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The 4 most romantic restaurants for couples in Malaysia

Since it follows closely on the heels of Chinese New Year and Thaipusam, Valentine's Day may be overlooked (much to the dismay of your better half). How about celebrating each other with a dinner out at one of Malaysia's most romantic restaurants? Skyscanner finds four gems that are just right for a romantic evening for Valentine's Day (and your anniversaries and special dates too!):

1. Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur

All over the world, Haute French cuisine is romantic and beautiful – and Maison Francaise is the best French restaurant in Malaysia. Step out of the bustling streets of KL into a quiet, colonial setting with white walls and European decor to feast on delicacies like foie gras, salmon, seared duck and bouillabaisse beneath crystal chandeliers and atop white linen tablecloths. Being a French restaurant, it also has excellent wines to pair with your meal.

Address: 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur Website: here

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2. Maricosa Pacific Rim & Hawaiian Cuisine, Penang

Al fresco dining in Penang is common and delicious, but often lacks the intimate feel you need for a truly romantic dinner. Maricosa has you covered, with a combination of outdoor dining and a secluded feel that’s perfect for time between just the two of you. Choose from seafood and traditional Hawaiian fare for a night that’s both adventurous and tantalising, or go with the more comfortable steak and burgers. Either way, you’ll remember the night on this sheltered patio for years to come.

Address: Lot 30 3E-G-1, Block E Ground Floor Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, 10470 Penang Facebook page: here

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3. The River Grill, Melaka

For fine dining overlooking the river in the middle of colonial Melaka, the Casa del Rio’s The River Grill is unparalleled. The River Grill offers steaks, seafoods and tapas appetizers you can wash down with a wide selection of wines or local soft drinks. Hear the water lapping nearby and enjoy the people-watching from your table by the city’s riverwalk path. Casa del Rio offers a variety of romance packages for those who want to turn the evening out into a night or weekend of romance.

Address: 88 Jalan Kota Laksamana,75200, Melaka Website: here

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4. Kota Kinabalu Sunset Wine Cruise, Sabah

Not entirely a restaurant per se, but imagine spending two hours sailing the South China Sea at sunset, being plied with wine and light snacks, as the two of you enjoy the gentle sun, salt breeze and glorious views of the water changing colours during the day’s last moments. It’s available nightly in the waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, with transport from and back to your hotel part of the fee. As you might imagine, it fills up quickly on romance-heavy holidays like the Big V, so book early.

Address: 1st Floor, Lot 101, Block K, Lrg Avenue 4, One Avenue 8, Utama Place, Sandakan Website: here

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A couple on a boat at sunset, with wine.

A sunset wine cruise with your partner can end a perfect romantic day.

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Originally published on 8 February 2015 and updated in January 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.