Special occasions aside, it’s always fun to dress up and go for a meal with your other half. Whether you enjoy interactions with chefs, a view of the city, or just appreciate quality couple time, these restaurants are bound to impress
Whether it’s enjoying an evening at home or out on the town, there’s a timeless romance that comes along with enjoying a really great meal for two. And while you could break out the pots and pans in your kitchen or opt to order in, getting dressed up and going for date night, be it as birthday celebration, anniversary, or just because, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We’ve narrowed down a handful of our favourite restaurants that not only offer great tasting menus but also boast an atmosphere conducive to getting cosy.
Head chef Tom Kung says: “As head chef, I’ve always felt that it is a privilege to work at The Alkaff Mansion. The history and the beauty of the property truly makes it the most romantic and beautiful lifestyle F&B mansion in Singapore. With two dining concepts, TXA Pintxo Bar and UNA, couples can choose if they want a passionate evening at TXA or a warm tender experience in UNA. In fact, since our opening, UNA has proven to be the destination of choice for couples with discerning palates, of all ages. When I have time to come out of the kitchen to speak to my guests, I have always found it very touching to see elderly couples who still take time to dine with each other and make sure their love is still going strong.”
Robb tip: Looking for alternative wedding venues? Skip the dull hotel wedding for an elegant party at the Alkaff Mansion instead. More details here.
Full review here
10 Telok Blangah Green
Tel: +65 8126 8844
Chef-owner Beppe de Vitto says: “Art is perfect for special occasions. The restaurant is luxuriously decked out in rich hues of polished brass and bronze with tinges of emerald and amber. For an intimate Valentine’s dinner, the soft-cushioned banquettes are spacious yet cosy.
The menu at Art is a playful exploration and evolution of Italian culinary traditions. Many of the ingredients are sourced by me, including the olive oil and fig vincotto that are produced by my family farm. The ingredients take the lead in the creative process, while my personal memories guide the approach. The food is also intricate and thoughtful, with every detail and ingredient carefully sourced and treated in a way that honours its provenance.
Robb tip: There are over 600 different labels of handpicked wines curated by a team of expert sommeliers, so knock yourselves out. For pre-dinner aperitifs or postprandial digestifs, proceed to Art’s bar located at the Coleman Deck on level six. If dinner isn’t going well, at least there’s the stunning city skyline to look at.
1 St. Andrew’s Road
Tel: +65 6866 1977
Owner Ong Liling says: “Bar Cicheti has all the hallmarks of an intimate evening, from the start to the end – and then some. From the vision of cosying up to one another along a narrow Venetian alleyway, to the various textures and design elements reminiscent of ’60s Parisian bistro charm.
Couples looking to get hot and heavy with a plate of pasta and a bottle of wine can ask for table 20, tucked under the stairs and lurking in its own shadow. It’s the darkest corner of the pasta bar and perfect for recreating your very own Lady and the Tramp pasta-canoodling moment.”
Robb tip: If you ask nicely, sommelier-partner Ronald Kamiyama can serenade for the lady while wearing a sombrero.
10 Jiak Chuan Road
Tel: +65 6789 9801
Look no further than Botanico if the two of you happen to be looking for something a little spicy to add some zest to your date night. Helmed by Chef Sujatha Asokan, the tropical indoor garden offers a seasonal menu that combines Chef Asokan’s Asian heritage with contemporary European culinary techniques. Guests can look forward to a variety of mouth-watering flavours throughout the romance-focused five-course tasting menu, including Rojak and Duck and Foie Gras Croquette, Roasted Cod and Miso Caramel Chocolate Tart.
Robb tip: Botanico offers Valentine’s Day Delivery Boxes that come with everything you need to set the mood at home. You’ll find a bottle of Bordeaux red or champagne and two original Valentine’s Day exclusive house cocktails.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
50 Cluny Park
Tel: +65 9831 1106
Looking for something a little more bright and sophisticated? Consider making reservations at Buona Terra, a Michelin-starred restaurant with just 24 seats available. The restaurant, open only for dinner, is intimate by nature, not just due to its limited seating, but also due to its location in a refurbished colonial house. In terms of cuisine, Buona Terra is best known for its contemporary Italian tasting menu, which features a handful of signature items, including carbonara with cured egg yolk bottarga and a decadent scallop and pork belly.
29 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6733 0209
Chef Andrew Walsh and the team at Cure know a thing or two about creating an intimate setting; the dimly lit dining room may be bustling at times, yet it still manages to foster a sense of intimacy. The contemporary Irish menu features wild-caught Irish Brown Crab, Gallagher Speciale Oyster, and even blue-shelled mussels harvested off Shetland Isle. Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner seatings are available to book and start at $88 per person.
Robb tip: Chef Walsh only started serving Irish cuisine last year, after the circuit breaker, so do pay a visit if you haven’t done so recently.
21 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 6221 2189
Founder Ignatius Chan says: “Iggy’s, with just six tables, is one of the most intimate dining rooms in Singapore. The walkway leading into the dining room is a library of antique Michelin guides and a culinary photo wall of food and the many great Chefs that have graced our kitchen over the last 15 years.
The dining room has a full view of our see-through live kitchen and table number one, by the kitchen, is the most requested table for two. It has celebrated countless successful marriage proposals and wedding anniversaries.
Robb tip: Don’t miss out on the wine pairings; Chan is also a certified sommelier, and who else but he, would know what pairs best with his dishes?
