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5 of the most romantic Michelin-starred restaurants to impress your date

Whether it’s a special occasion or a long-awaited treat, the classy ambience, impeccable service and sumptuous multi-course menus of Michelin-starred restaurants make them the go-to options for romantic dinners. And for good reason, too: it’s where you can fully enjoy the company of your dining partner with few distractions. 😉

So share a meal and let your culinary knowledge shine at these intimate restaurants that will set the mood:

Corner House | Singapore

Corner House
Credit: Corner House / Facebook

Inside Singapore’s famed Botanic Gardens sits a two-story colonial bungalow that dates back to the early 1900s, currently housing one of the finest restaurants in the Little Red Dot. Corner House is a 1 Michelin Star restaurant known for its innovative dishes using carefully-sourced herbs and plants. Indeed, it even touts its own contemporary style of cuisine, “Gastro-Botanica”, conceived by Chef Jason Tan.

When making your reservation, you can book a table in any of three rooms: Claret Corner, The Verandah or Whispering Corner. We highly recommend Whispering Corner, as it overlooks the patio and is made for a romantic dinner. The restaurant’s exemplary food is complemented by a wine list of over 600 labels.

Corner House
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569.
Tel: +65 6469 1000
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch, Tues-Fri); 6.30pm – 11.00pm (Dinner, daily); 11.30am – 3.00 pm (Brunch, Sat & Sun) | Closed on Mondays

 

Le Meurice Alain Ducasse | France  

Le Meurice Alain Ducasse
Credit: Le Meurice / Facebook

The lavish interior of the 2 Michelin Star Le Meurice Alain Ducasse will have you feeling like French aristocrats with its antique mirrors, crystal chandeliers and frescoes. In fact, it was inspired by the royal apartments in Versailles Palace.

Located in the heart of luxury hotel Le Meurice in Paris, this is where you want to go for an authentic French fine dining experience. Opt for the Collection menu, which allows diners to discover the essence of the restaurant’s finest cuisine in a five-course journey. Do note that all gentlemen are required to wear a jacket – if you didn’t pack one, no worries, they’ll lend you one.

Le Meurice Alain Ducasse
Le Meurice Hotel, 228, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.
Tel: +33 144 58 1055
Opening Hours: 7.00am – 10.30am (Breakfast, Mon-Fri); 7.00am – 11.00am (Breakfast, Sat & Sun); 12.30pm – 2.00pm (Lunch, Mon-Fri); 7.30pm – 10.00pm (Dinner, Mon-Fri)

 

Le Normandie | Thailand

Le Normandie
Credit: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok / Facebook

Offering breathtaking views of Chao Phraya River through floor-to-ceiling windows, the acclaimed 2 Michelin Star Le Normandie has consistently topped Bangkok’s list of top fine dining restaurants since its opening in 1958.

Situated in Mandarin Oriental’s Garden Wing, Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier delivers potent flavors in delicate presentations, while the restaurant provides an elegant setting with crystal chandeliers and gorgeous flower arrangements, all coming together to create an unforgettable experience. Signatures include Yellowtail kingfish with oyster and crabmeat and Lamb allaiton with eggplant and black garlic.

Le Normandie
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500
Tel: +66 (2) 659 9000 (EXT 7399)
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 2.00pm (Lunch, Mon-Sat); 7.00pm – 10.00pm (Dinner, Mon-Sat) | Closed on Sundays

 

La Sponda | Italy

La Sponda
Credit: Le Sirenuse / Facebook

Ah, you’d be hard-pressed to find a destination more romantic than Italy, especially the charming Amalfi Coast. And few restaurants are as romantic as Le Sirenuse Hotel’s 1 Michelin Star restaurant La Sponda – overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, guests seated on the terrace are treated to stunning panoramas of Positano and the ocean.

But inside is even better – 400 candles are lit every evening, bathing the vine-covered interior in warm light and creating an enchanting, magical atmosphere. It’s tough to go wrong with anything on the menu, which is inspired by traditional Neapolitan recipes and prepared using the best local ingredients.

La Sponda
Le Sirenuse Hotel, Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano.
Tel: +39 089 875066
Opening Hours: 1.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch); 8.00pm – 10.30pm (Dinner) | Only open on Saturdays & Sundays, Closed between 1 January – 25 March and 29 October – 31 December

 

Caprice | Hong Kong

Caprice
Credit: Four Seasons Hong Kong / Facebook

For a little something different from the typical French cuisine you’d find at many fine dining establishments, head to Hong Kong’s Caprice. The 2 Michelin Star restaurant is set on the sixth floor of Four Seasons Hotel, offering lovely harbor vistas and an interior that brings together old world elegance with modern panache.

Similarly, Chef Guillaume Galliot combines classic French techniques and subtle Asian influences to produce unique dishes. Specialities include roasted pigeon with beetroot; crab laksa with confit egg; and ‘Trilogie de Chocolat’.

Caprice
6F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: +(852) 3196 8860
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Lunch, daily); 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Dinner, daily)


Going for a Michelin-starred meal doesn’t have to mean blowing the travel budget – we’ve found the 50 cheapest Michelin meals and ranked them by the price of an individual meal so you can eat beautiful, delicious, Michelin-worthy food wherever you go in the world.

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