Stop that shilly-shallying over where to dine this Valentine's Day and commemorate your love at these restaurants we scouted out for the romantic month of 2014. By Jolie Goh
Café Mosaic, Carlton Hotel, Tel: 6338 8333
A stalk of rose and surprise gift from Café Mosaic's international buffet dinner package will brighten up your day. Perk your taste buds up with the array of Thai-style appetisers and salad, chilled seafood, Japanese sushi rolls, cheese assortment, freshly baked pastries and more from Chinese, Indian and French cuisines.
Senso Ristorante & Bar, Tel: 6224 3534
Celebrate your love with a selection of finely put together ingredients — oyster Fine de Claire, artichoke creamy soup with Italian black winter truffles, spaghetti with Roberto Cavalli Vodka and Caviar Baeri, as well as Australian full-blood wagyu beef tenderloin Mayura with morel mushroom sauce and Senso's very own potato puree. Our stomachs are rumbling already.
RELIVE, RELISH, REKINDLE
The White Rabbit, Tel: 6473 9965
Reminisce the moment you recited your marriage vows at the beautifully restored old chapel (now home to The White Rabbit) as you take pleasure in fine European recipes accompanied by highly prized wine pairings of Laurent-Perrier Brut, Parés Baltà Blanc de Pacs, Cono Sur single vineyard “Block 21” Pinot Noir and more.
SUN AND SEA
The Cliff, The Sentosa, Tel: 6371 1425
Delight in the picturesque sights of the South China Sea while chic restaurant The Cliff serves up a bespoke seven-course menu for both the gentleman and lady, helping diners forge romantic memories in the process.
FEAST YOUR EYES
Spuds & Aprons, Mount Faber, Tel: 6377 9688
This new dining concept atop Mount Faber offers a panoramic view of the city's skyline, harbour and of course, the breathtaking sunset. Its trilogy of salmon appetisers — citrus confit salmon with passion fruit espuma, smoked salmon tartar with cucumber and salmon belly spring roll with wasabi mayonnaise — is in line with the oft pink-associated occasion, leaving you eager for the rest of the meal.
BEST OF BASILICO
Basilico, Regent Singapore, Tel: 6725 3232/3
Be serenaded by the violinist's melodies while savouring signatures such as the Angus beef cheek that has been braised for eight hours. The extensive seafood bar and dessert spread here also calls for a feast. Couples, look forward to a little surprise from the chefs towards the end of the night!
SPOILT FOR CHOICE
Orchard Café, Orchard Hotel, Tel: 6739 6585
Dine to your heart's content at Orchard Café's Valentine's Day buffet, which offers a wide variety of dishes from Western, Peranakan and local cuisines. There will also be a seafood spread, carving station and an exotic dessert assortment.
ONBOARD THE LOVE DECK
Ku Dé Ta, Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, Tel: 6688 7688
Soak in soft candlelight with contemporary seasonal fare comprising Japanese-inspired condiments. Spice things up with the multi-tiered restaurant's piquant dessert — a masterpiece of rose macaron, Jivara ice cream and unique Nepal pepper chocolate marshmallows.
Buona Terra, Tel: 6733 0209
Sip on a glass of Dom Pérignon in this intimate dining room alongside courses of Italian Oscietra caviar, kingfish tartare, Alaskan king crab leg gratin and Iberico pork jaw — just to name a few.
Saint Pierre, Quayside Isle, Tel: 6438 0887
Looking to catch a movie on Valentine's Day? Indulge in a four-course dinner with a choice of prawn tartare, foie gras torchon, miso braised Wagyu beef short rib and a sweet treat of vanilla crème brûlée first. Additionally, lovebirds at Saint Pierre will receive a pair of complimentary movie tickets after dinner.
CHEERS TO LOVE
Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore, Tel: 6922 6968
The “Love Drops” cocktail is a unique mixture and highlight of the day at this restaurant of the newly opened Westin hotel. Blended with vodka, rose petal syrup, lemon juice, lychee juice and fresh raspberries, it teases palates and compliments the ongoing seafood buffet with a spectacular view from the top.
La Nonna, Namly Place, Tel: 6762 1587
This is the place for a cosy, romantic Italian meal. Start off with crab timbale with spicy tomato salsa and arugula salad in lemon dressing, then opt for a main of grilled beef tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce and mixed vegetables before jumping into dessert — cioccolata with coffee latte sauce and fresh strawberry. Mmm…!
Brussels Sprouts, Quayside Isle, Tel: 6684 4344
Enjoy the company of your other half at the restaurant's no-frills Sentosa Cove outlet. The Chinese-inspired menu includes an array of mouth-watering delights such as the poisson cru platter (Belgian yusheng), scallops dumpling with tangerine emulsion and duck breast Peking style.
Raffles Grill, Raffles Hotel, Tel: 6412 1816
In place of sweets, chocolates and flowers, why not treat your loved one to a luxurious six-course dinner instead? The warm potato tube, smoked eel Kristal caviar and caramelised carrot sour cream with lemon Buddha hand dish at Raffles Grill is sure to make a deeper impression.