I admit. I regularly need an affordable romantic Singapore restaurant. There are plenty of restaurant guides out there that offer you exquisitely romantic restaurants; if you are willing to spend an arm and a leg.
If like myself, you regularly need a more affordable dining option yet still cozy enough for a romantic date, this guide is for you. Especially as a first date, you definitely don’t want to break the bank, but still want to impress with your knowledge and selection of intimate dining spots.
For the Valentine’s day couples who don’t want to go all crazy on caviar, champagne and lavish dinners as well- these restaurants are just for you. The restaurants listed here will set you back in the range of $30 – $60 per person if you plan properly and don’t order the Dom Perignon.
1. Pasta Brava
Fresh, hand-made pasta, Pasta Brava is an amazing Italian restaurant. Very classic Italian interiors. They also provide you crayons to doodle on the white tablemat while waiting for your food! More fun for your dinner date; you can play pictionary if you run out of things to say.
Definitely try the pastas here. The Linguine Regina Del Mare ($23) is recommended if you like tomato-based seafood pasta.
The risottos are also really well executed and not too gruel-like. Try the Risotto Nero Alla Sinfonia Dei Nostri Mari ($23), which is a seafood and squid ink risotto.
Pasta Brava: 11 Craig Rd, Singapore 089671 | Tel: 6227 7550 | Website
2. Club Street Social
Any place that serves all-day breakfast items is fine with me. Scrambled Eggs, Fontina, Chives and Toast ($12) is an excellent choice to savour their runny and creamy eggs. Club Street Social is quite intimately small, and transforms into a more bustling drinking hole at night.
The sandwiches are also recommended like the 180g Black Angus Ribeye Panini ($28) and the Duck Confit with Roasted Mushrooms Panini ($20), which are pretty affordable. Limited seatings though, so try to get a reservation beforehand for your date. You want to look really prepared and with a plan.
Club Street Social: 5 Gemmill Ln, Singapore 069261 | Tel: 6225 5043 | Website
If you like casual Japanese food and want to avoid the mass-market Sushi Tei,Akashi is the indie version to go to. A more bustling restaurant, choose Akashi if you don’t want to have awkward silences during your date.
The set varieties served here are of good quality and affordably priced. Try theSushi Tsuki ($16 lunch, $20 dinner) set, which is an assortment of sushi like salmon, tuna and tamago, is really worth its price. The Otsukuri set ($26 lunch, $29 dinner) is also decent with slices of quality sashimi like Salmon, tuna and Yellowtail, along with some nigiri rolls, miso soup and a side.
Akashi: 19 Tanglin Rd, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909 | Tel: 6732 4438 | Website
4. L’Entrecote: The Steak and Fries Bistro
The 150 seater Suntec branch of L’Entrecote in particular has an industrial-chic ambience but with pretty nice looking red table settings for that romantic vibe. The Duxton outlet on the other hand is a much smaller, quaint outfit but seats are a lot harder to book here due to its size.
For mains, this Parisian bistro steakhouse much like Les Bouchons only serves 1 item: Entrecote Steak and Fries ($29.90), which comes drizzled in their secret house sauce and a serving of golden shoestring fries. The sauce has vinegar and mustard mixed in from what my taste buds can tell for a sour meaty bite. You can also get the large portion at $39.90 if the regular is too small. Besides the steak I would also go for the French Escargots de Bourgogne ($16), for a distinctively French dinner.
L’Entrecote: Suntec City #B1-128/129, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983 | Tel: 6690 7569 | Website
Address 2: 36 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089614
A casual, pizzeria overlooking the sea, this is for the beach-loving couples. The open air layout lets you enjoy the cool sea breeze while dining on a selection of wood-fired thin crust pizza and pastas. Go for a stroll on the beach after dinner like in the movies too!
The signature 12 inch Pizza Siciliana ($23.90) comes with sausage, olives and capsicum, while the Seafood linguine ($22.90) is also something to savour while enjoying the amazing view. The alcohol tends to be on the high side though, and travelling all the way to Sentosa might not be the best idea as a first date, but definitely as a 2nd or 3rd date option.
Trapizza: 101 Siloso Road, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore 098970 | Tel: 6376 2662 | Website
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6. Les Bouchons (Rive Gauche)
Parisian style Steak Frites. A small and quaint diner that transports you to Paris through its doors. The 300g Grilled Ribeye with Vigneron Butter ($36.80) is juicy and comes with a nice charred top, which is already more than enough to eat along with free-flow fries. Note: Parisian style steak is always 1 degree rawer than usual, so if you want a medium-rare steak, ask for medium doneness and so on.
