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10 Romantic Restaurants in Singapore
Romance is never an easy sport and now, the ball is in your court. You can be the Don Juan when it comes to the game called love, or be a total noob at it. Either way, we can probably all agree that the fastest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.
With shared interests in food and the perfect ambience, comes meaningful conversations and a spark of passion. Whether it is the first or an anniversary date with your lover, choosing the right place for a date can be so, so crucial. That said, here is a list of 10 romantic restaurants in Singapore that we think will cook up sweet, sweet love in the air for you and your date, but also spares your wallet. From fries and burgers to fancy dinners, we got you covered, so good luck on the battlefield.
PS. Cafe at Harding Road
An enclave that is hidden amidst lush greenery, you will find yourself far and away from the city crowd to have your little date. Take a slow walk under the stars after the meal as an excuse to spend more time together, and you will be thankful this restaurant at Harding Road is so inaccessible. If breaking a sweat is not part of your plan, any other PS. Cafe outlet works too.
The ambience here at Harding Road is sophisticated enough to bust out your favourite pair of heels, yet also chic enough for a trusty denim jacket. Encased in panels of glass and lit with dim lamps, feel free to take in the beauty of the surrounding greenery. Take note though, to not neglect the view sitting across you.
PS. Cafe brings slow food sensibility into everyday cuisine, with popular dishes being the Crab Tart ($32) and Spicy King Prawn Aglio Olio ($29). Complete the date with their signature Sticky Date Pudding ($15), or for something a little zestier, the Pineapple Meringue Pie ($14).
The White Rabbit
Located in the vicnity of the aforementioned PS. Cafe, The White Rabbit exudes a completely different charm, which kicks your date up a notch. Oozing subtle ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vibes, this restored 1930s chapel sees stained glass windows, pristine white walls, and modern-chic furnishings while retaining a nostalgic spell of the past era.
The menu here combines classic European fare with a contemporary flair, which packs a finesse that will surely impress your date. We would suggest coming here for the Lunch Set ($40 for 2 courses/$45 for 3 courses), which gives you choices like Pan-seared Foie Gras for a starter, Roasted Turkey Breast for main, and a Lemon Mascarpone Creme for dessert. Otherwise, you will not go wrong with some Kelly Galway Oysters ($46 for half a dozen) and a red wine-glazed Brandt Bone-in Short Rib ($58 for one/$96 for two).
Hipsters beware – Potato Head at the heritage haven, Keong Saik Road, is ready to house any fun-loving couple looking for a night with damn-good burgers and a little buzz. Boasting whimsical, Bali-inspired vibes, this is tucked in a four-storey shophouse with the second storey helmed by the famous Three Buns, and the upper floors by Studio 1939 cocktail bar. The fourth storey is a lively rooftop bar where conversations get deep with a cocktail after cocktail.
If your date has an appetite, bring him/her here for a Red Man Burger ($28) or Da Cheese Master ($15). There’s nothing like bonding over satisfying burgers – unless your date is super high SES. End the night on the rooftop with a drink or two to seal the deal.
Dusk Resturant & Bar
Experience an all-time-high with your date at Dusk, which sits 100-metres above sea level at the scenic Faber Peak. Watch the cable cars come and go while you dine al fresco, and marvel at the view as the sun starts to set into hues of orange and pink (if the weather decides to be nice to you). After the meal, head on over to the bar to hide from the Singapore heat.
Wallet-friendly dishes come as a surprise given the million-dollar view, so you two can indulge without suffering much damage. The Tiger Prawn Capellini ($28) is the one to watch with its punchy Asian flavours, which can be enjoyed after an appetizer of Foie Gras Au Gratin ($20). Turn up the heat with Dusk till Dawn ($16) – a cocktail that citrusy cocktail that is strong yet so tasty.
Picture this – Dining with your bae in an air-conditioned geodesic dome, nestled in an idyllic, dreamy garden under the blanket of stars in the sky. It is a pain to travel here, but The Summerhouse at Seletar might just be the answer to a fairytale moment you have been dreaming of. While it costs at least a whopping $350++ per couple to have a 9-course dinner in one of these domes, it is an intelligent investment to make if you want to make magic happen. Not for the first date though, the exorbitance might just scare The One away.
