Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, in case you didn’t know), dreaded by some, longed for by others, is just around the corner. Chefs in Singapore are cooking up romantic specials, pre-fixe menus set, and you have ample opportunity to indulge in an old favorite or discover a new one. So if you and your sweet heart are still thinking about dining out, here are eight places to take your special someone in Singapore this Valentine’s Day.
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Level 62, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616; Tel: 6438 0410
Price: $200++ per person for six-course dinner and dessert + petit fours + one glass of MOËT. On 14 February only, window seats are priced at $240++ per person
When: 12,13 and 14 February 2016
Stellar at 1-Altitude takes the amore (Italian for love) factor to greater heights on Valentine’s Day weekend. Diners can expect nothing less than Stellar’s hallmark exquisite cuisine for a memorable romantic San Valentino dinner experience. Specially crafted by Executive Chef Christopher Millar, the highlights of the menu include Sevruga Caviar with Sea Urchin, Fennel and Cucumber; Gamberi Prawn Carbonara with Parmesan Cream, Soft Poached Egg Yolk and Bacon Ash; and Roasted Turbot with White Truffle Polenta and Radicchio. Two luscious desserts created by Stellar’s star Pastry Chef Jasmin Chew end the dinner on an indulgently sweet note: Bouquet (Geneva apples, yoghurt custard, almond sable and roasted marcona almonds) and The Branch (Strawberries that pop and tropical tube).
5 Cox Terrace #B1-08 Fort Canning Arts Centre Singapore 179620; Tel: 6336 0797
Price: $118++ per person for three-course menu, includes a glass of Duval-Leroy Champagne Brut
When: Lunch and Dinner on 14 February 2016
If you are looking for some extraordinary romantic time with your special one, away from all the hustle and bustle, Balzac Brasserie is the perfect location. At Balzac Brasserie, guests will have several possibilities to appreciate an exceptional setting dedicated to love. The menu designed by Chef Jean Charles Dubois is set to impress you and your valentine. Start your meal with either the Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Puree of Jerusalem Artichoke, Truffle Vinaigrette or Hokkaido Sea Scallop Tartare with Yuzu Dressing Oyster Jus and Black Olive Powder. For main, choose between the Char-Grilled Half Maine Lobster with Baby French Potatoes, Roasted Pink Garlic and Thermidore Reduction or the French Pigeon Royale served with Cauliflower Smoothie Roasted Hazelnuts and Young Heirloom Carrots. End the night with a Warm Milk Chocolate Soft Centre with Strawberry Ice Cream or the Roasted Pineapple with Coconut Emulsion and Vanilla Ice Cream.
2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-15 & 01-83, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972; Tel: 6222 2329
Price: $120++ per couple for three-course menu, with an option of wine pairing at $40 per couple
When: 8 to 14 February 2016
Celebrate everlasting love this Valentine’s Day as Caffé B takes you on a universal chronicle of love, service and sacrifice with the best of pure and passionate foods marrying the best of Italian and Japanese. Caffe B’s Valentine’s Day Menu at the bar features a three-course menu with a wine pairing option, the menu includes an antipasto of A Hearty Feeling, stuffed Dory Fish rolled with cubed Prawns and Bell Pepper. Raise a roast with a hearty main course – Love at First Bite, conjuring the memoirs of young innocent love with the well marinated Beef Short Rib braised in Red Wine, served with roasted Vegetables in Thyme and Veal Jus. From custard kisses to crumbly black biscuits, present your beloved with Caffé B’s Jar of Hearts – a layered-fill dessert of White Chocolate and Yoghurt Mousse, topped with fruity Raspberry Coulis and wild berries for an elegant finale to a romantic meal. To further sweeten this Valentine’s Day celebrations, try Caffé B’s specially concocted cocktail, Clementine ($16), in line with the theme for this occasion. Clementine features fresh honey, cranberry juice, triple sec, grenaldine syrup and plum wine, with its crimson colour and red petal garnish symbollic of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love. Each sip guaranteed to take you to the realms of Olympus.
Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569; Tel: 6287 0711
Price: $300 nett per couple for an eight-dish sharing dinner, single rose, Halia gift & picture souvenir. Add $80 nett for wine pairing for one person or $140 nett for two persons.
