Beautiful restaurants for special occasions
Big banquets at upscale hotels used to be the classic perception of a wedding dinner. But times are changing, and millennial lovebirds are turning to smaller, more intimate venues that allow them to really interact with loved ones.
These 10 beautiful restaurants—all of which are MICHELIN-Listed—fit that bill, setting the scene for an unforgettable wedding or solemnisation ceremony. Boasting gorgeous yet cosy interiors with impeccable food to match, these are marvelous choices for any special occasion.
Plus, Maybank Cards lets you do all that while shaving some bucks off the cheque, so you’ll have a few more dollars to spend on your honeymoon.
1. Alma by Juan Amador
Alma by Juan Amador blends old-world charm and modern gastronomy into an uber-refined, one-MICHELIN-Starred package. Housed in idyllic Goodwood Park Hotel, this Spanish-European restaurant presents a 4-Course Dinner Dégustation Menu ($117++) that’s bound to impress guests.
Each plate is a work of art. The ‘Ohmi’ Beef (add $22++) is a fine example, pairing a mind-bogglingly tender slab of beef with Japanese burdock root and yuzu kosho. Even more ravishing are the Wild Strawberry, which floats on a cloud of foam, and Hokkaido Scallop, where an ultra-fresh disc of scallop bathes in a perky passionfruit and vanilla sauce. Meanwhile, the Iberico Pork Jowl is wonderfully balanced, as sour apple and umami-packed pork reduction accompany the unctuous meat.
Have a taste of this avant-garde cuisine with your Maybank Credit or Debit Card to net 10% off your total bill.
Address: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Restaurant opening hours: Mon 6pm to 10pm, Tue-Sat 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Bar opening hours: Mon-Thur 6pm to 11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm to 12pm
Tel: 6735 9937
2. Buona Terra
Housed in a lofty colonial bungalow just outside of Orchard Road is MICHELIN Plate awardee Buona Terra. Its quiet yet accessible location makes it great if you’re looking to throw a private wedding with your closest friends and family. The dinner menu starts from 3 course + 1 dessert at $128++, and you can create your own menu from a wide variety of dishes. We recommend ordering the succulent Mozambique Scampi with beetroot and comice pear, as well as the Linguine Rustichella D’Abruzzo with fresh tomato, baby squid, and squid ink sauce.
Skip the classic desserts like tiramisu and opt for the Sigaro Esotico instead. Shaped like a cigar, the ashes are actually coconut meringue, while the cigar itself is a thin cocoa wafer filled with chocolate passion fruit mousse. Sweeten your meal here with a complimentary glass of 2014 Antica Fratta Franciacorta Essence Brut (RP92+) when you pay with your Maybank Credit or Debit Card. Just remember to quote ‘Maybank’ when making your reservation.
Address: 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6733 0209
For Nyonya cuisine in Singapore, Candlenut is top dog—it’s the only Peranakan restaurant to receive one-MICHELIN-Star billing. Part of COMO Dempsey, this is a spectacular spot for a memorable wedding, with its sprawling indoor dining room and colonial-style verandah facade. It’s a perfect middle ground to fulfill your dreams of a swanky wedding bash while making your Peranakan grandma happy.
The cheekily named Ah-ma-kase Menu ($88++ for lunch, $128++ for dinner) is a communal take on Japanese omakase, with a bevy of sharing portions that showcase the full breadth of Peranakan cuisine. Get started with appetisers like the smoky and juicy Charcoal Grilled Maori Lakes Lamb Shoulder Satay, before filling up on sharing bowls such as the piquant Blue Swimmer Crab Curry and luscious Westholme Wagyu Beef Rib Rendang. A selection of flawless Homemade Traditional Nyonya Kueh marks the end of your meal with a flourish of sweetness.
Your Maybank Credit or Debit Card adds a boozy spark to this fiesta of Peranakan flavours, as complimentary white wine, red wine or house cocktail is tagged along with each order of the Ah-ma-kase Menu.
Address: 17A Dempsey Road, COMO Dempsey, Singapore 249676
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat & eve of PH 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 1800 304 2288
Take in some breathtaking art at the National Gallery before heading upstairs to enjoy an equally stunning meal at Aura. Promising a picturesque view of Singapore’s skyline and exquisite takes on classic Italian cuisine, this MICHELIN Plate restaurant is a wonderful choice for an intimate wedding dinner. Pairing succulent beef and buttery foie gras is an instant recipe for deliciousness, and that combination works its magic once again in the Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras, Kale and Truffle Jus ($58++), where mild hints of truffle provide an exclamation point of flavour.
