This sits right next to the entrance of the Palais Renaissance, where many tai-tai hang out for hair treatments, shop for luxury furniture, have Michelin-starred sushi, and yeah, hang out at P.S Café and the likes.
The newest Merci Marcel completes that picture – coffee, desserts, wine, food, place to Instagram and shop, and kids would probably feel comfortable here as well.
People come in their active wear, dress-down floral dresses or executive wear, and they all look they are just happy to be there.
I liked the whole ambience as well. It has this tropical-meets-bohemian chic.
An outdoor seating that is actually quite cooling awaits for those who loves some natural daylight and occasional people-watching; or more boutique-bar like interior with rows of French Rosé as a backdrop.
The all-day dining destination has quite a number of highlight dishes on its menu, including Ravioles de Royans ($18, $28)– French dumpling pasta filled with cheese & spinach, foie gras emulsion, Atlantic Wild Cod ($34), Barramundi Tartare ($23), Smoked Haddock Salad ($18), and of course the trending Impossible Marcel Burger ($28).
For desserts, there is the Crepe Mercel with tiramisu emulsion ($12), and Pineapple Carpaccio ($11) which my friend described as the best sweet thing she had in a while.
As I was there for brunch, I decided to go for the safer choices of Scrambled Eggs with truffle paste and aged parmesan ($20).
It was almost how I would imagine it to be… a safe choice. The organic eggs could have a creamier consistency, more distinctive truffle aroma, and I would been happier with one more egg within (a hungry person would finish this within three mouthfuls.)
The Croissant ($3.50) made from 100% French butter certainly got to be one of the best you can find in Singapore – crispy and radiated with buttery fragrance. Délicieux!
As for the Chocolate Cake ($10), it was in short, rich and good.
Intense and dense, some customers could find this on the dry side, but there was that light Chantilly cream to balance it all off.
Other than its pricing which I find slightly on the high side, Merci Marcel at Orchard presents a tranquil escape from the hustle of town, THE place for relaxed social dining.
Merci Marcel – Orchard
390 Orchard Road, #01-03/04, Palais Renaissance Singapore 238871
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
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