Thanks to the situation in the world, you probably won’t be going anywhere further north than Sembawang. That means no romantic escapes – leaving you with only wining and dining to celebrate your romance with your beau or belle. Just remember – Valentine’s Day is smack dab in the middle of Chinese New Year this year, so reservations are going to be even harder to get than usual. You’ve been warned.
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Look forward to a mod-Asian inspired Valentine’s Day menu, courtesy of the self-styled Demon Chef who’s famed for serving up some truly audacious grub at his two-Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurant, Bo Innovation. While the food at 15 Stamford is relatively tame by comparison, it’s by no means boring. The meal begins with a tantalising starter of uni, a known aphrodisiac, alongside Jerusalem artichoke, chicken skin and Oscietra caviar (another ingredient rumoured to stir passions). Main options include a wagyu sirloin with sweetbread sesame fricassee, shoyu daikon and black bean jus or miso-glazed toothfish adorned with fried ginger slivers, soya curd and mullet roe. A selection of five cocktails to finish the meal – but hopefully not the evening – specially crafted by head bartender Edriane Lim.
Available for lunch or dinner on February 14.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road. Tel: 6715-6871.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit offers up a Date with Destiny for Valentine’s Day this year. Contemporary European classics from its verdant perch in Dempsey Hill meets elegant decor from an era long past – white timber beams overhead highlight the roomy high ceiling, and massive stained-glass windows, along with intricate iron window grills, set the mood for romance. The four-course menu features their signature wagyu tartare topped off with just-shaved black truffle; miso-braised beef short ribs, white kimchi and soy glazed potatoes; and an optional, though recommended, squid ink linguine that comes with seared scallops, sakura ebi and shellfish-infused oil. There’s also an option of wine pairings at $75++ a pop if you’re raring to treat that special someone (a little more).
Available for dinner, on February 13 and 14.
39C Harding Road. Tel: 6473-9965.
For a celebration of the vegetal as much as of love, look to Restaurant Jag, a one-Michelin-starred French fine dining establishment where seasonal produce takes centre stage. Winter ingredients are employed liberally by chef Jeremy Gillon to celebrate fiery passions in his Valentine’s Day degustation menu, such as a cascade of Hokkaido scallop, celeriac and surreau (that’s elderberry). Though aphrodisiacs like plump Boudeuse oysters are already included, an optional 50 gram tin of royal Oscetra caviar, served with all the trimmings, are available for couples to share. Guests’ dietary preferences, as is usual at Restaurant Jag, will help shape the meals during the establishment’s inaugural Sunday service this Valentine’s Day. Just so you know, surprise gifts may be presented at the end of your meal.
Available for lunch and dinner, on February 14.
76 Duxton Road. Tel: 3138-8477.
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If a lazy evening soiree in fluffy slippers and silk bathrobes are more up your alley, Lucali BYGB’s offering up some quintessential American pies, a bottle of red, and more. That pie in question being the feted Lucali pie, a full 18 inches of beloved and classically Brooklyn pizza. It’s unabashedly hand-tossed and doused in housemade tomato sauce before being completed with a sprinkling of buffalo mozzarella, shaved Grana Padano and basil leaves – pretty much how it’s done in the restaurant’s namesake in New York. Also part of the kit are a hearty salad and pasta course, followed by chocolate truffles to end the meal. Thereafter, they’ve packed in a long-lasting candle and blindfold, along with romantic playlist – the rest is up to you. Every pizza box will be spray painted with a customised design by Singapore-based graffiti artist Eduardo Enrique for a bit of Valentine’s day fun. Just remember – give a precise pick-up time so that the restaurant can deliver your pie blisteringly-hot into your waiting arms.
Available on February 13 and 14.
66 Kampong Bugis. Tel: 8284-1325
Opus Bar & Grill
Classic steakhouse hospitality, Himalayan salt-tiled dry-ageing cabinet and of course, plenty of great beef. Opus Bar & Grill brings all of that to the table, and more, for their Valentine’s day three-course menu – that’s unfortunately, meant to be shared. Highlights include an opening platter of foie gras, crab cake and oyster and a massive sharing plate including a 600g bone-in ribeye, 150g wagyu rump cap, braised wagyu short rib, beef sausages and a whole Boston lobster. If you’re looking to extend the night, Hilton Singapore is offering a full date-night package inclusive of staycation, breakfast and premium Wifi.
Available for dinner on February 13 and 14.
Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road. Tel: 6730-3390.
Spago Dining Room
Celebrate your romance on cloud nine at Spago Dining Room, the inaugural international iteration of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s acclaimed restaurants in Beverly Hills. The establishment, which rules the roost on the 57th storey of Marina Bay Sands Singapore, is helmed by executive chef Greg Bess. The chef’s resume includes time at said Beverly Hill Spago, so look forward to inventive Californian grub influenced by global cuisines this Valentine’s Day. Selections from a bevy of appetisers include chargrilled Spanish octopus, or Japanese-accented take on a half dozen of fin de Claire oysters seasoned with ponzu, shiso oil and wasabi. Other dishes include velvety burrata accompanied by confit kumquat, and a choice of mains between honey and miso-broiled black cod, chilled egg noodles and orange chilli dressing, or a Snake River Farm American wagyu sirloin steak served alongside potato-fontina gratin, miso-mushroom puree and a red wine truffle reduction. To make the deal a little sweeter, guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly.
Available for dinner on February 14.
Level 57, Hotel Tower 2, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 10 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6688-9955.