The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

For date nights, anniversaries, big romantic gestures, and everything in between
Skai
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By Nicole-Marie Ng, Delfina Utomo and Natasha Hong |
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It doesn't have to be a special occasion to treat your partner to a romantic meal. There's a time to dine with big groups and there's a time to go el cheapo but with Valentine's Day coming up, it's best to take it up a notch with a proper sit-down dinner – with all the trimmings. 

Whether you're planning for your first date, an anniversary or a regular date night out about town, here are our picks of the best value-for-money, romantically lit restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore. Let's get in the mood for love. 

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Restaurants, Grills

Skai

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Feel on top of the world at Skai. Nestled on the 70th floor of the Swissotel the Stamford, the restaurant’s sweeping views of the Civic District is reason enough for a visit. Break the ice at the bar before heading over to the plush sofas for a meal. Order up a series of sharing plates like the heirloom tomatoes with burrata and capsicum gazpacho ($22), chopped Angus beef ($28) and the yellowfin tuna ($24) to start. Beef things up with the main draw: steak. Live large with the marbled Saga wagyu tenderloin ($170) or watch the wallet with the John Stone ribeye ($85 for 320g) that’s been dry-aged for 32 days.

Afterwards Make your way down to Anti:Dote for cocktails with a Korean twist by the talented Bannie Kang.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Preludio

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Designer furnishings, gleaming tableware, elegant art-décor embellishments and feel-good music in the background are the ingredients of a romantic setting. While Preludio ticks all these boxes, the restaurant heightens the time you spend with your loved one with gastronomic spoils that are sure to ignite conversations that last the evening. We’re talking a menu not confined by labels, markers or a specific cuisine, but instead one that follows the theme of Monochrome. Expect an eight-course meal that boasts dishes in the black and white, including yoghurt foam-encased burrata, smoked eel with a rice cracker and Iberico pork shoulder. But even then, you can still expect a colourful time.

Afterwards Have a nightcap at one of the bars along Amoy Street or Telok Ayer Street. Or if you still have room in your stomach, head to Park Bench Deli to split its famous peanut butter and jelly sandwich before heading to the recently relocated Shin Gi Tai.

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Restaurants, Pan-European

The Botanic

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Championing ethical and sustainable dining set in a pretty garden, The Botanic has a largely plant-based menu that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The menu is split into four parts: vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat. If you love your red meat, try the slow-cooked lamb shoulder ($32) and smoked sambal short rib ($39). Meanwhile, vegetarians can savour selections like pressed tofu and king brown mushrooms in Sichuan dressing ($16), free-range scotch eggs ($15) made with falafel and a vegan red curry cooked with local spices and vegetables ($23).

Afterwards Stroll down to the iconic Raffles Hotel for a drink at the equally illustrious Long Bar or explore the small streets that are full of hidden gems like Tess Bar.

Restaurants, Italian

Kilo Kitchen

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After an impressive eight-year run at Kampong Bugis Road, Kilo Kitchen has moved to a swanky new space at Duxton Road. Its industrial aesthetic of reclaimed timber, sturdy canvas blinds and brass finishings is juxtaposed against warm drop lights, cushions in bright hues of yellow, pink and scarlet and plenty of indoor plants from fiddleleaf fig trees to devil’s ivy hanging from baskets. Cosy up at the corner of the banquette seat and tuck into Kilo’s brand of modern comfort food fresh from a wood-fired grill. We’re talking everything from grilled lamb shank ($35) with roasted peppers and za’atar bread to vegetarian-friendly burnt carrots with curried ghee ($12), grilled beets dressed in a herb vinaigrette and feta ($12) and a charred kale salad with plums and ricotta ($14).

Afterwards Just a minute away is The Tippling Club, where you can find cocktails inspired by scents as well as Junior, which hawks tiki-inspired tropical (but potent) cocktails.

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Restaurants, Bistros

Summer Hill

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What started as a small neighbourhood shack selling roast chicken on paper plates has evolved into a family-friendly bistro with plenty of options. Tucked along Sunset Way in Clementi, Summer Hill is the answer to those looking for a heartland date where the little ones are welcomed to tag along. The candlelit table is covered in mahjong paper for the kids to doodle on while the adults feast on roasted baby eggplants ($14) and housemade ricotta ($16). The creamy curried mussels ($32) with skinny fries are a must, as is the signature roast chicken ($32) that started it all.

