Why: With a location overlooking the Singapore Strait, The Cliff lives up to its name with one of the city’s most impressive settings. Planning to propose? Reserve The Cliff Gazebo, which comes with the services of a personal butler along with a garden setting and a twinkling view of the night sky.
Where: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa 099891
Why: Housed inside Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Corner House provides a memorable dining experience for nature lovers. The sophistication of the Michelin-starred cooking is matched by a setting in a refurbished colonial residence.
Where: 1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Why: 43 stories above Collyer Quay, Zafferano makes the most of its setting with first-rate service, a light-filled modern dining room and some knock-out Italian flavours, courtesy of head chef Andrea de Paola. Service is warm and efficient without ever crossing into over-familiarity, and the cooking is a theatrical tour de force with artistic presentation, some inspired flavour pairings and plenty of ceremony.
Where: 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 049315
Why: An elevated setting affording one of the best views of Singapore is matched by a chic but stark setting that touts Japanese maple counterpointed by touches of foliage. But it’s the kitchen which provides the fireworks. Contemporary sharing dishes with plenty of Asian inflections means Spanish octopus with shiso or wagyu beef tataki with pickled, asparagus-like eryngii and ponzu. It's a magical experience sure to deliver if cupid comes knocking.
Where: Swissotel – The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882
Why: If you’re looking for a weekend activity you can do much worse than catching the cable car to Faber Peak and watching the sun go down from 100m above sea level.Food is a roster of international favourites, from snails to Caesar salads, fish and chips to seafood linguine. But it’s not expensive and pretty perfect when washed down with a weekend Mojito or Long Island Iced Tea. Live music on Friday and Saturday is currently suspended (September 2020).
Where: Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore, 099203
Why: Rekindle your romance at South East Asia’s only underwater aquarium restaurant, where fish, rays and sharks swim past your table as you tuck into Mediterranean-Californian cuisine.
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, 22 Sentosa Gateway, S.E.A. Aquarium, #B1-455 & 456, Singapore 098136
Why: Hidden behind an understated facade, ex-lawyer-turned-chef Woo Wai Leong cooks up a storm with modern French cooking that boasts Chinese and Nanyang twists. The ambience is relaxed but warm and the food is inventive, generous and seductive: grilled squid with mala oil, lotus root and aioli, black cod with roast lala just, burnt broccoli and fennel salad. This is food with soul.
Where: 18 North Canal Rd, Singapore 048830
Why: Does anything sound more romantic than a table for two in a restaurant within a Flower Dome? That’s what you can expect at Pollen, part of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. French-Mediterranean Cuisine is served up with spectacular views of the Marina Bay waterfront.
Where: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 01895318
Why: Historic, sweet-natured and deeply romantic Singapore institution within the wooded Labrador Nature Reserve. Its timeless interiors and yesteryear charm are a pleasant backdrop to a set of menus that pulsate with Asian and colonial influences. But its setting isn’t the only tranquil aspect of this Thai and Burmese restaurant: with no children under 14 admitted, you can be guaranteed a peaceful and sweet-natured dining environment. And there are seriously good cocktails or fizz for the more romantically inclined.
Where: 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
Why: JAAN is number 44 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. If that weren’t impressive enough, the magnificent views of the Singapore skyline from the 70th floor of the Swissôtel are sure to wow your date.
Where: Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Singapore 1788822
Why: Housed in a restored 1930s chapel, you will feel the romance and intimacy as soon as you step into The White Rabbit (pictured above and below). Enjoy classic European cuisines with the promise of a gin and tonic before or after in the restaurant’s garden, garnished with herbs grown on site.
Where: 39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541