19 unique dining experiences in Singapore that are great for special dates and memorable gatherings

Whether you’re a foodie looking for a new place that offers a unique dining  experience or planning for a date that your partner will remember forever – you’re in the right article. Forget about run-of-the-mill restaurants and diners, these are the most unique restaurants you’re going to find in Singapore and believe us – they’ll be memorable.

1. Ocean Restaurant

Dine with a different kind of view, yes, we are talking about the underwater kind! Suited for all occasions, Ocean Restaurant is the only restaurant in Southeast Asia to offer an underwater aquarium dining experience.

Be mesmerised with marine life as you enjoy the fine dining Californian-Mediterranean cuisine that was designed by America’s first female Iron Chef Cat Cora. Their signature dishes include Sous-vide Salmon, Crispy Skin Barramundi and Maine Lobster.

Check out the Ocean Restaurant at 22 Sentosa Gateway, S.E.A. Aquarium, #B1-455, & 456, Singapore 098136. They are opened daily; Lunch runs from 1130am to 230pm while Dinner starts at 6pm till 10pm.

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2. SushiAirways

This Japanese restaurant is designed like the interior of an airplane cabin. To add character to their story, the staff are even dressed in cabin crew uniforms!

Sushi Airways’ seafood is specially flown by almost four times a week, providing their passengers the freshest sushi and sashimi. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can opt for the Omakase (Translation from Japanese: “I will leave it to you.”) degustation menu which is based on seasonal delicacies of that week.

Sushi Airways is located at 20a Baghdad Street, Singapore 199659. They are open daily, lunch runs from 12pm to 230pm and dinner starts from 6pm to 930pm.

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3. The Screening Room

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Located right at the heart of Chinatown, The Screening Room is one of the best unique places to unwind. Besides running a rooftop bar that offers an amazing view of the night lights, customers have the choice of also dining comfortably in their screening room that runs classic movies.

The Screening Room is located at 12 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069692. Their movie screening timings are from 7pm to 930pm, Monday to Thursday while on Friday and Saturday, it runs from 830pm onwards. Their rooftop bar is open from 530pm onwards from Monday to Thursday, and from 5pm till late on Fridays and Saturdays.

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4. The Reading Room – Permanently Closed

Step into the world of literacy over at The Reading Room! The cafe walls are actually build-in bookshelves so grab your pick for the afternoon or spend the day with your friends deciding which coffee to get under their many types of coffee listed in their menu. It is a great place to chill or to kick start your productivity if you are looking for something more than just a co-working space.

Recommended dishes from their menus are their Norwegian Royale, which comes with a generous smoked salmon, french-style scrambled eggs, arugula, french butter on two delicious french toasts, Lobster Pasta in Creamy Tarragon, this is served with a whole fresh Maine lobster tail with cream, tomato, onion, garlic, and tarragon.

Head down to The Reading Room now at 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089833. They are opened from Sunday to Wednesday from 11am till 1130pm while from Thursday to Saturday, it opens at 11am till 1.30am.

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5. The White Rabbit

Can’t get enough of Alice in the Wonderland? Transport yourself to the magical dimension of The White Rabbit. The restaurant is converted from an old chapel, and has retained its beautiful stained glass, which makes it a beautiful spot to host private events and weddings too!

They offer classic European recipes infused with Asian elements, some of the featured dishes include Salad Niçoise, which consisting of tomatoes, French beans, soft boiled eggs sashimi-grade tuna slices and vinaigrette dressing, Seared Bay Scallops, decked out in cauliflower puree, pan jus, and capers, and finally, an Italian version of Seabass en Papillote.

The White Rabbit is located at 39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541. They are open everyday, except Monday, from 11.45am to 10.30pm.

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You definitely do not want to give this a miss with this one-of-a-kind dining experience where you feast while a live theatre performance is happening all around you!

The restaurant is always improving and innovating their plays so you can return for new experiences. While enjoying the theatrics around you, indulge in a four-course meal. If you ask us, this is definitely one of the most unique restaurants in Singapore that gives you a special dining experience.