Afterwards There aren't a lot of options in the Clementi heartlands but Holland Village is a short drive away. Pop into 2am:dessertbar for a sweet treat or Wala Wala for live music and beer.

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The Butcher's Wife

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Having a gluten intolerance or dietary restrictions doesn’t mean you can’t have an amorous meal at a restaurant just like all the other lovebirds. The Butcher’s Wife takes allergies seriously, ensuring that not a trace of gluten makes its way to the kitchen, giving you peace of mind and a satisfied stomach. You won’t miss bread thanks to the tapioca and mozzarella bun served with miso butter ($9). There’s even a chestnut pappardelle ($29), silky slivers of pasta coated in an ossobuco ragu that’s been braised for eight hours.

Afterwards Tiong Bahru is packed with quaint cafés where you can get a dessert and a cup of tea. But if you prefer something alcoholic, head up to Lin Rooftop Bar for some fresh air and tipples.

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Restaurants, Japanese

The Gyu Bar

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The Gyu Bar might seem like an unlikely place for a date but step inside the 35-seater restaurant and it is a breath of intoxicatingly smoky air. This is where to go if both you and your date are meat enthusiasts. The six- ($68) and ten-course ($138) beef-centric omakase menu features premium Wa-Oh Japanese beef from Kumamoto in different cuts you can cook up on the grill. In the spirit of omotenashi (that’s Japanese hospitality for you), you can pick a sake cup from the shelf and enjoy a premium pour on the house.

Afterwards You'll find Winestone, an affordable wine bar where glasses go from just $10, right next door.

Restaurants, Singaporean

Restaurant Ibid

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Without the demand of impeccable manners and Sunday’s best, Restaurant Ibid is one casual yet stylish abode, worthy enough for first dates, anniversaries and anything in between. The concrete floor is left untiled but polished till shiny, and dark teak fixtures and other chinoiserie furnish the space. Restaurant Ibid’s 'Nanyang-style, contemporary Chinese' delights that command all the attention. Think mod-sin cuisine, but still boasting other culinary influences from beyond our sunny shores. Offered in four-($78), six-($88), and eight-course ($118) menus, dishes to expect include mozzarella cheese-oozing spring onion shaobing, a re-imagination of a tea egg, comprising a jiggly sous-vide egg yolk on a bed of onion puree, before it is doused in a broth of aged Mandarin peels and pu-er tea leaves, and steamed lotus rice that conceals a wedge of foie gras in its sticky grains.

Afterwards Now that you’re done with luxuriating in each other’s company, it’s time to soak up the night revelry at Clark Quay, just a 15-mintue stroll from the dinner venue. But if rather not jostle with the crowds, you can head down to the more intimate bars such as 28HKS and RVLT for a nightcap or two.

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Restaurants, Asian

SuperTree by Indochine

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Many have already gazed up in awe at the man-made marvel of Gardens by the Bay’s towering Supertrees. Others may have taken a step further by strolling across the 128-metre long walkway that connects two structures. Complete your bragging rights by dining at the top of the tallest Supertree of the lot. IndoChine beckons with both an alfresco rooftop bar and a fully air-conditioned dining space that come with a stunning view of Singapore’s cityscape. It's more about the ambience that the food here but you can expect sharing plates like the Supertree Platter ($88), comprising an assortment of stuffed rolls and other bites, and Seafood By The Bay ($108) a spread of oceanic treasures.

Afterwards Where better to go than the flora-centric vicinity? From the Flower Dome to Cloud Forest, the grove is brimming with attractions that set the mood for romance. Look out for the Garden Rhapsody, where lights and music transform the Supertrees every evening. 

Restaurants, Spanish

Tapas26

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Formerly known as La Ventana (an old Dempsey Hill favourite), Tapas 26 still pleases with hearty Spanish food, cava and the right vibe to leave you in the mood for romance. The restaurant is split into three sections: the garden for a lovely evening, the restaurant for an intimate meal indoors and the bar where you can get to know one another a little better between sips of liquid courage. The tapas tasting menu ($98) covers most of the highlights including lobster cannelloni, gazpacho and Galician-style octopus.

