With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to show your appreciation to each other with a mouth-watering meal. Better yet, if it’s at an idyllic and picturesque setting that will put you both in a romantic mood. Sure, V’day menus are usually pretty pricey, but hey, it’s only once a year. And you have to eat anyway, right? From rooftop restaurants to poolside dinners, here are our top picks for that super hot date. You’d get your money’s worth at these spots, trust us. You can thank us later.
1 / 16 Pamper your beloved by making reservations at one of these beautiful spots.Read more
2 / 16 UrbanaRead more
Feel like you’re on cloud nine when you dine at Urbana on Valentine’s Day. Located at the rooftop level 33 of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, you’d get to enjoy not just a great panoramic view, but also a meal enjoyed in an exclusive and private setting. The rooftop bar is offering a six-course dinner, which includes super cute cinnamon smoked sweet and savoury lollipops (Dark Chocolate and Foie Gras for him and Cream Cheese and Pistachio for her), followed by starters of Hokkaido Scallops Ceviche with Coconut Foam and Corn Salsa, and Spit-roasted Quail with Curry Aioli and Baby Cress.
For mains, pick either the Chargrilled Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with Parma Ham served on a soft bed of Potato Mousseline, Asparagus in Madeira Sauce with Shaved Truffle, or the Pan-seared Norwegian Salmon with Crab Raviolo, Asparagus in Beurre Blanc with Shaved Truffle and Baby Herbs. A lovely dessert buffet of treats like Tiramisu, Summer Berries, Mango Mousse, Crème Brulee and Opalys Chocolate Crunch will send you on a sugar rush.
Price: $168++ per couple. Additional $38++ per pax for free-flow beverage package (beer, house pour red and white wine, coffee and tea) or $68++ for a bottle of prosecco. Available only on Feb 14, from 7pm.
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road
For more info: Visit www.marriott.com, call 6378-2060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Photo: Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
3 / 16 Cut by Wolfgang PuckRead more
If both you and your date are meat-lovers who wouldn’t say no to a hearty and flavourful meal, consider one-Michelin starred steak restaurant Cut by Wolfgang Puck. Offering a four-course or five-course menu, you’d get to dine on premium dishes such as an amuse of Kaluga caviar with eggs benedict Vol Au Vent and starters like the Austrian oxtail bouillon with chervil, bone marrow dumpling and Perigord black truffles, and Sautéed jumbo lump crab cake with basil aioli, tomato relish and micro cress.
The mains are of course the star of the meal — take a pick from the USDA Prime Illinois corn-fed 21-days aged steaks, or splurge on the Hokkaido Snow Sirloin steak with yuzu Kosho butter (for an additional $100++). Share a rich Valrhona chocolate Soufflé with crème fraiche cream and Gianduja ice cream for a sweet ending.
Price: $198++ for a four-course menu for the first seating; S$250++ for a five-course menu for the second seating. Available only on Feb 14.
Where: B1-71, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
For more info: Visit www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/cut.html, call 6688-8517 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
4 / 16 Le BinchotanRead more
An intriguing and artistic meal awaits you at Le Binchotan — its chef-owner Jeremmy Chiam has specially come up with a menu just for Valentine’s Day. Dishes have been created and plated with much detail and reflection, with an aim to pay tribute to both the sweet and bitter aspects of a relationship. Every dish has been inspired by specific moments and is a re-creation of his memories of what love has been, can be, and still is. Expect the bold flavours that this French-Japanese spot is known for.
Courses include “U n I” — a cheeky salute that plays on the name of the main ingredient, uni. It’s a shooter glass of cauliflower mousse layered with dashi jelly and topped with generous lobes of fresh sweet uni, a flavourful dish inspired by chawanmushi. Other dishes include a comforting chicken consommé and a “TLC” main course of juicy grilled Toriyama wagyu striploin paired with Leeks and a sweet onion Compote. Dessert is a “BitterSweet” affair, with a smooth rich dark chocolate crémeux served with a scoop of tangy yoghurt sorbet, and garnished with a sweet and smoky puree made from binchotan-grilled beetroots.
Price: $229++ per couple. Available from Feb 13 to 15, from 6pm onwards. There will be two seatings on Feb 14 (6pm to 8pm and 8.30pm until closing).
