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Try dinner for one at these single-friendly spots
By Yoyo He

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While this romantic observance may be a special time for lovers, there’s no reason for the city’s singles to despair! Shanghai Daily’s Zhang Yang and Yoyo He have found six restaurants that are serving up sets just for solo diners.


Tis the season to be single at Togo

Togo, a popular sandwich shop on Yongkang Road, has rolled out a special “Spring for Singles” set for 88 yuan (US$13.37). The meal includes a Magarita and a hearty burrito. The restaurant specializes in take-out food using wholegrain bread, baguettes and ciabattas. Its most popular menu items include Pesto Chicken Sandwich and Caesar’s Salad made of croutons and Roman lettuce.

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Only the finest in airport cuisine

Yuet Da Sing specializes in delicacies found in Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Its interior is designed like an airplane passenger cabin and its waitresses dress like stewardesses. Diners should buy a “boarding pass” for a seat. The restaurant already has six outlets in town.

Yuet Da Sing is offering two set meals for singles — “Find a Partner Now” and “Golden Singles.” The former is priced at 51 yuan and includes Penag Bak Kut and Malay milk tea. The latter is 64 yuan and includes curry pork rice and salad.


Lux ‘Solitude’ dinner set on offer at LUCE

LUCE, located on the 4th floor of the Shanghai Concert Hall, is a 700-square-meter restaurant with 100 seats and modern décor. On Valentine’s Day, it is serving a 388-yuan set menu dinner called “Solitude.” The up-scale set features appetizers, seafood soup with garlic bruschetta, a main course, and dessert. Guests can choose one of two main courses: Australian grain-fed ribeye steak or pan-fried Atlantic red snapper served with fresh clams, assorted vegetables and Pernod. It also offers a selection of cocktails, including a drink named “Drink it Even If You Are Crying.”

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A taste of Britain at Ditto teahouse

Pleasantly situated in a quiet neighborhood, Ditto British Teahouse offers handmade desserts and British imported teas. One of the most-ordered menu items is the set meal for one, priced at 58 yuan (US$8.8). The set includes coffee, cookies and desserts. Dedicated to serving British returnees by providing an exclusive intercommunication platform, the club also holds activities related to British fashion. You’d better make a reservation to get good seats.

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Sushi for one

The Chinese name of Ichininmae Sushibar is “a sushibar for solo diners.” This Japanese restaurant offers individual-size sushi portions, rather than the platters usually found elsewhere. The prices are also reasonable.

Located in Xintiandi, the restaurant is properly decorated in typical Japanese style with wood furniture and surfaces found throughout. A tatami room and private seats are offered to ensure adequate space for dining.


Healthy harvest in the heart of the city

Using advanced plant cultivation technology, the Urban Harvest serves hydroponically grown mushrooms and sprouts which are grown right in the restaurant itself. And since the restaurant’s owner is dedicated to promoting its new healthy life concept, the kitchen avoids using MSG and other unhealthy ingredients.

For solo diners, the restaurant’s contemporary menu offers set-meals for one that include an appetizer and a main dish.

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