It’s almost the pink season of flying Cupid’s arrows, boxes of chocolates, and cheesy pop-up cards designed by many to show your significant other that she/he is the only one for you. The big day. The V-Day. The day that is highly exploited by capitalism, but a rose is a rose by any other name — especially when it comes to love.

Those living in Singapore will know that the restaurants will soon be packed with reservations for the V-Day special menu, with every table hoping to create the perfect experience to celebrate relationships, families, milestones, or even new beginnings. Even if you’re currently taking a break from the relationship bracket, there is no excuse for not splurging on that extra red velvet cupcake or another glass of Pinot Noir Rosé as a treat.

So when you love someone more than food, how do you best show it? Based on personal experience, it boils down to the rule of sharing. There are some food that are a-ok for sharing, and some that are off-limits and/or have some unspoken boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. Like cheese fries. We’ve listed down some of the common food types, along with our suggestions for V-Day menus in town!

Steak

All the meats at Carne & Caipirinha are slow-roasted over a charcoal fire

Meats over at Carne & Caipirinha

This only works if both of you like the same meat doneness. Once that is out of the way, consider the trade-off. In this barter transaction, the one with the meat gets to decide if he/she wants to share or simply let the other party try. One does not ask or demand for more, and always returns back an equal portion of their main — unless it’s fish and then you have to give more (or less depending on the type of fish, price etc).

When it comes to sharing, consider just cutting off the totality of what you would offer to the other party and placing it aside. Steak is best enjoyed with a single-minded focus, so unless your S.O. is five years old and below, he/she can cut their own steak.

Our Suggestion:

Satisfy your carnivorous side by having a candlelit meat buffet at
Carne & Caipirinha Brazilian Churrascaria! There are up to 15 different cuts of meat rotating all night, with Passadors (chefs-cum-meat servers) serving each table personally so couples can just sit back, gaze lovingly at each other and sip on the V-Day cocktails. All meats are grilled to perfection over charcoal fire throughout the night, and everything is unlimited, including the salad bar, for only $40 to $50++ per person. Our personal favourites are the chicken hearts, tender beef rump cap, beef hump slices, pork belly, garlic bread (hands up for charcoal grilled bread) and grilled pineapples. Plus, have you seen their glorious cheese wheel carbonara?

Carne & Caipirinha Brazilian Churrascaria
Blk 106, Sunset Way, Clementi Street 12, #01-50 Singapore 120106
Tel: +65 6464 0478
Mondays to Saturdays: 7pm – 11pm (Happy Hour: 5:30pm – 7pm)
Sundays & Public Holidays: 6pm – 11pm (Happy Hour: 5:30pm – 6pm)

Oysters

Shigoku Fat Bastards and Gin Martini

Oysters at Humpback

There are a lot things that oysters stand for, such as their ability to increase one’s libido while looking like a woman’s genitals, but sharing is not necessarily one of them. It may seem simple because they are already in their individual shells, but no one stops at only one oyster, and it’s really addictive once you get started with lemon and tabasco sauce. We could eat two dozens ourselves.

The key to enjoying this aphrodisiac food with your S.O. is timing. Take turns to reach out and slurp, fumble around with the spoon to increase wait-time, and always look into the other’s person’s eyes while tipping the oysters back. Mmm. Before you know it, the oysters are done but you two are far from it.

Our Suggestion:

Max out the aphrodisiac experience with [email protected]’s four-course/six-course ‘His and Her’ menus, where there are double portions of oysters to start, appetizers, mains and the sinful Chocolate Heart Temptation — 66% dark chocolate mousse, mango curd, salted caramel coulis, and vanilla ice-cream. For $125++ per person, the exclusive menus will be available from 13 Feb. Otherwise, check out our oyster & craft cocktail obsession over at Humpback, a bar that encapsulates Seattle’s charm, oysters, and won’t break the bank.

[email protected]
OUE Bayfront Rooftop, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321
Tel: +65 6634 4555
‘His and Her’ Four-Course Menu: 13 February 2016 only from 6pm – 8pm / Six-Course Menu: 13 February, from 8pm & on Sunday, 14 February, from 6pm

Chocolate

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Angelina Singapore’s exquisite pastry Negresco

A study shows that chocolate does taste better when you share because the experience enhances the flavour. So there isn’t any hard and fast rule for this, but we believe that once a bite is taken, the chocolate is claimed and should be left to the solo enjoyment of the champion/biter. In our opinion, for chocolate bars and Kit Kats, always break them before you bite them. For fancy box chocolates, there should be enough chocolates to go around, so although we appreciate the intention, there is no need to carefully bite off half the nail-sized chocolate and pass it on.

Maybe it’s the process of sharing that gets a little vague. Yes, it is more intimate when you use your fingers to feed the chocolate, but here are some considerations: Are your fingers clean? Is the chocolate melting? Is your face expression game strong enough to pull off the sexy finger-to-tongue-cleaning move? Do you have wet tissue? Are you wearing black jeans so you can wipe it off discreetly?

Our Suggestion:

Renowned for having the best hot chocolate in Paris, Angelina Singapore‘s delicacies are perfect to indulge and spoil loved ones. They’ve also released a Valentine’s Day menu to merge the beauty of chocolate with the grandeur of its historic Parisian tea room for $75++ per person. With a selection of amuse bouche, French starters and mains, and the signature hot chocolate for dessert, it’s perfect for any sweet tooth lover.

Angelina Singapore
15 Stamford Road, Capitol Galleria #01-82 Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 6348 0841
Monday to Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 10am

Sashimi

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Sashimi across the world

How does one share the best slices of fish, all fresh and raw? The answer is… you don’t. Let your S.O. deal with it.

Our Suggestion:

In case the above situation arises, be sure to be at The Villa Halia Valentine’s Buffet because there will be a free flow of gourmet delights, including their signature Singapore-style chilli crab spaghetti, slow-roasted beef ribeye with creamed horseradish, mustard & beef gravy, and of course: sashimi. Located at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this lavish option ensures that V-Day dinner this year is truly especially extravagant. at It is priced at $220 nett per couple with no alcoholic beverages, or $250 nett per couple with free-flow red & white wine, and also includes a single rose, Halia gift and picture souvenir.

Villa Halia
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Tel: +65 6287 0711
Available for dinner only on 14 February 2016, 6.30pm to 10.00pm

French Fries

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McDonald’s Truffle Fries

The king of potato variations. The ultimate comfort buddy. The finest finger food. It’s tricky, but our theory is that it can be shared only if it is automatically offered or ordered explicitly to share as an appetiser (or main, we ain’t judging). If the fries come as a side or have deluxe toppings (cheese-mayo, bacon, truffle, gold flakes etc.), then we recommend following these guidelines:

  1. Ask only if your relationship is stable and ongoing for at least 6 months.
  2. Reach for the plain ones first as a form of courtesy.
  3. Alternate and stagger your timing.
  4. Suggest to order more fries at the end.

Our Suggestion:

Because we love it so much that we want it every day, every hour, at every possible opportunity, there is no special recommendation except to head over to your local McDonald’s and get some of them freshly salted french fries immediately! It’s only $1.95 for a small packet, which means you can get another to tell your S.O. that you care enough to not have them share it with you.

And just in case you missed the truffle ones a while back, PS. Cafe’s truffle parmesan fries ($15++) are one of our long-term favourites.

Let us know if you have any other types of food you’re not quite sure how to share with your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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