Editors’ Picks: The Most Romantic Restaurants in Singapore
For a country that’s home to a growing number of gourmands, it’s no surprise that Singapore boasts plenty of dining options for various occasions—including the ones that you immediately turn to for date nights.
Since not all of us have the same idea of what a romantic dinner entails, we asked the team at Tatler Singapore their favourite romantic restaurants in Singapore.
Read on below to find out our go-to spots (and to get an idea of what date nights look like for us).
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1/9 Jaan by Kirk Westaway
“Frankly, splitting a burger or a pita can be a decidedly romantic affair—just make sure it’s your favourite variety. Of course, it helps to have a chilled bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée to wash it down with, all while you take in the views from that special place to catch the sunset. Alternatively, you can book a table at Jaan by Kirk Westaway; the few located along the floor-to-ceiling windows feel the most intimate. The panorama from its perch on the 70th floor is without a doubt a prized feature, complemented by well-spaced tables and softly-lit interiors (even during the day) that work together to keep the elegant space surprisingly cosy. Westaway’s culinary approach, while artful in its interpretation of modern British cuisine, also comes across as genuine and warm—evident in highlights such as the signature “eggs in an egg” topped with caviar and mushroom jam; and the Scottish langoustine that’s paired with celeriac and black truffle. These days you might even be looking forward to ending the meal with a pear turnover served alongside some buttered toast ice cream. It’s spaces like these that make it easy for you to escape to your favourite memories or get lost in each other’s eyes.”
—Don Mendoza, content director, dining
“While I’m all for a candlelit dinner and being plied with champagne, caviar and chocolates, my idea of a good date is something far more casual. That’s why I think dining at FOC—whether it’s at their Hong Kong Street outlet or the beach club in Sentosa—would be great for Valentine’s Day. They say sharing is caring and that’s exactly what chef Juanjo Carillo encourages diners to do: tuck into a variety of tapas plates and enjoy it with a refreshing G&T or sangria. You should definitely share a main, and I highly recommend the sumptuous Boston Lobster Brothy Rice. Best yet, dining at FOC transports me to Barcelona for a few hours, which in this time of zero travel makes a night out in town more enticing.”
—Kissa Castaneda, Editorial Director – Homes & Travel, Tatler Asia
3/9 Bao by Cé La Vi
“With my indecisive nature, it always feels like I’ve been given extra homework to do whenever my date asks me to choose a restaurant. I hate homework, but I’m a sucker for a scrumptious meal with a panoramic view, which is why Bao by Cé La Vi is my usual go-to. The novel casual dining concept by the premium restaurant group makes for a less formal take for date nights. Sink your teeth into fluffy east-meets-west Bao burgers that are available in a range of enticing fillings — my personal favourite is the salted egg-crispy prawn — whilst throwing back a crafted cocktail or two from the SkyBar. Plus, the bird’s eye perspective of the city’s skyline will certainly amp up the romance factor. Talk about dinner with a view (in more ways than one).”
—Cheryl Lai-Lim, digital writer, Tatler Homes
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4/9 La Dame De Pic
“Valentine’s Day is close to the Chinese New Year celebrations, and if there was no global pandemic, my friends and I would have probably booked a flight to Paris to bask in the city’s romantic vibe and indulge at the best restaurants. But since we’re all stuck here, the next best thing we could do is enjoy a lavish meal at La Dame De Pic, Raffles Singapore by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. It is helmed by her protégé, chef de cuisine Kevin Gatin.
The elegant interiors set the mood for a romantic night out in town, but the highlight is definitely Pic’s delectable contemporary French fare laced with Asian accents (she’s not called the ‘citrus queen’ for nothing). Dishes here always change according to seasons, but some signatures remain such as the appetiser of berlingots. When I came here for dinner last November, the delicate pasta parcels were stuffed with decadent French cheese fondue and bathed in an umami-packed beetroot kombu broth and accented with galangal and herb of grace (which she discovered at Singapore’s Chinatown market).”
