Here’s To A Romantic Date
If you’ve ever had to plan a date at the last minute, we feel ya. Well, first things first, the venue. To ensure that everything turns out smoothly, finding an appropriate dining location your date will appreciate brings you one step closer to success. To wish you all the best, we’ve got are 10 romantic and quiet restaurants perfect for your first night out with him or her!
1. Maggie Joan’s
With a nondescript alleyway entrance just off Gemmill Lane, you might not even give this hole-in-the-wall a second glance when you walk pass it. But never judge a book by its cover as Maggie Joan’s surprises with its date-night-perfect ambience and delectable sharing plates. Comfortable and warmly-lit, the interior provides the perfect setting for putting down some Mediterranean nosh with your date. Plus points for the beautiful plating!
Address: 110 Amoy Street, #01-01, Singapore 069930
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 6221 5564
2. The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
Adding accolade after accolade to its belt, this one Michelin star restaurant is an intimate restaurant with a menu inspired by the world. The interior of The Kitchen at Bacchanalia boasts an open-concept dining area so diners can watch the chefs whipping up their plates. Besides the innovative, thought-provoking creations which marry unique and fresh ingredients together, the outstanding service and cozy interior also makes this a go-to restaurant to bring your date.
Address: 39 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059678
Opening hours: Mon 6pm to 10:30pm, Tue-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 9179 4552
3. Catch Beer and Batter
If both of you are a big fan of beer battered fish and chips, this is the place to hit up on a Saturday night. Besides their signature fish dish which can be coated in an array of batters from beer-infused to spicy and panko then fried to a golden crisp, Catch Beer and Batter also serves pasta and seafood. With its location at Clarke Quay, you can conclude your date with a romantic walk by the river.
Address: 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thur 12pm to 1am, Wed, Fri-Sat 12pm to 3am, Sun 12pm to 10am
Tel: 6336 0366
4. UsQuBa Grill & Whisky Bar
Nothing beats having an amazing view of the skyline to round up a delectable meal. UsQuBa Grill & Whisky Bar serves unique French and Asian inspired dishes with a panoramic view of Marina Bay. What’s more, each dish comes with its own whiskey pairing prepared by their resident whiskey sommelier. Expect dishes like Grilled Live Lobster ($60++), UsQuBa Burrata ($18++), Kurobata Pork 2 ways ($34++), Pacific Tooth Fish ($36++) and many more.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, #02-03B, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11:30am to 12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 1am, Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 8723 6378
5. Fat Lulu’s
Taking over the now defunct Five and Dime Eatery, the same people behind the cafe known for mentaiko pasta have came up with a new concept incorporating bold Asian flavors, grilled meats and seafood as well as desserts for the sweet toothed. While Fat Lulu’s is not the most accessible by foot, dessert fans can delight at a range of interesting desserts like “Atas” Kinder Bueno ($16++) that comes with Bailey’s hazelnut cream, chocolate sponge, creamy milk chocolate and a bitter chocolate sherbet.
Address: 297 River Valley Road, Singapore 238338
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 6pm to 11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm till late, Sun 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 9236 5002
6. Beast & Butterflies
Situated within M Social boutique hotel, Beast & Butterflies warrants multiple visits with its spacious and aesthetically pleasing interior designed by French icon Philippe Starck. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, with different areas furnished according to themes for customers to enjoy different dining experiences. If you and your date are fans of fusion food, the melding of Asian and Western elements in their fare will appeal to your tastebuds. Think dishes like Ham Hock ($28++ for half, $38++ for whole), which is a deep fried pork knuckle paired with Thai Chilli Dipping sauce and Asian sauerkraut.
Address: 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm
7. Xiao Ya Tou
Opened earlier this year by the people behind Symmetry, Xiao Ya Tou is situated at Duxton Hill, Tanjong Pagar. This restaurant will capture the hearts of all those who grew up eating zi char. Here, they whip up local dishes like Char Kway Teow ($13++) and Crispy Otak-Otak Rolls ($12++) but with a modern twist that will keep your tastebuds guessing and coming back for more. If your date goes well, bring bae back for brunch on weekends for some Unagi Benedict ($23++)!
Address: 6 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089592
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11am to 11pm, Wed-Thur 5pm to 11pm, Fri 11am to 12am, Sat-Sun 9am to 12am
Tel: 6226 1965
Read our full review here.
8. Verre Modern Bistro and Wine Bar
Specializing in wine, Verre strives to explore the synergies between food and wine, aiming to give diners a seamless dining experience in a warm ambience complete with personal service at accessible prices. Consultant Chef Masashi Horuichi has ample experience working in the kitchens of various Michelin-starred restaurants and presents diners with refined Modern French cuisine which can be paired with a wide selection of wines.
Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 5pm to 12am, Fri 5pm to 1am, Sat 3pm to 1am, Sun 3pm to 11pm
Tel: 6509 1917
9. Portico Prime
Newly opened at Dempsey earlier this year, Portico Prime boasts a clean and sleek interior that will be perfect for a romantic night out. You can opt to dine in their private rooms, al fresco or by the open chef’s table. Opt for their Signature Menu ($78++ per pax) or go with ala carte highlights including Pan Seared Pulau Ubin Barramundi with Potatoes ($19++) and Chilled Truffle-Scented Angel Hair ($14++). Share a sweet treat with your date over dessert options like a Deconstructed Black Forest ($17++) made using 70% Valrhona dark chocolate mousse, edible hazelnut soil, cherry coulis and caramel ice-cream.
Address: 10 Dempsey Road, #01-20, Singapore 247700
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 11:30am to 11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 12am, Sun 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6474 7427
10. Vatos Urban Tacos
Taco-bout a Mex date night out! Mexican food takes a spin at Vatos Urban Tacos with with a fusion of Korean elements. Tuck into Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($18++), Baja Fish Tacos ($11++ for 2 tacos) and many more before washing them down with one of Vatos’ signature margaritas. They offer al fresco dining too, so you can even enjoy your dinner amidst the cool breeze at night!
Address: 36 Beach Road, South Beach Quarter, Singapore 189766
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12 to 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 12am
Tel: 6385 6010
Read our full review here.
It’s a date!
So there you have it, 10 places to bring your date to for the first time. Here’s a good luck from us and we hope you enjoy the night! As for the rest of you reading this, whether you’re happily single or blissfully attached, these are awesome places to check out with the ones you love too. Let us know if there are other places like that in the comments below!