Posts Tagged ‘Clarke Quay’

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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Christmas 2018–Christmas Eve dinner for under $100 at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay - The Square Festive Buffet (1)

If you have yet to make any plans for Christmas, you might want to consider Novotel Clarke Quay The Square Restaurant. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is going at $85++ while the Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is going at $68++. Senior Citizens get a discount. And the Christmas Eve Buffet comes with free flow of martinis, beer, wine and soft drinks, so really it’s not a bad deal!

The festive buffets will feature favourites such as

  • Roast Turkey
  • Baked Gammon Ham
  • Roast Beef,
  • Seafood on Ice
  • Assorted Sushi and Sashimi,
  • Signature dishes like Salted Egg Crayfish, Chilli Crab, Laksa etc
  • Festive desserts such as fruit cake, stollen, log cake, panettone etc

Scroll down for some picture highlights taken from the invited media tasting a couple of weeks ago.

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Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation 2018

It’s no secret that we love going on staycations. If I could, I would check into a new hotel every month. Even the toddler loves staycations. At one point in time, it was quite dangerous to even mention the word “hotel” because then he’d launch into a big tantrum if you didn’t take him to one straight away! Given that it’s going to be peak season for staycations in December, here’s my review of Swissotel Merchant Court to give you some idea of where to staycation next.

Swissotel Merchant Court Birthday Staycation

We previously stayed in Swissotel Merchant Court back in 2016, when Edward was still a baby! There are many things that we really like about Swissotel Merchant Court. First of all, the colour scheme. I really love the bright yellow hues, it just makes you feel so joyous and welcomed. The rooms are always very well-appointed. And for me, location location location. It being smack next to Clark Quay Central as well as Clarke Quay MRT station makes it so convenient. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, lots of shops. And even if you don’t want to spend a single dime, Clarke Quay is a great place to just chill by the steps of the river and people watch. And for Pokemon Go players, Clarke Quay is teeming with PokeStops and mons!

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The Joy of Toys at Clarke Quay Central

Finally had the chance to visit The Joy of Toys located at Clarke Quay Central Mall. I’d heard about it a couple of months back and found the concept to be quite attractive yet pretty unique in Singapore. It’s a wonder why there aren’t more of such indoor children’s play areas around.

Ok when you think of a children’s indoor playground / play area, you tend to visualise one where there are many slides, ball pits, tunnels etc for the children to run about and explore, aka gross motor skills type of play. Think Cool de Sac, Kids Amaze, The Polliwogs etc. There will also be a small area with fine motor skill toys and pretend play toys such as lego, puzzles, play kitchen, dolls etc, but these tend not to be the highlight of the business.

The Joy of Toys is quite different. There are no slides and tunnels. Per their website, they offer

  • Structured Play sections focussing on manipulatives, construction, as well as competitive games. These include developmental toys, family games and brain teasers.
  • Open-Ended Play sections encouraging pretend and role play. These include miniature play, doll play and food play.

There are a lot of wooden toys, and the whole area, especially the toddler area is furnished in a very pleasing and soothing way. While I was at the toddler area, I suffered from room envy and wondered more than once why I am not able to create a playroom looking like that for Edward.

The Joy of Toys (3)

What’s the difference between the toddler play space vs the main play space?

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Spice World Hot Pot opens in Singapore–Fancy a meat dress doll or a mala Teddy Bear / Hello Kitty?

It’s no joke, the number of hot pot restaurants that have been opening in Singapore of late. Just this week, I attended 2 media tastings of new hot pot restaurants. Well, Spice World Hot Pot from China will certainly make you sit up, not least from the spiciness of its mala hot pot broth. If it doesn’t creep you out, order the barbie doll dressed in wagyu beef, or how about a mala Teddy Bear / Hello Kitty sitting in your soup broth?

Spice World Hot Pot, founded in 2003 is one of China’s top 10 global hotpot brands. The Sichuan mala broth is its signature soup broth. No artificial flavouring, MSG or flavour enhancers are used, and instead, the soup bases are first brewed in Sichuan China using deep forest peppercorns from Hongya farmlands, chillies from Guizhou and Sichuan, before being further processed in Singapore.

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Yes you eyes are not fooling you, that’s literally a Teddy Bear shaped out of mala soup and beef oil. For the luxury of watching Teddy or Hello Kitty slowly melt into the broth, it will cost you an additional $9.90. Might be worth the price if you have many Instagram followers, and let’s be frank, it’s actually quite fascinating to watch poor Teddy plop into the soup and dissolve away….

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