Three special dinners in Singapore?
We will be in Singapore for 3 nights celebrating a very special occasion. We would like to have 3 special dinners in wonderful restaurants with outstanding ambiance (perhaps with a view), terrific food, and great service. Two things must be considered. My very special guest does not eat everything...he is primarily a vegetarian, but does eat some fish (not shellfish). Also, although budget is not of major concern, I was shocked to see that Dover sole (that my guest would love) is 125+ SGD at the Raffles Grill...the kind of restaurant I'm sure we would like. What are 3 outstanding restaurants in Singapore where 2 can eat wonderfully, in terrific style for no more than...say, 400 SGD or so for 2 with perhaps a drink and a glass or two of wine. If there is one restaurant that's more than this for a very special splurge, we'll do it, but then will need 2 others that are more modest.
I'd recommend Pita Pan for one of your more modest options - fab food, albeit casual environment. I brought 2 visiting Jewish friends there a fortnight ago (one of them is vegetarian) and they loved the place so much, we went back there again 2 days later:
The view was fabulous!
Catalunya (which just opened in a glass dome on the water across Marina Bay from the Sands) has what I suspect may well be one of the best views from any restaurant in Singapore. I was there for tapas a couple of nights ago and will be writing something up here soon.
And the food isn't half-bad either. Quite traditional Spanish with modern flourishes - the chef spent over a decade at El Bulli but hardly any molecular trickery in sight. You should get away with well under S$200 a head unless you go mad with the drinks.
You can try Original Sin at Hollan Village. There is a cool vibe about the restaurant, and when the weather is good, you can sit outdoors. It is set in a quiet housing estate so it feels rustic. The food is completely vegetarian, but oh-so-good you wouldn't miss the meat. It is also very affordable at S$160 - S$180 for two with starters, mains and dessert, and wine.
After reviewing the responses and checking the websites, I've sort of narrowed down my choices and am wondering what CH's think. Remember that this is a special birthday trip, my guest is a vegetarian who will sometimes eat fish (no shellfish), and we would like wonderful ambiance preferably with a view.
Dolce Vita @ The Mandarin Oriental - we'll be staying nearby at the Ritz-Carlton Millennia, and thinking that our first night we'll be tired after a long flight. This is nearby, and Italian restaurants always offer multiple possibilities for vegetarians.
LeVel 33 has an interesting menu with many vegetarian choices.
Equinox also looks wonderful with a great view and many vegetarian choices (as does it's sister restaurant Jaan, but this appears to be way too expensive for us).
Indochine Waterfront seems to have a nice view and has extensive vegetarian choices.
Original Sin looks nice, but it doesn't seem to have a view or especially wonderful ambiance, does it. On the other hand, it is completely vegetarian.
At this point, I think my 3 choices will be Dolce Vita, Equinox, and either Indochine or LeVel33. Please help! I want this to be very special with memorable settings, but I'd hate to walk into a restaurant where my guest will not find suitable choices on the menu. If there's something else I should consider, please let me know. Which 3 places would you pick? Thanks much!
The views (you'll love them) from Equinox and Level 33 will be stunning, and more impressive than the food will be. Same goes for Ku De Ta.
Call ahead to book for each of these places, especially if you're dining over the weekend. Tell them of your dietary requirements and make special requests for vegetarian options - it won't be a problem in Singapore since the majority of Singaporeans are Buddhists, where vegetarianism is common, and with a growing number of young people turning vegetarians these days.
Enclosed some views from Level 33 taken during lunch a fortnight ago.