Step into these restaurants for a dining experience like no other!
TOP 1 The Royal Albatross
This restaurant is housed aboard the Royal Albatross, Singapore’s only luxury tall ship cruise which also happens to be the same tall ship featured in the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The 2.5 hour sunset sail, where the ship will start sailing around Sentosa island at 6pm, could be one of the most romantic experiences you will ever have. The smooth jazz music accompanied by a live saxophonist at the deck will set you in the right mood once you board the ship. Capture majestic sunset photographs at the bow, and get your stomachs ready for the sumptuous 3-course international dinner with drinks from the premium bar. As darkness falls, the city lights turn on and greet you from across the shore, allowing you to take photos of the city skyline. At the stroke of 8pm, head to the upper deck to catch the Wings of Time performance at the beach before disembarking. You can also join the city lights cruise inclusive of dinner which starts from 8.30pm onwards.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 (beside S.E.A. Aquarium)
Opening hours: 5pm – 8.30pm (sunset cruise), 8.30pm – late (city lights cruise)
TOP 2 Sushi Airways
Sushi Airways is an airplane-themed restaurant with an interior design that resembles the classic Douglas DC-3, an American fixed-wing propeller-driven chrome plated aircraft. Though situated in a shophouse, the restaurant has (almost) every aspect that reminds me of a flight. The journey starts right from the entrance with a flight of metal-plated stairs which look like those leading up to an airplane. You will be greeted by waitresses dressed like air stewardesses, and they actually man a genuine working flight trolley! Look around and you’ll see rectangular aircraft windows, overhead compartments, aircraft lighting and more.
All these are not just gimmicks as Sushi Airways serves top-notched Japanese food helmed by Chef Wong, a former chef at Grand Hyatt Singapore. Fresh seafood is flown in from Japan four times a week to prepare the extensive menu. You can also make a reservation for omakase which features seasonal items not found on the menu.
Address: 20A Baghdad Street, Singapore 199659
Opening hours: 11.45am – 2.30pm (lunch) and 5.45pm – 9.45pm (dinner)
TOP 3 Ocean Restaurant
Located at the S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island, Ocean Restaurant is Southeast Asia’s only underwater aquarium dining experience. Sit back, relax and watch the marine animals such as sharks and manta rays swim past just behind the glass wall. The fine dining restaurant offers an array of contemporary seafood dishes cooked from sustainably-sourced ingredients. There are also meat dishes such as wagyu striploin and beef short ribs. The menu is updated regularly according to changes in the availability of seasonal ingredients.
Address: Equarius Hotel, West B1M Carpark, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30am (1st Seating), 1.30pm (2nd Seating); Dinner: 6pm (1st Seating), 8.30pm (2nd Seating). Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays except when it is public holiday or eve of public holiday.
TOP 4 Smith Marine Floating Restaurant
Fancy a fresh seafood dinner out at sea? Smith Marine Floating Restaurant is a modern kelong located between Pulau Ubin and Changi Point ferry terminal. Catch your own seabass and snapper in the “sure catch pond” and have it cooked in Hong Kong or Teochew Style. Tuck into dishes such as garlic lobster, sambal mussels and chilli crab amidst the sunset and sea breeze. The restaurant is halal certified so Muslims can join in the feast too! If you are planning to go there, be sure to book a ferry ride and make a reservation at the restaurant 3 days in advance (details can be found at their website below).
Address: GPS Coordinates: 01’23’52″N – 103’57’42″E
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (closed on alternate Mondays)
TOP 5 The Summerhouse
Impress your date with one of the most unique venue and dining experience here in Singapore. Set in the lush grounds of Summerhouse Edible Garden amidst fairy lights, the Garden Domes are one of the most romantic dining places you can find. Wine and dine under the stars in the exclusivity of the air-conditioned dome, and just enjoy the special moment. However, be warned that the place is tucked away in Seletar Aerospace Park and the price is rather steep for dinner in the dome.
