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Cicada – An oasis of calm in the middle of Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay can get pretty raucous at night. Pass by during the day and it lets out nary a whimper, but unleashes a monster once twilight approaches. Okay I may exaggerate but it sure can get pretty noisy come nightfall. Due to the sheer number of restaurants and bars in such a compact space, with many boasting live bands, the cacophony is inevitable. But a lot of people love it, hence the packed restaurants and bars.

Cicada at Clarke Quay

But if you are one who can’t tolerate the decibels, modern Asian diner Cicada is an oasis of calm in the heart of Clarke Quay. It is a multi-concept dining and entertainment venue that spans 2 storeys, the 1st floor being an all-day dining bistro with cocktails on tap and late night desserts, while the second floor offers a live mandarin jazz lounge paired with Asian-inspired tapas and a wide selection of alcoholic drinks.

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Affordable and value-for-money Christmas meals

Affordable Christmas Eats 2019

If you’re looking for affordable and value-for-money places to celebrate Christmas or have a Christmassy meal, here’s a quick list of suggestions to help you. And a very value-for-money suggestion at a 5-star hotel that will bowl you over! Oh do add me on Instagram if you want the very latest news, videos and for more mouth watering photos.

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Wagyu Express – Enjoy Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku at wallet-friendly prices!

Do you shy away from dining at Japanese Yakiniku (Japanese grilled meats) because of the cost factor? I am glad to report that you can now enjoy Japanese Yakiniku, Wagyu Yakiniku to be exact at a more affordable price if you visit Wagyu Express by Aburiya. If you’ve heard of Aburiya, which is also a Yakiniku restaurant, Wagyu Express is the no-frills version.

Wagyu Express - Wagyu Sukiyaki ($20)

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Tim Ho Wan – Revamped menu and a new outlet in Punggol Waterway Point

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After a change in management, Tim Ho Wan has gone through a menu revamp. I am glad to report that you can now expect many new creations as well as improved classics. Tim Ho Wan is also on another expansion plan. The latest outlet to open is the 11th outlet in Punggol Waterway Point, which would be most convenient for people living in the far north as there is no other Tim Ho Wan outlet nearby.

Tim Ho Wan - Sesame Balls with Molten Salted Egg $4 (2)

The last time I visited Tim Ho Wan was in late 2013. Since then, a number of outlets have opened and closed, such as the ones at Toa Payoh, Aperia Mall and Bedok Mall. To be frank, the food then did not impress me. It just didn’t strike me as Michelin quality, and certainly not worth the 1 to 2 hour queues then. There were some hits, but there were numerous misses too. Thankfully, I think with this current menu revamp, there are now more dishes worthy of trying. And with numerous outlets dotted over the Singapore, the queues aren’t as scary anymore. Scroll down to see which dishes I thought were great, and those that were not so. These were all tried at the new Punggol Waterway Point outlet.

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5 must try eateries at Eastpoint Mall

With the recent opening of the 3rd  Malaysia Boleh! at Eastpoint Mall, the mall is fast becoming a foodie destination in itself. Eastpoint Mall, being a suburban mall located in a small and peaceful residential estate, has never been on the radar of most people unless you are living in Simei or the surrounding areas. It’s more of a utilitarian mall, with people visiting just to get a simple meal, groceries at NTUC, wares from Daiso, school and stationery supplies from Popular or attending enrichment classes. Up until recently, there have no big name fashion stores or big name anything to draw in the crowds. But therein lies the delight in visiting Eastpoint Mall. I visit Eastpoint Mall several times a week precisely because it is peaceful and not teeming with people. I can get a seat at any eatery or cafe I want, pretty much any time of the day.

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Well things are changing at Eastpoint Mall. In the last one year, a number of big name eateries have opened at Eastpoint Mall, the biggest being of course the super popular Malaysia Boleh! that opened a couple of weeks back. Let’s hope that these big names draw even more big name and popular eateries to open at Eastpoint Mall. Businesses might worry about a lack of footfall, but just look at how crowded Malaysia Boleh! is and you’ll know that if you can provide the goods, people will flock to you.

Anyway, here are my 5 eateries / restaurant recommendations at Eastpoint Mall that you should really check out.

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