5 New Chill-Out Dining Venues That Spark Joy

Calming spaces where you can unwind with a friend or a book.

By Mandy Lim Beitler      15 February 2021

From the Singapore River to the East Coast, these new hangout spots invite you to rejuvenate your body and soul with spacious, calming interiors and menu options that taste as good as they look.

Photo: Cicada Singapore

Cicada Singapore

Unwind at this multi-concept venue at Clarke Quay over mod-Asian tapas dining and one-of-a-kind cocktails. Walking into Cicada Singapore feels like you’ve entered a tropical countryside abode, bathed in natural light and surrounded by lush foliage. Young working adults unsurprisingly flock there for the ‘gram, as well as their signature boba cocktail series.

Cicada’s Grilled Miso Cod Capellini

Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef Derek, who earned At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy’s ‘Mentor Chef of the Year’ title for three consecutive years. Fans of his tapas creations can’t get enough of Cicada’s Smokin’ Dumplin’s and Nori Tacos. Cicada Signature Hokkien Mee and Grilled Miso Cod Capellini are also highly recommended, while Char-grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad, and Vegetable Medley Spaghettini are excellent lighter choices.

Bands playing Chinese jazz and such usually add to the laid-back vibe, but with live entertainment at restaurants now on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, Cicada’s serene atmosphere has attracted more of the #workfromcafe crowd as well.

Cicada is at 3 River Valley Road, #01-10 Clarke Quay Blk C, Singapore 179022.
Visit cicada.sg; www.facebook.com/cicadayjl.sg; www.instagram.com/cicada.sg


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