Want to win her (or him) over, get closer, or even seal the deal? Bring your flowers, your warmest smile and perhaps diamond ring to these gorgeous restaurants for a splendid Valentine’s date.
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Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
Alkaff Mansion’s Prosecco Brunch ($88++, Sun & PH 11.30am-3.30pm) is a luscious way of welcoming the weekend. The buffet lists seasonal oysters, Italian cold cuts, Scottish salmon carpaccio with caviar dressing, and live stations doling out homemade seafood ravioli and oven-baked beef sirloin. The repast includes free flow of prosecco, red and white wines.
10 Telok Blangah Green. Tel: 6510 3068
The Carving Champagne Brunch ($158++, Sun 12-3pm) is royal treatment for a cherished one. Knock back glasses of Singapore Sling and Bloody Mary in the restaurant’s regal colonial interiors, and indulge in choice eats the likes of crab salad, sea urchin and Kristal caviar; grilled langoustine with olive oil and lemon thyme; and Welsh lamb leg with garlic and mint jelly.
1 Beach Road. Tel: 6337 1886
Nothing spells ti amo quite like an impeccable Italian feast ($138++, 14 Feb 6.30-10pm). The highlights: homemade foie gras ravioli with sea urchin and raspberry sauce and green asparagus vellutata (a velvet vegetable soup); lobster carnaroli risotto with Bellavista prosecco; poached Fine de Claire oyster and Sardinian saffron; and an invigorating hot chocolate and marsala
1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3232
Brasserie Les Saveurs
What’s a lazy afternoon date without a sumptuous tea spread? The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea (from $49++, Mon-Sat 3-5pm, Sun 4-6pm) features both Western and Asian delights, such as duck foie gras profiteroles; prawn, lobster and tarragon cup pie; creme caramel with orange compote; fresh scones like the St. Regis classic and Perrigord black summer truffles; and iconic
Nonya kuehs. Sip leisurely rounds of premium tea while being serenaded by the live band on Saturday.
29 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6506 6860 (See Blogger Hot Seat for review.)
Catalunya’s spirited brunch ($98++, Sun 12.30-4pm) is a feisty start to the morning. The appetising must-haves include tortilla de Trampo—the restaurant’s signature deconstructed omelette; Bikini sandwich, jamon, truffle and cheese with grilled bread; and fideua—succulent
noodles and seafood cooked in a paella pan. Tantalising eats like suckling pig done Segovian style and a saltcrusted whole fish are served to the table, complete with upbeat fiesta tunes.
82 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6534 0188
Drink in the dramatic city views with a tasty spread to match at Equinox Restaurant’s Sunday Brunch ($138++, Sun 11am-2.30pm). Signature fares consist of roasts from the live carving station; steamed barramundi with fennel, herb salad and ginger vinaigrette; roasted wagyu beef with confit mushroom and au poivre (pepper); before sharing a raspberry chocolate gateau.
2 Stamford Road. Tel: 6837 3322
This buffet (from $158++, 14 Feb 7-10.30pm) will certainly have your lover swooning with its plush
offerings. Fill his/her plate with freshly shucked oysters, beef bourguignon, lobster a la plancha and a hearty warm chocolate cake. The feast includes a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 2009, because y’know, the way to the heart is through the stomach.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6337 8888
Bask in old world charm at Manhattan’s cocktail brunch buffet ($150++, Sun 11.30am-3.30pm). Toast to each other with craft cocktails like Ward Eight, a zesty blend of Redemption Rye, orange, lemon and homemade grenadine; and Market-Fresh Bellini, concocted out of champagne and seasonal fruit juice. Drinks aside, there’s excellent fare the likes of whisky infused creme brulee, chocolate bacon lollipops and smoked foie gras to justify leaving the kids behind.
1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3377
Spice up the occasion with a lunch buffet ($58++, Sun-Fri 12-230pm) at Rang Mahal. The aromatic spread showcases cuisine from northern, southern and coastal regions in India, including tandoori mushroom, lamb briyani and artichoke pakora. Conclude the meal with gajar halwa, a sweet pudding with grated carrots, or masala brownie, a spiced version of the Western delight.
Guests can opt for the al fresco area to take in the skyline or the private dining room for an intimate afternoon.
7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6333 1788
Treat your beloved to the Mediterranean’s finest products at The Knolls’ Sunday Brunch ($128++, 12.30-3pm). The seasonal menu boasts seafood bouillabaisse, Spanish style suckling pig, succulent barbecued cuts, and a dizzying selection of cheeses for a decadent prelude to your date.
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls. Tel: 6591 5046