Whether or not both of you are fussy eaters or enjoy tucking into bizarre grub, our list of V-day options will keep you satisfied.
For us foodies, dining is the pillar of any relationship—we plan our dates around the latest restaurant as well as the constant food cravings that come from scrolling through our Instagram feed (the pains of following too many food profiles). Here’s how to plan an amazing date with our well-curated dining guide, specially tailored for those at different stages of love
Ready to Mingle
The word dating seems so foreign to you. You love the freedom of having to do things on your own, and enjoy meeting new pals. The only reason you look forward to Valentine’s Day is the number of fun single activities popping up. Plus, it also makes for a great excuse to throw a massive party for all your happy bachelors and bachelorettes.
Dinner date for five
Three is never a crowd in your books. Hire a private chef to whip up a gourmet feast for your friends in your own den with Dine Inn, which connects you to talented home chefs across the island. The app also has options of dining at the chef’s gorgeous home, or having your food delivered instead, for those seeking a more intimate session without any strangers around. sg.dineinn.com
Meet other singles
Billed as the “number one single’s event of the year”, Valentine Vendetta is back for the sixth year with a sexy masquerade themed party, organised by Creative Insurgence. It’s the perfect place to be single as they are ice breakers and games to help meet other guests while $10,000 worth of prizes are waiting to be won. $45 includes two drinks at the door. 11 Feb, 6pm till late. www.vday.sg
Just Started Dating
You guys are just about to cross the three-month honeymoon period and are still unsure on the boundaries of sharing food. Can you steal his fries or would that be crossing the line? That said, you really like each other, and are willing to go the extra mile to impress your other half. Bring on the candlelight dinner and fireworks!
All that jazz
Go all out and spoil each other with an extravagant dinner at Montreux Jazz Café. Setting you back $180 per couple, their fancy degustation menu that kicks off with a refreshing amuse bouche followed by a grilled compressed watermelon with strawberry granita, and roasted prawn bisque. Then, choose from two mains— the grilled Chilean sea bass cooked in shellfish broth, or the robust braised Kobe oxtail roulade featuring seared foie gras and shaved winter truffle. A minty sorbet is served to cleanse your palate before you end the date with a toothsome caramelised banana crepe. To celebrate the night further, two complimentary flutes of Moët & Chandon will be served. And in true Montreux Jazz style, expect jivin’ live music to accompany you throughout the night. 14 Feb. #01-02, Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road. Tel: 6733 0091
Dinner under the stars
A picnic is a sure win recipe for an awesome date night. Better yet if it is set up by the lovely team behind Picneeds. Preparing everything for you, from the set-up to the delicious food to the packing up, picnickers simply need to relax and have a good time. Starting at $190 for their basic set up with food, you can pick your desired theme such as Bohemian Rhapsody featuring mandala throws and patterned cushions. Want to make this special day even more memorable? You will be glad to know the packages are all customisable and Picneeds will do their best to fulfil any requests. Make your booking at bit.ly/picneedsform
For the fussy ones
She likes fish and chips, while you hate fried food. She prefers her whites and reds, and you rather guzzle down a pint of beer. The only thing you have in common at the dining table is your love for each other—and maybe dessert.
Make a trip to Austria
Set in a charming, old-world restaurant, Kaiserhaus transport you to the romantic Habsburg Empire with their tantalising three-course menu ($108 for two). The meal impresses right from the beginning with indulgent starters like the beef tenderloin, where the aromatic juices of the meat is sealed within a golden puff pastry. Meat lovers will enjoy the signature gourmet beef stew, Tafelspitz, while pescatarians can order the a seafood soup packed with oceanic goodies like plump mussels, scallops, prawns and sea bass filet. Known for their toothsome dessert, lovers have the freedom of choosing their own sweet creations at the pastry counter to end off their meal, together with a complimentary glass of Szigeti Grüner Veltliner sparkling wine. 11-14 Feb. #02-06 & #03-06 Capitol Singapore, 7 Stamford Road. Tel: 6377 0013
Love is in the air
Skip the usual town offerings and head to the quaint Raffles Marina at Tuas for their Valentine’s Day Dinner ($138 per couple), which comes with two glasses of house pour wines, a box of chocolate pralines and a red rose. Whetting your appetite at the start of the four-course meal is a serving of hickory chip smoked duck breast along with creamy lobster bisque. For mains, diners can opt between a grilled black angus beef with sauteed mushrooms and an oven baked Norwegian salmon that’s stuffed with spinach, and served with truffle flavoured noodles and Champagne cream sauce. The lovely dinner concludes with a treacly crème caramel crowned with mixed berries. To top it all off, diners stand a chance to win a 2D1N guest room stay at Raffles Marina worth $200. 14 Feb. 10 Tuas West Drive. Tel: 6861 8000
You’ve been there and done that. A romantic date for you and your beau means going for an impromptu weekend trip with no packed luggage and trying exotic grub just for the fun of it. Friends and family members think you both should settle down, and you can’t understand why.
Lights, cameras, dinner!
Fans of Lewis Carroll’s enchanting world will be intrigued by Andsoforth’s latest theatrical dinner pop-up, Dinner in Wonderland ($128, inclusive of a complimentary cocktail). Hosted by the Queen of Hearts, get entertained by the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and Alice, as you partake in a dress-up four-course dinner. Taking place in a big hall, the space is brought to life with gorgeous chandeliers and quirky paintings (think designs like a bunch of angry mushrooms and a sad bumble bee) lining all four walls. As for the location, it’s a well-kept secret that will only be revealed closer to the date. 14 Feb. 8pm. www.andsoforth.com.sg
Ignite your senses
Take your relationship to new heights with an intimate dinner at NOX—Dine In The Dark, where you experience a three-course set in total darkness. Priced at $288 per couple, the mystery dinner will highlight 12 unique creations, all selected with the intent on surprising your taste buds and to keep you guessing. Best part? No mobile phones are allowed at the dining table. Menus can be tailored according to food preferences and restrictions upon request. 14 Feb. 269 Beach Road. Tel: 6298 0708
When Sharing is Caring
Your idea of an adventure is embarking on a food safari. Both of you can spend hours café hopping and eating your way around Singapore. The last you’ve recorded, you visited five eateries in a day! #foreverhungry is the hashtag your friends coined for the two of you. But aside from having a bottomless pit, you guys just enjoy variety and sampling new nosh—and the best way to do that is to share.
Foodie theme park
Embark on a gastronomic adventure at contemporary food park, Picnic. The 10,000 sq ft. restaurant offers 13 individual food and drink concepts from around the world, each delivering an exciting menu that changes according to seasons and themes. Tuck into Taiwanese grub before making your way to the Mexican food truck for scrummy tacos and Italian-American stand for rigatoni that’s flambéed in vodka right in front of your eyes. The space makes for a whimsical date too, with its garden interior showcasing walls covered in foliage, and gorgeous flowers hanging from the ceiling. #03-15 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road. Tel: 6734 8352
Eat without boundaries
Treat yourself to an exquisite array of free-flowing nosh at The Villa Halia at Singapore Botanic Garden. For $250 nett per couple, lovers will get to enjoy free-flowing wines along with an indulgent spread of fusion dishes including smoked duck breast in hoi sin dressing and pickled orange, as well as tomato and olive pignolina pasta ‘risotto’. What is sure to attract a queue is the action station delivering a succulent slow roast beef striploin and Halia’s famous chilli crab spaghettini prepared a la minute. Leave space for afters, as dark chcolate matcha cream puff and lemon botanicals meringue tartlet will be gracing the dessert spread. 14 Feb. Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Garden, 1 Cluny Road. Tel: 8798 0180