Be smart and use these Valentine’s Day dinner promotions to win that special someone’s heart without blowing your savings.
Celebrations and gift-shopping have not stopped since Thanksgiving. If you’re from a Chinese family, then you’re probably in the thick of organising your Chinese New Year reunion dinner, spring-cleaning, acquiring crisp new S$2/S$10 bills, queuing at Lim Chee Guan, and shopping for red outfits. Hot on the heels of CNY comes Valentine’s Day (love don’t cost a thing, J Lo, really?).
We’re not sure about you, but our piggy bank is sweating from all that shopping and spending. So be smart. Avoid the commercial traps that are (often overpriced) Valentine’s Day menus. Not to mention the cliché of all the other couples doing the same. Plus, V Day falls on a Tuesday this year.
Why not try something different and create your own special tradition? Celebrate ahead over the February 11 weekend to beat the crowd. The extra bonus? You can enjoy a gorgeous meal at a fabulous restaurant where you can utilise their credit card promotions.
As you probably know by now, these attractive promotions are typically not applicable on special occasions with special menus such as on Valentine’s Day. Doesn’t the soothing sound of money saved just put you in the mood for love?
The Disgruntled Chef
Sophisticated but laidback, chic but casual, The Disgruntled Chef is quite the perfect spot for a romantic night out. Helps that it’s European, too. Without the pretension. Like we said, perfect. And we haven’t even got to the part where they were awarded “Best Desserts” two years in a row.
Address: 26B Dempsey Road
What to order: Oven Baked Miso Cod, Grilled French Quail, Crackling Suckling Pig, Roquefort & Honey “Magnum” and “Avo-gato”.
Promotions: Enjoy up to 15% off your total bill and 6% cashback (up to $50/month) from Mondays to Fridays when you pay with a Standard Chartered credit card.
Il Cielo is located on the 24th floor of Hilton Singapore, right beside the rooftop pool. If exquisite Italian cuisine is what your date fancies, Il Cielo — a best-kept secret among foodies — serves just that in an intimate setting.
Address: The Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road
What to order: Buratta Fatta en Casa, Trilogia de Capesante, Capellini Al’Astace, Gnocchi de Patate E Njuda, Porchetta D’Iberico, Purea De Patate, Delizie Toscane
Promotions: Enjoy 20% off the total bill when you pay with your Citi Premier Miles Visa, Prestige or ULTIMA card. Other Citibank cardholders are entitled to 15% off total bill. Valid till 31 March 3017. Terms and conditions apply.
A girl shouldn’t have to choose. So take her to a restaurant where she can enjoy the best of two worlds — Italian and Japanese. Caffé B is a nouveau Italian fine-dining restaurant-and-bar concept that amalgamates the style and tradition of Italy and the soul and sensibilities of Japan’s culture.
Address: B1-15, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands
What to order: French Duck Breast, Squid Ink Tonnarelli.
Promotion: Enjoy a five-course Executive Lunch for S$75++ when you pay with you Standard Chartered MasterCard like the Manhattan World MasterCard. For dinner, receive a complimentary bottle of house wine with a minimum two orders of four-course signature menu (limited to 1 bottle per table). Terms and conditions apply.
You don’t have to whisk her away to Paris to relish in a night of true-blue Parisian romance. Angelina, a famous and must-visit tea room in Paris that is known for its delicatessen and hot chocolate — would do the trick. (Psst, Coco Chanel was such a regular she had a designated table!)
Address: 15 Stamford Road #01-82 Capitol Galleria
What to order: Truffle Ravioli, Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate L’Africain, Mont-Blanc.
Promotion: Enjoy 50% off when you foot the bill with your American Express Platinum Credit Card. The discount is only applicable when there are two adult diners at a table with a minimum order of two à la carte main courses.
Chocolate, world peace, fine watches — you can always trust the Swiss to give us some of life’s most incredible things. Now add to that list your Valentine’s date. Equinox serves up an amazing Sunday brunch with an even better view of the city skyline. It may not be on Valentine’s Day itself, but who’s to say you can’t celebrate ahead to beat the crowd and create your own tradition? The lavish spread — consisting of oysters, roasts, cakes and everything in between — will be worth it.
Address: Level 70, Swissotel The Stamford
What to order: Seared Foie Gras, Yellowtail Sashimi, Jamon Iberico, Slow-cooked Kurobuta Pork Belly, Miso-roasted Black Cod, Grand Plateau
Promotion: Enjoy 50% off when you pay with your American Express Platinum Credit Card. The 50% discount is only applicable when there are two adult diners at a table with minimum two main courses ordered.
For OCBC cardholders, there will be a 25% discount off the total bill if you pay with an OCBC credit card like the OCBC Frank Card.
If you don’t have a credit card yet, you can find and compare the best credit cards in Singapore at SingSaver.com.sg.
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By Alexa Fang
Alexa is a pop-culture vulture. She lives to read, write and travel, and decided long ago that life is stranger than fiction. When she’s having croissant, she thinks in French. “31 Rue Cambon” is her favourite address, and she believes that money one enjoyed spending is never money wasted.