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When we think about the Valentine’s Day dinner, what comes to mind is often a proper fancy restaurant, where you both gaze into each other’s eyes over candlelight.

Yawn. We say, skip the boring candlelit dinner this V-day and try something more, dare we say, unusual together.

From secret locations to dining in pitch darkness, we conclude that the stranger the experience, the more you’ll remember it. It’ll be the something special only shared between the two of you.

Here are 8 unusual V-day dinner ideas, for a far from basic V-day that you won’t forget for a long time to come!

1. AndSoForth

We bet you’ve never even heard of this one.

The first of its kind in Singapore, the elusive AndSoForth is a series of novelty pop-up restaurants that disappear and reappear in mysterious locations on selected dates.

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Neither of you will have to plan any surprises here, there’ll be many in store for you. You won’t even know the meeting location until the day of the feast itself, with strategic clues sent over text to lead you to the final venue.

The running theme is ‘Dinner in Wonderland’, so expect a theatrical feast madder than ever, with a solid 4 course dinner immersed around stories and drama. Shh, it’ll be one more secret kept between the two of you.

And So Forth
Address: Who knows?
Tel: 9129 7845
Email: [email protected]

2. Nox – Dine In The Dark

Hold on tight to your date. At Nox – Dine In The Dark, you’ll both plunge into an intriguing new world of mystery, sensation, and darkness.

Take a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound–all in pitch black darkness.

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Here, blind and visually impaired individuals are specially trained to guide and serve you.

Have a dinner without distractions in this unique mind-altering sensory experience.

It’s also perfect if you’re trying to keep your relationship on the down low, for now.

Nox Dine In The Dark
Where: 269 Beach Road Singapore 199546
Open: Mon-Fri 6pm to late; Sat 5pm to late; Sun 5pm to 11pm
Tel: 6298 0708
Email: [email protected]

3. The Screening Room

The standard Valentine’s Day dinner and movie plan takes on a new meaning at The Screening Room.

This swanky yet comfy boutique film cinema is a dream come true for the film loving couple, who can savour delicious bites while getting their celluloid fix.

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This intimate screening room features a calendar of exciting films: from timeless classics, to great new indie releases, to thought-provoking independent or foreign films.

Post 10pm, the cinema transforms into a chic Champagne Lounge where you and your date can kick back on a cosy sofa with bubbly or tapas in hand.

Unwind, by luxuriating in groovy beats and savouring bespoke cocktails, and escape reality with your beloved for the night.

The Screening Room
Where: 12 Ann Siang Rd #03-00, Singapore 069692
Open: Mon-Thurs 6pm to 2pm; Fri 6pm to 3am; Sat 6pm to 4am
Tel: 6532 3357
Email: [email protected]

4. Hai Bin Prawning & BBQ

Fish for prawns (and compliments) with your date any time of the night at Hai Bin Prawning! You’ll have to work for your dinner here.

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From patiently waiting for a prawn to take the bait, to struggling to rein it up without it escaping, to cooking it yourself on the fire, it’ll surely be a deep bonding experience for you two.

Hai Bin prides their freshwater prawns sourced from Thailand for being extra fresh. They also provide BBQ pits, fire-starters, charcoal and everything else you need to grill and savour your fresh catch, with your catch.

Hai Bin Prawning & BBQ
Open: Daily, 24 hours
Punggol: 6 Tebing Lane #01-04, Singapore 828835
Tel: 6447 8693

Sembawang​: HomeTeamNS @ Sembawang, 301 Canberra Road #01-08, Singapore 759774
Tel: 6261 7226
Open: Daily, 24 hours

5. Selfie Coffee

Maybe coffee for dinner sounds strange, but that’s far from being the strangest thing about this place.

At Selfie Coffee, you and your partner can do exactly what the name suggests–drink off your own faces printed on the foam atop your latte.

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Choose how you want the coffee taste, from their Signature coffee, salted caramel, mocha, matcha, Horlicks and many more. They do serve proper meals too, like sandwiches, pies, and even prata.

While waiting, you two can doodle and write mushy love notes on the tables with whiteboard marker pens.

Take your relationship to the next level by drinking each other’s faces off the coffee too, if that floats your boat.

Selfie Coffee
Where: 11 Haji Lane Singapore 189204
Open: Sun-Mon 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6341 7213
Email: [email protected]

6. 1942 Alfresco @ Changi

The history nerd couple will have a whale of a time here, drifting back in time with Singapore’s history. 1942 boasts that its Singapore’s only private war themed museum restaurant.

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With bunkers, machine guns, nuclear warheads and the lot, this quirky establishment brings you and your beloved back in time to the period of the Japanese occupation.

Their delicious set menus will fulfil your cravings, and this place is sure to leave a statement in your relationship’s history books.

1942 Alfresco @ Changi
Where: 30 Cosford Rd, Singapore 499550
Open: Wed-Mon 11am to 12am
Tel: 6542 4492
Email: [email protected]

7. The Black Swan

Fancy a different kind of history? Wonderfully handsome The Black Swan will take you and your beloved back to the swinging age of The Great Gatsby.

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This elaborately themed restaurant is all played up by a dreamy central bar, waist-coated bar staff, striking geometric patterns on the columns, and black marble-top tables.

Their Valentine’s Day menu includes Seasonal Oysters, and Black Onyx T-bone that you can enjoy to live music in alfresco dining.

The Black Swan
Where: 19 Cecil Street Singapore 049704
Open: Mon 11.30am to 11pm, Tues-Thurs 11.30am to 12am, Fri 11.30am to 1am, Sat 5pm to 1am
Tel: 6438 3757
Email: [email protected]

8. Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora

If either of you is a marine animal lover, this one’s for you–or not.

At Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, you and your date will be surrounded by the underwater creatures of the S.E.A. Aquarium, all while feasting on their kin.

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Shrouded in a romantic blue glow, enjoy Iron Chef Cat Cora’s light and healthy dishes, such as smoked eel and 42°C sous vide salmon.

Its full-length glass panels allow you to marvel at over 100,000 magnificent marine animals for a truly memorable dining experience.

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Where: 22 Sentosa Gateway, S.E.A. Aquarium, #B1-455 & 456, S.E.A. Aquarium, 098136
Open: Daily 11.30am to 2.30pm
Tel: 6577 6688
Email: [email protected]

Ready to take your dinner plans to the next level? Book your Valentine’s Day date night at any of these out-of-the-box places, and be prepared to expect the unexpected.

You’ll be able to enjoy each other’s familiar company, while diving into something entirely new together.

After all, the best memories come from the craziest experiences, right?

Also, read 10 Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Flowers That Every Girl Secretly Wants