Share Your Love For Food This Valentine’s Day
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you are probably on the lookout for that next great date place. Just remember the old adage “the way to a man's heart is through his stomach” – this holds for women as well! And while there may be no scientific basis for this, we can all agree that nothing beats bonding over a great shared meal. In fact, most memorable moments often happen around a table. So, this year, make Valentine’s Day all about good food – and good company, of course! Read on to find out our top gastronomic picks for Valentine’s Day this year.
1. Yakiniku Yazawa / Steak & Hamburg MASA
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Yakiniku Yazawa serves only the finest of the top-class Kuroge Wagyu Beef, sourced directly from Japan with strict quality control measures. Kuroge Wagyu holds the highest possible A5 beef ranking in Japan, and its meat is renowned for its sumptuous texture, rich taste, and superb aroma.
The restaurant ambience is warm, cosy and intimate, which is reminiscent of authentic Japanese yakiniku restaurants.
Here, you can order a variety of meats for grilling, but don’t forget to get what you came for and sample the Wagyu ribeye or tenderloin. Word of advice though – go easy on the sauces! Just use enough on the meat to enhance the taste and not overpower it. They also serve a selection of sake and shochu cocktails, but if that’s too strong for you, there is always beer and fruit-flavoured liquor. Non-alcoholic drinks are available as well.
But if you want to focus on steaks, visit Steak & Hamburg MASA just beside Yakiniku Yazawa. Also serving premium Japanese Wagyu, you can choose the cut yourself, from ribeye, sirloin and tenderloin to various round cuts (Rump, Ramboso, Ichibo, or Nakaniku). Each cut brings out a unique quality of the meat. For marbled, soft meat with a fine texture, go for the ribeye. If you prefer something a bit fattier, aim for the sirloin, tenderloin or Ramboso. Or, if you’d like something firmer, order a Rump or the flavourful Nakaniku. You can also opt for something less chewy and order a Masa Hamburg, also made from the finest Japanese Wagyu meat.
After dinner, you and your date can take a quiet walk down along the Singapore River and revel in its amazing evening views.
2. The Open Grill
The Open Grill is a fine dining restaurant but is also a great place for a chilled-out dinner with your date. Located at Robertson Walk, they have an alfresco seating area so you can literally dine under the stars.
They serve a wide variety of dishes, from meats like flame grilled ribeye, lamb shank and roasted pork ribs, and fresh-from-the-bay seafood to delicious pastas and handcrafted desserts, each plated to perfection. They also carry a great selection of wines and the staff will be more than happy to recommend which goes best with your dishes.
Visit The Open Grill
at Robertson Walk, #01-17, from 4.00pm to 1.00am (Monday to Friday) and from 5.00pm to 2.00am (Saturday and Sunday).
3. Ichiban Boshi
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You can expect a myriad of modern Japanese cuisine at Ichiban Boshi, with a wide selection of high-quality sushi and fresh sashimi. But no two Ichiban Boshi restaurants are the same, as every restaurant offers a unique design, ambience, and specialty menu, depending on its location.
For example, the Waterway Point outlet, being along Punggol Waterway, is inspired by Hokkaido Japan that is surrounded by clear, pristine seawater and where high-quality seafood comes in abundance.
4. Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen
Ichikokudo specialises in Ramen and hails from Hokkaido Japan, which not only enjoys abundant seafood but is also characterised by vast, green pastures and fresh air. This makes it possible to grow the highest quality grains and vegetables.
Inside each bowl of delicious goodness, you will find a signature soup base that is prepared with fresh chicken, vegetables and a blend of ingredients from Hokkaido, including bonito, mackerels and kelp. This results in a rich, dense soup with umami flavours. Meanwhile, the ramen noodles are exclusively produced with a special blend of Hokkaido wheat that adds a distinct springiness to each bite. Topping this off is a generous helping of Aosa seaweed that evokes the aroma of the Hokkaido sea.
If you want to go all out on seafood, try their Lobster Ramen or Double Lobster Ramen. Rich shrimp paste and shrimp oil are added to Ichikokudo's original soup base to conjour an addictive, luxurious soup. That, topped with a Boston lobster, lobster ball, spinach and leek will surely be a gastronomic experience you won’t forget.
And the good news is, Ichikokudo is Halal certified, so everyone can enjoy!
5. Folks Collective
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Another Asian food favourite is again found in the heart of CBD. Welcome to the Folks Collective, where you’ll get served authentic Thai cuisines.
Inspired by a Bangkok night market that grew out of an abandoned railway station, you’ll find that every corner in the Folk Collective’s interior reveals a sentimental surprise from days gone past: from a genuine apothecary wall to the salvaged train carriage benches. All these are designed to evoke a taste of Bangkok, enhancing the authenticity of your dining experience.
And if you’re feeling extra romantic, wait with your date till a little bit after closing time. You may get a glimpse of Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O'Hara on the shutters at the restaurant’s front porch.