Afterwards Tucked away on the third floor of Atout is Room for More, a hidden whisky lounge with plush sofas and an extensive range of scotch. Cigar lovers can also head to the next room for a smoke.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Birds of a Feather

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Got a date who appreciates things with a little bit of heat? The perfect botanical and lush greenery of Birds of a Feather might shout romance and chill but wait till you feast on the Western dishes with a Sichuan twist on the menu. Inspired by the laid-back teahouses of Chengdu, the place is the perfect spot for a quiet lunch or dinner and getting to know each other more. And there's plenty to talk about from the delicious chewy yam noodles in Good Slime Shine ($23) and Sweating Mussels ($29) to the delightful starters like Bird's Not Sticky Tofu ($16) and Baked Eggplant ($14). But if spicy food makes you work up too much of a sweat, save this spot for when you're about five dates in.

Afterwards You're at Amoy, home to some of Singapore's best bars. Try to locate Operation Dagger with your date or down some drinks with a side of palm reading at Employees Only.

Restaurants, European

The White Rabbit

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An abandoned church restored to a dining hall surrounded by lush greenery, what could be more romantic than that? This fairytale setting is a perfect spot for special dinners and romantic gestures. You know what they say about oysters so get half a dozen from Kelly Galway ($46) alongside other decadent treats like uni custard ($28), pan-seared foie gras ($32) and lobster and kombu linguine ($52). Diners also return for their delightful desserts so if your date has a sweet tooth, you know what to do.

Afterwards Don't have to go far, the chic outdoor bar, The Rabbit Hole, await you and your date. Order a couple of its signature gin and tonics, the perfect respite from Singapore's balmy climes.

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Restaurants

The Summerhouse

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When it comes to romantic meals, it's always important to pick a place with good lighting and good food, of course. The Summerhouse excels on both counts. It sources ingredients from local, Malaysian and Australian farms and growers and celebrates farm-to-table dining. Dine in the spacious dining hall of the colonial bungalow or book one of three air-conditioned domes strategically placed in the garden. They fit up to six guests – there's a minimum spend of $300 – and are themed in different styles. We can't think of a more romantic place to pop the question.

Afterwards Stick around for house pours and wine or head to the nearby Wheeler's Estate for ice cold beer and some live music.

Restaurants, Italian

Caffe Fernet

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When it comes to dates, first impressions count. Caffe Fernet would impresses easily with its gorgeous decor. The shiny long bar beckons with warm tones of brown, brick red and gold, and the restaurant portion offers views of glistening Marina Bay – so don't be surprised if you see people popping the question. They might be drunk on love or Caffe Fernet's happy hour promotions: frosés at $12, spritzes for $13 and specialty cocktails going at $15. It's all served alongside hearty modern Italian fare like cacio e pepe and veal meatballs.

Afterwards Take your date to locate The Secret Mermaid and try out one of Kelly D'Cruz's concoctions or head to Kinki for a Japanese-influenced cocktail at the rooftop bar. 

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Restaurants

The Ottomani

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Show off how much you know by taking your date to The Ottomani, an opulent, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant hidden behind The Fat Prince. Luxuriate on a plush couch and enjoy a meal fit for royalty. kick things off with a plate of thinly sliced Hokkaido scallops ($24) served with fennel, mojama (salt-cured tuna) and pomelo amba, a tangy that gives a dish some acidity. The cabbage sprouts ($28) cooked over charcoal is another winner.

Afterwards Go back into the light by having drinks at the bar at The Fat Prince. It specialises in cocktails made with Raki, an anise-flavoured spirit popular in the Middle East. Take a stroll around the corner to Jigger and Pony for their signature cocktails. 

Restaurants, Italian

Monti

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Seal the deal by bringing your date to Monti, at Fullerton Pavilion with a breathtaking view of Marina Bay. Tugboats sail right past your table as you tuck into traditional Italian fare like risotto cacio e pepe ($39), finished tableside in a wheel of Parmesan and topped with freshly shaved black truffle. 

Afterwards With resident DJs spinning ’til late, you’ll find it easy to stay at Monti all night long. Alternatively, make your way to Kinki’s rooftop for a selection of Japanese sake and bar snacks.

