After its outlets in Tiong Bahru and Club Street, multi-concept lifestyle brand Merci Marcel opens its third establishment in Palais Renaissance, a mall in Orchard Road.
Merci Marcel concept store
The new outlet is inspired by “France in The Tropics”, and features exquisite design elements such as vintage pieces sourced from France and floor tiles handcrafted by Italian artisans. The opening of the beautifully furnished new outlet also comes with the unveiling of a new menu conceptualised by French consultant Chef Nicolas Nguyen Van Hai and a concept store that carries over 700 lifestyle products from 80 unique brands.
Merci Marcel Orchard: What should you order?
Ravioles de Royans, Palais
We tried the Ravioles de Royans, Palais (SGD22), a dish that’s designed for the new outlet and is a re-interpreted rendition of the Ravioles de Royans (French dumpling pasta filled with cheese) that’s signature to Merci Marcel. The new version adds a frothy foie gras emulsion to the dish and is served with chunks of foie gras.
Having also tried the original Ravioles de Royans before, we have to say that the re-interpreted version is even more indulgent and is now our new favourite.
Impossible Marcel Burger
We also ordered the Impossible Marcel Burger (SGD29) to check out how Merci Marcel prepares the plant-based patty. Served with tomato chutney, fried goat’s cheese, and aged parmesan, the burger was juicy and hearty, and absolutely delicious. The goat’s cheese adds to a slightly gamey taste to the burger so you may just forget that it’s a vegetarian dish for a moment.
For desserts, we had the Creme Brulee (SGD10), a new dessert item for the Merci Marcel Orchard outlet. This dish is made with Werther’s Original candies (whipped and cooked with milk, cream, and eggs) and finished with homemade salted caramel. We love that it’s served in a big and shallow bowl so you get more of the burnt sugar, which makes the comforting dessert less cloying. We couldn’t stop digging into it even though we were already very full.
For something more refreshing, try the Pineapple Carpaccio (SGD11). Made up of thinly sliced pineapples, the dessert is dribbled with a house made sauce comprising of natural organic honey, lime juice, and olive oil, and finished with mango puree sprinkled with coconuts flakes and coconut biscuit.
Other dishes to consider include
- The Perigourdine Salad (SGD24), which features a delightful mix of crisp mesclun, flavourful boneless duck confit, buttery foie gras, fresh potatoes, chestnuts, and a splash of special truffle oil to heighten the flavours
- Tarte Flambée (SGD26), thin crust pizza with generous servings of reblochon cheese and slices of smoked duck breast
- Atlantic Wild Cod (SGD34), if you prefer something heartier. This fish is paired with two unique homemade sauces – creamy beurre blanc sauce made from white wine, shallots, cream and butter, and herb infused sauce composed of spirulina and vinaigrette. The dish is served with risotto and a splash of chopped white, purple and orange carrots.
If you enjoy cheese, you should also check out their cheese platters that are made up of daily selections. Speak to the waiters for recommendations based on your own palate.
The beverage menu at Merci Marcel Orchard is extensive, and 80% of the options are organic or made from sustainable agriculture. Try the cocktail menu that includes tipples such as the La vie en Marcel, made with Fair gin, lime cordial, egg white, pear nectar, lime juice, and pear liquor and the Little Narcos Dictator, concocted with Dictator rum, bitter chocolate, and cinnamon. You’ll also be able to find craft organic beer selections from Maddam, and a range of organic sustainable wines.
Don’t forget to take tons of photos
Dress your best and bring along your Instagram buddy because Merci Marcel Orchard is designed for the ‘gram. Right at the entrance, you’ll spot a vintage Parisian velvet sofa under a vibrant neon sign that says “MARCEL”. This is where you should take a photo while waiting for your table to be ready.
The inviting lounge area features a wooden shelf where than 1,000 bottles of French Rosé is displayed, looking like a dazzling wall that makes for the perfect OOTD backdrop.
You can also take your food and drinks out to the alfresco patio area that looks out to the shopping district, where you’ll enjoy fresh air and natural light in the day for the most flattering shots.
Merci Marcel Orchard is located at Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, #01-03 to 04, Singapore 238871. It is open daily from 8am to 12am. Find out more here.