When: 14 February 2016
Curated by Head Chef Ciaran Armstrong, the eight-dish Valentine’s Day Dinner Sharing Menu includes dishes with Asian inspirations. Kick start your romantic evening with some Freshly Shucked Oysters with Ginger Flower Sambal, Pickled Cucmber & Coriander Shoots and the Smoked Chilli Crab Salad. For the mains, indulge in an exquisite plate of Grass, Grain & Wagyu Beef, Irish grass fed (21 day dry-aged, 200 day grain fed) & 9+ MBS Mayura Station (500-day grain fed), served with wasabi mash, heirloom carrot, pickled ginger and sweet soya jus. Conclude the dinner on a lovely note with a sharing dessert of Chocolate & Flowers.
Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881; Tel: 6799 8809
Price: $168+ per couple for four-course menu
When: 13 and 14 February 2016
Take your seat in the cool comforts of The Salon with a stalk of rose, compliments of the house and drink a toast with a glass of prosecco. Begin a lavish four-course romantic set dinner comprising of a seafood tasting platter featuring a trio of Scallop with Mentaiko, Tea-smoked Mussel with Lemonade and Salmon Caviar Dressing, and Norwegian Salmon with Asian Chilli Mayonnaise, cream of Wild Mushroom with scent of Truffle served with foie gras, smoked duck, mango salsa and sun-dried tomato baguette, and choice of sous vide fresh Chicken Thigh with Live Prawn and Sake Chilli Bonito Sauce, or confit of Beef Striploin with Live Prawn and Sake Chilli Bonito Sauce, and relish in a sweet ending of Tiramisu with Raspberry Macaron.
Salt tapas & bar
#01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre, No 252, North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103; Tel: 6837 0995
Price: $58++ per person for three-course menu or $98++ per person for three-course menu with wine pairing
When: 14 February 2016
Discover a trio of textures and temperatures with a starter of Coffin bay oysters 3 ways- served warm with French shallot vinaigrette, raw with cucumber jelly and salmon roe and tempura with ginger chilli dip. For your main course, choose between a delicate Poached seabass with chicken consommé, shimeji and goji berries or a sumptuous Grilled striploin with pomme soufflé, asparagus mousse and kale. Executive Chef Ronald Li will end your romantic meal with a decadent dessert of Dark chocolate ganache, yuzu curd and lavender ice-cream that is as beautiful to behold as to savour.
OUE Bayfront Rooftop, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321; Tel: 6634 4555
Price: $125++ per person for four-course menu and $245++ per person for six-course menu
When: 13 and 14 February 2016
Swoon your sweetheart with Me@OUE’s special four-course or six-course dinner against the captivating backdrop of Marina Bay this Valentine’s Day. Me@OUE will be serving up their exclusive ‘His and Her’ menu on both Saturday and Sunday night. For those who prefer the Saturday date-night will have a choice of two seating options and for the first time, the restaurant will be taking dinner reservations on the Sunday night – just for Valentine’s Day. On Saturday, the eve of Valentine’s Day, couples can look forward to Me@OUE’s elegant four-course menu. Sparking the romance is the restaurant’s refreshing interpretation of an aphrodisiac dish – Oyster, served with caviar, cucumber tartar, mandarin segment and yuzu vinaigrette, followed by a mouthwatering succulent Crab Claw. For Him, the restaurant prepares pan-seared Duck Breast, while the ladies can enjoy the tender and delicious Miso Cod. To end things off on a sweet note, indulge in the Chocolate Heart Temptation, 66% dark chocolate mousse topped with exotic mango curd, salted caramel coulis and served with vanilla ice cream. Linger and enjoy the six-course Valentine’s Day menu during this second seating on the eve of Valentine’s Day from 8 pm onwards and on Valentine’s Day from 6 pm. While diners enjoy the same delightful Oyster starter, Crab Claw and Chocolate Heart Temptation dessert on the four-course menu, three more delectable creations are introduced to satisfy one’s gastronomical desires – Sashimi Tasting, Pan-Seared Scallop (For Her), Pan-Seared Foie Gras (For Him), Lobster Thermidor (For Her) and Wagyu (For Him).
Salt grill & Sky bar
2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 & #56-01, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801; Tel: 6592 5118
Price: $398++ per couple for six-course menu. Add an additional $58++ for a menu paired with Australian wines.
When: 14 February 2016
Make memories up high at Salt grill & Sky bar, and indulge in an exclusive six-course set dinner to a spectacular view of the Singapore cityscape. Begin the evening with a dish of Oyster paired with Horseradish and Lime Granita, chosen to cleanse the palate. For starters, enjoy rich pickings from the sea, with the Crab and Watermelon Gazpacho. Delicate meats provide a heartier section to the meal, including the Rangers Valley sirloin topped with a homemade Béarnaise sauce. Finally, sweeten the date with “Ispahan” – a white chocolate and lychee cremuex, topped with raspberry and rose gels.