Experiencing the most romantic dinner in Singapore

Want to experience the most romantic dinner in Singapore?  Well, you have chosen an ideal destination for the most romantic excursion ever in your life.  Singapore offers plethora of opportunities for couples enjoying their holidays.  But, to select the most romantic dinner spots, you must be familiar with the city.  To make your task simpler, we would like to suggest some of the best places to experience the most romantic dinner ever in your life in this article.
Well, this list is not prepared by a novice, but some choosy travel journalists, therefore, we are a hundred percent sure that these are the best places to enjoy a romantic dinner in Singapore.  The list is prepared keeping a holistic experience in mind, rather than just the outlook, ambience or the surroundings.  Quality of food and service standards was a major concern for our research team.  However, we don’t claim that the order is according to the quality standards, as we have given them in a random order. 

Restaurants, according to ambience
If you talk about ambience, then, we have chosen three places for you viz. Dempsey-Hill, Halia Restaurant in Botanical Gardens and the Jewel-Box in Mt. Faber.  These are the best places, we recommend as far as surroundings and ambience is concerned.  Though, these places are slightly inaccessible, and you need to hire a taxi to reach there, but you would be thrilled to experience the ambience there.  

Restaurants with the best views of the city
Another exciting romantic dinner destination is at the sixty ninth story of Swissotel the Stamford and it is known as Equinox Restaurant.  For a nice view, Jewel-Box is good, because it is located at a certain height.  However, if you want to have the best landscape view of the Singapore skyline, you should choose the Cliff located in Sentosa Spa and Resort.  

Restaurants according to specific foods and dishes
For food lovers, Hai Tien Lo, maybe an ideal destination that has a modern setup and a great view.  To enjoy the lush green tropical look and natural surroundings, you may approach Flutes at the Fort, which also provides delicious food made by some of the best foreign chefs.  If you want to enjoy some of the most exotic menus that include fresh garden vegetables with vibrant tropical colors, then head towards St. Pierre.   If romance is on your mind, then you should choose Desire.
For amazing views, the Lighthouse Restaurant at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore is the best.  Besides the warm interiors, this luxurious restaurant offers an amazing waterfront view and exquisite food.  It is rated highly and recommended by the visitors for the overall experience.  Once you are there, we recommend you to place an order for seafood risotto.  We are sure you wouldn’t have eaten such a wonderful seafood risotto ever.  LaBrezza restaurant at St. Regis Hotel is the best for Italian food.  It offers some of the most exotic Italian dishes such as buratta and cavatelli with lobster. LaBrezza wins hands on, on both food quality and service.

Outdoor dining
If the romantic outdoor dining is your choice, a visit to the La Cantina at the Changi Village Hotel will prove to be the best romantic evening with treetop sea views.  However, you are supposed to reach there well before 7 PM to book an early cocktail for you that will bring you the exciting view of the sunset as well.

Indian Cuisines in Singapore

India and Indians have a long association with the native Malay civilization of Singapore that goes back to the ancient ages. But the systematic migration and influx of Indians in large numbers started and became consistent when Singapore became a colony of the British. The ethnic Indian Diaspora mainly comprises South Indians, particularly Tamils which is best mirrored in the potpourri of hot, tangy, and spicy dishes-the hallmarks of Indian cuisines.

The popular components of Indian cuisines

Since Tamils form a majority of the Indian population (approximately about 9% of the total population), most of the variety of Indian dishes available also happen to be Tamil. Since the late nineties of the last century, North Indian cuisines have started making inroads courtesy the setting up of some high-class and chic restaurants by successful Indian chefs like ‘Punjab Grill’ by Jiggs Kalra.

Owing to intermingling with the Singaporean culture for years on end, the dishes have become hybrid containing a blend of local spices and condiments yet the flavor is unmistakably Indian. The main elements used in Indian cuisines here in Singapore are Indian pickles, saffron (used in biryanis and pilaos), Rojak-an assortment of fried ingredients including eggs, tofu, and mashed potatoes, indigenized Chinese noodles, mughlai paranthas, and so on. Other signature dishes and elements include rotis, chapattis, Murtabak, curries, and chutneys.

