14 Romantic Ways To Wine And Dine This Valentine's Day

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February 8, 2018 | BY Dudi Aureus

Planning to take your Valentine out to somewhere special? We've got you covered.

Photo: Marina Bay Sands
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For surf and turf

CUT By Wolfgang Puck never fails us when we’re craving quality steaks, and you can expect the same with its four- and five-course Valentine's Day menus. You and your loved one can tuck into meaty mains, including the popular Australian Angus from Rangers Valley, grain fed for over 300 days and aged for 35 days. But you will also get to start dinner with majestic oysters on half shell, paired with ginger-red mignonette. And, rest assured, when it comes to ending the meal with dessert, few things are more indulgent than a Valrhona chocolate souffle topped with creme fraiche and ice cream.

Available for dinner, from 5.30pm to 7pm and 8pm to 10pm. Call 6688 8517 or email cutreservations@marinabaysands.com for reservations.

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For the fickle-minded

Gorgeous views (from the rooftop of CapitaGreen), dreamy ambience and mouthwatering Mediterranean fare—Artemis ticks all the right boxes if you want to impress your date. Also, the menu presents an array of outside-the-box choices; the first course, for example, is a choice between the artichoke salad, Japanese Hamachi paired with tomato jelly, wild sea bass sashimi, a half-dozen Tsarskaya oysters and a serving of Sturia caviar. The are more options for the mains, but we recommend its signatures such as the grilled lobster with heirloom beetroots, the duck confit or the Dorper lamb rack. Additional accompaniments are available a la carte if you're still hungry.

Available for dinner. Call 6635 8677 or email enquiries@artemisgrill.com.sg for reservations.

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For nature lovers

The Halia's location within the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens is a nature lover's dream. And you might want to include a pre-dinner stroll to work up an appetite. Let's just say the Valentine's Day dinner here is an 11-course sharing menu consisting of favourites such as freshly-shucked oysters, sustainable Australian bluefin tuna tartare and slow-cooked wagyu striploin. For the grand finale, you’ll be treated to a tangy lime sorbet with raspberry textures, as well as The Halia’s signature macarons.

Available for dinner, from 6pm to 8pm and 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Call 6484 0711 or email vday@gingergardendining.com for reservations. 

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For a laidback affair 

The ambience here at Ash & Elm is modern and relaxed, making it an ideal place to enjoy sumptuous food without the stuffiness associated with fine dining. Have a glass of Taittinger Rosé Champagne first before digging into executive sous chef Philippe Duc’s modern European fare. Choices include smoked salmon and avocado, beetroot risotto, roasted Boston lobster and beef chuck braised in red wine sauce.

Available for dinner. Call 6825 1008 or email InterContinental.Dining@ihg.com for reservations.

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For elegant simplicity

Porta's culinary team has prepared a six-course Cupid menu for an unfussy but memorable date. Start with the Prosecco Love Potion, a special concoction where one sip is enough to calm your nerves and arouse your palate for what’s to come—oysters with Granny Smith apples and Avruga caviar, and Hokkaido scallops with a side of butternut pumpkin, bacon and quinoa. Mains give you a choice between barramundi and Angus ribeye, before the strawberry and cream ending.

Available for lunch and dinner. Call 6593 8855 or email hello@porta.com.sg for reservations.

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For French fare with a view

One Michelin-star Saint Pierre's chef-owner Emmanuel Stroobant teases the palate with delicately prepared snacks before going big with the meal proper. The number of courses depend on your preferred timing, starting with five dishes for the first seating, while the last seating has seven. Whatever you choose, you’ll be digging into exquisite creations that include oscietra caviar with unconventional garnishes (really, it’s a surprise!); dover sole paired with lobster and lamb saddle served with a side of carrot, turnip and hummus. To boot, not one but two special desserts—textures of strawberry, and Valhrona chocolate with vanilla and passionfruit—help close the meal.

Available for dinner, from 5.30pm to 8pm and 8.45pm to 11pm. Call 6438 0887 or email info@saintpierre.com.sg for reservations.

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For a romantic rendezvous

A trip to Le Binchotan takes you to the back alleys of Gemmill Lane; but all is well once you find the secret spot to have your fill of tasty French-Japanese cuisine. This is a cosy (read: small) and intimate place where the skilled chefs prepare modern and unique dishes such as the pan-seared foie grass on top of beetroot and fennel, followed by 100g of Australian wagyu seared over binchotan charcoal. There is also cappellini tossed with sakura ebi and kombu. And for the sweet finish? It’s none other than a white chocolate semifreddo with Kyoto matcha powder. The meal also comes with Sma Sma sparkling sake.

