There are plenty of restaurant guides out there that offer you exquisitely romantic restaurants; if you are willing to spend an arm and a leg.
If, like me, you regularly need a more affordable dining option that’s still cosy enough for a romantic date, this guide is for you. Especially for a first date, you definitely don’t want to break the bank, but still want to impress with your knowledge and selection of intimate dining spots.
For Valentine’s day couples who don’t want to go all crazy on caviar, champagne and lavish dinners as well, these restaurants are just for you. The 20 affordable romantic restaurants listed here will set you back in the range of S$40 – S$70 per person if you plan properly and don’t order the Dom Perignon.
1. 1-V:U (Day Club)
Love spending a romantic evening watching the sunset along the waters thereafter chill to lounge tracks blasting in the background? Then 1-V:U is a must-visit! Located on the rooftop of Outpost Hotel in Sentosa, 1-V:U is definitely a place where you can let loose and savour good food at the same time. Start off your night with a serving of their Oyster Sling (S$6 per piece, minimum two pieces) and slowly eat your way up to delectable mains such as the V:U Wagyu Patty Melt (S$25) and East Java Beef Pasta (S$23).
As the night goes on, snack on the popular favorite—VU’s Loaded Chips With Kombu Truffle Oil, Sherry Vinegar, Grated Parmesan (S$12)—as you drink and dance to your heart’s content.
2. Zorba, The Greek Taverna
Situated along the riverbank of Clarke Quay, Zorba, The Greek Taverna is the perfect spot to dine into humble Greek bites for those looking for an exotic dining experience on date night.
For a classic Greek food adventure, try the Dips Platter (S$28), a traditional appetiser featuring a generous pile of warm and fluffy pita bread served with six different homemade dips. Thereafter, feast on the Mixed Grill Platter (S$88) for a true authentic communal Greek food experience. The humongous platter encompasses a heap full of different meats that will surely wake up the carnivore in you!
Mark a sweet ending to your meal with the Greek Baklava (S$12). Savour the crisp layers of filo pastry as the melt in your mouth, exuding a nectarous sweetness and nutty fragrance from the generous amount of mixed nuts used.
3. Como Cuisine
Since we are in the topic of romantic restaurants, we definitely cannot leave out the tranquil neighbourhood of Dempsey. And for that botanic ambience with every part of the restaurant picture-perfect for the ‘gram, Como Cuisine is the place you should be heading to.
Leading the kitchen team is Chef Tshering, a Bhutanese who spent almost a decade working in the kitchens of COMO Hotels and Resorts. At Como Cuisine, you can relish in Bhutan-inspired dishes such as the Green Bamboo Rice Bowl (S$24) and the Tandoor Cauliflower (S$22).
Don’t forget to end off your meal with the eatery’s signature Pandan Crepe (S$12). Wrapped in a delicate layer of pandan skin, these pillow-soft parcels are filled with whipped cream and fresh mangoes that will make for a satisfying end to your meal!
Occupying the first floor of Maison Ikkoku, SLING not only serves up an impressive calibre of cocktails but also a menu of mouth-watering Singaporean favourites with a delightful Peranakan slant.
Begin your meal by getting your hands dirty with the D.I.Y Popiah (S$36/Vegetarian, S$39/Sweet Pork, S$49/Crispy Prawn). Presented in a traditional tingkat, each layer opens to reveal the various accoutrements that you can use to customise your very own roll.
Paying tribute to Chef Ethan’s grandmother’s recipes, SLING also offers a taste of home with the Babi Hitam (S$39) and Nenek Chicken (S$28). Pair your dishes alongside their Nasi Biru (S$3)—a beautiful blue-coloured bowl of fragrant blue pea rice that is the best companion to all the dishes served!
In search of great views to impress your Valentine’s date? Look no further, with stunning views right at Arbora.
With its getaway location right at the peak of Mount Faber, you will definitely be in awe with the views of Singapore’s lush landscape, as well as the captivating view of the cable cars that travel between Faber Peak and Sentosa. The restaurant boasts both indoor and outdoor seating, which plays on the theme of an urban jungle.
Looking to capture memories of you and your date? Well, Arbora has plenty of feature walls as well as corners for an ideal #OOTD or #foodporn shot! Head over to the restaurant during evenings, where the sunset would serve as a great backdrop to your photos. Try some of their dishes like the Fisherman’s Stew (S$42), a perfect dish to share with your special one. With a dish full of ingredients—lobster, abalone, scallops, and squid in a tomato pronto sauce with garlic bread—you will be assured that both you and your date will be satisfied.
6. Voyage Patisserie
Looking to impress your Valentine’s date with a gastronomic food journey? Here at Voyage Patisserie, you will be on a voyage that represents Chef Jonathan’s journey and the experience that the team behind Voyage Patisserie wants to bring you on, through the various dishes served.
Chef Jonathan—owner and head chef of Voyage Patisserie—worked in France for two years before returning to Singapore. With quality imported ingredients, Chef Jonathan hopes to introduce casual fine dining to the heartlands.
With the extension of the use of nautical colours, ‘Voyage’ is embossed on white flushed walls. The cemented flooring against furnishings with wooden accents is chic and humble, perfect for your Valentine’s date without trying too hard.
For those looking for a vegetarian option, there’s the Wild Mushroom Macaroni (S$15)—which is the restaurant’s take on the good ol’ English favourite, mac and cheese. The mornay sauce (a béchamel sauce with shredded or grated cheese, usually gruyere) covered every single piece of macaroni evenly without being too rich. The aftertaste of the dish was divine, with the unique fragrance of mushrooms that lingers. Get the Voyage Patisserie’s signature cake, Cynthia (S$9), to express your love to that special someone. The beautifully rose-shaped cake that consists of rose chantilly cream, lychee bits, raspberry gelée and genoise sponge is delicate in texture and flavour.
7. The Botanic
For a heartwarming time with your date, consider The Botanic. With it’s refreshed nature-inspired interior dining, this place is perfect for couples who seek places with good vibes.
Give the Smoked Sambal Short Rib (S$39) a go, with its tender and sufficiently fatty texture. It pairs well with the spice and acidity of the horseradish and roasted padron peppers.
End your meal on a sweet note with the Ginger Flower Pannacotta (S$12). Topped with charred orange, lemongrass and edible flowers, this is a dessert for fruit lovers out there, with an excellent pairing of creamy panna cotta and charred orange which gave an acidic zestiness to the dish.
8. Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
Bringing Spanish cuisine right at Keong Saik Road, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge serves a taste of Barcelonian-inspired flavours to the table, with rustic tiling and light wooden features that will definitely get you and your Valentine’s date in the mood.
Have a taste of the said-to-be best beef in the world, the Dry-Aged Galician Beef (marinated for 45 days) (S$32). With its sensational meat flavour, as well as the fatty edges that were satisfyingly gelatinous that made biting every slice gratifying, this dish will surely bring delight to your Valentine’s date.
For the heartwarming moments with your extraordinary one, get the “Ibiza” Style Fish & Seafood Stew (S$38). With a handful of potatoes, squid and prawns, along with the fish of the day, this will surely warm hearts.