Insider’s Picks: Romantic Restaurants This Valentine’s Day

The Ottoman Room, from $98++/person

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This intimate restaurant takes inspiration from the grand feasts of the Sultan-era, from the vestige of its lavish empire to the warm, Mediterranean-style social house. Lounge in the ambient flickers of light from the hanging oil lamps as you indulge in contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine, wines and cocktails. The Ottoman Room’s Valentine’s Day menu (S$98++/person or $128++/person including 2 wine pairings, and tea or coffee) includes a special three course menu starting from a welcome cocktail, dinner and dessert. From fresh oysters with Cucumber Mulberry Mignonette for a Turkish flair, to the Earth Oven Ottoman Spiced Short Rib or Grilled Market Fish with Cucumber Labneh, Sea Fennel, Za’atar Pesto and Pine Tree Honey, the exciting menu certainly sets stage for a night to remember.

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Jamie’s Italian, S$188++/couple

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Originally a partnership between Jamie Oliver and Gennaro Contaldo, the first Jamie’s Italian made its debut in Oxford in 2008. Today, there are over 42 outlets in the UK and 25 worldwide, featuring classic Italian fare with a characteristically ‘Jamie’ flair. Only available from February 11 to 14, Valentine’s Day at Jamie’s Italian Singapore offers a three-course sharing menu (S$188++/couple), including an Antipasti Plank to start, with the finest selection of Italian cold cuts and cheese, and a refreshing finish of olives, chargrilled vegetables and roast pumpkin crostini. The highlight is of course the entrée, with a succulent double tenderloin (450g) to share, chargrilled to your liking and enchanced with lovely Bearnaise sauce, and a side of rosemary and garlic-infused funky chips.

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Me@OUE, from S$150++/person

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This one gets our vote for the spectacular skyline from the restaurant and lounge, as you indulge in the lovely four-course or six-course menu, with the option of cocktail pairings. Indeed, as Singapore’s only dining establishment to offer Japanese, French and Chinese in three distinct menus, Me@OUE combines the excitement of an open-concept kitchen with the beautiful view of the city’s Marina Bay. Given limited window seats, you might want to make early reservations for this one. Start the evening on a hearty note, with perfection in a bowl – the Double Boiled Bamboo Fungus with a jazzy finish of black truffle shavings. Indulge in a Seafood Paradise with a stunning selection of Unagi, Lobster, and other luxurious ocean picks, with a beautiful Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillion to pair.

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