Visit Folks Collective
at Cross Street Exchange, 20 Cross Street, #01-25/26/27 from 11.00am to 11.00pm (Monday to Saturday). The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
6. Ssik Sin
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If you and your loved one enjoy everything Korean, then going to a Korean BBQ Buffet will always be your list of favourites things to do! Ssik Sin serves up an affordable and delectable selection of Korean barbeque items, from a variety of thinly sliced, tasty grilled meat to fresh seafood and vegetables, as well as classic Korean sides like glass noodles, potato salad and kimchi.
Aside from the generous spread, Ssik Sin prides itself with great service from its staff. Their staff are highly attentive and will replace used BBQ trays and dishes without any prompting to ensure that you always have your freshly grilled food nice and ready to eat.
Visit Ssik Sin
at Bedok Point, #02-10/14 from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily.
7. Beauty In a Pot
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If a gastronomic experience is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong by taking your date to Beauty In A Pot. Here, you can bond and talk to your heart’s content as the restaurant is open until 6.00am.
Choose from six nourishing soup bases, which include the all-time favourite Beauty Collagen Broth, Spicy Nourishing Broth and other new soup selections. Each steaming pot of broth is prepared using only high-quality ingredients. Everything that goes into the pot as well is chosen to complement the rich and flavourful soup bases. Don’t forget to order their Signature Homemade Fish Tofu, which is prepared daily for that ideal melt-in-your-mouth texture and is exclusively available at Beauty in The Pot.
Visit Beauty In A Pot
at The Centrepoint, #05-14/16 from 11.30am to 6.00am daily (last order at 4.30am)
8. The miniBar
The miniBAR is an alfresco bar with vibrant and modern décor, located along the busy streets of Orchard Road. It’s a unique hybrid of a day club and a cocktail bar, which focuses on serving all things mini. Here, you’ll get to sample everything from champagnes to wines, cocktails and beers – all mini of course, so you can sample more options without overdoing it.
They also have a dose of nostalgia on their menu – they serve a range of Magnolia desserts! Indulge in the familiar Magnolia ice cream, fancily plated with your favourite local desserts such as Popiah Ice Cream Roll, Rainbow Pressed Sandwich and the classic milkshake.
So, if you or your date is missing the Magnolia Snack Bar of Singapore’s yesteryears, then the miniBar is definitely worth a visit. Drop by here for a mini cocktail or two before you head off to dinner or have a nightcap and dessert while enjoying the cool night breeze.
Visit the miniBar
at The Centrepoint, #01-105, from 2.00pm to 1.00am (Sunday to Thursday) and 2.00pm to 3.00am (Friday to Saturday).
9. Ma Maison
Ma Maison is a French word that means “my home”. So, what better way to express your love for your special someone than sharing a delicious meal reminiscent of home, in a warm, cosy and intimate place? Delight your taste buds with fusion Japanese-Western cuisine, such as omu rice, cuttlefish ink pasta and escargot. And leave some space for their specialty and crowd favourite – Katsu dishes.
Ma Maison is known for its high standards in food and service, so you and your loved one will truly feel at home here.
Visit Ma Maison
at Anchorpoint, #01-12, from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily.
10. Eighteen Chefs
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Visit Eighteen Chefs if you’re craving delicious and affordable Western cuisine with a local twist. Indulge in chargrilled meats like Kicap Manis Chicken, Ribeye or Steak and Prawns, paired with a selection of healthy sides like Garden Salad or Coleslaw. If you're a rice lover, go for their fried rice series, which comes with beautifully cooked Angus Beef, Grilled Chicken or Lamb Rack.
And if you're really feeling adventurous, why not create your own meal! With their 'BYOC' (Be Your Own Chef) series, you can choose from one main meat, seafood or vegetable, pair it with either baked rice or pasta, then top it off with a sauce and other additional side dishes!
11. Table Manners
Set in The Oasis @ Changi City Point, where you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, fairy lights and soft music, Table Manners is the ideal place to enjoy some quality time with your date while you savour a delectable selection of European food fare.
Start off your evening with designer cocktails created by a team of professional mixologists, paired with tasty bar snacks and sides. Then, have your fill with beautifully plated mains like Black Angus Ribeye, Chicken Parmigiana, Norwegian Baked Salmon and Tempura Tiger Prawns. Pastas and burgers are also available for those who prefer something more casual. And for a nightcap, choose from an impressive selection of craft beers, liquor and non-alcoholic drinks.
Visit Table Manners
at Changi City Point, #01-68/69 at these hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm (Monday to Thursday); 11.00am to 10.30pm (Friday); 9.00am to 10.30pm (Saturday); and 12.00pm to 9.00pm (Sunday)
So, there you have it! Surprise your special someone and share your love for food this Valentine’s Day!