Here’s where to eat with the one you love this Valentine’s Day, no matter your budget or food preferences!
We’re not gonna lie: Valentine’s Day dining can sometimes seem like a bit of a rip-off. Seemingly every restaurant in town puts out a pricey set menu (drinks included, of course), so you’ll usually feel better off waiting till two days later when you can go back to ordering whatever you want.
BUT! A select group of restaurants (and a ship, and…the zoo!) in Singapore are really going all out with unique Valentine’s Day dining options you just might not find any other time of year. From a rooftop teepee to a sunset sail and a manatee sleepover, here are the most unique dining options you’ll find in Singapore this V-Day. Smooches!
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While a lot of restaurants on this list are on the pricey side (hey, boats and teepees don’t come cheap!), there’s also a lot to be said for going the DIY route. Click the links below for everything you could possibly need to cook at home or plan the perfect romantic picnic:
Already a fixture in our fave spots for rooftop dining, Aura has got the picture-perfect, panoramic views thing on lock. And with a delectable menu designed by Michelin-Star Chef Beppe de Vito, you know the food will be delish too, mama. Highlights of the special 5-course menu (priced at $178++ per pax) include Tortelli with Candian Lobster and Grassfed Tasmanian Beef Tenderloin with Green Asparagus, Truffle and Beef Jus, although it might even be worth it just for the pretty-in-pink Strawberry, Pistachio, Vanilla and Rose Namelaka dessert (pictured at the top of this article).
When: Thursday 14 February, 2019
How much: 5-course set menu, $178++ per pax; Wine pairing and welcome cocktail, +$68++ per pax.
Aura, 05-03 & 06-02 National Gallery, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, Tel: (+65) 6866 1977, www.aura.sg
If you’re like us and can’t resist the urge to yell “I’m on a BOAT!” anytime you set sail, you just might be inclined to check out the Valentine’s Love Week Dinner Cruise onboard the super yacht Royal Albatross. You’ll sail around Singers on a 47m, 22-sail luxury Tall Ship while enjoying a welcome drink, 3-course dinner, live entertainment, and of course stunning views. Couples will even receive a keepsake couple portrait by a caricature artist! If you’re worried about getting sea sick, mama, there’s also a Valentine’s Day sunset sail on 14 February (priced at $135 per person).
When: 8-10, 16 February; 7:45pm to 12am
How much: $195 nett per person
If you don’t feel like splurging on dinner but wouldn’t mind sharing something sweet, head to Crazy Shake purveyor Black Tap for a one-day-only Red Velvet Cake Shake priced at $22++ (definitely made for sharing, if not between a couple than to be split amongst a family of four!). You’ll get a towering red velvet cake batter shake (yum!), along with a vanilla frosted rim, red and white sprinkles, and a slice of red velvet cake from the famed Magnolia Bakery in NYC (Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite!), all topped off with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.
When: Thursday 14 February, 2019; 11am to 11:30pm
How much: $22++ per shake
Black Tap Singapore, L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Tel: (+65) 6688 9957, www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/american/blacktap.html
Have you checked out The Mast‘ yet, mama? Originating in Rome and specializing in all things mozzarella, it’s a “cheese production laboratory” with an osteria, delicatessen and bar all in one spot. It’s also currently the only establishment in Southeast Asia to offer house-made buffalo milk cheeses straight from production to plate.
Their special 4-course Valentine’s Day Menu, which includes two glasses of Prosecco, will feature a Trio of Burrata alongside Italian Tomato Soup, Steak Florentine and individual dessert portions of Millefoglie. [Chef’s kiss emoji!]
When: 13 – 15 February 2019; 5pm onwards
How much: $140++ per couple
The Mast, 182 Cecil Street, #01-05/08 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547, Tel: (+65) 6513 8010, www.themast.com.sg
For one night only (15-16 February), 15 lucky couples can venture to “Romance by the River” at the River Safari, where they’ll enjoy an up-close nocturnal animal interaction, followed by a gourmet 4-course dinner in Singapore’s first luxury tipi tent (aircon included!). Couples will then spend the night in private tents (with air mattresses and sleeping bags) amongst the Amazon Flooded Forest, the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, which just so happens to be home to manatees, arapaima and other freshwater fish who’ll drift by while you sleep. The next morning couples can enjoy breakfast with the orangutans and have the rare opportunity to observe an aquarist’s training session with a manatee.
When: 15-16 February,
How much: $468 (upper deck) to $498 (lower deck) per couple
River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, Tel: (+65) 6269 3411, www.estore.wrs.com.sg/education-camps
Image via Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Between 8-16 February, WAKANUI Grill Dining will offer up the perfect romantic dinner spot from its glass pod overlooking a lush garden. The 7-course Valentine’s Day menu will showcase the best of New Zealand seafood and signature cuts, such as Lamb Chops, Black Angus Tomahawk, Octopus and Clams, along with decadent Boston Lobster Thermidor. On Valentine’s Day only, couples can order a bespoke bottle of wine and have their names engraved on the bottle (be sure to pre-order by 11 February!).
When: 8 to 16 February 2019 (engraved wine bottle on 14 February only)
How much: $228++ per couple for 7-course dinner with individual mains; $288++ per couple for a 7-course dinner with sharing mains.
WAKANUI Grill Dining Singapore, 5 Straits View, Marina One The Heart, #04-02, Singapore 018935, Tel: (+65) 6384 2665, www.wakanui.sg
If you like your dinner on the sultry, smoky side (with a healthy dose of humor to boot), Le Binchotan off Amoy Street is the place to head this V-Day, mama. Chef Jeremmy has concocted a 5-course dinner, “A Love Retrospective”, with all new dishes that have clever moikers like “U n I” (which funnily enough, features uni), “E M O” (sashimi grade tuna, pictured above), and “T L C” (rich Toriyama wagyu complemented with grilled Leeks sous-vide in Chicken stock and sweet onion compote). The dessert capper? “BitterSweet.” We’ve all been there!
When: 13 to 15 February 2019, 6pm-8pm and 8:30-Close
How much: $229++ per couple
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street, #01-04, Singapore 069935 (entrance via Gemmill Lane), Tel: (+65) 6224 1045, www.facebook.com/lebinchotan
Ready to kick back with a bottle of Ruinart Rosé Champagne with your own personal teepee hut overlooking the city? Then head to Mr Stork’s “Saint Valentine’s Teepee Experience” at Andaz Singapore, where in addition to having your own private teepee for the entire night, you’ll also receive an exclusive silk pouch from Perk by Kate, including a $50 voucher and a bar of delicious Fossa chocolate (one of our faves!).
When: 14 February 2019
How much: $300++ per couple
Mr Stork, Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354, Tel: (+65) 6408 1234, https://www.andazsingapore.com
All the single ladies! Whatever your reason for hating Valentine’s Day, head to Lucha Loco on Duxton Hill to find your tribe, mama. Geared toward “single and ready to mingle” guests, this free annual fiesta features highlights like piñata bashing, an “El Loco” Love Wheel, and an adult pop-up shop with lotsa naughty toys. If you swipe left on someone else at the party, you’ll both earn a free shooter on the house. Throw in sexy tunes from a live DJ and delish cocktails, and maybe love ain’t so bad after all.
Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598, Tel: (+65) 6226 3938, www.luchaloco.com