The latest addition to the hip Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, Merci Marcel is a lifestyle concept store located along Eng Hoon Street right beside Tiong Bahru Bakery.

Opened by French couple Marie Charlotte Ley and Antoine Rouland—the same people behind O Batignolles and O Comptoir—the space is home to a restaurant and a boutique.

The gorgeous light-filled space features three dining areas: an alfresco lounge area right outside the main door, the indoor café and bar area, and for those seeking a more private and cosy space, there is a lush garden patio located right to the back.

Entrance of new Parisian-style cafe Merci Marcel in Tiong Bahru

Entrance of new Parisian-style cafe Merci Marcel in Tiong Bahru

On the food front, the kitchen serves up an all-day menu with a bunch of brunch favourites such as scrambled eggs with truffles and parmesan ($19), and poached eggs with avocado, pomegranate and portobello mushrooms ($22). In the evenings, diners can expect a fresh take on traditional French cuisine, with most dishes designed for sharing.

Merci Marcel offers an all-day menu featuring popular brunch dishes

Merci Marcel offers an all-day menu featuring popular brunch dishes

Start with the crispy and highly addictive cheese croquettes ($14) prepared with comté. The duck rillettes ($18) are another popular choice with its delightful sweet and salty flavour combination. It comprises finely shredded duck, delicate melted camembert cheese and marinated pear served atop freshly baked sourdough.

The main courses are hearty and equally impressive. Our favourite is the Australian Angus beef ($39), served with creamy seasonal mushrooms, beef jus reduction and burnt leek. The meat is grilled till just melt-in-the-mouth tender and bursting with flavour.

The Australian Angus beef dish at Merci Marcel, 400 grams of tenderness right there

The Australian Angus beef dish at Merci Marcel, 400 grams of tenderness right there

For those who prefer seafood options, there is the black pepper tuna with yuzu and soy vinaigrette ($25) and pan-seared scallops with cauliflower crème and cous cous ($38). Match either dishes with the ravioles de royan ($18), a moreish side dish of French dumplings filled with Swiss tête de Moine cheese.

Black pepper crusted tuna dish, seasoned with a yuzu and soy vinaigrette

Black pepper crusted tuna dish, seasoned with a yuzu and soy vinaigrette

For dessert, order one of their cheese platters—pick from a range of soft, hard and goat cheeses, or go for the five-cheese platter ($36), which will offer a good mix of all varieties. The cheeses are served with Beillevaire butter, homemade chutney and a bread basket. If you have a sweet tooth, the chocolate cake served with homemade whipped cream ($10) is a safe bet.

The retail corner carries several French brands like UMA and Patrick FONT

The retail corner carries several French brands like UMA and Patrick FONT

Don’t leave empty-handed. Merci Marcel retails an array of fruit juices from Patrick FONT Nectars, iced teas from UMÀ, gourmet jams from la Cour d’Orgères, French wines, ciders, beers and fresh produce like cheese and charcuterie sourced from artisan producers in Europe.

#01-68, 56 Eng Hoon Street. Tel 6224 0113;

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