Yea, i agree with them, don't need to spend So Much, spending Alot don't mean that u 2 are having good/romantic/nice food!!
Me & my BF alway go Food court or Supermart or Sushi outlet(sells take away). Food court we will try to look around for special food which we never had before or popular ones, Supermart look for stuff to snack special or something we like or even better buy and cook at home(best!). Sushi we buy afew and find a place sit, eat and chat.
Don't need to go to a big restaurant and you got to mind ur manners, or outfit or surrounding... I think being yourself and carefree is best.
Of course during special occasion is fine but for me, when i'm with him it's the Best moment.
I saw this couple when i was going Hereen to try the Hand-made wanton mee at the top floor. They were sharing a bowl of wanton mee! $2.80! I was going there to do the same sharing with my bf and was thinking when ppl see me might think we r poor or "giam siap" (stingy) but after seeing the couple beside I don't feel that anymore. Sharing bring 2 of u closer and u can try feed him/her too.