Even though Valentine’s Day is a cheesy non-holiday (that has probably broken up quite a few couples, thanks to unmet expectations), sometimes you’re just rendered helpless when Cupid’s arrow strikes out of the blue. So if you’re feeling like the scent of love is in the air, here’s how to indulge in an unforgettable V-Day.
From a glamorous sky high experience to a jazzy musical affair to a cuddle sesh under the stars, we’ve got 13 fairytale dinner date ideas for you to romance your partner.
For a luxe celeb chef dinner: Akira Back
Feb 14 at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. $284/couple.
If you’ve already wined and dined at all the celeb chef restos in town, take your date to a swanky evening at the newest award-winning one: Akira Back. The Korean-born chef’s debut in Singapore showcases modern Japanese cuisine with Korean touches – this V-day six-course menu includes dishes like the signature tuna and mushroom pizza drizzled with truffle oil and ponzu mayo.
For a picturesque picnic: Bee’s Knees
Feb 10-12 & 14 at The Garage, Singapore Botanic Gardens. $88/couple, plus a $40 refundable deposit for the basket.
Nestled in a gorgeous 1920s Art Deco garage, this casual café is providing picnic baskets for couples and sending them into the care of Mother Nature. Stroll hand-in-hand around the gardens until you find a pleasant spot to unpack your goodies — besides practical essentials like a waterproof picnic mat, mosquito repellent and a sun hat, you’ll also find a spread of croissants and homemade strawberry jam, black truffle potato chips, ham and cheese, brownie cake pops and heart-shaped cookies.
For an experience up in the clouds: CÉ LA VI
Feb 14 & 15 at SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands. $168/person; an additional $128/person for wine pairing.
Ahem, a ‘Love Potion’ cocktail, anyone? Mesmerise your date with this cotton candy concoction, which melts when you pour a raspberry-infused liquid into the glass. Enchantment aside, after you’re seated 57 levels above ground, the five-course meal starts with fresh oysters and seared foie gras, followed by mains like slow-roasted veal tenderloin and chicken with duck fat confit potato, and ends off with a rose water and strawberry dessert.
For a private rendezvous: Dining on Cloud 9
Feb 14 at Faber Peak Singapore. $328/couple.
Get high on love as you hop into your private cable car cabin to enjoy ever-changing landscapes of Sentosa and the HarbourFront area. Over the 90-minute trip, your four-course dinner will take you from champagne and salmon to indulgent mains to a dessert of fruit praline mousse. (But we must warn you to stay away from this if you’re prone to motion sickness or allergic to slightly cheesy dates.)
For a cosy dinner-and-movie combo: Golden Village Gold Class
Feb 13 & 14 at Golden Village Gold Class theatres. $132/couple.
If you prefer to curl up to one another while reclining on plush seats in a dark movie theatre, upgrade your film-watching experience to Golden Village Gold Class. The cinema is screening John Wick and Fifty Shades Darker (watch this only if you’re a glutton for punishment) for V-day, and the experience features champagne and a two-course menu that includes chicken casserole and an ombre cake with cream cheese frosting. Not the fanciest of meals, but definitely more indulgent than regular movie seats.
For a snuggle sesh under the stars: I Lawn For You
Feb 14 at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. $469/couple; $569/couple with a bottle of bubbly.
Go glamping for one night on the lawn of W Singapore and admire the star-studded sky with your partner. You’ll only be surrounded by seven other couples as you cosy up to each other and nibble on prettily plated items like Boston lobster, Alaskan crab, charred wagyu and quail with truffle. Oh, and expect to get hands-on with your dinner, ‘cause the food will be served in a way where you won’t require cutlery. After dinner, take a dip in the outdoor pool or stroll along the cove and whisper sweet nothings to each other.
For a sleek musical affair: Montreux Jazz Café
Feb 14 at Pan Pacific Orchard. $180/couple.
Indulge in good food and great tunes at this new jazz club, where you’ll be serenaded by the melodies of Louis Soliano and Friends as you toast to romance with complimentary glasses of champagne and nosh on a five-course line-up that includes dishes like roasted prawn bisque, braised Kobe oxtail roulade and caramelised banana crepes.
For a lush garden getaway: Open Farm Community
Feb 14 at 130E Minden Rd. $80/person for three-course dinner; $128/person for five-course tasting menu.
Under the twinkle of stars in the sky, you’ll be treated to a farm-fresh dinner crafted with herbs, fruits and veggies picked from the edible garden outside. Choose from smoked citrus cured salmon carpaccio or heirloom tomato salad, before you move on to mains like rose-marinated duck breast with confit duck leg croquette, vanilla parsnip risotto and roasted Spanish mackerel.
For a gorgeous sunset view: Spuds & Aprons
Feb 14 at Faber Peak Singapore. $248/couple.
This hilltop restaurant-with-a-view is pretty perfect, if you ask us. It’s classy but not overly stuffy, and it’s casual enough to make you feel comfortable (in case this is your first V-day together as a couple). Plus points for its alfresco views overlooking Sentosa and the century-old Bell of Happiness (that you can ring) at the outdoor garden area. The four-course set starts with a smoked duck salad, followed by dishes like codfish roulade, pan-roasted fillet mignon and chocolate cake.
For a rustic romance: The Greenhouse
Feb 14 at Nosh. $180/couple.
Bask under the warm glow of stringed lights as you revel in the quiet charm of the alfresco space. Nestled among nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll enjoy a four-course set that consists of pineapple gazpacho, Hokkaido scallops, French duck breast or pan-roasted halibut, and vanilla cassis parfait to share.
For an evening of opulence: The Ottoman Room
Feb 14 at 48 Peck Seah St. $98/person; $128/person for two wine pairings and tea or coffee.
Set in a lavish, palatial space with warm lights from hanging oil lamps, this Middle Eastern dinner is nothing if not sumptuous. Sip from your welcome cocktail as you feast on a selection of unlimited mezze served up on roving copper and wood trolleys, then take your pick from mains like spiced short rib and roasted pumpkin, before you end it all off with a rich chocolate pudding and a side of dukkah and ice cream. If you’d like to linger a little longer, settle in with Middle Eastern wines, after-dinner digestifs or Istanbul teas.
For an idyllic escape: UNA
Feb 12-14 at 1 Rochester Park. $250/couple; $688/couple for the premium Valentine’s package.
Surrounded by lush greenery, the charming colonial interior of UNA makes for a serene, dreamy evening where you and your partner can spend quality time over a six-course Spanish dinner that takes you on an epicurean journey from Atlantic cod tempura to braised wagyu beef cheek to a heart-shaped raspberry, lychee and rose cake. If that isn’t quite romantic enough for you, splurge on the premium Valentine’s package to enjoy the finer things in life – such as a private butler, free-flow Cava, a bouquet of roses and an intimate meal in garden with fairy lights gleaming under the night sky.
For a candlelit dinner with a view: Zafferano
Feb 14 at Ocean Financial Centre. $218/couple; an additional $48 for wine pairing.
With a spectacular view of the Marina Bay waterfront, this sky high restaurant will be transformed into a candlelit, rose-strewn haven complete with tinkling tunes from a harp performance on V-day. Graze on canapes at the lounge to kick off the evening, then tuck into plates of fettuccine with duck breast ragout and Norwegian trout as part of your five-course dinner. Oh, and dessert lovers, you’re gonna love having an entire spread of macarons, traditional Italian desserts and a chocolate fountain to fawn over.