10 Restaurants to Celebrate Valentine's Day
It’s only a few more days before we celebrate Valentine's Day 2014! How do we show our loved ones how much we love them? With good food, of course! If you’re planning to woo your date on the Day of Hearts, here are some suggested restaurants with romantic menus just for the occasion.
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For lovers who share Unless you tread the same path as Joey Tribbiani who doesn’t share food at any cost, Ricciotti is a good option for you and your partner this Valentine’s Day. This Italian restaurant exhibits the true Italian way of eating – with large sharing portions presented “cucina nostrana”, meaning home style. The Valentine’s Menu available only on the 14th of February starts with Cuore Rosso, a crispy pizza bread topped with fresh tomato and basil. (Did you know? - Cuore means ‘heart’ in Italian). Then comes a generous lobster with shellfish baked in a parcel and served with aromatic slices of focaccia bread – also known as Aragosta al Cartoccio. Of course, expect nothing less than a beautiful trio of desserts: raspberry chocolate tart, pavlova with passion fruit and a cranberry orange thyme sorbet to end the hearty meal on a sweet, sweet note. You’ll also have a legitimate reason to flaunt your food photography skills to your significant other, or work as a team to win attractive prizes with your most creative photos of your Valentine’s Day moment at Ricciotti.
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For the hungry birds Whatever the occasion is, trust Jack’s Place to deliver something which will make us head there for a hearty meal. Valentine’s Day is no exception, with Executive Chef Heman Tan coming up with a menu where one can find a wide selection of the restaurant’s signature dishes. He teases the palate with an Appetizer of Strawberry & Tomato with Red Corral & Arugula Salad plus Mango, Peach, & Tomatoes Gazpacho Caliente Soup. As soon as they leave you wanting for more, he gives you 4 options for the main course. For the "Love Birds" have the Pan-roasted Game Hen "Osso Bucco" with Grilled Sea Prawn, Onion Smashed Potatoes, & Spring Garden Peas Carrots or if you want to give your loved one a "Warm Embrace", you can opt for the Grilled N.Z. Ribeye Steak with "Tempura" Half Spiny Lobster. Couples who have a "Burning Passion" for each other should try the Grilled Chicken Roulade with "Tempura" Half Spiny Lobster. Last but not least is the "Romance by the Sea" where they can enjoy Grilled Fillet of Atlantic Salmon with Seared U.S Scallop Cream Veloute and vegetables. The meal ends with a sweet dessert of Raspberry Chocolate Mousse. The Valentine's Day Specials are available on 13 February (lunch) and 14 February (lunch and dinner); these are priced at $39++ per person (Love Birds), $49++ per person (Warm Embrace), $49++ per person (Burning Passion), and $39++ per person (Romance by the Sea).
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For some D-I-Y BBQ Valentine’s Day isn’t all about fancy dining. Sometimes, the best moments are when you and your loved one can let your hair down and just enjoy the food with no fancy schmancy. Thankfully, you can do just that at Kkondon Barbeque which has prepared two Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials for couples. The first DIY BBQ Set A has Fresh Salmon, Pork Belly, and Half Ginseng Chicken Soup. You can share this (since the portions are big enough for two) or if you’re not shy, order the DIY BBQ Set B! It has more meat such as the U.S. Short Rib and Pork Collar. There's also the Half Ginseng Chicken Soup to warm up the stomach. The Valentine’s Day Specials are available from 13 to 16 February 2014 (dinner only); both sets are priced at $25.80++ per person.
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For something European Can’t decide between Italian or French? You can have both when you dine at Sprigs Bistro for Valentine’s Day. This modern European diner has prepared an impressive 5-course dinner menu for the occasion. Like most meals, it starts with a light soup of Cauliflower with Seared Japanese Scallops and Truffle Oil; after that is the refreshing yet flavour-packed Pan Seared Foie Gras with Mandarin Orange and Duck Rilette Salad. For the main course, you’d be glad to know that you have options - Baked Cod with Tomato Saffron Broth, Capers and Kalamata Olives for the not-so-hungry and the Grilled Australian Pork Tenderloin with Apple, Sage Sauteed Greens and Grain Mustard Sauce for the meat lovers. By this time, you may already be full, but save room for desserts-which we think is the best part of the whole menu. And for this night, the treat will be the Chocolate Slice with Raspberry Sorbet. Wash it all down with coffee or tea. Better yet, cheers to a glass of red/white wine on the house. The Valentine’s Day Set Meal is available for booking at $200+ per couple Address:12 Purvis Street #01-01 Singapore 188591 | For Reservations: Call 6338 5844 or email enquiries@sprigs.sg
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For the romantic It’s known as one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore. Perched on a cliff which provides a breath taking of the South China Sea, it has all the elements couples need to make their night special. And the food… ahhh, we can only say that every set course meal here is made with love. The 7-course Valentine’s Day Dinner, which includes 2 glasses of champagne and a rose for the lady, is no exception. Executive Chef has prepared different sets for the gentleman and the lady; where each item provides a welcome surprise for the palate. Couples can take this chance to become lovey dovey and try each other’s items. After all, sharing is caring! The Valentine’s Day Dinner is available for booking at $468++ per couple. For reservations, please call 6371 1425.
