Valentine’s Day 2019 Singapore, Modern Romantic Restaurant Ideas & Suggestions

Salt Grill & Sky Bar - Luke Mangan

Valentine’s Day 2019 falls on Thursday 14 February 2019, which is very soon after CNY, and will arrive sooner than we think. For Valentine’s Day 2019 Singapore, we have decided to move away from the stereotype of a romantic restaurant – usually a French or Italian restaurant, dimly lit by candlelight. We think it is time to do something different this V’s Day 2019. We would prefer to be invited to a modern romantic restaurant. One which has a nice ambience and where the food is good, but less predictable. Better still if it has a bright contemporary setting that allows us to take nice photos. Here are some modern romantic restaurant ideas and interesting suggestions for Valentine’s Day 2019 Singapore.

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OLA Cocina Del Mar – Spanish restaurant at Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)


OLA Cocina Del Mar is a Spanish restaurant at Tower 3 of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC). MBFC is a busy place on weekdays and it is not a place we would visit unless we have to.  But on Saturday, it is a different story.  The place is quiet and peaceful. Carpark rates are affordable. The underground tunnels that connect to Downtown and Raffles Place MRT stations are almost deserted.  Some of the restaurants are still open. OLA Cocina Del Mar is one of them.  It is a friendly restaurant for straightforward Spanish food.

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Tapas 26 Dempsey – former Spanish restaurant La Ventana rebranded, re-located


The Spanish restaurant La Ventana at Dempsey Hill has rebranded itself and moved to another location within the Dempsey village. It is a stone’s throw from the old location. Tapas 26 Dempsey is the new entity. The place is new and it no longer has the collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Charles Gaig. Yet the layout and feel of the new restaurant felt roughly familiar. Chef Gaig, in the meantime, has opened his own restaurant known as Gaig Restaurant in downtown Singapore.

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FOC Pim Pam Spanish Restaurant, revisited 2018


It has been a while since we last visited FOC Pim Pam, the Orchard Road outlet of Spanish restaurant FOC located at Hong Kong Street.  We had visited them for lunch when they first opened in 2016. You can read about first visit to FOC Pim Pam here. This time we were there for dinner and noticed that quite a few changes had been made to the place.

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A lazy afternoon of Mediterranean food in Singapore (Orchard Road)


We are experiencing a hot dry spell in Singapore. The sun seems brighter than normal and the dry heat is scorching.  Almost like summer in Spain. The weather inspired us to search for Mediterranean food in Singapore. These days we have quite a bit of Greek and Spanish restaurant choices and we know of only one Portuguese restaurant. We ended up at the Tapas Club in Orchard Central.  We have been there before but their weekday 1 for 1 tapas deal was irresistible. Unfortunately, we were told that this arrangement would end soon  (I think they said 16 Mar 2018), so please call ahead if you are thinking of going. There could be other weekday offers in the pipeline.

Mediterranean food in Singapore
Mediterranean food in Singapore at Tapas Club

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