Merci Marcel – French Café-Restaurant With Bohemian Chic In The Heart Of Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru continues to evolve with the addition of Merci Marcel, a French café-restaurant located right beside Tiong Bahru Bakery. (It took over The Orange Thimble.)
There are different faces to it – a French breakfast and brunch café spot in the day, chic restaurant and wine bar at night.
In terms of decor, the 1,450 square feet restaurant has 3 spaces of the Lounge, Café Chic, and the Garden Patio. A fairly photogenic place.
I miss the good-old Tiong Bahru, but with the changing demographics, it is expected that we see more lifestyle concepts like this appearing in the neighbourhood.
During the evening, Merci Marcel introduces a French social dining concept with a dinner ‘tapas’ menu, created for sharing in good company.
It was recommended that diners start with 2 to 3 plates, then continue “depending on desire”.
Some of its starters included Cheese Croquette ($14), Chickpea Crème ($10), Duck Rillettes ($18), Good Cheese Tartar ($12), and aged cured 18th Bayonne Ham ($16).
For something more filling, the mains offered were Tarte Flambee ($24), Grilled Chicken with crispy Bayonne Ham ($22), Australian Angus Beef 400g ($39), Black Pepper Tuna ($25), and Ceviche of Red Snapper ($22).
Slightly on the expensive side for a rather casual bistro-like setting, but this is the price point many new restaurants in Singapore are moving towards. Sigh.
The Duck Rillettes ($18) is recommended, where the silky paste is served up with delicate melted camembert cheese and marinated pear.
I had the Crab Rillettes ($18) mixed with avocados, and enjoyed the delightful sweetness of the pale pink flesh, best spread on the sourdough bread.
The Pork Tenderloin ($24) with caramelised onions and ginger turned out to be a great choice as well, grilled till tender and moist, and was full of flavour.
I paired this up with a side of creamy Seasonal Mushrooms ($10), which was equally tasty.
Merci Marcel is slightly off the radar for now, but with its lovely ambience and promising food, it should get some attention fairly soon.
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-68 Singapore 160056 (Tiong Bahru MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 0113
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 11.30pm (Tues – Fri), 8:00am – 11:30pm (Sat), 8:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)
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