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Restaurants

The Garage

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Nestled in the heart of the Botanic Gardens is The Garage, a new two-storey F&B concept with a café named Bee’s Knees on the ground floor and restaurant/bar Botanico on the second. Bee’s Knees is more of a first date joint, where you can have coffee and sandwiches in a casual setting, but if you’re looking to take things to the next level (quite literally), Botanico has a menu driven by the seasons, featuring dishes like lamb tartare, cured and grilled Spanish mackerel, and braised pork belly with sherry sour sauce.

Afterwards Also on the second floor of The Garage is a garden bar that’s simultaneously airconditioned and outdoors so you can enjoy fresh air, sans the tropical heat. Alternatively, take a romantic jaunt through Botanic Gardens and unwind over a coupla bottles of beer at Bar Bar Black Sheep at Cluny Court.

Restaurants, Australian

Salt grill & Sky bar

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After spending the day sweating on the streets of Orchard, head to the 56th floor of ION Orchard for unparalleled views – and food. Celebrity chef Luke Mangan showcases his signature items, including the ‘glass’ Sydney crab omelette ($33), along with a range of Australian meats cooked on the grill. 

Afterwards Orchard Road is in no short supply of bars for your nightcap. For a private, hidden-away experience pop by The Other Room, a speakeasy located in the Singapore Marriott. Alternatively, there’s always the tried and true Alley Bar for laid-back drinks and bar bites. 

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Pollen
Photo: Rory Daniel
Restaurants, European

Pollen

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Housed in Gardens by the Bay’s climate-controlled Flower Dome, Pollen can get a little chilly – giving you the perfect excuse to cosy up with your date. Be treated to chef Steve Allen’s multi-course menu, which includes creations like poached and roasted French duck, his take on the classic duck à l’orange. Alternatively, head to the second floor for a light bite or afternoon tea.

Afterwards Enjoy complimentary access to the Flower Dome and cross the bridge over to Marina Bay Sands for drinks. Party it up on the roof at CÉ LA VI or unwind over a bottle of wine at Adrift by David Myers.

Restaurants

Cheek by Jowl

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If you want to be cheek by jowl with your date by the end of the night, this is the restaurant to check out. Helmed by husband-and-wife team, Rishi Naleendra and Manuela Toniolo, lunch is priced at $58 for one ‘snack’ and five courses, while dinner is a more extravagant affair with five ‘snacks’ and five courses. 

Afterwards Take a stroll along Amoy Street and stop when you reach a neon pink sign that reads ‘Psychic’. It’s not a Tarot reader but Employees Only, one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Another secret spot is The Spiffy Dapper, a bar located on the second floor of 73 Amoy Street.

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Restaurants

Le Binchotan

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Named after the white charcoal used to grill its French-Japanese tapas, Le Binchotan serves both skewered meats and more refined dishes like uni with corn mousse ($25). Items like the edible "charcoal" ($23) make great conversation starters. This restaurant only seats 38, guaranteeing an intimate experience on the corner of Gemmill Lane. 

Afterwards Saunter over to Ann Siang Road and have dessert at PS.Cafe or have a drink at the swanky New York-style speakeasy, Catchfly.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Maggie Joan's

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The dark back alley entrance of this refined Modern European restaurant gives off a secret dining club vibe, and watch her heart melt when you explain that Maggie and Joan are co-owner Daniel Ballis' grandmothers. The food is hardly homespun, though – the well-balanced plates of meat, fish and veg are prettily assembled, and the darkened, cavernous space only adds to the sense of adventure built up from tracking down the restaurant.  

Afterwards Drink at Club Street Social or people-watch with glasses of wine at Beaujolais. Skip the rowdy Club Street stretch in favour of another secret location: the Operation Dagger bar on Ann Siang Road. 

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Restaurants, Mexican

Lucha Loco

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

Go for the seats inside, where the low lights and worn pastel walls transport you to a gritty Mexico City saloon, or those on the outdoor terrace, which is lit by sunset and candlelight later at night. Lucha Loco's always a great bet for its upbeat vibe and disarmingly messy Mexican street fare that's bright and spry on the palate. Finish off dinner with some mezcal cocktails and good conversation.

Afterwards If your date's a cocktail geek, go make more conversation over the drinks at Tippling Club. Share a bottle of wine at Merchant's Wine Cellar on Duxton, or hit up JJ Atlante Pub closer to 11pm and jive to the live blues band on duty. 

