I know, I know—our reality feels a lot like Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘1 step forward, 3 steps back’ song on repeat, what with constant change in limits for house visits, social gatherings, and perhaps the worst of them all, going to a two pax dining limit.
I know we must hold off on grand plans to catch up over a meal with our friends, but if you’re in charge of planning where to eat on your next date, here are 10 places with sharing menus perfect for two pax.
1. Viio Gastropub
Founded by Chef Ronald Li, Viio Gastropub boasts of an array of Asian-French fusion gourmet fare, though at a fraction of its cost. Guests can expect an intimate dining affair and fresh craft beer, making this the perfect place for a romantic date night out.
Split the Viio Butcher Block (S$68) with your dining partner if you both enjoy a hearty variety of meats and cuisines—this platter includes chicken yakitori, trio sausages, beef quesadilla, and Cajun prawns. This medley will come served alongside butter rice, aglio olio, and nori fries for a decadent two pax meal worth raving about.
2. Tsui Wah
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the popular Hong Kong cha chan teng, Tsui Wah. If you’ve got an afternoon scheduled with your best friend, they are currently offering Tea Sets (S$16.80+) for two pax when you dine in at Jem and Clarke Quay.
There are two options available, including dishes such as deep-fried wanton, King Prawns in mala soup with mixian, Hong Kong-style drinks, and more. It’ll be a while until we get to blow the dust off our passports, but this will be a pretty good contender in the meantime.
3. Latteria Mozzarella
If a romantic dinner date night is on the schedule, Latteria Mozzarella’s 2 Pax Sharing Menu (S$60++ per pax) will cover all your bases. Start off with an antipasti misti with options such as mozzarella di bufala, eggplant caponata, or prosciutto di san Danielle, before segueing your way into a decadent dinner.
Opt for two mains from their range of Primi e Secondi, where you can dig into a tantalising plate of homemade gnocchi, roasted seabass fillet, beef tenderloin, and more. Whatever option you choose, you can be sure that you’ll leave with your heart and belly full.
4. Carrotsticks & Cravings
It’s always my goal to make my listicles as inclusive as possible—we’ve had options for dinner and afternoon tea thus far, and joining the repertoire is a Breakfast Platter (S$46) from Carrotsticks & Cravings.
Suitable for you and your dining companion, this Breakfast Platter is a colourful, all-encompassing meal featuring Israeli salad, homemade hummus, oven-roasted eggplant, falafel patties, and flaky puff pastries with cream cheese. I don’t know about you, but I’d become a morning person if this was my daily motivation to get out of bed.
5. Open Farm Community
If you want to take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of our city’s fast-paced lifestyle, Open Farm Community will tick all your boxes. Hidden in a little urban garden, the lush greenery will be perfect for a weekend reset.
Their To Share Menu includes Tiberias Barramundi, Smoked Mussel Cream, and Puffed Pulut Hitam (S$39), and 450g Bone-in Borrowdale Farms Pork Tomahawk (S$75), perfect for those who are in the mood for some serious feasting.
Open Farm Community also has a vegetarian option, the Kin Yan Mushroom Ravioli, eryngii bacon, and potato crumble (S$36), if you’re sticking to your Meatless Monday plans.
6. The Boneless Kitchen
Speaking of Meatless Monday plans, The Boneless Kitchen is definitely worth considering if you want some Korean grub. Lucky for us, their Jeongol (S$36.90) is perfect for two pax—and who can resist a good ol’ hotpot meal?
Take your pick from Budae Jeongol, a perennial staple of army stew that can do no wrong, or Kimchi Jeongol, perfect for if you’re both spice lovers who want that kick.
If you’re opting for something more comfort food-esque, The Boneless Chicken offers a Doenjang Jeongol, hotpot with a soybean paste base, and Beoseot Jeongol, a savoury mushroom hotpot perfect for wet weather.
7. CÉ LA VI Singapore
Put on your fancy earrings and polish your dress shoes, because dinner at CÉ LA VI is going to be a fancy affair. You’ll be able to enjoy stunning views at their rooftop bar, and what better way to complement that with a decadent sharing platter for two pax?
Their Premium Sharing Large Plates include a 1kg Wagyu Porterhouse (S$288), a hefty wonder impeccably seasoned with salted Kampot peppercorns, garlic, thyme, and rosemary.
If you’re someone who prefers seafood, CÉ LA VI also offers a Rice Flake Crusted Maine Lobster – Whole (1kg) (S$288). The bell peppers, Chinese sausage and spiced ginger reduction promises a distinctly Asian flavour that’ll make it impossible for you not to dig in immediately.
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8. Burger & Lobster
All the talk about lobster is making me hungry, and how am I dealing with that? By talking about more lobster, specifically, Burger & Lobster. Their Atlantic lobster is wild-caught and delivered live to their restaurants every day, for that peace of mind, knowing that you’re eating the freshest seafood.
Their Combo for Two (S$120) is definitely going to fill you up for the rest of the day—each combo comes with a 1.5lb lobster that’s either steamed or grilled, along with two mains and two sides, all served alongside their homemade lemon garlic butter.
Make sure you come hungry, because their mains include a Smoked BBQ burger, a Seven Samurai Roll, and more. Finish it all off with a side of salted egg yolk or sweet potato fries, and you can thank me for this recommendation later.
9. Ippudo Ramen
Maybe you just want the perfect comfort food to dig in with your colleague on a rainy day. In which case, I’ve got you. In lieu of their 36th anniversary, well-loved ramen joint Ippudo Ramen is launching a Two-pax set that’ll set you back only S$36.
You can choose from options such as the Shiromaru, Akamaru, and Karaka-men, all of which will be equally comforting and satisfying. The set meal also includes a side of either boiled gyoza or chicken karaage, perfect for sharing if you order one of each.
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10. Le Jardin
This floral-themed garden café has been all the rage lately, and for good reason—Le Jardin boasts of an abundance of flora and fauna, with an al fresco dining area suitable for pets, and a French menu.
They currently have a Four Course Dinner Menu (S$98++) option if you’re planning a romantic dinner amidst blooming flowers of every colour imaginable. All guests will be absolutely spoiled for choice; think Boston Lobster Tagliatelle, Chilean Seabass, Grilled Kurobuta Pork Loin, Ora King Salmon, and more. Make sure you snap a good photo underneath the canopy of flowers for a date night you won’t forget.
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