I've had a few people ask me for some restaurant recommendations on Valentine's Day evening. Others made quips about where someone could take me (how do you wine and dine a food writer on Valentine's Day?). So, I'm going to tell you what I told them.
I don't blame the restaurants, and I wouldn't break up with someone who took pains to make reservations at a nice restaurant on Valentine's Day. But I'm a pizza takeout + board games + movie night in kinda Valentine's Day date (okay, I'm admittedly also a sucker for overpriced flower bouquets), and if you're anything like me, then here are some alternatives to fancy restaurant dates next Saturday in Singapore.
I've added a short list of recommended restaurants at the bottom anyway.
Henderson Waves is an especially romantic spot at night.
The Anti-Valentine's Day Party:
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a V-Day hater. But I do love the excuse to find an extra occasion to do something fun like this event. Here's a drink event, particularly for folks who want to meet new people or maybe even find someone worth going out with on a dinner date that's not on Valentine's Day. Hosted by Society W, Anti-Valentine's Day Party
Have small bites and a tipple:
Some of my favorite cocktail bars for both food and drink include: Fairmont's Anti:Dote, Bacchanalia's B-Bar, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Potato Head Folk, 28 Hong Kong Street, Tippling Club. If you want a beautiful setting, I recommend Manhattan Bar at Regent, New Asia Bar, WOOBAR or Wet Bar at W Hotel, The Library. If you're a whisky lover, I adore The Auld Alliance (they also permit take-away food from other establishments!).
See a show, a live music performance, or visit special exhibitions at art galleries or museums:
Cook together at home, or if you want to take classes together, places like ToTT have Valentine's Day cooking or chocolate making classes. (See full list of ToTT's cooking classes here)
Do a random activity together that you don't normally do with one another (it's particularly fun if one or both of you are terrible at it, but maybe that's just me).
Indulge in a full day luxury spa treatment:
If I must recommend Valentine's Day restaurants:
Here are my personal picks. Blu Kouzina, Corner House (review here), Luke's Oyster Bar & Chophouse, Catalunya, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Tong Le Private Dining (review here), Shelter in the Woods, Bistrot Du Sommelier, JAAN (review here).
Most importantly, remember to have fun and don't stress. It's supposed to a fun occasion.