Forget #RelationshipGoals – hit up these communal dining spots for a lip-smacking good time with your fellow singles this Valentine’s Day!
Address: 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex #06-00, Singapore 059108
Opening hours: 4pm – 11pm (Tues to Thurs), 4pm – 12am (Fri), 12pm – 12am (Sat), 12pm – 11pm (Sun) | Closed on Mon
Tel: 6908 5809
Wonder where all the millennials have been lepaking at? Enter Lepark – this secluded hip haunt is always chock-full of artsy fartsy youngsters, either lounging alfresco at the rooftop enclave while soaking in the eclectic tunes served up during live gigs; or unwinding in big social groups inside its 63,000 square feet space lined with long communal tables. From the kitschy graffiti artworks on the walls to the mod-sin delights on the menu, everything about this spot makes you feel right at home. They dish up a winsome feast of local-inspired tapas bites like Poached Chicken Sushi ($8) and Otah Bomb ($8), but if you’re spoilt for choice, order the Lepark Platter ($18) which comes with a bit of everything so there’s more than enough to go around.
Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
Opening hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon to Sun)
Set up by the folks behind Oz Speciality Coffee, Pacamara takes a minimalist approach of stark white walls, an abundance of wooden tables and plenty of natural light for that perfect Instagram shot – the ideal setting to indulge in lazy brunches with your clique. If good coffee is what you’re after, we recommend starting the AM with a Barista Breakfast ($12), which consists of an espresso, a 5oz white and the brew of the day. Their day menu is just as spectacular, featuring a party of sweet and savoury fare from Sticky Date Pancakes ($17.90) served with salted caramel ice cream, to the morning classic of Crab Benedict ($19.90) topped with two perfectly poached eggs.
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13D, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: 11am – 1am (Mon to Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 1am (Sun)
Tel: 6327 9301
Address: 9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139220
Opening hours: 11.30am – 4pm (Tues to Fri), 10.30am – 6pm (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 9755 5015
Housed in a colonial bungalow, Noshery by Nosh feels almost like a rural paradise amidst the wilderness: palm leaves outfit the walls, farmhouse furniture fill the area, and there’s even a herb garden where you can bust out your green thumb. Those who prefer dining in the breeze can choose to grab a seat at the patio and indulge in a hearty Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($11) on weekdays, or huddle around the long communal table and feast on their specialty Devil’s Breakfast ($20) on weekends. By night, this idyllic spot transforms into a laidback bar serving kimchi fries and fish tacos, making it the perfect setting for both mid-day catch-ups and late-night wind downs.
Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987
Opening hours: 6pm – 12am (Mon to Sat)
Tel: 6467 3987
For the hipster singletons, Kilo Kallang is your ultimate happy place to escape from all the Valentine’s Day hoopla. A hidden gem tucked away in an old storage warehouse, this off-the-grid hideout is a tough one to find – but the chilled-out ambience, semi open-air vibes and quality fusion cuisine make it worth the trip. Everything from the barren walls to the exposed concrete floors is stripped to the minimum, but if there’s one thing they pull out all the stops for, it’s the food. Setting themselves apart with the most unexpected of flavours, Kilo dishes up palate-pleasing small plates from the likes of Wasabi Tuna Tartare ($28), Beef Tongue Tacos ($24) and Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi ($26). Great for sharing!
Address: 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667
Opening hours: Wednesday 9AM–10PM (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 9am – 12am (Fri & Sat)
Tel: 6238 1068
Another popular hangout nestled within Prinsep, Curious Palette draws throngs of cafe-hopping fiends for its Kinfolk-esque ambience, spacious seating area and Instagram-worthy fare. They’ve got an awesome menu of all-day brekkie quintessentials like the Curious Breakfast ($19.80) and Curious Croque Madamme ($17.90), along with decadent mains such as the Soft Shell Crab Burger ($19.80) and Espresso Stewed Beef ($19.80). But don’t leave without trying its signature Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($14.90) – you may have to wait up to half an hour for ’em to whip up this baby, but we promise it’s good stuff.
In the mood for love? We’ve got you lovebirds covered with a list of Valentine’s-friendly dining spots in the Tuckshop section (p.10 – 15) of Teenage’s February 2017 issue! Out on newsstands now.