Where: #01-04, 115 Amoy Street (entrance via Gemmill Lane)
For more info: Visit www.lebinchotan.sg, call 6224 1045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Photo: Le Binchotan
5 / 16 Nostra CucinaRead more
Known for its home-style Italian cuisine made with carefully sourced ingredients, an authentic and elegant Italian meal at Nostra Cucina will show your better half how much you love them. The restaurant is offering a premium three-course Valentine’s Day menu of soulful Italian dishes, such as Veal Brisket Rotolo with Mortadella, caramelised onion, Ligurian olives and sauce Gribiche, as well as the Sweetcorn Cappellacci with buttered morels, freshly made in-house.
All couples will also receive a complimentary bottle of rosé sparkling. This meal deserves a toast.
Price: $250++ per couple. Available only on Feb 14.
Where: B1-42, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
For more info: Visit www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/nostra-cucina.html, call 6688-8522 or email NC_Reservations@marinabaysands.com for reservations.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
6 / 16 Club55Read more
At 55 storeys high, this spot offers the perfect ambience for you and your partner, where you can enjoy an exquisite five-course meal accompanied by panoramic views of the city skyline. You’d start the evening with a welcome cocktail, before indulging in dishes such as Foie Gras with berries, walnut and port wine, Japanese ocean cod and blue lobster with apple-celery, mentaiko aioli and sea urchin emulsion, and the Kygo Wagyu beef cheek and sweetbread with savoy cabbage, baby carrot, porcini soil and truffle jus.
Dinner isn’t complete without a sweet treat, which comes in the form of a Dark chocolate praline mousse with raspberry curd and coulis, passionfruit jelly, almond sable, frozen rose parfait and 66 per cent dark chocolate shard, topped with heart-shaped sprinkles and a whimsical pink strawberry candy floss cloud. All couples will also receive a complimentary rose and a box of pralines. How romantic!
Price: $168++ per pax. Available only on Feb 14.
Where: Level 55, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue
For more info: Visit www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/club55.html, call 6688-8858 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
7 / 16 The Black SwanRead more
Feel like you’re a character in The Great Gatsby when you dine at The Black Swan, where its elegant marble floors and tables, art deco and warm light evoke an old world glamour. While enjoying the intimate set-up, feast on either four or five courses comprising dishes such as Braised Beef Short Rib with the malty notes of beer, served with gorgonzola polenta and gremolata, or the Tiger Prawn Linguine of fresh Tiger Prawns tossed in a punchy mix of basil, chilli, capers and arugula.
Appetisers include the Romeo Oyster with champagne mignonette and a velvety-smooth Roasted Tomato Soup topped with rich saffron crème fraîche. A warm and toasty Skillet Cookie, oozing with double chocolate and creamy peanut butter, and topped with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream, is the perfect way to end the meal.
Price: $98++ per pax for four courses (first seating, 6 to 6.45pm) or $118++ per pax for five courses (second seating, 8.15 to 9pm). Additional wine pairing at $45++ per pax. Available only on Feb 14.
Where: 19 Cecil Street
For more info: Visit www.theblackswan.com.sg or call 6438-3757 for reservations.
Photo: The Lo & Behold Group
8 / 16 Blue JasmineRead more
If both of you enjoy the rich flavours of sweet, sour and spicy, book a meal with Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine and draw closer to one another by tucking into dishes meant for two. First, a sharing platter of light bites, comprising fresh Spring Rolls filled with a giant tiger prawn, a Steamed Sago tossed with minced chicken and peanuts, and the romantic Pan-seared Salmon Cubes resting on a bed of crispy deep-fried rose petals, dressed in spicy tangy lime, mint and chilli sauce, and garnished with fresh rose petals.
Next, accompanied by the signature Blue Jasmine rice, dig into the piquant Roasted Duck Breast in Red Curry, the fiery Basil Krapao with Squid, the Honey Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomato Confit, and the Sautéed Kailan with Shiitake Mushrooms and Salted Fish. Finish off with a dessert platter of Blue Sticky Sushi Rice with Thai Honey Mango, rich Thai Chendol, and a refreshing plate of tropical cut fruits. You’d also get a complimentary pair of chocolate pralines. Sweet.
Price: $78++ per couple. Available only on Feb 14.
Where: Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, 10 Farrer Park Station Road
For more info: Visit www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/farrerpark/blue-jasmine, call 6824-8851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Photo: Park Hotel Farrer Park
9 / 16 Lawry’s The Prime Rib SingaporeRead more
Offering a hearty six-course meal, Lawry’s lavish Valentine’s Day set dinner will have you sinking blissfully into dreamland after dinner. Seafood lovers will love the first three courses of amuse bouche, soup and appetiser, which are a concoction of seafood-themed dishes that include crab, lobster, salmon and scallops. For the main course you have a choice between seafood again or beef. The seafood platter is a delightful Baked Cajun Lobster Tail accompanied by Miso Salmon steak and Carabinero Prawn served with Teriyaki Nameko Mushroom sauce.