—Dudi Aureus, digital dining editor
(Related: La Dame De Pic Makes Its Asian Debut At The Raffles Singapore)
“It’s way too warm for a relaxing romantic picnic in Singapore… but a great (fine-dining) solution is Pollen, now helmed by executive chef Michael Wilson. Being surrounded by dreamy flora and fauna in the largest glass greenhouse in the world—Gardens By The Bay’s Flower Dome—is definitely my idea of a meal in a park! Plus the buggy ride to the restaurant from the entrance of the park always like a fun frivolous treat, while a post-meal stroll into the connecting conservatory is a great way to end a date.”
—Daphne Chen-Cordeiro, digital content director
6/9 Bar Cicheti
“As my friends and loved ones know me as the pasta monster (affectionately I would think, because #pastaforever), my idea of a perfect dinner often involves the said carbohydrates. One of my recent new favourites is Bar Cicheti, which has that nice mix of an intimate setting, beautiful interiors and most importantly, fantastic pasta dishes. The work of Amsterdam-based interior designer Simone Königshausen of of Studio Königshausen, the restaurant features a handsome mix of dark wood furnishings and a design that takes cues from Italian bistros from the sixties. I particularly love the seats at the back, which provide a cosy spot where you can audibly hear your dining partners while enjoying your meal.
As this popular venue is also pretty compact, it's a must to make reservations in advance, so extra points to the date who remembered to make the reservation early. Among my favourite picks on the menu are the Paccheri, where each tube pasta is delectably coated with the six-hour braised ragu and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. I hope to try almost all of the pasta dishes eventually; I think it's a good sign that we quickly emptied our plates and barely reached to take photos, and all the dishes we ordered were great.”
—Hong Xinying, managing editor, Tatler Homes
7/9 Casa Tartufo
“Service is extremely important to me when it comes to a memorable dining experience—romantic date or not. So if you're looking to wow your partner for a special occasion, Italian dining restaurant Casa Tartufo checks all the boxes. The cosy ambience will immediately make you feel at ease, but the restaurant's wait staff are exceptionally attentive—spot the friendly Italian owner and his adorable young son as they will likely be making themselves busy ensuring that guests are attended to.
Just like what its name indicates, the restaurant is a haven for truffle lovers. You have the option of adding white truffle or black truffle to any dish that you order off the menu. The pasta was excellent but if you ask me, the star of the show was undoubtedly the tiramisu dessert. I dare say that it is among the best in Singapore, so be sure to order it. What could possibly be a better way to end a romantic dinner than on a sweet note? Never mind that I was with my close girlfriends and not my boyfriend. It was still a lovely experience and I can't wait to be back—perhaps with my partner this time around.”
—Andrea Saadan, assistant digital editor
8/9 Ristorante da Valentino
“Tucked away from the busy shopping streets of Singapore, a trip to Ristorante da Valentino will transport you to an Italian nonna’s home thanks to its quaint and homely decor; its warm service will have both you and your guest well taken care of during the course of your meal. I never fail to get excited about trips there—not only is it absolutely fuss-free, but each course features the freshest ingredients packed full of flavour, rendering it pretty high on my go-to list for Italian fare. Besides keeping the vino flowing on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, I believe a seat at one of their five cosy booths could set both you and your date en route to a romantic evening.”
—Amelia Yeo, writer
9/9 Riviera Forlino
“Over the years, Forlino has changed and transformed with different chefs helming the kitchen. (It has recently been renamed Riviera.) But its location at One Fullerton in the Marina Bay area has not changed, which means the romantic surroundings especially around dusk remains a sight to behold. But importantly, the restaurant has consistently maintained its high culinary standards throughout the years, always delighting me with innovative dishes and making my every visit memorable and pleasurable.”
—Terence Lim, commercial initiatives director
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