Forget over-commercialised restaurants and having to sell your designer bag to afford a Valentine’s Day meal; we’ve rounded up six posh & unusual places for couples (and one for singles), that won’t break the bank.

For an affordable-yet-posh meal

Royale Restaurant

Royale Restaurant’s elegant Valentine’s Day meal.

The classy Royale Restaurant’s decadent four-course ‘A Celebration of Love’ dinner is a steal at $78++ per person.  Sink into their plush, cream-coloured booths. (The restaurant is conveniently located inside Mercure Singapore Bugis.) Enjoy a glass of Prosecco, before tucking into a refreshing appetiser of Pan-seared Duo of Sea Scallop and Tuna Loin, which is paired with the mango salsa. This is followed by the light Double-boiled Chicken Consommé with Poached Oyster and Morel Mushroom. Choose between the Oven-baked Miso Alaska Cod Loin or the Pan-Roasted Spring Chicken Roulade and King Prawn seasoned with Black Truffle. For desserts as sweet as your love, pick the piquant Blood Orange Mousse Dome served with Green Tea Streusel, or the Strawberry Chiboust scattered with air-flown berries. Available on Valentine’s Day, from 6pm – 10pm. 122 Middle Road. Tel: 6521 6088

For animal lovers

Neko no Niwa

What could be better than the company of cats and your partner? Neko no Niwa’s lovely interior is filled with lovely furry felines.

With a lovely view of Boat Quay and the Singapore River, and tucked away on the second floor above a Spanish restaurant, this peaceful cat cafe is the purrfect place to enjoy the loving company of your partner – and cats. While they don’t have a specific Valentine’s Day promotion, we recommend the three-hour special ($24), which includes a free cuppa hot chocolate (if you are a student). Otherwise, there’s a delightful selection of desserts from artisanal bakers (from $3.50), fruit smoothies (from $3.50), canned drinks ($2) and coffee and tea (from $2.50). Pick up one of the many cat toys, from feathery wands to bouncy balls to play with the felines, and watch them bounce around on the cat condos or curl up, purring, next to you. Level 2, 54A Boat Quay.  Tel: 6536 5319

Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife

Say hello to Ah Meng and the rest of her orangutan family at Singapore Zoo’s Jungle Breakfast.

Be the Tarzan to your Jane (or vice-versa) and take a walk on the wild side! How about breakfast ($35 for adults) in a lush rainforest setting with the friendly orangutans of Singapore Zoo? Breakfast starts from 9am to 10.30am daily at Ah Meng Restaurant, where guests can enjoy a buffet spread of Western and local breakfast delights. Say hello to Ah Meng, the zoo’s furry six-year-old icon and her family as they chow down on fruit from their treetop perch between 9.30am and 10am. Get up close and take photos with these majestic apes, sadly a critically endangered species in their native lands of Borneo and Sumatra. With the zoo continuing to educate guests on the importance of wildlife conservation, this would make for one meaningful Valentine’s Day. To secure a spot, contact the zoo at least one day in advance. 80 Mandai Lake Road. Tel: 6360 8560

Picnic under the stars

Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky is perfect for stargazing.

Like Aladdin whisking Princess Jasmine off on his magic carpet, your date will be seeing stars (literally) with this romantic moonlight picnic for two, replete with Persian carpets, Moroccan poufs, satin cushions and, of course, candles. Organised by Pie in the Sky, a new picnic company, their Valentine’s Day special is a bit of a splurge at $170/couple, but the fee includes the themed set-up, a cheese platter (Camembert, Bresse Bleu, Gouda, Emmental and crackers) and wine (provided by The Spiffy Dapper), which you get to enjoy for four hours. If the Arabian Nights theme isn’t your thing, they have two others: King of Kitsch (rustic decor with quirky elements) and Pie for my Valentine (think fairy lights, a wicker basket for the wine and teepees). Couples have the option to add food with a $60 top up from one of their four menus: Middle Eastern Gastronomy, an Intercontinental Interest, Mex-Out and For the Foodies (halal). With Pie in the Sky taking care of the set-up, food, drink and taking down the decor, you don’t need to stress yourself out this special night. Don’t worry about those pesky mozzies either – they also provide bug repellent. https://www.facebook.com/pieintheskypicnics/

For that taste of l’amour

Merci Marcel

Taste l’amour at Merci Marcel.

Nobody does romance quite like the French, and the Bohemian chic vibe of boutique cum bistro Merci Marcel will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into an artistic and culinary hideaway. While the bistro does not have a Valentine’s Day menu, this could be a blessing in disguise as guests are able to indulge in fine French cuisine without paying astronomical prices. Feel like a Parisian as you sip on one of their many champagnes, spirits or wine, hand-picked by the owners from independent winemakers in France. Their sharing dishes include the moreish Duck Rillettes ($18), where the savoury duck, melted Camembert cheese and marinated pear make for a satisfying combination. Move on to the gravy soaked Pork Tenderloin ($24) that comes with caramelised onions and ginger, with a side of Ravioles de Royan ($18). These Swiss Tête de Moine stuffed dumplings ooze cheesy goodness, and will send you into a food coma, as you recline against the stylish Toile de Jouy cushions that decorate their rattan chairs. 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68. Tel: 6224 0113

For a laidback ambience

Little Island Brewing Co.

Little Island Brewery Co. has that laidback vibe for a fuss-free Valentine’s.

For a chillout evening with great food, music and an ocean breeze, head to Little Island Brewing Co. Tucked behind a hawker centre at Changi Village and overlooking the sea, this self-service and self-pour restaurant and bar also houses a microbrewery.  Diners can expect ales, stouts, and lagers. Pay using their Beer Card – a prepaid amount of $10 is needed and customers top up in multiples of $10 (+GST). For 100ml, prices are between $1.80 and $5 for their self-pour tap selection. Food-wise, it’s a meat lover’s paradise. Try the moreish Wagyu Beef Brisket ($18), wood-smoked for 15 hours and is served with Memphis coleslaw and balsamic truffle onions; the coffee, cumin and chilli-rubbed Crispy Pork Belly ($14) or beer battered Fish & Chips ($12). Enjoy live music from their indoor or outdoor seating – we recommend the al fresco area so you get that island vibe.   Block 6, Changi Village Road, #01-01/02. Tel: 6543 9100

For those looking for love

Lucha Loco

Lucha Loco has got singles covered – Loco Cupid’s are on hand to help set you up.

If you’re single and ready to mingle, why not get some cheeky Latino love at Lucha Loco’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day ‘Hearts Go Loco’ fiesta. On 14 February , from 7pm, party the night away at their outdoor beer garden to the sounds of DJs Fat Fish Familia while chowing down on signature dishes (dinner available from 5pm -10pm) like Tostada de Atun ($15) torched tuna, fried onions, avocado, lime mayo and sea salt on a deep-fried tortilla; and Taco de Baja Fish, zesty chilli mango salsa on top of crispy fried fish, mint and shredded cabbage. Gulp down their Mayan Mule ($18); choose between Alipus San Luiz Blanco Mezcal and Cimarron Blanco Tequila with ginger, cilantro, toasted ancho and lime, served in colourful skull cups. Get ready for a mad Mexican night with activities like The Wheel of Love, the Kissing Booth, Piñata Bashing and Lucha Loco’s very own Loco Cupids. 15 Duxton Hill. Tel: 6226 3938