Ideas & Advice
Too busy at night? Bored with being indoors? Want to eat something different? Wallet's too tight for grand meals? We have suggestions!
W Hotel’s I Lawn For You lets you try glamping on Valentine’s Day. But you won’t be roughing it out. Your dinner will be served to you at your private tent while you just soak in the stars and moonlight. It’s at $499 a couple. On the menu are a platter of seafood with Alaskan king crab, Boston lobster and freshly shucked oysters, Snake River tenderloin, and wild mushroom stuffed quail. Address: 21 Ocean Way, 098374 Tel: 6808-7268 Image: W Hotel While this is not exactly camping, and you won’t be exposed to the elements, but you do get the sensation of being outdoors. The Summerhouse offers a climate-controlled, air-conditioned geodesic dome set amongst lush a garden. The 10-course set menu ($600 per couple) will be as pretty as the outdoors, with food garnished with edible flowers and herbs picked from the surrounding edible garden. Highlights include the Japanese Scallop in the half shell with seaweed and sake jelly, and Straits Kelong Red Snapper Pie. There will also be a bottle of bubbly and a flower bouquet. The Valentine’s Day menu only runs on Feb 9, 10, 11 and 14 from 6pm. There is also a 7-course set menu priced at $300 per couple inclusive of two glasses of champagne. Address: 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387 Tel: 6262-1063 Opening hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, eve of and public holidays 6pm to 10pm, Weekends and public holidays noon to 3pm Image: The Summerhouse The latest destination for romance is Dusk Restaurant & Bar. The views there are breathtaking - you get panoramic views of Harbourfront and Sentosa Island. On Feb 14, it’s offering a 4-course set dinner at $248 per couple. Add $25 per person for wine pairing. But that may not even be necessary as the views should be all you need to elevate the mood. See also: POOLSIDE TO ROOFTOP: 9 SINGAPORE VENUES FOR BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS AND PORTRAITS Address: Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, 099203 Tel: 6377-9688 Opening hours: Sundays to Thursdays 4pm to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays 4pm to 2am Image: Dusk Restaurant & Bar The exotic and sexy Middle Eastern restaurant is the perfect venue for a passionate meal. It is offering a seven-course menu at $144 a person. It starts with a kiss (the rose-based drink Kissed By A Rose), and followed by delicacy such as Tsarskaya Oyster, Torched Foie Gras and Moroccan Bastilla. The meal ends with a dessert named Endless Love. Perhaps this date might be the start to that. Address: 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317 Tel: 9231-9316 Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays 6.30pm to midnight Image: The Ottomani If you want somewhere fun, noisy and casual for Valentine’s Day, take your date to Mojo. This restaurant is a magnet for celebrities and beautiful people, so it’s great for gawking. And gentle on your wallet. And on Feb 14, they are celebrating love with 1-for-1 Yakitori (starting from $2), and beers, wine and martinis. Also, you’ll get a 10 per cent discount off its rice bowls (from $20) and aburi maki rolls (from $18). Address: 204 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068640 Tel: 6220-0723 Opening hours: Weekdays 11.30am to midnight, Saturdays 11am to midnight. Just for dinner on Feb 14, Plate is serving a four-course dinner ($138 a couple) with two glasses of champagne. You’ll get a platter of seafood (with fresh Canadian oysters, and Alaskan crab claw), soups, a main of either Grilled Wagyu Rib eye with Potato Gratin, Asparagus and Mushrooms or Fillet of Salmon Trout with Angel Hair Pasta, Ikura and Sea Grapes Salad Address: Level 3 Carlton City Hotel, Gopeng Street, Singapore 078862 Tel: 6632-8922 Opening hours: 6.30am to 11pm Image: Plate Your Valentine’s Day does not need to be inside a restaurant. Why not buy an ice cream and take a walk around town? At Ben & Jerry’s, it’s two scoops of ice cream for the price of one on Feb 14. See these other fun date ideas below $20! Address: #01-25/25A, 313 Somerset Singapore 238895; 8 Dempsey Road, #01-14, Singapore 247696; #02-135/136 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 Image: Ben & Jerry's If you’re too busy to celebrate at night or you can’t get a table at night, why not have a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea? L’Espresso offers this at $48 a person, with two servings of coffee or tea. The highlight will be the pink chocolate fountain, served alongside a spread of sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, and English scones. Here’s a bonus: Couples will receive two glasses of the prosecco-based cocktail Sparkling Love. Address: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221 Tel: 6730-1743 Opening hours: 10am to midnight Image: L'Espresso This story was originally published in The Straits Times.