Some dishes, recipes, and ingredients that were brought along when Indian contract laborers and coolies were indentured to work in the rubber plantations of erstwhile Malay have been assimilated with the national cuisines. These include mutton chops, Mulligatawny soup, mince meat of potatoes and peas, and fish moolie.

Street food culture and upmarket restaurants

If you think tucking into street food is the best way of getting an insight of the gastronomic culture of any ethnicity then head straight to Little India. You’ll find an eclectic spread of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. Race Course Road gives stiff competition to Little India as it has some of the most admired restaurants like Muthu’s Curry, Anjappar, and Mustard Restaurant.

Little India can boast of having a more varied spread of both North and South Indian cuisines. If you’re a strict vegan, you don’t need to look beyond Ananda Bhavan restaurant which has been serving delectable vegetarian fare since 1924. You’re familiar with the Masala or Sada Dhosa- the homebred varieties but don’t forget to check out their ‘thosai’ ensemble.

You can head to ‘Annalakshimi’ for a pan-Indian buffet spread.  Just pay $ 5 Singapore dollars and have your fill of yoghurt, dhals (Indian lentils), rotis, Papadis, soups, curries and lassies.  Sample some original Malvani fare at Gajalee that include clams peppered with coriander and coconut paste, grilled tandoori lobster, curried New Zealand oysters. And yes, you can also ask for a mouthwatering preparation of Bombay duck. And if you’re not much into seafood, you can go for the usual vegetarian or non-vegetarian fare.

If you want to wine and dine in a more exclusive and upscale environ, then you can try a few restaurants and bistros at the Marina Bay Sands enclave like the Punjab Grill and the Rang Mahal. The ‘Song of India’, Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant’, and the ‘Tadka Indian Kitchen’ are some other high end addresses serving authentic Indian cuisines.

Some more famous Restaurants in Singapore

This page will give details of more restaurants in Singapore in addition to the restaurants that were mentioned in the previous article.

I. Jade
Jade is located at Fullerton Hotel’s first floor and offers a wide range of Chinese dishes, with a special focus on Cantonese food, prepared under the supervision of Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng:

  •     Dim sum
  •     Peking Duck
  •     Double-Boiled Soup of Winter Melon with Bamboo Mushrooms
  •     Roasted Duck Skin with Marinated Orange Peel
  •     Taro Paste wrapped in Truffle
  •     Sautéed Carved Peking Duck with Pan Seared Foie Gras
  •     Crystal Crab Meat
  •     Duck Skin and Suckling Pig Skin
  •     Crispy Prawn

You can also opt for some of the best wine and champagne from around the world.

Address:The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Level 1, 1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Telephone Number: +65 6877 8188
Fax: +65 6877 8174

II. Otto Ristorante
Headed by Master Chef Michelle Pavanello, Otto Ristorante is located in the Red Dot Traffic Building and specializes in Italian food:

  •     Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio
  •     Giamaica Coffee Tiramisu dessert
  •     Crispy “suckling pig”

Address:28, Maxwell Road, #01-02, Red Dot Traffic Building
Singapore 069120
Telephone Number: (65) 6227 6819
Fax: (65) 6227 8350

III. Graze
Graze offers a delectable blend of Asian and European cuisine along with an Australian touch. You can choose from a la carte, barbeque and set dishes comprising meat and seafood:

  •     Crispy roasted pork belly with Asian herbs and ginger apple reduction
  •     Tiger prawns with Bilbao chorizo sausage
  •     Premium Wagyu sirloin with Shiraz reduction
  •     Whole baby fish with lemongrass, fish sauce, lime leaf, chili and galangal

4 Rochester Park
Singapore 139215
Telephone number: +65 6775 9000

IV. Yan Ting
Focusing primarily on Cantonese cuisine, Yan Ting is supervised by Chef Chan and offers various mouth watering and popular dishes:

  •     Shark’s fin
  •     Dim sum
  •     Abalone dishes
  •     Radish cake fried in sausage oil
  •     Buddha Jumps Over the Wall broth

The St. Regis Singapore,
Level 1U, 29, Tanglin Road,
Singapore 247911
Telephone number: +65 6506 6866
Fax: +65 6506 6708