Happy Valentine’s Day! Stuck for ideas on the day? Here’s our list of choice spots for a sweet romantic dinner far from the madding crowd.
Perched just on the outskirts of Orchard Road, The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens makes a great spot for a quiet meal with your date and is still convenient enough to head back into town for some shopping after. Spoil your date with an 11-course dinner, lush greenery and, if you are lucky, a table on the veranda with the sunset in the background ($270 per couple).
Expect freshly shucked oysters with lemon and mignonette; truffle steamed egg served with shaved asparagus and winter truffles; and slow-cooked wagyu striploin served with a seaweed mash and wild mushroom sauce. After dinner, there’s even an option of taking a stroll through the Botanic Gardens.
Ginger Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road. Tel: 8444 1148
The Salon at Hotel Fort Canning
Hotel Fort Canning offers a quaint dinner spot that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This Valentine’s Day, The Salon presents a special four-course dinner ($168 for each couple).
Start with some Hokkaido scallops with rocket and basil pesto, and an organic spiced tomato consommé. For mains, choose from pan-seared silver cod with fish broth and braised daikon, or tender wagyu beef cheek with short ribs. End the night on an even sweeter note with a delicious salted caramel crème brulee, accompanied by a Grand Marnier chocolate mousse and some mini macarons.
Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk. Tel: 6559 6760
The Summerhouse sits among the refurbished colonial houses of Seletar Aerospace Park and guarantees privacy for a romantic night out. Indulge in a seven-course sharing menu ($300 per couple) at The Summerhouse’s Dining Room. Expect mains like pomegranate-glazed duck breast and leg accompanied by heirloom beets and a plum compote; and desserts like their cherry tart, which comes served with a scoop of honey ice cream to balance the tart cherry filling.
Or go all out and splurge on a 10-course set menu ($600 per couple) in one of The Summerhouse’s private garden domes. Fully air-conditioned and surrounded by lush greenery, get the complete outdoor dining experience in full comfort. Highlights from the menu include Japanese scallop served half-shell with seaweed and sake jelly; and a red snapper pie made with a filling of potatoes, leeks and truffle, and finished with some crispy puff pastry.
3 Park Lane. Tel: 6262 1063
Located in a black and white colonial bungalow within Fort Canning Park, Lewin Terrace is a historical conservation building turned dining destination. The Japanese-French fusion restaurant is helmed by chef de cuisine Hiroyuki Shinkai. This Valentine’s Day, chef Shinkai offers two menus—a four-course lunch ($88 per person) and seven-course dinner ($388 per couple, includes two flutes of champagne and one pink rose).
Highlights include the sea urchin mousse served with angel prawn (available at both lunch and dinner). the seabass with lobster bisque (lunch only) and the roasted duck with sautéed foie gras and parsnip puree (dinner only). Last but not least, treat your partner to a sweet Valentine’s Chocolate served with pate a d’amonde, chocolate mousse, a kumquat compote and tuile.
21 Lewin Terrace. Tel: 6333 9905
For a truly romantic Valentine’s Day, get off the main island and head over to Sentosa. And our top choice for a romantic dinner there is ilLido at the Cliff, which boasts impressive views of the sea, especially at sunset.
Treat your date to a special four-course dinner menu ($128 per person) featuring gems like the Tajima beef ribeye.