperbag baked Chilean Seabass, and Sauteed Risotto Soja. If you come on the second and last Sunday on the month, it will be the perfect date with live jazz performances serenading during your dinner. (Read: Halia at Botanic Gardens)
After date: A slow stroll by the Botanic Garden, take a seat and watch the stars (if any).
Dine Under The Ground
For those who prefer something more nostalgic, Pete’s Place has been around since 1973. That is 41 years! You may have never discovered its existence even if you been to Hyatt Hotel, because it is located on the basement with only a staircase leading to the Italian restaurant.
Pete’s Place specialises in authentic Italian cuisine from homemade pastas to wood-fired oven pizzas, just like how it started four decades ago. You would get a similar sense of homeliness from the old-school décor, lively atmosphere, and impeccable friendly service from some of the older staff who has been working here since its beginning. (Read: Pete’s Place Hyatt Hotel)
After date: A movie date at Shaw Lido right opposite, unless she (or he) wants to shop at Tangs.
NOX Dine In The Dark
269, Beach Road, Singapore 199546, Tel: +65 6298 0708, [email protected]
Opening Hours: 6pm till late Daily
Dine In The Dark
Yes, you dine in pitch black. That means Bye Bye to your mobile phones (no facebooking or instagramming “Hey, here’s my food. Opps, it’s dark here.”). You do not need to bother much about colour coordinating your entire getup, just make sure you SMELL good and talk sense.
NOX-Dine in the Dark is housed in a shophouse at Beach Road, and you will be guided by specially trained blind and visually impaired servers. Part of the fun of dining in the dark is not knowing what you are eating and challenging your palate by trying to guess the ingredients in the dishes. This is the dinner that would make you talk to each other.
After date: Continue talking about the food and experience, or get your senses bombarded with a walk to Arab Street.
Brasserie Les Saveurs (St Regis)
The St. Regis Singapore • Lobby Level • 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911 Tel: +65.6506.6860, [email protected]
Openig Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm (Mon-Sat), Dinner 7pm -10pm (Sun-Fri), Dinner Dance: 7:30pm-10:30pm (Saturday)
Dine In French Elegance
One of the top on my list for French cuisine. Dininag at St Regis Singapore’s signature restaurant Brasserie Les Saveurs makes you feel like you are in Europe – chandeliers on high ceilings, grand-looking furniture, luxurious decors and a musical fountain just outside the windows.
The St. Regis Connoisseur Dinner offers contemporary French food at $73++ (Sun-Fri) and $83++ (Sat dinner with dance, which comes with a choice of main course and semi buffet experience. Put on your dancing shoes to melodic tunes from the classical piano every Saturday evening.
After date: A stroll down to Orchard Road, or a late-night movie at IMAX Lido.
[Updated] The Clan Restaurant has moved from its original area of Bukit Pasoh, to PoMo at Selegie Road. Not so romantic already. Opps.
Anyway, the restaurant offers quite an elaborate menu of contemporary east-meets-west fusion cuisine, modern European dishes with Asian touches. The 6 course degustation dinner menu is at $68.80++ which is a steal for its quality.
Some of their signatures include Prime Beef Short Ribs On Hoba Leaf W Peppercorn Sauce On Lava Stone, Spiced Braised Lamb Shank W Potato Panko & Extra Virgin Olive Powder and Duck Confit W Plum Mustard, Truffle Mashed Potato & Seasonal Vegetables.
After date: Walk down to Bugis? Em, maybe not if she is wearing tall heels.
21 Lewin Terrace Singapore, Singapore 179290
Tel: +65 63339905
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Last order at 2pm), 6.30pm – 11pm (Last order at 9.30pm) Mon-Sun
Dine In A Black and White Bungalow
Lewin Terrace is quiet, elegant and serves light understated food which reminds me of a fine-dining experience I had in Japan. The set dinner which features Japanese-French fusion cuisine is $88++. Some of the gorgeous desserts from Lewin Terrace – Chocolate mousse Cacao cake with pistachio ice cream drizzled with sauce and white sesame blanc mange.
Plus, it’s near Fort Canning and Registry of Marriage, which gives this extra essence of romance. I hear many people propose and book the space to get married here.
After date: Fort Canning, or is it ROM next?!
30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803
Dine In A Singapore Flyer
I thought I should include somewhere different, though not traditionally thought of as a ‘dining restaurant’. Yes, the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest Giant Observation Wheel, for a unique (and romantic) Sky Dining experience.
Let’s see… a 4-course menu, a personal in-flight host, in the comfort of a rotating capsule, bringing you the most amazing sights of Singapore including Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay skyline and The Central Business District.
A Sky Dining for Two Package dinner typically comes with an appetizer, soup, your choice of main course, and dessert, all served within the capsule. There will be 2 rotations which will last about an hour, with express boarding, in-flight host, and free access to the Flyer Lounge and Journey of Dreams.
After the date: Continue to Pak-Tor around the Marina area
Tip for new daters: Don’t pick the most expensive restaurant or one that is likely to close for your first date / first Valentine’s Day dinner. Because THAT is the place you are likely to go again and again.
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