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Digest Date Nights Just Got A Little More Romantic At The Westin Singapore’s Cook & Brew

Date Nights Just Got A Little More Romantic At The Westin Singapore’s Cook & Brew

Date Nights Just Got A Little More Romantic At The Westin Singapore’s Cook & Brew
By Don Mendoza
By Don Mendoza
October 02, 2019
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The gastro bar's relaxed setting is made for a lovely dinner for two, especially with the unparalleled skyline view it offers

Whether you’re trying to get to know each other better over dinner or craving a quiet night out sans kids, finding a restaurant with the right mix of romance and revelry is key.

And, perhaps, something less formal but replete with all the delicious perks of a gourmet meal is the way to go. Besides, what you really want is a chance to share a delicious repast and perhaps a heartfelt conversation in a comfortable setting—one that’s elegant yet relaxed, coupled with magnificent views of the city skyline to match.

Boasting just the sought of panorama—specifically, the Marina Bay area—Cook & Brew on the 33rd floor of The Westin Singapore offers these with panache. The setting, from its raw wooden floors, lavish dark red leather bar stools and a sumptuous black marble-topped bar, boasts the elegance of a classic gastro bar with a contemporary twist; it’s the perfect backdrop to a casual feast of local and international comfort foods, which you can pair with a carefully curated selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails.

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Canadian Prince Edward Island black mussels in a spicy laksa broth
Canadian Prince Edward Island black mussels in a spicy laksa broth

Delectably Chic

Traditionally, the best time to head out for one of these dinners is a Saturday. And here at Cook & Brew, there are added advantages to making it a regular affair. Dubbed Saturdates, there are five slots available for each of the three seatings, at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Come dressed in your prettiest get-up or your most comfortable pair of jeans; regardless, you’ll be starting the evening with a glass of sparkling—because it’s always recommended.

It’s the perfect aperitif to kick off what promises to be a deliciously romantic meal, spread across three courses (at $98 per couple) that you can choose to enjoy as a menu of western or local fare, or a combination of both—each dish thoughtfully crafted with a clever twist.

Sweet-savoury Pad Thai fries is a clever pairing of sweet potato fries with fresh prawns, chili and dried Sakura shrimps
Sweet-savoury Pad Thai fries is a clever pairing of sweet potato fries with fresh prawns, chili and dried Sakura shrimps

Choose to start with a hearty bowl of luscious black mussels served in a traditional spicy laksa broth. Or have something lighter, like a Caesar salad of kale and barley with white anchovies, roasted garlic, pancetta and parmesan cheese, topped with pumpernickel croutons.

There's even a choice of Pad Thai fries—a creative dish that combines deep-fried sweet potato sticks with fresh prawns, chilli and dried Sakura shrimps, tossed in a sweet and spicy Pad Thai sauce—should you wish to spice things up early.

If you’re looking to keep the meal green and lean, a main course option of handmade ricotta cavatelli (or little pasta shells) is a flavourful vegetarian amalgamation of mushrooms, manchego cheese, cauliflower and pumpkin seeds, piqued with the addition of dried chillies.

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The ricotta cavatelli is handmade and prepared in a mix of mushrooms, manchego cheese, cauliflower, pumpkin seeds, and dried chillies
The ricotta cavatelli is handmade and prepared in a mix of mushrooms, manchego cheese, cauliflower, pumpkin seeds, and dried chillies

And should a craving for a more familiar yet elevated nod to your favourite heartland classics strike—the fried bee hoon with char siew made with pork jowl, crispy pork belly and sambal prawns will be understandably hard to resist.

If, however, you’re feeling a need to spoil yourself or impress your partner, Cook & Brew’s Surf & Turf Platter ($158 per couple) is a perfect pairing of premium seafood and prime beef, specifically the Aspen Ridge USDA Prime striploin and Nova Scotia lobster, accompanied by fingerling mash and finished with bone marrow jus.

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The gastro bar's special Surf & Turf menu features Aspen Ridge USDA Prime striploin, Nova Scotia lobster, fingerling mash, and bone marrow jus
The gastro bar's special Surf & Turf menu features Aspen Ridge USDA Prime striploin, Nova Scotia lobster, fingerling mash, and bone marrow jus

This invitation to dine has all the makings of an evening filled with fine food and tête-à-tête. And just in case you find yourself in need of a little help making conversation, there is a Conversation Card on hand that lists fun topics and questions to get the ball rolling.

Ladies will also receive a token gift of potpourri, but of course—men are encouraged to bring flowers.

Cook & Brew

Restaurant, $$, International, Marina District

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