581 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 8188 3200
Jaan by Kirk Westaway
Chef Kirk Westaway says: “For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, every touchpoint at JAAN has been carefully considered. From our 70th floor location, the sweeping marina views make it the perfect setting. And for the menu, our team has specially curated a series of dishes that celebrate the finest British produce. Coupled with our extensive wine programme and world-class service, our guests are always in good hands.”
Robb tip: You’ll always have a good time at Jaan, and you’ll never leave hungry. Go all out with the $478++ six-course menu, which comes with a glass of Krug Rosé.
2 Stamford Road
Swissôtel, Level 70 The Stamford
Tel: +65 6874 1448
When you conjure up visions of an exceptionally romantic and decadent evening with your significant other, what comes to your mind’s eye? Chances are good that it looks like the dining room at Michelin-starred Les Amis. The refined space boasts everything from red velvet-adorned rooms to sparkling chandeliers—and if that’s not enough to whisk the two of you off your feet the tasting menu will do it. The opulent French menu is packed with aphrodisiacs a-plenty—including sea urchin flan and caviar served on petals of roseval potatoes—and all of the ingredients Chef Lepinoy uses are sourced directly from some of the best producers in France.
1 Scotts Roa
Mag’s Wine Kitchen
Chef-owner Magdalene Tang: “I think what’s charming (and romantic) about Mag‘s is how the restaurant remains discreet, despite our location on Keong Saik Road. Once you discover the homely buzz behind those unassuming doors, that moment of surprise is a sure way to impress your date. The restaurant’s design is also great for intimate conversations without being overly stiff, and most importantly, service is intuitive and personable, so guests can always be at ease when dining at Mag‘s.”
Robb tip: The V-Day menu is kept simple; $128++ per person for five courses, which includes miyazaki beef with fried polenta.
Mag’s Wine Kitchen
55 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 6438 3836
There’s no leaving this restaurant out of our list. Not only is it one of Singapore’s top restaurants, it also claims pole position on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. What’s not to love? The experience from start to end is nothing but spectacular (and full of surprises). The pastel hues and soft, flowy drapes make for a warm welcome, with curved booths providing an additional level of privacy. Then there’s chef Julien Royer’s team – moving in the glass-walled open kitchen in an almost-hypnotic fashion.
Robb tip: While chef Royer is known for his French cuisine, don’t be surprised to see him playing with Asian ingredients and flavours. And come hungry. Very hungry.
1 St Andrew’s Road
Tel: +65 6385 0498
Chef Fernando Arévalo says: “To me, real romance is defined by sharing new experiences for the first time with people you love. It’s not about heart-shaped gifts and strawberries. Even though Preludio is a fine dining restaurant, we aim to create a relaxed, friendly environment, where one can creatively express ourselves for diners to enjoy a unique experience. Diners can expect some fun with surprises like our edible piñata that we present to those celebrating a special occasion. It’s always nice to watch our diners’ reactions when they try to hit the chocolate piñata with a spoon, and break it open into a splatter of housemade candy. It brings out the child in them, plus there’s nothing like a dining room filled with laughter and high spirits all around.”
Robb tip: You’re just in time for Preludio’s third chapter, Two Roads, where guests will choose their own dining adventures.
182 Cecil St
03-01 / 02 Frasers Tower
Tel: +65 6904 5686
When it comes to romantic wining and dining, it’s pretty safe to say that no one does it better than the French – which is why Michelin-starred Rhubarb tops our list as one of the most romantic spots in the city. The well-respected contemporary French restaurant comes as a love child between manager Jerome Desfonds and chef de cuisine Paul Longworth and serves up everything from scallops and mussels to foie gras and roasted rack of lamb.
Robb tip: Rhubarb is also offering a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu for two, which includes a selection of romance-inclined offerings like oysters, Dutch veal striploin, and even strawberries and a selection of French cheeses for dessert.
3 Duxton Hill
Tel: +65 8127 5001
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
Executive chef Lisa Revilla says: “The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounded by lush greenery, making it a unique and intimate place to dine at. The ambience is classic with its black and white aesthetics, high ceiling and glass windows that allow for natural light to stream in.
For me, the best tables are the ones next to the veranda because of the soft glow from the hanging row of vintage lights. They overlook the garden, too. Smaller groups are seated here, so it’s a cosy corner where you can have your own intimate space.”
Robb tip: The four-course menu ($130 per person) includes a delish crispy poached egg topped with caviar, and a pepper-crusted wagyu with potato gnocchi. Wine pairing is available at an additional $90.
Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
17D Dempsey Road
Tel: 1800 304 5588
Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge
Head chef Andrea de Paola says: “Zafferano is the only contemporary Italian restaurant in Singapore located high up on the 43rd level, and equipped with an elegant ambience backed with the gorgeous Marina Waterfront panorama. For special occasions, tables by the full-length glass window in the main dining room have wonderful views of the city.
The Sa ‘Ti Amo menu for Valentine’s Day is inspired by my travel experiences around my favourite places in Italy, such as Tuscany, Campania, Sicily and Piemonte. During those journeys, I picked up recipes and tasted new flavours with my wife-to-be right next by my side, so this is a special menu close to my heart and dedicated to our love.”
Robb tip: If you can’t get a good table, ask to sit at the Terrace Lounge’s al fresco rooftop bar, which is just as perfect for a cosy celebration.
Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge
10 Collyer Quay
Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre
Tel: +65 6509 1488