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For something new Dining in a French restaurant is a dream for many, especially on Valentine’s Day. Couples can get this chance at Absinthe, the latest posh dining place within the Boat Quay stretch. On that special day of love, French Chef-Owner Francois Mermilliod will prepare a 5-course dinner menu featuring delights such as the Marinated Scampi with Semi-Riped Mango and Citrus Scents; Pan Fried Foie Gras with Warm Blinis and Marinated Cherries; and Sirloin of Wagyu Beef, Mash and Truffle Sauce. As the grand finale, both can savour the White and Red Heart Dessert. Guests can also choose where they enjoy their romantic Dinner. They can book a table in the al fresco area, where they can get some fresh air and night-time view of the Singapore River. For something more private, they have the choice of sitting inside the restaurant situated in a charming shop house unit. The Valentine's Day dinner menu is available for booking at $128++ per person. For reservations, please call 6222 9068.
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For the Italians at heart Pete’s Place seems to have brought an Italian grandmother’s kitchen to Singapore. It’s one of the restaurants which serves authentic dishes such as the pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Even the interior is modelled like a traditional trattoria with red brick walls, checkered table clothes, and an extensive wine selection displayed in wooden cabinets. We all know that dishes here are special, but on 14th February 2014, Executive Chef will make it more memorable with his Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu… starting with the Antipastini Platter and a glass of Prosecco Guerrieri Rizzardi each. It’s followed by a choice of Main Course (Roasted Lamb Filet, Canadian Lobster Noodles, or the Sardinian Pasta) with a different wine pairing for each item. After the filling dish comes a special dessert by Chef Gottfried and Pete’s Place homemade limoncello. The Valentine's Day dinner menu is available for booking at $140++ per couple. For reservations, please call 6732 1234.
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For Contemporary Indian Cuisine Valentine’s Day is an important occasion for The Song of India. For this special day only, Chef Manjunath Mural has created a one-of-a-kind Love Menu which uses molecular gastronomy to prepare his dishes. Makes things more interesting, huh? What you can look forward to are traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist; some of which are the Amuse Bouche of Sprouted Baby Puff Salsa with Molecular Tamarind Juice Pearls and the Soup of Morel Summer Shorba served with Samak Chilli Cheese Stick. Make space for more as Chef plans to take you on a culinary journey with his Chicken Gulnaar (as the main course), Forest Berry Sorbet, and Crusted Saffron Panna Cotta. As for the finale, you can enjoy the Molecular Betel Nut Bubble. The Valentine’s Day Love Menu is available for booking at $79++ per person (6pm to 8pm seating) and $89++ per person (8:30pm to 11pm)
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For those seeking solitude For couples who want more privacy on Valentine’s Day, there’s no need to rent a villa or a yacht to achieve this. They can just head down to Boathouse, a secluded French restaurant located at The Fullerton Waterboat House. This heritage building is actually hard to find since it’s hidden behind The Fullerton Hotel. But it doesn’t change the fact that this is worth the discovery. Why? Aside from the privacy, the restaurant also whips up excellent French dishes. Couples can get to try them on that special day of love. The brains behind its kitchen will begin to woo their palate with the Tomato Soup featuring succulent crab meat and confit of green capsicum. Once they have been captured, they will be tempted even more with a selection of main courses – Salmon with grilled spring vegetables or the Beef Cheek with baked bone marrow and vegetables. For the evening’s climax, they will be served with the Rose and Lychee Tiramisu or the Chocolate Pave. The Valentine’s Day Dinner is available for booking at $88++ per person (6:15pm seating) and $98++ per person (8:45pm seating); additional top up of $32++ per person is needed for supplementary wine pairing. For reservations, please call 6538 9038 or email enquiries@boathouse.com.sg. Bookings made before 30 January 2014 will receive a complimentary Valentine Love cocktail.
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For those who want to impress the loved one Surrounded by over 7,000 fairy lights in the exclusive hilltop ambience of Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, set your hearts aflutter this Valentine’s Day with a delectable set dinner accompanied by romantic live music to get you in the mood for love. Choose from two sessions of dining based on a four or five course set dinner beautifully customised by the culinary team. The five-course dinner option begins with Fresh Coffin Bay Oysters with Italian Tomato Salsa & Fresh Lemon which will go nicely with a glass of Prosecco that is included in the set. Following that is the elegant Half-Seared Tuna Carpaccio with Avocado, Micro Greens & Salmon Roe, a light and flavourful combination that will leave you wanting more. Continue on with the Homemade Lobster ‘Ravioli’ in Butter & Sage with Green Beans Puree featuring exquisitely handcrafted raviolis put together to resemble a floral arrangement. The main course offers a selection of either Oven-Baked Atlantic Cod with Truffle Mashed Potatoes & Cherry Tomato Confit or Beef Tenderloin in Port Wine Sauce with Mashed Purple Potatoes & Cherry Tomato Confit. Finally, finish off with a classic Valentine’s Day dessert of Chocolate Lava Cake with Strawberry Compote & Ice Cream. The Valentine’s 4-Course Set Dinner is available for booking at $89++ per person (6pm to 7:30pm timeslot), while the 5-Course Set Dinner with a glass of Prosecco is at $118++ per person (8pm to 10:30pm timeslot). For reservations, please call 6510 3068 or email enquiry@alkaff.com.sg. Romantic restaurants for Valentine's Day The night is still young on Valentine's day
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