Add an appetizer like the Burgundy Escargot with Garlic Butter ($18) if you want more variety. An affordable yet really good steak restaurant date.
Les Bouchons: 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236 | Tel: 67334414
7. PS Cafe at Palais Renaissance
Already having five branches, PS cafe continues to create chic, classy cafe settings that are just dreamy to visit. The interior is also intimately lit and guaranteed to stir the romance in the air. I chose this branch to feature because of it’s convenience in town.
PS Cafe is well-known for their Truffle Shoestring Fries ($15), which is very generous in portion and truffle oil. The Crab Tart ($32), served with prawn bisque cream, lemon-dressed greens and harissa is also a hot favorite that sells out frequently.
Top off dinner with the Sticky Date ($14.90), which has butterscotch as well as vanilla ice-cream to contrast the warm pudding.
PS Cafe: 390 Orchard Rd, Palais Renaissance Shopping Centre, Singapore 238871 |Tel: 9834 8232 | Website
8. Da Paolo Ristorante (Club St)
Opened since 1989, this is where Da Paolo began as a modest, casual Italian-style Trattoria. Aiming to serve honest and straightforward food, Da Paolo has grown into different styles of bistros, bars, pizzeria and even do catering now.
A cosy, small setting suitable for small talk and flirting over good food. Try theCaprese ($18), which is a burrata Italian cheese salad and the Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia ($27), an oceanic, heavy flavoured squid ink pasta. The creamy Risotto di Spinaci con Aragosta ($28) is well-executed and nicely flavoured with lobster bisque and slipper lobster meat.
Da Paolo: 80 Club St, Singapore 069448 | Tel: 6224 7081 | Website
Opened by Chef Peter Neo, most impressive is definitely the Italian food that Pietro serves. Pietro’s restaurant’s uniqueness lies in its fresh quality ingredients and original homemade sauces. The pizzas are certainly a must try, cooked straight from the red wood-fired oven which patrons love to see baked live. The tasty Pizza Pietro ($26) has 1-for-1, so it’s really amazing value.
Besides offering a wide affordable range of pizzas, Pietro’s menu also consists of tantalizing appetizers, soups, risotto, and a sumptuous variety of pasta and not forgetting classy desserts and wine. The Linguine al Cartoccio ($26) is a spicy crayfish pasta which also has 1-for-1 deal, and a recommended try.
Pietro Ristorante: 12 Jalan Kelulut Singapore 809030 | Tel: 6484 5528 | Website
10. Quayside Fish Bar and Bistro
Another restaurant located in Sentosa, Quayside Fish Bar and Bistro is another waterfront venue with easy access to the beach. This restaurant aims to bring you fresh seafood from around the world in a gastrobar setting. They also sell fresh seafood for retail in case you suddenly feel like cooking a cod at home after dinner.
The tiger beer battered Turbot ($24) served with mashed mint-peas and green-tea white truffled shoe-string fries is highly recommended. The signature Chilli Crab Linguine ($28) is also mildly spicy sweet with that famous Singapore flair that locals love.
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro: 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-11, Singapore 098375 | Tel: 6268 8633 | Website
11. Rider’s Cafe
Serving contemporary comfort food right next to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, Riders Cafe is a popular spot for brunch while admiring the majestic horses. A secluded find that has a certain charm amongst all the serene greenery. It gets really packed over the weekend nonetheless, where brunch ends at 3pm, so make reservations.
Try the Pacific Benedict ($16) with swimmer crab, poached eggs and Spinach and Shrimp Hollandaise for a more oceanic flavour rather than the usual eggs benedict.
It’s pretty casual here but quite a nice spot for a date away from the buzz of the city.
Riders Cafe: 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965 | Tel: 6466 9819 | Website
12. Platypus Kitchen (Bugis)
Platypus Kitchen believes that gourmet dining should be affordable and accessible to everyone. Hence the latest restaurant opening in Bugis Junction which is highly accessible and can cater to a mass number of patrons. Impress your date with good food, and be able to comfortably take the bill like a boss.
The cuisine is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea and contains no added preservatives or additives. Supposedly having the widest selection of pastas and risottos in Asia, try the Truffle Carbonara Taglitelle ($16.50), which has double-smoked bacon in a creamy truffle egg-yolk sauce. The Pressed Pork Belly ($19.90) is also wonderfully tender served with braised apple and a clove apple glaze.
Platypus Kitchen: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, #03-29, Sngapore 188021 | Tel: 6333 4434 | Website