So you’ve stowed away the luggage, cancelled the annual celebrations, refunded your concert ticket and maybe even postponed the wedding. Forget about catching a movie with your friends. With stringent social distancing measures implemented, it’s no surprise that even intimate gatherings and dinners are next in line, too.
Sure enough, Covid-19 can be hard to get around if you’ve got event after event planned up for the year, or if you’re simply a born hostess. But it’s hard, not impossible. And with these private dining options offering the best ambiences and views, you may even find that they’re the best venues you’ve ever picked.
Here are 10 of them.
French fine dining stalwart Les Amis boasts four private rooms: one on the first level and three on the mezzanine floor. The private room on the first level, next to the wine cellar, is the Chef’s Table that overlooks the kitchen through a glass window. It can seat a total of six guests. The three private rooms on the mezzanine floor are connected and can be merged to form one long private dining room for bigger parties of up to 36 guests.
All three private rooms are decked with dazzling chandeliers, as well as antique dining tables and chairs imported from Britain and Italy.
For your feast, Les Amis recommends that guests opt for the Tasting Menu, which features the season’s finest ingredients. The restaurant also has an encyclopaedic wine list to boost, and sommeliers are always at hand to assist with wine pairings.
Les Amis is at 1 Scotts Rd, #01 – 16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, tel: 6733 2225.
Summer Pavilion is Singapore’s top spot for Cantonese cuisine crafted with finesse. The one-Michelin-starred restaurant has equally fine interiors to match, and six private dining rooms that can accommodate groups of various sizes ranging from eight to 30.
The names of Summer Pavilion’s smaller dining rooms are inspired by Chinese flora, such as Wisteria, Plum, Pine, Elm and Bamboo. Each space features a handsome alcohol cabinet stocked with wines, liquors and spirits. The largest private room, the Garden Suite, which can house up to 30 guests, makes a greay venue for hosting corporate events or celebrating extended family reunions (not right now, of course). It boasts a separate entrance as well as a living room with plush sofa seating, great for pre-dinner cocktails or post-meal cognacs. The modern space is also equipped with a wireless keyboard, three built-in LCD projectors and three screens.
A minimum spend of $1,000 is applicable for bookings of 10 guests or fewer. This amount excludes beverages.
Summer Pavilion is at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, tel: 6434 5286.
Well-established fine dining Indian restaurant, Rang Mahal, has a private dining room that can seat up to 20 persons, and is suitable for a formal dinner or birthday celebrations.
Within its elegant private dining area is a relaxation corner where you can unwind before and after your meal. You can have the option of choosing dishes off the menu, or request for something specially created for your occasion as they can custumise the dishes according to your preference.
Rang Mahal also offers a large variety of wines to pair with your meal. The minimum spend starts from $1,500 for lunch and $1,800 for dinner.
Rang Mahal is at Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, tel: 6333 1788.
The rebranded Yoshi (formerly Kaiseki Yoshiyuki) features one private dining room, which can seat up to eight persons. At this authentic Kyoto kaiseki with a kappo-style setting, there is no minimum spend or minimum number of persons.
As it’s based on the room’s availability, you will have to call at least three days in advance to book the space. Food-wise, Chef Yoshiyuki Kashiwabara can create a customised kaiseki-style menu for your guests. You will only need to let the restaurant know about your preferences when you make reservations. The menu prices will differ according to the level of customisation.
Yoshi is at #B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, tel: 8188 0900.
This restaurant and bar features sustainable, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. Not only does it pride itself in using only the finest organic produce, it also ensures that the seafood it acquires is sustainably sourced.
Artemis Grill houses a chic indoor parlour with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer scenic views of Singapore’s city and coastline. Catering to corporate events or private gatherings, the restaurant allows guests the option between a single private room, which can hold up to 16 guests, or combined private rooms, which can hold up to 40 guests.
Minimum spending for a group of 10 is around $1,400.
Artemis Grill is at #40-01 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946, tel: 6635 8677.
This contemporary Italian restaurant has fine cuisine and wine to match. Zafferano features two exclusive dining rooms for events or gatherings. Elegant furnishing coupled with sweeping views of the Singapore skyline makes for a luxurious ambience.
The private dining room can seat up to 22 guests, and even has a private entrance for that added exclusivity. The wine room is designed for more intimate gatherings, and can seat up to 12 guests. Offering an exquisite range of menus – as well as the option to customise one’s own menu – one can expect a truly personalised dining experience.
Minimum spending for the wine room is $800 for lunch, while the minimum spending for the private dining room is $1,000 for lunch. Both rooms have a minimum spending of $1,500 for dinner.
Zafferano is at Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315, tel: 6509 1488.
Oxwell and Co. is located on Ann Siang Hill, right in the heart of Chinatown. Housing three bars and two dining areas, this establishment is good for hosting events and gatherings alike. A private dining room is available, named the Oxwell Study. Seating up to 14 people and tucked away on the third floor, it oozes indulgent British charm, while maintaining a welcoming and comfortable ambience.
A minimum spending of $3,500 is required for guests ordering from the a la carte menu. No minimum spending is required for set menus.
Oxwell and Co is at 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688, tel: 6438 7036.
Perched on the top of a revolving tower, Tong Le boasts stunning views of the Marina Bay and an exclusive dining experience. This restaurant holds exclusive private dining rooms as well as three luxuriously furnished rooms for gatherings and events. Indulge in delectable cuisine in lavishly decorated rooms. An added touch: the extensive karaoke facilities.
Tong Le is at 60 Collyer Quay, OUE Tower, Level 8 & 10, Singapore 049322, tel: 6634 3233.
Perched on the 62nd floor of One Raffles Place, this eight-seater private dining room boasts sweeping views of the Marina Bay area. But when the lights dim and the meal commences, it’s the dining table that quite literally sets the stage for the evening, not only in the multi-course feasts by executive chef Christopher Millar, but also in the light projections that illuminate the entire table. Those who have dined at Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai might find the audiovisual theatrics familiar, but here, Millar has a few more surprises up his sleeve, one of which involves guests being blindfolded as servers set the scene for a twinkling finale.
As the Plenitude Suite was developed in collaboration with French champagne house Dom Perignon, diners can expect to sip on vintages – such as the Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Rosé 1993, Dom Pérignon P2 1995 and Dom Pérignon Rosé 1988 Magnum – that are not available anywhere else in Singapore. A dedicated suite concierge can help to arrange for limousine transfers, live entertainment, and more.
Dom Perignon Plenitude Suite is at Level 62 Stellar at 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616.
One can expect a luxurious private dining experience like no other. Hidden away from plain sight, the Black Swan private dining room is located in the original bank vault of the building – refurbished and transformed to take on a stunning and stylish look. The building itself is a restored 1930s landmark – having housed the Kwangtung Provincial Banks in the past – located at the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
The Black Swan is at 19 Cecil St, Singapore 049704, tel: 6438 3757.
Text: Jordan Chung, Denise Kok & Ariel Lim/The Peak Magazine & The Finder