Previous menus include drumsticks paired with couscous salad and cod infused with thyme and a creamy pea sauce. Yum!

ANDSOFORTH‘s location varies, they will text you the address 24 hours before your reservation.

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7. The Royal Albatross

Treat yourself to a luxurious night out at The Royal Albatross. Dining out here will be extra special as the ship will sail along to parts of Singapore while you are enjoying your meal with your significant other. Yes, a unique “restaurant” in Singapore, for sure.

You can pick between a Sunset Sail at SGD135 or a Dinner Cruise at SGD195. Some mains include pan-seared halibut fish with savoury mash and delicious lamb leg with rosemary sauce!

The Royal Albatross is located at 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269. They are open every day; the sunset sail will start from 4pm till 7pm while the dinner cruise starts from 6.30pm to 12am.

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8. Prawning @ ORTO

Looking for a late-night food adventure? Visit the largest prawning facility in Singapore and try your luck in hooking onto big head prawns or yabbies for your supper! A perfect bonding activity for you and your loved ones.

Visit Prawning @ ORTO at #01-09, 81 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769198. They are open e24 hours daily.

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9. Punggol East Container Park Eateries

One of the trendiest markets has launched in Singapore but in the container park series! Think of it as Artbox in Bangkok but on a smaller yet aesthetically pleasing scale. Stroll along to the containers and slowly decide your pick for a meal with many of its vendors.

Have your pick on a total of seven eateries, Pump Station 1965, Big Fish Small Fish, Seoul Good, L’Chaim Bistro, D’Grill, Leung Kee Healthy Dessert, and Boost @ Banks!

The Punggol East Container Park Eateries is situated at 50 Punggol E, Singapore 828824. They are open daily from 12pm till 1am.

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10. Prima Tower – Permanently Closed

Prima Tower is one of the two remaining revolving restaurants in Singapore, and was first launched in 1977. This is a perfect spot for family gatherings, and many diners love how they can spot different landmarks as the restaurant slowly rotates!

Dig into local loved dishes such as xiao long bao, char siew bao, and their recommended dish – Peking Duck. This is served as a crunchy roast duck skin wrapped in fluffy Chinese pancake.

Prima Tower is situated at 201 Keppel Road Singapore 099419. The opening hours for lunch are 11am to 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday except for Sunday where they will start lunch at 10.30am instead till 2.30pm while the dinner starts at 6.30pm to 10.30pm every day.

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11. Smith Marine – Pulau Ubin

This is where you can fish and decide how you’d like your catch of the day to be served. Then, enjoy the fruit of your labour with a delectable meal while enjoying the amazing sea view. Other hot favourites to go with your catch include Cereal Prawns, Sambal Kangkong, and Hot Pot Oyster Omelette.

You can find Smith Marine – Pulau Ubin at Johor Strait. They are open daily from 10am to 8pm.

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12. Sum Yi Tai – Permanently Closed

Sum Yi Tai pays tribute to glamorous Hong Kong in the 1980s. The name of the restaurant is translated as “the third wife” in English. The interior of the club stays true to its theme by having mahjong walls, dimmed red lanterns in the midst of having Canto-pop music pumping through the speakers. They also have a back room cocktail lounge, a private karaoke room as well as a rooftop bar!

When dining here, try the Chilled Jelly Fish with Citrus Dressing, a light dish to refresh your palate, a Double Boiled Black Chicken with Chinese Herbs which will remind you of home and familiarity and Wok Fried Sweet Sour Pork with Lychee, a popular local dish with a fruity twist!

Sum Yi Tai is located at 25 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069622. They are opened from Monday to Saturday from 11.30am till 2.30pm and from 5pm to 1am.

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13. Kafe Utu

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Immerse yourself with a rich culture like the African heritage presented in Kafe Utu. The cafe operates as an eatery, lounge, and bar by night. They offer African cuisine, specialty coffee beverages, and also other diverse dishes from all around the world. Besides that, the cafe is beautifully designed so get ready for your cameras!

