Looking out for last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas? Spend a whimsical evening “under the stars” at The Secret Patio @ Duxton’s Indoor Planetarium Campfire Night, which transforms a beautiful venue into a makeshift camping ground, complete with a galaxy projector that will make you feel as though you are dining amidst flora and fauna.
Known as a wedding venue situated on the outskirts of Singapore’s central business district, The Secret Patio @ Duxton has previously run dining popups with themed menus, complete with photo spots fitted with gorgeous floral displays.
The Trail Blazing Menu, which ran from 4 – 6 February, offered us a glimpse into the campfire-themed offerings that were designed to whet appetites and make one feel as close to nature as possible, all while in air-conditioned comfort.
Admission during Valentine’s Day weekend is priced at $148 per pax, with a Preserved Flower Bouquet available at an additional $95 for couples seeking to bring a piece of campfire magic back home. We were also able to try our hand at making our own non-scented bath salts!
While I admittedly wasn’t expecting much out of a Valentine’s themed menu, I was blown away by the quality of the ingredients and cooking put into the food. Back To Your Roots ($14) married savoury and sweet in the comforting form of a stuffed sweet potato, topped with spiced walnuts, sour cream, and aged cheddar that elevated this well-loved carb.
I was similarly impressed by By The Lake ($25) which consists of pan-seared sea bass with fennel purée and white wine sauce. The sea bass is fork-tender and cooked to perfection, complemented by the purée which is comforting and well-flavoured. Seafood lovers will appreciate the simplicity and freshness of this dish!
The meat-based options were equally hearty. Fingers Only ($25) offered bang for buck with 36 hour Duroc pork ribs coasted with spiced sweet black sauce. I loved biting into the crusty exterior of the sauce and savouring the meat which had a tinge of sweetness.
Iberico pluma was specially sourced from free-range Iberian black pigs for If Pigs Could Fly ($32). Paired with carrot purée and apple cider sauce, this was easily one of the best main dishes of the night.
I enjoyed our evening at The Secret Patio’s Indoor Planetarium Campfire Night with its value-for-money dishes and whimsical atmosphere. They do seem to have table-and-chair seating arrangements, if prolonged periods of sitting cross-legged on the floor is not your cup of tea.
Address: 10A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089594
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar EW15
Seatings: 6.30pm – 8pm, 8.30pm – 10pm