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Romantic Singapore restaurants should offer comfortable privacy in opulent surroundings. Of course, it helps if the food is superb and atmosphere is conducive to stealing a snuggle or two. To romance your loved one, try one of these restaurants:
1. The Cliff Restaurant. From the entrance, follow the three specially designed balls of sculptured glass to an infinity bar that overlooks sunset views of the South China Sea. Chef Yew Eng Tong deftly plates his contemporary seafood dishes in the state-of-the-art show kitchen. Around this Yasuhiro Koichi-designed preparation space are square tables that provide intimate dining. Alternatively, sit at the bench-like tables on the lower cantilever balcony platform for magnificent sea views.
2. Flutes at the Fort. Located in an old black-and-white colonial home tucked away among the frangipani trees of Fort Canning’s slopes, Flutes at the Fort is a private, elegant and naturally fragrant spot for a romantic meal. Sit outside on the wooden terrace overlooking the green fields of Singapore’s historic fort. The modern Australian menu at this former fire chiefs’ quarters warms you up: You can’t go wrong with the salad of warm smoked kangaroo and roasted Australian rack of lamb served with lotus chips and garlic mash. It’s wonderful wedding venue, too — just in case you really score on your date.
3. Equinox Restaurant. Get a bird’s-eye view of Singapore’s cityscape at the Equinox Restaurant. Located on the 70th floor of the Swissôtel the Stamford, this three-story amphitheater-style restaurant is adorned with elaborate teak and rice paper lanterns, wooden trellises and a mother-of-pearl-lined wall. The modern European cuisine is beautifully presented plates of art, yet it’s also easy for you to slip a ring onto one of them.
4. Villa Halia. Meaning “ginger” in Malay, this restaurant serves simple European dishes with an Asian twist in its lush Singapore Botanic Garden environs. Dine alfresco, among tall ginger flowers and palm trees, or sit indoors in a room with full-height glass windows that afford unobstructed views of the verdant surroundings. The atmosphere is as Zen as its birdsong soundtrack.
5. Restaurant André. It may be in the middle of Chinatown, but this 30-seat restaurant is as exclusive as it comes. It’s ideal for couples seeking new adventures; get lavished personalized attention and share the intimate experience of dining on painstakingly plated dishes. A meal here is like being served one painting after another. It is an experience best taken together.