Balance out that indulgence with a refreshing appetiser in the form of the Jumbo Crab, Apple, Lobster Emulsion and Oscietra Caviar ($36++), finished by a tangy beetroot sauce. Then, get your carb fix with the Taglioni, Scampi, Tarragon and Smoked Paprika ($38++), which brims with seafood flavour.
Maybank Cardmembers can enjoy this dazzling blend of food and ambience while easing the burden on your wallet, as you score 20% off the total food bill for two to four diners. If you’re coming in a bigger group of five and more, you get 10% off.
Address: 1 St. Andrews Road, #05-03 and #06-02, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Restaurant opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 6:30pm to 10pm
Sky Lounge opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 1am
Tel: 6866 1977
5. BAM! Restaurant
BAM! Restaurant combines the best of izakaya, fine dining, and tapas bar experiences into a single, MICHELIN Plate awarded package, serving up Japanese-Spanish fusion in a cosy yet refined setting. Knock back some sake with a selection of tapas, like the refreshing Cherry Gazpacho, Salted Mascarpone, Coffee Soil ($6++) or the intensely mushroomy Braised Inaniwa Udon, Nameko Mushroom, Fatt Choy ($28++). The former is a whirlwind of flavour, with sweet cherry, tart balsamic, toasty coffee and creamy mascarpone all taking turns to hit your palate.
If you’re struggling to decide, leave your meal to the chef’s discretion by opting for the 4-course Omakase menu (from $98++). You’ll get a unique blend of Japanese and Spanish influences in full force, through dishes such as the zesty Kanpachi, Citrus Dressing, Myoga, Nishiki Goma, Cinnamon.
Maybank Cardmembers can afford another couple plates of tapas, because you’ll net 20% off the Omakase menu for two to four hungry folks, and 10% off for a party of five or more.
Address: 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977
Opening hours: Mon 6pm to 10:30pm, Tue-Thur 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Fri 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 11:30pm, Sat 6pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6226 0500
6. Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare
Besides having a MICHELIN Plate, Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare is also one of Gambero Rosso’s Top Italian Restaurants—an honour that puts it as one of Singapore’s best Italian restaurants. Take your palates down to Sicily with mesmerising dishes like the Polipo ($32++) and Bucatini ($36++). The former features a smoky octopus leg, served with zesty lemon potato mash and indulgent bottarga aioli. The latter fills you up with saffron-infused spaghetti topped with fresh sardines.
End your meal with the decadent Cioccolato ($16++), a mousse-like dessert that’s made of 70% dark chocolate sabayon and Amarena cherries. The chocolate flavours came in waves, giving a rich mouthfeel in every bite.
Maybank Cardmembers will wanna bring your squad to indulge in these dishes as you’ll get 15% off the total food bill for groups with two to four diners and 10% off for groups with five diners and more.
Address: 36 Tras Street, Singapore 078975
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6338 5498
7. 28 Wilkie Restaurant
28 Wilkie Restaurant puts an elegant spin to fine dining with their immaculate place setting and beautifully plated dishes. Their Capellini Mentaiko ($28++) had a nice creamy finish which went well with the thin noodles. In addition to its beautifully seared crust, the Saga A4 Wagyu ($68++) boasted tender, almost jelly-like meat.
Full marks go to their Somen ($42++) that’s topped with fresh uni, caviar and scallops, giving each mouthful a burst of oceanic flavour. Maybank Cardmembers now have more reasons to indulge in this luxe dish with 15% off your total food bill.
Address: 28 Wilkie Road, #01-01, Singapore 228051
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4pm to 10:30pm, Sundays are for group reservations only
Tel: 9776 2828
8. The Dempsey Cookhouse And Bar
Just a few doors down from Candlenut, The Dempsey Cookhouse And Bar pairs the same vintage exterior with an elegant, minimalist dining area. Lovebirds may want to take extra notes, because you’ll be able to treat your guests to MICHELIN Plate-worthy food while your fantasies of a lovely white wedding come true.
