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Where do you normally go for a romantic night out in Singapore? The Tatler Singapore team shares their picks below

This article was first published on February 11, 2021 and updated on January 21, 2022.

For a country that’s home to a growing number of gourmands, it’s no surprise that Singapore boasts plenty of dining options for various occasions—including the ones that you immediately turn to for date nights.

Depending on how you want to impress your date, it could be a fine dining establishment or even a casual restaurant with cosy vibes that will make the night extra special for the two of you.

Since not all of us have the same idea of what a romantic dinner entails, we asked the team at Tatler Singapore their favourite romantic restaurants in Singapore.

Read on below to find out our go-to spots (and to get an idea of what date nights look like for us).

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1. La Strada

“One of my favourite cosy and romantic restaurants in Singapore will have to be La Strada. La Strada is located at Shaw Towers, away from the crowds, and is an intimate and welcoming place.

From their friendly servers to their delectable Italian fare, there’s honestly so much going right that I will continue to recommend it over and over to anyone who asks for a good and romantic Italian restaurant. The best part is that their menu has a section for main that you can share. Is there anything more romantic than that?”

—Camillia Dass, digital writer

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La Strada

$ $ $ $

2. Lavo

“What’s more romantic than sharing dessert, right? Sometimes, the best way to bond with your significant other is through certain dishes that transport your back to your childhood, and what better way than sitting side by side and digging into a build-your-own waffles and ice cream tower at Lavo. While you indulge in your favourite childhood flavours, sip on a chilled glass of champagne and peer over the sea from the Marina Bay Sands and catch glimpses of your significant other’s moonlit visage.”

—Durva Simone Bose, writer

3. La Dame De Pic

“Valentine’s Day is close to the Chinese New Year celebrations, and if there was no global pandemic, my friends and I would have probably booked a flight to Paris to bask in the city’s romantic vibe and indulge at the best restaurants. But since we’re all stuck here, the next best thing we could do is enjoy a lavish meal at La Dame De Pic, Raffles Singapore by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. It is helmed by her protégé, chef de cuisine Kevin Gatin.

The elegant interiors set the mood for a romantic night out in town, but the highlight is definitely Pic’s delectable contemporary French fare laced with Asian accents (she’s not called the ‘citrus queen’ for nothing). Dishes here always change according to seasons, but some signatures remain such as the appetiser of berlingots. When I came here for dinner last November, the delicate pasta parcels were stuffed with decadent French cheese fondue and bathed in an umami-packed beetroot kombu broth and accented with galangal and herb of grace (which she discovered at Singapore’s Chinatown market).”

—Dudi Aureus, senior editor

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4. Bar Cicheti

“As my friends and loved ones know me as the pasta monster (affectionately I would think, because #pastaforever), my idea of a perfect dinner often involves the said carbohydrates. One of my recent new favourites is Bar Cicheti, which has that nice mix of an intimate setting, beautiful interiors and most importantly, fantastic pasta dishes. The work of Amsterdam-based interior designer Simone Königshausen of of Studio Königshausen, the restaurant features a handsome mix of dark wood furnishings and a design that takes cues from Italian bistros from the sixties. I particularly love the seats at the back, which provide a cosy spot where you can audibly hear your dining partners while enjoying your meal.

As this popular venue is also pretty compact, it's a must to make reservations in advance, so extra points to the date who remembered to make the reservation early. Among my favourite picks on the menu are the Paccheri, where each tube pasta is delectably coated with the six-hour braised ragu and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. I hope to try almost all of the pasta dishes eventually; I think it's a good sign that we quickly emptied our plates and barely reached to take photos, and all the dishes we ordered were great.”

—Hong Xinying, regional managing editor, Tatler Homes

Bar Cicheti

Tanjong Pagar
$ $ $ $

5. Casa Tartufo

“Service is extremely important to me when it comes to a memorable dining experience—romantic date or not. So if you're looking to wow your partner for a special occasion, Italian dining restaurant Casa Tartufo checks all the boxes. The cosy ambience will immediately make you feel at ease, but the restaurant's wait staff are exceptionally attentive—spot the friendly Italian owner and his adorable young son as they will likely be making themselves busy ensuring that guests are attended to.

Just like what its name indicates, the restaurant is a haven for truffle lovers. You have the option of adding white truffle or black truffle to any dish that you order off the menu. The pasta was excellent but if you ask me, the star of the show was undoubtedly the tiramisu dessert. I dare say that it is among the best in Singapore, so be sure to order it. What could possibly be a better way to end a romantic dinner than on a sweet note? Never mind that I was with my close girlfriends and not my boyfriend. It was still a lovely experience and I can't wait to be back—perhaps with my partner this time around.”

—Andrea Saadan, assistant digital editor

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