For the adventurous, Swahili Fish Curry is highly recommended. It consists of red snapper, coconut milk, tamarind, habanero, coconut rice, and house curry paste. For something more familiar and safe, you can never go wrong with Ricotta Hotcakes!

Check out Kafe Utu at 12 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089265. They are open for brunch and lunch from 10am to 5pm from Wednesday to Friday while on Saturday and Sunday, it opens earlier from 9am till 5pm. The Lounge is open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 6pm to 11pm while on Friday and Saturday, it opens at 6pm to 1pm.

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14. Coastes

Get your frequent dosage of vitamin D right here at Coastes! Dive into the restaurant’s generous western cuisine such as a juicy burger, delicious pasta, tasty pizza etc as you seize the opportunity of watching the seafront views with the slight breeze on your face. Towards the night, treat yourself with some of their premium beers and house pour spirits.

Coastes is situated at 50 Siloso Beach Walk Singapore 099000. They are open daily from 9am to 11pm while on Friday and Saturday, it opens at 9am till 1am.

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15. Knots Cafe & Living

Knots Cafe & Living is an eatery, does flower arrangements, and here’s the coolest part – they sell furniture too! Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it is also one of the most special dining experiences in SIngapore to try out.

Here are some of the crowd’s favourite dishes from their menu, firstly, Scrambled Eggs in Croissant, a light meal of flaky and buttery croissant, a hearty scrambled egg and mixed greens. Secondly, the Coriander Prawn Pasta served four juicy prawns, tossed with asparagus, coriander, and garlic butter sauce.

You can find Knots Cafe & Living at #01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409022. From Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday too, they are opened from 9am to 9pm while on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they start at 9am and close at 10pm.

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16. NOX

Challenge your senses when you lose your sight for the night at NOX – Dine in the Dark. You will be in safe hands as there will be guidance offered by the visually impaired staff who have gone through professional training to carry out their duties as well as help to reassure the sighted guests in order for them to have a pleasant experience in total darkness.

Their menu also consists of 12 unique dishes that spans over three-courses for your tasting pleasures.

Pay a visit to NOX at 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546. They are open everyday from 6pm onwards.

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17. Central Perk

To our Friends‘ enthusiasts, yes, this is the cafe of your dreams! Chill along with your real friends in this decked-out cafe that’s furnished with iconic furniture such as the neon lights, orange sofa, green sofa, and the brick walls. They even have the stage all fans know, so step right up and sing till your heart’s content. In another corner of the cafe, you can find Monica’s kitchen decorated with real food ingredients, which can make for the perfect Instagram photo.

A couple of recommended signatures to try are Oh My God Baby Back Ribs, featuring a medium iberico pork and Joey’s Fisherman Stew, a favourite for seafood lovers, it contains mussels, clams, octopus, salmon, and prawns. Our mouths are watering already!

You can find Central Perk at 1 Magazine Road, Central Mall, #01-01, Singapore, 059567. They are opened every day from 11am till 11pm.

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18. Overeasy

Let’s go back in time with Overeasy with their perfect retro theme of an adorable Brooklyn diner. The cafe outdid themselves with classic finishings and types of furniture. To top it all off, the amazing view of Marina Bay you get to fawn over while having your meal!

Overeasy does their cocktails and milkshakes incredibly well. Many are also obsessed with Spicy Buffalo Wings, Beer Can Chicken and Good Ol’ Fashioned Mac & Cheese.

Visit Overeasy at their two locations, 1 Fullerton Road, #01-06, Singapore 049213 and 541 Orchard Road, #01-01 Liat Towers, Singapore 238881. The Fullerton outlet is open from Monday and Tuesday, 1130am – 11pm, Wednesday to Saturday, 1130am – 1pm and Sunday, 11am – 11pm. The Orchard outlet is open from Monday to Thursday, 3pm – 11pm, Friday, 12pm – 1am, Saturday, 10am – 11pm and Sunday, 10am – 10pm.

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