Valentine’s Day typically evokes two reactions: Excitement and enthusiasm from romantics who eagerly revel in it, or — from the cynical — a collective eye roll, coupled with a diatribe about how the celebration is an overly commercialised gimmick. If you’re in the former group, there’s no better time than now to start planning for the special occasion, which is only a week away. Whether it’s preordering flowers for your special someone, or picking out that perfect piece of jewellery to declare your undying devotion, we recommend getting started early, before the mad rush of last-minute shoppers.
But if you’re feeling uninspired about what to get your partner for Valentine’s Day, we suggest the fail-proof option of dinner at a classy venue. After all, there’s nothing more romantic than spending quality time with your beloved over great conversation and a delicious meal. Throw in a few glasses of wine or bubbly, and you’re all set for the perfect evening.
From refined Cantonese cuisine to Indian fine dining and French-Japanese fare, here are 5 restaurants to consider visiting this Valentine’s Day. And even if you belong to the opposing camp that isn’t keen on celebrating the occasion, why not treat yourself and your significant other (or friend, if you’re determined to not be a lovey-dovey couple on that one particular day) to a tasty meal, anyway? A couple of the eateries on our list are conducting activities such as terrarium workshops and dessert-making classes, so you can count on a fun night out.
For Valentine’s Day, one-Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion has introduced a five-course repertoire of Cantonese fare such as poached rice with Alaskan crab meat and lobster broth, braised bird’s nest soup, and sautéed Japanese king scallop in XO sauce. Apart from that delectable spread, diners can look forward to taking pictures at a photo booth, and participating in a DIY terrarium workshop. Female guests will also be presented with a rose each.
Price: S$158/ S$188 per person (inclusive of a glass of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2008)
Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799, +65 6434 5286
With its French fine dining slant, elegant interiors decorated with chandeliers, and an unobstructed view of the Marina Bay skyline, Saint Pierre ticks all the right boxes for a romantic evening. The Michelin-starred establishment offers a five-course dinner menu for its first seating on 14 February, and a seven-course option for its second one. Tempting dishes such as Oscietra caviar, roasted lamb saddle, and Dover sole with fresh lobster are just some of the highlights of the meal, which kicks off with an assortment of nine snacks like sweet corn and artichoke. Both dinner sets come with a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne.
Price: S$488++ per couple for five-course dinner; S$888++ per couple for seven-course dinner
Saint Pierre, 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, +65 6438 0887
Pamper yourself and your special someone with a sumptuous French-Japanese feast at Beni, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant at Mandarin Gallery. The seven-course dinner features delicious offerings like Kobe beef consommé, Challan duck, and Kawahagi carpaccio — a decadent medley of uni and caviar, and comes with roses and a complimentary glass of rosé, brut or Taiwanese cold brew tea. Patrons will also receive a coco brandy cake made with Amazonian cacao and Armagnac 1970. The restaurant is already fully booked on Valentine’s Day, but this menu remains available on 13 February.
Price: S$308++ per person
Beni, 333A Orchard Road, #02-37, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897, +65 9159 3177
Over at the one-Michelin-starred The Song of India, diners can expect a tantalising five-course dinner menu featuring dishes such as tiger prawns stuffed with crayfish in a saffron yoghurt, Kashmiri lamb chops, and chicken roulade filled with cheese and spinach. The set is available from 13 to 15 February. Guests will also get the chance to learn how to create a bespoke dessert for their partner, under the guidance of the restaurant’s executive chef Manjunath Mural. The latter session is limited to 10 participants, and costs S$58 each.
Price: S$88 per person from 6pm to 8pm; S$98 per person from 8.30pm-11pm. Wine pairing at an additional S$55.
The Song of India, 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226, +65 6836 0055
If you’re craving a taste of adventure, swing by Nouri, which doesn’t focus on a specific cuisine and instead presents a menu inspired by different cultures and flavours from around the world. The fine dining restaurant serves a seven-course dinner set on Valentine’s Day, with highlights such as pickled Japanese sardines with caviar, black grouper with buttermilk sauce gratin and Sichuan-style potatoes, and an intriguing dessert of dried orange with bergamot pate de fruit and assam tea ice cream.
Price: S$210++ per person ($130++ for wine pairing)
Nouri, 72 Amoy Street, Singapore 069891, +65 6221 4148