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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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Botan Japanese Restaurant – Good quality affordable Japanese food near Raffles Place

I had not heard of Botan Japanese Restaurant so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my dining companion had not only heard of it, but had actually dined at Botan several times over the last few years. Botan Japanese Restaurant is the type of understated Japanese restaurant that those in the know would have heard about.

It’s homely decor may not attract eyeballs immediately. It seems to be hidden in plain view because despite its central location within Far East Square, I’d actually walked past it without realising, probably distracted by all the banker types sitting al-fresco nearby and chugging down bottles during lunch time. But, they boast a loyal following because of their quality ingredients flown in from Japan, as well as their value-for-money pricing.

Botan Japanese Restaurant Compilation

Executive Chef, Thomas Kok, a pioneer of the Japanese culinary scene in Singapore with over four decades of experience has taken over the helm of the restaurant. He was already working at Japanese restaurants back in the day where Singaporeans were more accustomed to cooked, hot food rather than foreign things like raw fish. Apparently, many dishes now easily found in Singapore were creations of or championed by Chef Thomas and his team decades ago. Take for example the Pitan Tofu, a proud creation of Chef Thomas, now easily available in many Japanese Restaurants in Singapore.

The price-range at Botan is quite varied. Depending on your budget, you can have a perfectly satisfying meal for under $20, or you can splurge on some of the more luxurious dishes. Here are some of my recommendations.

Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner–Restaurant quality food at cafe pricing plus those must-try sourdough waffles!

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When you think “cafe” these days, what do you think of? Food quality doesn’t really come to mind. Sure they may have a couple or two star dishes, but more likely than not, the entire premise of that cafe is built upon being Instagrammable. Visit once or twice, and you’ve basically covered their entire menu of dishes worth eating. So it is a breath of fresh air, what Tiong Bahru Bakery has done to its Funan and Raffles City outlets.

Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner

These two outlets are now known as Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner, and offer a “slow food” approach, which is most unexpected coming from a chain F&B establishment. Whatever you thought you knew about Tiong Bahru Bakery, Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner is so much more.

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Restaurant JAG– Let this Michelin-starred restaurant surprise you

I recently had the privilege to try out the Restaurant JAG, which is helmed by Jeremy Gillon, located along Duxton Road. Since opening its doors on October 2018, it has within that short span of time managed to snag an impressive number of awards including T Top 20 2019/2020 Singapore Tatler Wine & Dine Singapore’s Top Restaurants 2019/2020 and most notably a One Michelin Star in 2019.
Restaurant Jag
At Restaurant JAG, more than 40 naturally foraged in the wild herbs from the Savoie region of France are the highlight of the menu. They have pride of place along the kitchen wall where they are never out of sight from the chefs. These herbs feature in every single dish, but in a creative and beautiful way. A limited ala-carte menu is available, however diners are encouraged to opt for Chef’s omakase menu, which will feature the freshest seasonal ingredients in dishes specially designed to highlight the distinctive trait of used herbs. Should you have any dietary restrictions, there is no need to inform days in advance, it can be done upon arrival, thanks to the cooking techniques employed and the way the menu is curated.

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SUDIO FEM Wireless Earphones Review

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Recently I was gifted a pair of Sudio FEM wireless earphones. Now I actually don’t have a habit of listening to music on a regular basis. The only time I ever use earphones is when I’m hitting the treadmill at the gym! On the contrary, my husband uses earphones on a regular basis. Interesting enough, earphones are especially handy in the office to block out noisy colleagues, but anyway….

So the husband kindly volunteered to check out Sudio FEM. Out of the 4 colours available (Black, White, Classic Blue and Pink), he selected Black. But because these wireless earphones look so nifty and cool, I thought maybe I’d like to have them instead, so I eventually put in the order for White. Imagine his initial disappointment because he had secretly intended to keep them for his own usage. But the good thing is, the colour is growing on him because the product is too good to be returned to the rightful owner (me) just because of a difference in colour.

Sudio FEM

So what’s so good about the Sudio FEM wireless earphones?

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