First date couples and budget watchers fret not, The Summerhouse Dining Room welcomes you all the same to an elegant epicurean escape on the second floor. Here, you will be entertained with a view of the lush greenery outside while enjoying a farm-to-table meal.
The food here does not play the second fiddle to its ambience, using produce like eggplants, eggs, and even seafood from selected farms in Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Definitely go for the Smoked Butter Poached Red Snapper Fillet ($42++), it is a gastronomic experience the city life cannot provide.
NOX – Dine in the Dark
Putting aside the fact that you cannot be staring into the eyes of your date over dinner, a date at NOX – Dine in the Dark might just get you two bonded in no time, as you proceed to fill the void of sight with light-hearted banter. Forget about looking good, impress your date with a dash of cologne/perfume and work your sense of humour.
Your three-course meal ($88) will then be a mystery throughout the night, so get your four other senses working to guess what you are putting in your mouth. Take this chance to talk about the food, take stupid guesses about what you are eating, and have a good laugh together. A server will be with you to keep all that clumsiness in check from the start to the end, so do not worry about getting sauce up your nose.
The Black Swan
Go from rags to riches when you step into The Black Swan; right smack in the middle of the CBD in a 1930s historic landmark, which is gracefully restored to glory. Expect high ceilings and tasteful brass-heavy decor, which all is a sign for you to debut that sexy, red dress in your closet.
A glorious selection of Modern European classics and an inspired wine list are available to amp up your night, so take your pick from appetizers like the Blue Swimmer Crab Salad ($24) to mains such as a simple, classic Duck Leg Confit ($32). Complete the Great Gatsby experience with a dessert of Cookies & Cream ($16), which is not quite like what it seems to be. It is served a Baileys-spiked vanilla milkshake, so no kids allowed.
Relish in the tranquility of our very own Botanic Gardens in the Ginger garden, which brings us to this next restaurant – The Halia. Full height glass windows never go wrong at any eatery, especially at The Halia, where colourful flowers thrive and environs the perimeter of the restaurant. Adventurous diners can even choose to be closer to nature by taking an al fresco-seat.
Officially Halal-certified, a glass of cocktail might not be possible, but you can find a novel list of ginger-spiced drinks, concocted from – you guessed it – the ginger that surrounds the restaurant. Pair an order of your drink with the crowd-pleaser, Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghettini ($26), or a Lamb Rack and Braised Spiced Islands Marinade Rump Stew ($46) to share with your date. Then, knock it out of the park by ending the date with a romantic walk, in the park.
Paying homage to iconic local flavours, CreatureS presents a modern and refined take on Asian and Peranakan comfort food, bringing strong character and art to the table. A good mix of homey and classy, this dining enclave shakes off all the nervous sweat one might work up on a first date while keeping the air thick with romance. There are two chic levels to this place, but hop onto the second level for a more intimate ambience.
Go with the beautifully-glazed Miso Cod & Ulam Onigiri ($40) for a promising start, and move on to a hearty plate of Ah Gong Fried Chicken & Ahma Noodles ($24). Portions are huge here, so if your date is watching calories, offer to share. Win the heart through the sweet tooth with CreatureS’ sweets, which is the hallmark of the dining experience here. Moan-worthy cakes like the Creatures Chocolate Cake V2.0 ($18) and the Creatures Signature Durian Cake ($12) will blow your minds with an intoxicating sugar rush.
I would say Black Tap is a Jack of all Trades, fit for any occasion like family outings, social gatherings, and of course, dates. Crazyshakes and massive, heart-clogging burgers do not exactly spell ‘romance’, but come on, isn’t watching each other gobble down burgers the cutest thing to do? The ambience in here at Marina Bay Sands is also kept stylish and fun, so you can shed the pretence and just be yourselves.
Your date will not go south with any burger here, but to keep that unattractive sauce smear off your face, go with The All-American Burger ($22), with a good ol’ beef patty, cheese, and vegetables. Before the date ends, feel free to reenact a sappy romantic comedy and share a Cotton Candy ($22) milkshake while gazing into each other’s eyes.