Available from February 9 to 14, dinner only. Call 6224 1045 or email reservations@lebinchotan.sg for reservations.

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For the early (love) birds

Should you choose to beat the crowd by celebrating the ocassion a day earlier, Stellar at 1-Altitude is a lofty proposition that will surely score you brownie points. Its stunning vista speaks volumes, so an early booking could land you a table by the window. Opt for the six-course menu, which starts with freshly-shucked oysters. A parade of seafood and meat follows, so do look out for the lobster ravioli doused in nutty beurre noisette; caramelised foie gras; line caught seabass with indulgent caviar and melt-in-the-mouth veal loin. The final course is aptly called Roses, a hibiscus soup served with rose nitrogen meringue.

Available from February 9 to 14. Call 6438 0410 or email info@1-altitude.com for reservations.

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For the adventurous

Korean-American chef Akira Back is known for his bold interpretations of Asian cuisine, which is what you’ll also find in his six-course Valentine's Day celebration at his eponymous restaurant. Expect combinations of flavours that work surprisingly well such as pizza topped with tuna flakes or chilled corn soup with Ao nori scallop and spiced popcorn. He’ll keep your tastebuds intrigued right up until the end with a sweet-sour dessert that pairs Japanese ume plum with strawberries.

Call 68181914 or email jw.sinjw.akiraback@marriott.com for reservations.

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For a dinner under the stars

Reserved for only six couples, this special date night begins with a limo ride to the restaurant for a private dinner in a cabana at The Poolside, Sofitel Singapore City Centre. Be impressed the moment you sit down with a bottle of Duval Leroy Rose champagne sabered tableside. The curated four-course menu that follows starts with Hokkaido scallops royale and freshly-shucked French oysters, while the main course is a choice of three options—pan-roasted Atlantic cod, chargrilled Angus beef fillet or slow-roasted cornfed French chicken. There’s a pre-dessert of Granny Smith and yuzu sorbet before you end with a rhubarb tart.

Call 6428 5000 or email ha152@sofitel.com for reservations.

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For a romantic Italian dinner 

Head chef Luca Piras of Alba 1836 cranks up this special date night with a sumptuous Italian menu, which includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco. This is contemporary Italian fare, so it's fine to start with oysters flavoured with ginger, chili and gin. But pace yourself for there’s more to come—foie gras and pistachio terrine with poach plums; oxtail tortelli bathed in taleggio sauce and beef jus and pan-seared duck breast with cherry sauce and caramelised walnuts, among others. And save space for the apple tart with a side of vanilla gelato.

Call 6222 2048 or email alba@alba1836.com.sg for reservations.

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For the best of two worlds

Ease into the splendours of this special night with an aperitivo at the bar, before tucking into restaurant Caffe B's executive chef Masanao Saito’s five-course meal. The cuisine here is described as European-Japanese, so expect to find dishes such as spear squid and rape blossoms served with tosazu jelly and fresh nori seaweed, or spaghetti vongole with Japanese perila and yuzu zest. And, for the mains, choose from two flavourful cuts—roasted lamb rack or tenderloin steak—cooked to your desired doneness. There’s also an option to pair the meal with drinks.

Call 6887 3311 for reservations.

Nouri's Valentine's Day dessert of dried orange, bergamot pate de fruit, and assam tea ice cream
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For an eclectic mix

For one night only, enjoy a seven-course dinner menu at Nouri that has been specially curated to present delectably playful pairing of familiar flavours. Dishes such as pickled Japanese sardines with aromatic oils and caviar, wagyu rump cap with date chutney and achar pickles, and black grouper with buttermilk sauce gratin and Szechuan style potatoes, will charm the curious gourmand in both of you. In fact, why settle for chocolates when you can end the meal with an ensemble of dried orange, bergamot pate de fruit and Assam tea ice-cream. A wine pairing will also be available, featuring mostly champagnes and Pétillant Naturel wines.

Call 6221 4148 for reservations. 

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For gorgeous city views

The restaurant’s location on the 38th floor of Andaz Singapore lets you take in the majestic city views, heightening the romance on date night. Sous chef Josephine Loke makes the night extra special with a four-course menu that highlights Japanese flavours, and, of course, its halal-certified meats. A meal here begins with the scallop carpaccio topped with ikura and Kawaire cress and enhanced with lemon vinaigrette. A comforting crab and dashi soup comes next before the main course—grilled Tajima sirloin or miso marinated salmon fillet. Save space for the chocolate tart dessert studded with candied pistachio.

Call 6408 1255 or visit andazsingapore.com for reservations.

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