Everyone loves a piping hot plate of char kuay teow. But at times you want to spoil yourself or a loved one with something nicer. And by nicer, we’re thinking more of a decadent multiple-course dinner with waiters at your beck and call, rather than Sushi Express.
If you want to enjoy dinner at a true fine dining restaurant (rather than a fancier casual restaurant), you’re usually looking at forking out more than $100 per head, and even more if you drink wine.
Here are four fine dining restaurants that charge relatively affordable prices.
1. The Clan
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If eating at fine dining restaurants isn’t a habit of yours, The Clan makes for a good first experience as staff are friendly and the vibe not too stuffy or intimidating, despite an exclusive-looking interior. The restaurant has moved from its previous premises on Neil Road to PoMo.
Their 6-course set dinner costs $78++ and you have a choice between mains such as wagyu beef loin ($48 à la carte menu) and Spanish pork belly ($32 à la carte).
Address: 1 Selegie Road PoMo #02-01/08 Singapore 188306
2. Senso Ristorante & Bar
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Senso is one of Singapore’s best loved Italian fine dining joints and has been around for ages. The vibe is very classic, so try not to wear your tshirt with the banana print.
Homemade pasta dishes include ravioli al vitello ($32) and taglierini neri o bianchi ($34) (that’s squid ink pasta), while mains include roast cod fillet ($40).
Definitely get a subscription to The Entertainer, a mobile app that offers exclusive deals, if you’re thinking of dining here (or download the app and get your first offer for free!) because you can get one-for-one main courses—that would lower the price of your pasta to under $20. You can also use the Entertainer to get 1-for-1 on their Sunday prosecco brunch, which means you and a friend can go for $49 per person rather than $98.
Address: 21 Club Street Singapore 069410
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The restaurant has a sky lounge with the usual stunning views of the city skyline.
Their four-course set dinner costs $88 and features contemporary Italian dishes—during the Chinese New Year season they’ll be serving up porcini mushroom tortelli with pumpkin and candied ginger, and whole steamed Italian seabass with asparagus and sea urchin sauce ($39 à la carte)
Address: 1 St Andrews Road #05-03 and #06-02 National Gallery Singapore 178957
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Local cuisine rarely gets much airtime when it comes to haute cuisine, which is what makes Labyrinth so unique. The menu has been designed to display Singaporean flavours and textures.
Order from the à la carte menu and you should be able to keep the bill to under $100 per person.
Their starters include Hokkaido scallop ($20) and hiroshima oyster laksa ($18), mains include roasted pork belly siew yoke umami rice ($24) and cod XO fish noodle soup ($30), and there’s lychee, corn and strawberry ice kachang ($16) and xiao long bao chendol ($8) on the dessert menu.
Address: 8 Raffles Ave #02-23 Esplanade Singapore 039802
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