Written by: A. Kritaya
From Michelin-starred menus to meals with fabulous views, check out these restaurants
for this year’s Valentine’s Day.
Intimate French dinner at Bacchanalia by Vianney Massot
One-Michelin-starred Bacchanalia’s talented French chef Vianney Massot serves up his rendition of classic French fare in an intimate shop-house setting along Hong Kong Street.
For 14 February, you can have your pick between a three-course dinner menu ($188 per person; 5.30pm – 7pm) or a luxurious seven-course menu at ($358 per person; 7.30pm – 10pm). Request for a corner table in the dining room (away from the open kitchen) if you want a bit more privacy.
Highlights in the three course menu include signature dishes like ultra tender slow-cooked Bresse chicken with ivory sauce, mushrooms and crayfish; and a luxed-up Imperial caviar on onglet beef tartare with shiso leaf. For the more extensive seven course menu, you’ll get baked lobster in a cocotte, perked up with Sarawak black pepper sauce, and roasted milk-fed baby lamb rack and saddle. Both set menus will feature Le Bouquet de Rose, an exquisite Valentine’s day dessert made with Japan’s renowned Hakata Amaou strawberries, famed for their incredible sweetness.
39 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059678
Tel: +65 6909 6360
Love by the waters at Saint Pierre
Saint Pierre, another one-Michelin-starred restaurant, offers its “edible romance”-inspired Valentine’s day menu, which will put anyone in the mood for love. Overlooking the scenic Marina Bay waterfront, the restaurant has two seatings for this special day: a four-course meal ($168 per person; 5.30pm – 8pm) and a nine-course menu ($288 per person; 8.45pm – 11pm). If possible, request for a table facing the waters of Marina Bay so you can enjoy views of the sunset.
To begin, you’ll be served a range of creative canapes. You can then opt for the royal Belgian Oscietra caviar on a bed of raw maguro (top up $68), or dive straight into the starters. You will get a pretty dish of pickled kohlrabi turnip, with sweet bafun uni, and steamed Hokkaido hairy crab salad in an apple and uni sauce dressing. Or the king scallop en croute, where the shellfish and aromatic black truffle are wrapped in horenso Japanese spinach, baked in a puff pastry, and partnered with a light champagne emulsion. For the main course, you can tuck into either roasted organic Welsh lamb served with celeriac flavoured with nori seaweed. Or tender Omi wagyu marinated with soy and pear and apple juice, then barbecued to perfection. The meal ends off on an aphrodisiac-packed note: large seasonal aiberry strawberries are served with a white chocolate dome, fruit salad, and a drizzle of 25 year-old balsamic vinegar.
Fullerton Road, #02-02B One Fullerton, Singapore 04921
Tel: +65 6438 0887
Romancing the skyline at SKAI
Let love take flight over epicurean delights and sky-high views at SKAI. The expansive restaurant located on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, offers unparalleled views of the cityscape. Ask for a table nearest to the floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the skiline. The specially curated five-course dinner menu ($248 person, inclusive of a glass of champagne) showcases Executive Chef Paul Hallet’s classic Japanese-accented dishes. Think sexy black pearl oysters garnished with dashi, apple and gleaming caviar; umami-laden scallop and uni risotto; sake-glazed Alaskan cod with pumpkin and sage, and a lavish John Stone short rib paired with kombu and shiitake.
Dessert is an elegant affair of chocolate paired with pickled cherry, meringue and raspberry ripple. The five-course Valentine’s day menu is available from 13 to 15 February (so you’ll have more than enough time to woo your love). Vegetarians are not forgotten – the five-course vegetarian menu offers well-thought-out dishes such as kabocha squash topped with whipped feta, black quinoa and pomegranate, and artichoke risotto served on a bed of charred lettuce and parmesan.
2 Stamford Rd, Level 70 Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882
Tel: +65 6837 3322
Sunset views over the city at Salt grill & Sky Bar
Love will certainly be in the air with a sky-high dining experience at Salt grill & Sky bar. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows promise uninterrupted views of the sunset during your dinner. If you want to enjoy views of Orchard Road, request for a table nearest to the window. The five course menu is priced at $398 per couple. Look forward to dishes like sake and white soy cured sustainable blue fin tuna; Sri Lankan mud crab with almond and grape gazpacho; mushroom ravioli with French winter truffle, and a choice of mains like Westholme wagyu tenderloin topped with black garlic and bone marrow jus, and Geraldton kingfish served with Hokkaido scallop and Jerusalem artichoke. A sexy dark chocolate cherry mascarpone mille feuille rounds off your meal perfectly before you head out.
2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 ION Orchard Mall, Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6592 5118
An Italian affair at Zafferano
Pamper your amore at Zafferano with three exclusive experiences perfectly suited to any couple. The three-course menu (5.30pm – 7pm; $128 per person) is great for couples looking for an intimate dinner. Menu highlights include scampi ravioli and a sensational Valrhona chocolate and strawberry dessert. For an alfresco dining experience overlooking the marina, opt for a more relaxing three-course sharing platter at the restaurant’s Terrace Lounge, complete with a bottle of Spumante, red or white wine ($198 per couple). For something truly extravagant, the five-course menu ($248 per person) is nothing short of perfect. Dishes like oven-baked Bresse pigeon; roasted red mullet; Tajima wagyu beef tartare and a dessert bar promise an unforgettable evening.
10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Tel: +65 6509 1488
A sparkling dinner at Alma
This year, treat your love to a Michelin-starred dinner at Alma by Juan Amador nestled in Goodwood Park Hotel, away from Orchard Road’s bustling shopping crowds. This one-Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Haikal serves modern European cuisine with Asian influences. Celebrate your special occasion with an eight-course dinner menu, topped with complimentary two glasses of champagne.
Start with Hokkaido scallop with smoked eel livened up with passionfruit and vanilla, followed by charcoal grilled Gillardeau oyster with mirin and ginger. Next is Jerusalem artichoke with veloute of artichoke, sweet king crab and fluffy manchego soufflé. Mains-wise, the ladies will get the Shuzuoka scampi with pork jowl, Cevennes onion and yuzu kosho, and the men will be served Tajima shortribs with foie gras, ratte potato and perigord jus. Sharing is loving – so get your partner to share their mains with you.
There will be two seatings for the Valentine’s dinner at 6pm and 8pm, and the menu is available at $249 per person, with premium wine pairing at $128 per person for six glasses.
22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
+65 6735 9937
Casual chic night at La Strada
For fine Italian food without too much fuss, book a meal for two at La Strada.The Valentine’s set menu at $98 per person offers a glass of sparkling wine or mocktail, assortment of antipasti, pasta (optional course), choice of main and desserts. Kick off by savouring seasonal oyster with preserved lemon or burrata with house cured ocean trout and oscietra caviar. Or pay $15 more for carpaccio of sliced raw Japanese wagyu, jazzed up with horseradish, capers, parmigiano, truffle dressing and chives. If you like a slurp-worthy pasta dish go for either the chitarra alla carbonara (add $15) tossed with truffle butter, slow cooked organic egg, parmigiano, and ham crumble or spaghetti all’aragosta (add $25) topped with juicy Maine lobster. For mains you can opt for the grass-fed lamb rack with pistachio crust; pan-seared veal loin with prosciutto, or chargrilled USDA prime ribeye, with porcini butter. Truffle infused vanilla popsicle, with chocolate and hazelnut coating or a classic tiramisu will end the night on a sweet note.
1 Scotts Road, #01-13 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 6735 6656