Eating is definitely somewhat of a national hobby in Singapore, but when you are planning for a special occasion or celebration, the right restaurant with an intimate setting can make all the difference. It’s not just about the price of the meal, but the thought of bringing your loved one to a special place – somewhere away from the maddening crowd; a place that shouts “I’ve put some thought into this”.
Some of these hidden gems could be difficult to get to via public transport, which makes them all the more precious. Whether you are looking for a cafe for a great brunch catch-up with your friends or a secluded setting for an anniversary surprise, we’ve got it covered below.
1. Fresh Produce from the Backyard
Dempsey Hill has such a lovely atmosphere but the location is quite a pain to get to. Without any nearby MRT and a walk from Orchard will probably take you some 15 to 20 minutes, it’s a place you’d want to go if you can get there by car. While the area has many lovely restaurants, Open Farm Community stands out with its use of fresh produce from its own backyard. The venue is especially awesome for big groups due to its spaciousness. Having brunch over the weekend is highly recommended!
Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
2. A Romantic Dinner on a Riverboat
If dining on land is too mainstream and renting a private yacht isn’t within your budget, Santa Fe Tex-Mex Grill is the perfect casual dining option that can still impress your date. Set along Marina South Pier, the location isn’t too far from the centre as well, but the concept of dining upon a riverboat isn’t something every Singaporean has experienced!
3. Excellent Thai Cuisine perched atop a Hill
Set within a historic colonial bungalow and perched atop the Labrador Nature Reserve, Tamarind Hill presents a gastronomic escape away from the city. Not only is the location lovely, the award-winning restaurant is also known for its Thai and Burmese creations prepared from the freshest ingredients by a team of Thai chefs.
4. Seafood with Sunset Views
If you’re looking for a “kelong-like” venue for a family dinner complete with seafood, waterfront and sunset views, then you should visit Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant at Woodlands Jetty. Its rustic setting near a jetty will make you forget that you are in Singapore!
Address: 6A Admiralty Road West S757445
5. Insta-worthy Date in a Colonial Building
Nothing screams elegance like a date set in a colonial house. This is also why Boufe makes for a perfect date venue that’s perfect even if you are proposing! The restaurant boasts a lush greenery in the alfresco area amidst a serene location.
Address: 308 Tanglin Road, #01-01, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247974
6. Lush Greenery with a Little Pony Ride
The perfect place to bring your kids, Rider’s cafe is well-loved for its unique venue – a relaxing space set amidst lush greenery, right next to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. This means that it’d make the perfect family outing – the kids can go for pony rides, while the adults have their chit chat over a cuppa.
Address: 51 Fairways Drive Singapore 286965
7. European Cuisine in a Garden Setting
If your date is a fan of French or Italian cuisine, bringing him/her to Vineyard at HortPark would definitely be a pleasant surprise. Set in the pretty and serene surroundings of HortPark, you will most likely be guaranteed a quiet dinner, especially if you go on a weekday. If you are lucky, you might even find yourselves the only one in the restaurant! What’s more, a perfect idea to end the date would be to take a romantic evening walk along the Southern Ridges!
Although Singapore is a food haven and you can find great food in any corner, there are plenty of hidden gems around that can make a meal a lovely surprise for your loved ones. Remember, if you drive, don’t drink and ensure you’ve got yourself covered with DirectAsia’s car insurance!