Restaurants, French

Café and Bar Gavroche

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This is as close as you'll get to a romantic Parisian bistro. Chef Frederic Colin's kitted out his long shophouse unit with Art Nouveau posters, rattan chairs, cobblestone floors and a vintage cooker his grandmother nurtured the family with. To carry the experience through, elegantly cut your way through Croque Monsieurs and Madames or a tartine in between sips of one of the many house wines, eaux de vie and pastis. 

Afterwards Reminisce about your childhoods over locally inspired cocktails at Jekyll and Hyde, or run across the street to Tippling Club for cutting-edge drinks.

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Restaurants, Italian

Art

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

The CBD is home to a surprising number of romantic digs and Art is one of them. Serving Italian classics updated with modern techniques, the food will have you rolling your eyes back in ecstasy. The best part? A meal here won’t break the bank, allowing you to pay for your date without feeling too much of a pinch.

Afterwards Take a high-speed lift up to 1-Altitude if you’re in the mood to dance the night away. For a more private experience, have tasting flights at The Secret Mermaid or get one of Kelly DCruz’s signature creations.

Restaurants, Burgers

Potato Head Folk

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Looking for a someone who's more fun than high-maintenance? Watch them eat a burger. Three Buns offers an extensive selection of burger-and-the-works options, and plenty of quirky art to talk about between mouthfuls. When you're done, bring the conversation upstairs to the rooftop garden for potent tiki drinks among lights and shophouse rooftops. 

Afterwards Keep it hip, fun and grungy at Neon Pigeon round the corner with cocktails classy or have fun with the bourbons at The Flagship on Bukit Pasoh Road. 

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Restaurants, Thai

Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Impress your date with Thai fine dining that’s not too stuffy while taking in glistening views of Marina Bay. The amber lit restaurant lets you bask in a warm glow as you savour traditional dishes like Yam Mamuang, a spicy green mango salad with prawns, chicken, roasted coconut, grounded peanuts and sweet sauce ($18.70) and tom yam gung ($26.50) that have been elevated a notch.

Afterwards If you can’t get enough of marina views, walk along Fullerton Bay to Overeasy for a pint or two.

Restaurants, French

Jaan

icon-location-pin City Hall

Save this one for a special occasion. Or not. With breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline, Jaan is an intimate 40-seat restaurant that takes you on a culinary journey to chef Kirk Westaway's hometown in Devon. The small seaside town on the south-western coast of England continues to be a source of inspiration in Jaan's menu, which focuses on fresh seasonal produce. The most extravagant menu is reserved for dinner, where you can enjoy an eight-course menu ($268) with the option of a wine pairing for each course ($220).

Afterwards Head down to Anti:dote at the Fairmont for a nightcap or walk a little further to Loof, where the party goes on late into the night.

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Terra
Photo: Terra by Seita
Restaurants

Terra

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

This is a great restaurant to keep returning to for date night as no two meals at Terra are exactly the same – even though you can request for your favourite dishes in advance. Chef-owner Seita Nakahara regularly travels to Japan to source for new ingredients. As such, the omakase sets of Tokyo-Italian cuisine are changed seasonally depending on what arrives in the kitchen that day. Don’t confuse what you’ll be eating with fusion food: 'Tokyo-Italian' simply refers to authentic Italian dishes that are made from the best Japanese produce available. The sea urchin spaghetti and oven-baked Hokkaido scallop are mainstays, but if you and your date enjoy an element of surprise, just leave it to Nakahara to decide. 

Afterwards Hop over to Jekyll & Hyde for bespoke cocktails that will help you get to know your date better. Alternatively, hit up BAM! for a glass of sake or wine.

Restaurants, Japanese

Bincho

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

If you're not sure about your date's dining preferences yet, you probably won't go wrong with chicken. Cheery chef Asai Masahi is a whiz with grilling and assembling nose-to-tail plates of Malaysian-bred chickens, and those seats by the bar in front of the open kitchen will fill awkward silences with the stick-flipping kitchen action. 

Afterwards Take a quiet walk through the Tiong Bahru estate, then go for craft beer at Lee Tai Fu or a cheeky pint at Coq and Balls, both on Kim Tian Road. 

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