The food here is truly cosmopolitan, focusing on fresh produce and bright flavours. Taste the full extent of that in their Taste Of Dempsey ($138++) tasting menu, which includes à la carte favourites such as the sumptuous Black Truffle and Fontina Cheese Pizza ($36++). Asian influences poke their head in with the Crispy Salmon Sushi, Chipotle Mayonnaise, Soy Glaze ($20++) and zingy and creamy Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Ginger Marinade, Spicy Radish ($32++), while the Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice-cream ($16++) is a classic dessert executed with finesse.
Maybank Cardmembers can add some alcoholic punch to your meal, as you get complimentary white wine, red wine or house cocktail.
Address: 17D Dempsey Road, COMO Dempsey, Singapore 249676
Restaurant opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am, Fri & eve of PH 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 1am, Sat 11:30am to 4pm, 6pm to 1am, Sun 11:30am to 4pm (brunch menu), 3:30pm to 5pm (afternoon menu), 6pm to 10pm, PH 11:30am to 4pm, 6pm to 12am
Bar opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 12am, Sat 11:30am to 1am, Sun 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: 1800 304 5588
9. Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge
Taking the entire top floor of Ocean Financial Centre, Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge boasts a magnificent 360° view of the Marina Bay skyline, with private dining rooms to boot. This beautiful ambience is matched with their equally superb nosh. The spicy Linguine – Astice – Pomodoro ($48++ for half lobster, $78++ for full lobster) will fill you up with its large and juicy lobster meat, while the Gamberi – Ricotta – Origano – Pomodoro – Salsa Cocktail ($32++) provides a play on textures with its raw prawns and smooth cheese.
Be sure to get the Manzo – Verdure di Stagione ($55++), which features slow-cooked beef short ribs boasting strong mustard flavours that go beautifully with celeriac purée and sauteed greens. Maybank Cardmembers will get to enjoy 10% off during lunch, and 15% off during dinner.
Address: 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11:45pm, Thur-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 1am, Sat 6:30pm to 1am
Tel: 6509 1488
10. Lewin Terrace
Fashioned out of a beautiful colonial bungalow and surrounded by lush greenery, MICHELIN Plate awarded Lewin Terrace will wow your wedding guests by whisking them away from the city’s hubbub and serving up an elegant marriage of Japanese and French flavours. That’s evident in dishes such as Foie Gras Sakuramochi ($32++), where luxurious goose liver is given kisses of fruity and floral flavour by strawberry, a raspberry-flavoured port wine sauce, and a salt-cured sakura flower.
Meanwhile, their signature Cod Saikyo Miso ($42++) brims with finesse, combining buttery cod with subtly sweet Kyoto saikyo miso on a bed of mountain vegetables. Go for the Garden Of Eden ($20++) to end off your meal on a stunning sweet note. This beautifully plated dessert is a feast for the eyes and mouth, featuring white chocolate mousse and refreshing raspberry ice-cream resting in a technicolour garden of Japanese flowers.
Maybank Cardmembers can kick off the meal with a quick perk up, as you’re entitled to a complimentary welcome drink, such as the sakura and yuzu-laced Lewin Terrace Sake Cocktail (U.P. $20++).
Check out our full review of the dessert buffet at Lewin Terrace!
Address: 23B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 6:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 6333 9905
One-MICHELIN-starred Béni has two VIP rooms for private rendezvous sessions, but we rather you book out the main area of the restaurant where the magic happens. The counter table, which sits eight bon vivants, is only an arm’s-length away from the open kitchen, giving you the chance to marvel at the talented chefs as they prepare your meal with precision.
The 5-course lunch dégustation menu is $88++, while the dinner dégustation begins from $258++, with top-ups depending on the dishes you choose. We never thought one of the best bao we ever tasted would be from a Japanese-French restaurant, but Béni’s Pao (additional $20++) certainly deserves a mention, with a thick slab of foie gras and truffle nestled in a pillowy bun. The Yonezawa A5 Wagyu also impresses, with beef that melts in your mouth like butter.
Maybank Cardmembers can wash these all down with the complimentary serving of sake, wine, or their signature Royale Blue Tea.
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #02-37, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 10pm, closed on second or third Monday of every month
Tel: 9159 3177
Have an intimate gathering at these MICHELIN-Listed restaurants
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