But Lawry’s is renowned for its beef, so we highly recommend picking the delicious Prime Rib of Beef. A substantial 180g of roasted USDA prime rib is accompanied by creamy mashed potato, Yorkshire pudding and a choice of creamed corn, creamed spinach or buttered peas. Oh, and there’s whipped cream horseradish too for that extra punch. For desserts, it’s a trio of delectables that consist of Manjari chocolate, banana and praline mousse, Häagen-Dazs tiramisu ice-cream on a bed of almond crumble and strawberry mousse served with fresh berries and raspberry coulis. Our advice? Arrive hungry.
Additional highlights include a complimentary digital photo snapped for you on your special night, a $50 voucher for return dining with every bill and a complimentary bottle of Ruffino Moscato d’Asti (750ml) to take away — so you can continue the evening’s shenanigans at home.
Price: $188++ per person. Available only on Feb 14 for dinner. Receive 10 per cent off the menu if you book and pay a deposit before Feb 8.
Where: #04-01/31, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road
For more info: Visit www.lawrys.com.sg or call 6836-3333.
Photos: Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore
10 / 16 MitzoRead more
Start the meal on a romantic note with a complimentary and super pretty artisanal cocktail, Bed of Roses, which is created by Mitzo’s head bartender Azlam. Then, move on to the exquisite Chinese dishes that Mitzo is known for, such as pork rib baked with lemongrass, steamed lobster with miso and pink ginger in soya sauce, and a rich double-boiled abalone soup with matsutake, assorted mushrooms and fungus.
A fragrant seaweed fried rice with salmon hits the spot, before you end happily with a rose syrup and coconut granita topped with peach resin, lychee pops and coconut jelly served with lotus paste puff. Yum.
Price: $298++ per couple (includes two complimentary cocktails). Available only on Feb 14.
Where: Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road
For more info: Visit www.mitzo.sg, call 6603-8855 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Photo: Grand Park Orchard
11 / 16 PortaRead more
Porta’s warm and inviting atmosphere makes it a romantic place to spend your Valentine’s Day evening, and its exquisite five-course Cupid Menu of fresh European fare makes it even more enticing. A delicate Smoked Trout paired with celeriac remoulade, with sprinklings of ikura and creamy macadamia, kicks off the epicurean adventure. It’s then followed by a creamy Sweet Corn Soup and savoury chorizo, and Hokkaido Scallop.
For mains, pick either the tender Pan-Seared Cod or the mouth-melting Red Wine Beef Brisket — both of which are delicious. Dessert is a sweet banana with vanilla ice cream, sponge and rum. The meal includes a welcome glass of Prosecco Love Potion, bread, snacks and petit four — such a good deal!
Price: $68++ per pax (includes a welcome glass of Prosecco Love Potion, bread, snacks and petit four). Available only on Feb 14. Two sessions are available: 6.30pm to 8.30pm or 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
Where: 1 Unity Street, Park Hotel Clarke Quay
For more info: Visit www.porta.com.sg, call 6593-8855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Photo: Park Hotel Clarke Quay
12 / 16 Mayfair Pool at Goodwood Park HotelRead more
With twinkling fairy-lights and lush green foliage all around, dining at the picturesque Mayfair Pool area at Goodwood Park Hotel while enjoying a nice breeze makes a perfectly magical evening. Not just that, you get to enjoy your dinner in relative tranquillity, as the spot is exclusive to just 12 tables of two diners each.
Dishes include a Langoustine Tartare with pickled asparagus, kombu, and caviar, a Wild Mushroom Veloute with confit organic egg, and a choice of either the Australian Wagyu Beef 2 Ways of grilled tenderloin and braised short rib with Jerusalem artichoke purée, baby spinach and winter truffle jus or the Poached Sea Bass Fillet and Crustacean in a bouillabaisse sauce. Dessert is a light Raspberry Chiffon Cheese Roll with mascarpone chantilly cream, mirabelle plum jelly, and edible soil. It’ll be a night to remember.
Price: $168++ per pax for four courses, $178++ per pax for five courses. Available only on Feb 14.
Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road
For more info: Visit www.goodwoodparkhotel.com or call 6737-7411.
