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Best Romantic Restaurants in Singapore

Now that Valentine’s day is but a week away, I thought I’d share with you some of the best romantic restaurants in Singapore I have dined at that you may want to consider for impressing your Valentine. Of course, there’s no rule that says that one can only celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14, so if I were you, I’d rather still go to one of these romantic restaurants for an early or belated Valentine’s day for a romantic meal out, than to choose a not so suitable restaurant. Always go for the best, that’s my rule. Smile


1. Au Jardin at Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Restaurant in the heart of the Botanic Gardens, need I say more? Lovely venue for weddings too. This photo was taken at a friend’s wedding in fact. Most importantly, Au Jardin will be closing down come April, so it’s your last chance to savour this romantic place before it’s too late.

Au Jardin

EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Garden Visitors Centre

Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Tel: 6466-8812

Luncheon: Tuesdays to Fridays only 12pm

Dinner : Tuesdays to Sundays 7pm

Sunday Brunch : Sundays only 11 – 1pm (1st seating) 1 – 3 pm (2nd seating)

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2. Absinthe Restaurant Francais

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My 2nd pick for a good restaurant for Valentine’s day is Absinthe. It’s also a French restaurant, and what can I say, the French do romantic so well! After a great meal here, you can go for an evening stroll by the Singapore River, hand in hand.

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Makan Expedition with Fiji Water

Food Expeditions aka Food Trails are getting more popular in Singapore it seems. People are no longer just satisfied dining in a nice restaurant, they now want to make an adventure out of it. And if you have a good weekend afternoon to spare, with some friends who are game enough to join you, I say why not? It’s money well spent, judging from the response garnered by the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition I attended last month.

You can read more about how the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition works here, but basically for $180, you get to try a signature dish each at 6 different restaurants, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. No need to worry about how to get around as we were chauffeured, and the whole event took 6 hours! After all the food and nearly unlimited amounts of wine, I saw many happy faces near the end of the day. Hic.

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We started off the event by gathering at Absinthe Restaurant at Boat Quay.  I’d been to Absinthe Restaurant Francaise only once a few years ago, and that was when they were still at Bukit Pasoh. I love dining at French restaurants. The meal usually spans 3 hours and even though it is expensive, you are paying for 3 hours of luxurious enjoyment. Definitely not for people who like gobbling down their food fast. Love the shop house location, woody tones with ornate touches here and there! I definitely want to come back to Absinthe again for lunch.

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Foie Gras Terrine with Brioche by Chef Francois Mermilliod Served with Konrad Gewurztraminer 2013

Looks like I am having 3 wines, but nope, only 2 glasses are mine. One was the bubbly they served to make sure all the guests start off on a happy note. The Foie Gras Terrine was EXCELLENT. It was smooth and silky, and in quite a generous portion, really the next best thing to eating foie gras itself. The warm brioche was really fluffy and buttery tasting and actually warm when served. Don’t you just hate the 1st world problem where your starter is so good that you want to eat it all, yet you worry it might fill you up too much and ruin your main meal?

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Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition

Want to spend an interesting Saturday afternoon indulging in star dishes from 6 stellar restaurants, paired with suitable wines?

The Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition is the 1st of its kind event in Singapore and will take place tomorrow 28 September 2013 from 12 noon to 6pm. Only a limited number of tickets are available for the event and can be purchased at www.tuckshop.sg for $180. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation CCF. During the expedition, you will be chauffeured in a luxurious coach to participating restaurants – Absinthe, Fat Cow, Hashi, Prive Grill, The Pelican and Tippling Club, where you will be served a signature dish, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. You can also enjoy the company of participating chefs.Fresh Live Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop and Mixed Vegetable with Japanese Jelly (Hashi)

And if you love taking food photos like I do, there will also be an Instagram competition to document the trail. Snap a photo of your eperience at each restaurant, upload onto Instagram with the hashtags #FIJIWaterSignatureCreations and #Restaurant_Name. The contestant with the best expedition album at the end of the ay wins dining vouchers from the participating restaurants and ONE year’s supply of FIJI Water!  The best 5 photos will also win a consolation prize each.

See the menu below:

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The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill One Fullerton

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Singapore’s latest seafood destination, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill is conceptualised by the team behind The Big Idea, which manages a stable of trendy concepts such as Kinki, Fat Cow, Marmalade Pantry and Bedrock Bar & Grill, The Pelican is the group’s latest brainchild that showcases their trademark innovation and expertise in food, design, bar and hospitality.

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The Pelican’s culinary team is led by Dan Segall, a well-known figure in the regional scene who has joined The Big Idea as Group Executive Chef. The American chef has built an illustrious international career since he was 16 and chalked up over 20 years of experience at many respected establishments. The Pelican’s Head Chef, Isaac Tan, who successfully launched Bedrock Bar & Grill, also comes onboard with his rich international working experience and expertise with the wood fire grill and seafood, of which 8 years were spent in Sydney.

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The menu is inspired by classic East Coast American cuisine. Diners will also be presented with a selection dubbed ‘The Daily Catch’ that is inspired by the ever-changing bounty of the sea. The dishes are meant for sharing and show off some lesser-known cooking techniques that are not often used in a kitchen at home.

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The Pelican Platter ($99 / serves 2 to 3)

Featuring seasonal raw oysters (we had the Fanny Bay oysters from Canada for this tasting session) US clams, US Dungeness crab, US poached prawns, Steamed whole Maine lobster from Boston with a lobster tomalley that is basically the liver and roe mixed with mustard and herbs stuffed into its shell, Marinated conch salad using US conch shell fish, US swordfish ceviche, With accompaniments of lemon, cocktail sauce and mignonette dressing

The Pelican Platter is definitely a must order if you plan to be at The Pelican. Apart from it being a humongous platter of crowd pleasing items, most of the items are prepared minimally such that you get to taste the fresh seafood in almost it’s purest form.

I think I must be pretty deprived, because I don’t think I’ve ever tasted crabs as good as the US Dungeness Crab! The sweet flesh came off so easily from the shell, which is a far cry from the messy affair I have to endure when eating crabs from Chinese restaurants. I wonder if it’s because it’s a different breed of crab? Another item worthy of attention was the US conch salad. It’s something you don’t find often and definitely a must try. It has the texture of a mix of clam and abalone.

Once again, a must order for seafood lovers who like strong in your face seafood flavours and ingredients that have not been masked behind a ton of sauce.

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Seasonal raw oysters from The Pelican Platter. These here are the Fanny Bay oysters from Canada.

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Cod’s Tongue Casserole ($26)

This is the muscle from the codfish’s throat area and is a delicacy with a bouncy texture like scallops, it is battered and fried then served with roast garlic and pork scratchings

You won’t be the first if you took a double take at the word throat muscle. Never knew that the throat muscle of a fish would be singled out and cooked into a dish, but I would certainly like to single out this dish as yet another must order at The Pelican. The texture is very similar to squid, so it feels like I’m eating calamari and I’m sure everybody loves calamari!

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