by Singapore n Beyond | May 30, 2018 8:13 am
2016 saw the release of the first Michelin Guide to Singapore. It wouldn’t be difficult to spend in excess of S$1,000 for a meal for two at these two and three Michelin Star Awardees. So if you’re having a celebration or wish to impress your partner, then you’ll want to take them out for a fine dining experience at one of the best fine dining restaurants in Singapore. Here’s our personal favourites list.
For French cuisine par excellence, internationally acclaimed French chef Joel Robuchon has opened two outlets in Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa, so you’re spoiled for choice. Pick the fine dining and three Michelin star Joel Robuchon or the more casual, but equally refined, L’Atelier. We love that Joel Robuchon is available for private parties, where you can rent out either part of or the entire space. The two Michelin starred L’Atelier is a more casual affair, but still does not miss out on the precision and professionalism expected of the star chef.
Update: As of June 2018, both Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon closed their doors permanently. See this article for more information.
A less romantic, yet more vibrant affair is new-comer Odette, which amassed two Michelin stars almost since inception. You’ll find French styled farm to table fare from talented chef Julien Roye. Be warned, if you’re wishing to dine at Odette, you’ll need to make a reservation at least a month in advance as this is a very popular watering hole. We love that the ingredients are fresh and sourced from artisanal producers in France. You’ll also love that this option will burn less of a hole in your pocket than the other options on the list.
Andre was definitely one of our top picks and it couldn’t go more highly recommended. Since its conception in 2011, Chef Andrew provided the Singaporean public with more of an experience that just great food. Awarded 2 Michelin stars as well as the accolades Best Restaurant in Singapore and 2nd in Asia by the San Pellegrino Guide, Andre provided a romantic space with a unique take on fine dining. The New York Times also included Andre in its list of the 10 restaurants worth a plane ride. Chef Andrew’s Octaphilosophy provided a distinct platform which excited all your senses. Unfortunately, Chef Andre decided to closed its doors in February 2018.
Update: Andre closed its doors permanently on Valentine’s Day in 2018. Read more here.
The Japanese inspired Waku Ghin is a more intimate experience with only 25 diners per seating that are spread across several rooms. Guests will experience their 10-dish degustation menu while seated at the counter facing the chef, preparing most dishes on the teppanyaki. Dinner is an interactive, as well as pricey experience. As Waku Ghin specialises in very rare and premium seafood flown in from Japan, you should expect to pay premium fees for items like abalone, rare crab, oysters, sea urchins, lobster and caviar. Waku Ghin is definitely for the seafood lovers who will truly appreciate the quality freshness and purity of the seafood being served.
When you want to be wowed by panoramic views as well as great French cuisine JAAN is your best option. Awarded one Michelin star, this restaurant situated on top of the Swiss Hotel is a private and romantic option for an intimate first date. As you look out over the Marina and the CBD you will feel as if you were alone. British Chef Kirk Westaway will blow you away with his fresh seasonal produce and modern French recipes. Choose from the standard menu, the vegetarian option or the Krug pairing. And if you’re into surprises, why not go for the degustation with 10 of the chef’s best dishes ever created.
Moving from the lush Dempsey Hill location to the more vibey Chinatown, Tippling Club is a one Michelin Star recipient that combines the casual bar crowd with their unique fine dining experience. Their dishes are some of the most creative in Singapore. And when combined with the flashiness of the décor and vibrancy of busy Tanjong Pagar Road, Tippling Club is really a fun little treat.
Here are some options for a very romantic first date in Singapore.
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