What do Singaporeans do on the day of romance? Eat, of course!

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The way to a Singaporean's heart is through their stomach - at least according to Mastercard's latest survey, which found that 56 per cent of consumers are planning on taking their other halves out for a romantic dinner tonight.

And as a nation made up of food-lovers, it comes as no surprise that Valentine's Day expenditure in restaurants here has grown by 50 per cent since 2014.

The financial firm's survey also found that Singaporeans were a giving bunch, with 58 per cent preparing to buy gifts for their dates. We are also generous, with an average Valentine's gift budget of US$194 (S$275). The regional average is much lower, at US$133.

Chinese consumers are likely to be the most lavish, with three in four planning to buy gifts on an average budget of US$310. Over in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the price tag for romance was set at US$282 and US$271 respectively.

Valentine's Day 2017: 7 romantic restaurants in Singapore for every type of couple

  • You guessed it: Singapore's most romantic restaurant.
  • Tuck into Modern European Fare like Rangers Valley Wagyu Carpaccio or Roasted Black Truffle Chicken; the Valentine's Day menu is a 6 or 7-course meal comprising Paupiette of Dover Sole, Veal Cheek Blanquette. End off on a sweet note with the Muscato "Snow Globe".
  • Saint Pierre's essence-centric menu - whereby essences, derived from premium seasonal produce, are used as stocks and seasonings in order to naturally flavour the food - is made even more glorious with its One Fullerton locale, with sweeping views across the Singapore River.
  • The 10-course Valentine's Day menu begins with a glass of bubbly champagne, and then gets better and better. Think Poached Atlantic Lobster, Floral Honey-Roasted Langoustine, Tahitian Vanilla Bourbon Mousseux and more.
  • Want fancy? Foie gras is pretty fancy, but even more so when layered in textures of peach and gold, embellished with exquisite ingredients sourced exclusively for this special night at Tippling Club.
  • And your drink? Choose your cocktail based on your favourite scent from their Sensorium menu.
  • Rekindle the excitement of your relationship with unconventional Peruvian playfulness at this rooftop bar and grill, whimsically adorned with fairy lights and cheeky bursts of colour.
  • Named after the Peruvian term for a citrusy marinade used to cure seafood in ceviche, it'd be a crime not to order the Tiger's Milk Trio - of, well, ceviches. And bring on the Piscos, too - what's a date night without a cocktail (or three)?
  • Who said your V-Day date can only start after sunset? Day or night, this dainty open-concept restaurant cum urban farmland, is definitely date-worthy.
  • Or, dine under the blanket of stars at dinner with the specially-curated Valentine's Day menu, featuring dishes like Vanilla Parsnip Risotto, Rose-Marinated Duck Breast and more.
  • Savour some of the best classic Catalan dishes, some of which has been passed down for generations within Chef Charles Gaig's family.
  • On the menu this Valentine's Day: Turron Foie Gras, Scallop Coca and Lobster Paella, as well as a surprise Saint Valentine's Day Dessert, all paired with carefully selected wines.
  • Nothing screams sexy more than scarlet red, and The Ottoman Room seems to know this well with its plush armchairs in its romantic space, adorned with gold accents and dozens of hanging oil lamps.
  • In this intimate Mediterranean social house, the sharing concept meal features central items for the table such as charcoal roasted meats and vegetables, while an array of unlimited mezze will be served on copper and wood dim sum style trolleys.

And while flowers remain the purchase of choice for men (36 per cent), women prefer buying clothes and leather goods (41per cent) for their lovers.

Still, it seems Singaporeans are getting more creative with their gifts, as the number of transactions for the sale of flowers has declined 25 per cent between 2014 and 2016.

Read also: Five stories to inspire love on Valentine's Day

Most couples in Singapore also prefer not to get engaged on Valentine's Day, as only three in 10 said it was a good time to propose. In contrast, 76 per cent of Vietnamese and 68 per cent of Chinese consumers felt that Feb 14 was the perfect day for a marriage proposal.

Read also: Who needs flowers when you can buy V-day vegetable bouquets?

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