Photo: Goodwood Park Hotel
13 / 16 The SalonRead more
For an exquisitely planned meal of modern European fare at a refined setting, try The Salon, which is offering a four-course dinner that is inspired by the various facets of romance. First up is the “Love at First Bite”: A palate teaser of Spiced Sous Vide Hokkaido Scallop with Champagne Sabayon paired with a buttery and flavourful Foie Gras Terrine with Ginger Confit. Next is the “Bisque-ful Embrace”, an indulgent and savoury Langoustine Bisque with Caviar Cream, which is enhanced with a whiff of brandy and topped with caviar. It’s a creamy and rich concoction that will have you wanting more.
Then a “Lovers’ Surf & Turf”, where you can opt for either the Baked Norwegian Salmon with Prosciutto, Mashed Potato and Seasonal Greens — a light yet flavourful dish of moist salmon fillet encased in a layer of prosciutto and zucchini — or the Chargrilled Grass-fed Wagyu Beef Medallion with Beef Essence and Seasonal Greens, which is so tender it melts in your mouth. Lastly, the “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” — a Classic Fudge Cheesecake accompanied by fresh berries and dark chocolates — will thrill any dessert lover.
Price: $168++ per couple. Available from Feb 13 to 15.
Where: Hotel Fort Canning,11 Canning Walk
For more info: Visit www.hfcsingapore.com, call 6799-8809 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Photo: Hotel Fort Canning
14 / 16 Bread Street KitchenRead more
If you want something more quintessential, head to Bread Street Kitchen and tuck into a delicious English meal that is nothing short of the high standards expected of its celebrity chef-owner Gordon Ramsay. A four-course set menu has been planned — from an appetiser of Irish oyster with chives and soy-ginger dressing and premium starters such as the King crab and salmon ceviche with crushed avocado, chilli, lime and coriander, to Gordon’s famed Beef fillet Wellington and a strawberry cheesecake tart with rhubarb glaze to end the meal.
All couples will also enjoy complimentary petit treats of hazelnut pralines and rose marshmallows, alongside a glass of his and her “Kiss” digestive cocktail. Love.
Price: $155++ per pax. Available from Feb 12 to 14.
Where: L1-81, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
For more info: Visit www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/bread-street-kitchen.html, call 6688-5665 or email BreadStreetKitchen.Reservations@MarinaBaySands.com for reservations.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
15 / 16 The White RabbitRead more
Considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore, you can’t go wrong if you dine with your beloved at this beautifully restored 1930s chapel for Valentine’s Day. Head chef Benjamin Tan has devised a four and five course menu which includes a luscious Poached Sakoshi Oyster with aged apple cider emulsion and dill oil, a succulent Maine Lobster with snow crab and ginger beurre blanc, and a toothsome Westholme Wagyu Striploin served with char-grilled Italian chicory and barley.
After the meal, take a walk around its lush settings or have a post-dinner tipple with your date at The Rabbit Hole, The White Rabbit’s gin garden bar. Gin & Tonics start at $15++.
Price: $108++ per pax for four courses (first seating, 6 to 6.45pm), or $128++ per pax for five courses (second seating, 8.15 to 9pm). Additional $68++ per pax for wine pairing.
Where: 39C Harding Road
For more info: Visit www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg, call 6473-9965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Available only on Feb 14.
Photo: The Lo & Behold Group
16 / 16 AntoinetteRead more
The charming Antoinette is offering a three-course menu that is both satisfying and romantic. Start off your meal with L’Amour, a cocktail with sweet raspberry puree, Calpis and a pop of sparkling wine, followed by a starter of pumpkin velouté with sautéed crab, levain toast and onion ash which adds an aromatic charred note to the luscious soup. Next is a refreshing cured salmon tartare with creamy sherry vinaigrette, pickled vegetables and ikura before your choice of mains – either a pepper crusted tenderloin with beetroot potato puree, seasonal vegetables and citrusy yuzu jus; or a lighter option of Wild Mushroom Risotto with prawns glazed with classic French Madeira sauce, parmesan chips and squid ink rusk.
The highlight of the evening is (of course) dessert — an Instagram-worthy and oh-so-gorgeous shared edible bouquet, the La Rose. Red petals of dark chocolate Chantilly and smooth grand cru dark chocolate mousse crown layers of dark cocoa sponge soaked in Grand Marnier, almond nougatine and exotic fruit caramel — so decadent, you’d want to bring a few home (and you can).
Price: $200++ per couple. Available on Feb 13 and 14th from 6pm onwards only at Penhas Road outlet. There will be two seatings on both days (6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm). The La Rose costs $15 for retail.
Where: 30 Penhas Road
For more info: Visit www.antoinette.com.sg or call 6293-3121.
HEALTH | 19 February 2019
HEALTH | 19 February 2019