Address: 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Opening hours: 6pm – 8pm (first seating), 8.30pm – 10.30pm (second seating)
TOP 6 NOX – Dine in the Dark
NOX – Dine in the Dark offers you a unique dining experience where you and your companions will dine in total darkness. With the sense of sight out of the equation, you will rely on the other four senses to get through the meal, effectively entering into the world of the blind. Before the dinner, you will be briefed on the concept and what to expect. Amuse-bouche will be served to awaken your palate. You will then enter the pitch black dining area where you will be introduced to the visually-impaired wait staff who will attend to your every need as you savour the specially curated 12-dish mystery tasting menu. You will be left in awe at how well these wait staff perform their tasks in the absence of light, which actually makes no difference to them. After the dinner, you will then enter the lit-up lounge area where you will make guesses of what you think you have eaten in the dark dining room. Pictures and descriptions will then be given for you to find out whether your guesses are correct. You can then end off the dining in the dark experience by enjoying coffee, tea or cocktails at the bar.
Such a unique experience is definitely worth your time, not to mention by being a patron, you are also indirectly supporting the blind community and get a taste of what they experience on a daily basis.
Address: 269 Beach Rd, Singapore 199546
Opening hours: 6pm till late (closed on Mondays)
TOP 7 Corner House
Well known for its “Gastro Botanica Cuisine” by Chef Jason Tan, Corner House serves contemporary French-Asian cuisine with botanical elements. Its location in the Singapore Botanic Gardens within a black and white bungalow with verandah built in 1910 adds uniqueness to the dining experience. The bungalow was previously the residence of botanist Eldred John Henry Corner, which gave Corner House its name and inspires the type of cuisine served here. In keeping with the botanical theme, the walls are decorated with botanical paintings, the side plates resemble the cross section of a tree trunk and the salt containers look like pebbles.
Corner House is one Michelin starred and counts Oignon Doux Des Cevennes (sweet Cevennes onion) as its signature dish. The Oignon Doux Des Cevennes is a ballade of four dishes — a baked onion cup with onion puree, 62 degree sous-vide egg, onion confit, black truffle and chives, Parmesan-topped mini onion tart, salted onion chips and onion tea.
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, E J H Corner House Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 3pm and 6.30 – 11pm, Sunday 11:30AM – 3PM & 6:30 – 11PM, Closed on Mondays.
TOP 8 Flutes
Flutes seeks to redefine fine dining by cooking fresh seasonal ingredients in a creative manner and incorporating surprising twists to bring out the best flavours. Nestled in the oldest section of the National Museum of Singapore that was originally opened to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, it is the perfect setting for Flutes’ repertoire of contemporary European cuisine. A selection of award-winning wines complement the meal, and you can choose to dine within the elegant and stately walls of the museum or at the relaxing al fresco area. Service is also impeccable. It is safe to say that Flutes has scored high for almost all aspects of the restaurant from the food to the service to the ambience.
Address: 93 Stamford Road, #01-02 National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897
Opening hours :
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 10pm
Sat: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Sun: 10.30am – 4pm
TOP 9 Hai Bin Punggol
Hai Bin Punggol offers a 24/7 prawning experience. Get a rod and some baits and plop yourself down on a chair by the pond filled with swimming prawns. It won’t be long (compared to fishing in the wild) before the prawns take the bait, and your patience will be rewarded with freshly grilled prawns over charcoal pits. You can also pair the grilled prawns with ice cold beer and have a relaxing time with friends!
Address: 6 Tebing Lane, #01-04, Singapore 828835
Opening hours: 24/7
TOP 10 Bollywood Veggies
How about having a meal in a farm! Bollywood Veggies is an educational farm located at the countryside in Kranji. As you walk along the trail in the farm, you will see many different types of fruit-bearing and leafy plants and herbs, which is a rare sight in land-scarce Singapore. There is also a pond which serves as a fish farm. After the trail, treat yourself to meals cooked from freshly harvested farm produce at the Poison Ivy Bistro. Be sure to try the list of unconventional items on the menu such as fresh fig tea, banana bread, kueh bingka (a tapioca-based dessert) and savoury dishes such as nasi lemak and barramundi.
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719026
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday: 7 am to 5.30 pm (Bistro opens at 8 am); Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 7 am to 6.30 pm (Bistro opens at 8 am). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays unless it is a public holiday.
Photo credits: RWSentosa, Sushi Airways, Ocean Restaurant, Silverkris, Coconuts, NOX Dine In The Dark, Corner House, sgfoodonfoot, Jimmy Tan/Flickr, Bollywood Veggies
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