Sorry to be so smug, but the new Merci Marcel is right near Honeycombers HQ and we'll be claiming a regular table...
While we never turn down an excuse to hang out in Tiong Bahru, we’re not-so-secretly thrilled that Frenchie fave and Instagram darling Merci Marcel is opening its second branch on Club Street, right near Honeycombers. If you haven’t been hanging at this fab French restaurant like a regular, rewind to that time we discovered Merci Marcel as a Hot New Table and make a reservation stat: this joint fills up fast.
With its divine list of natural wines, ciders and craft beer, a lifestyle boutique and now art exhibitions, this is one place we can’t get enough of. The Club Street outpost is the latest baby of Merci Marcel’s owners, French couple Antoine Rouland and Marie-Charlotte Ley (they also brought us Ô Comptoir , and Ô Batignolles, which they recently closed presumably to bring us more of la vie en Marcel).
We poked our head into the new space, which is still yet to open to the public. From what we’ve seen so far, you’re going to have to suffer through more smug photos of us draped over the chic interior and flatlay photos of our after-work charcuterie and cheese platters. #sorrynotsorry
We won’t ruin the surprise, but it’s a little more masculine than the tropical perfection of the Tiong Bahru branch. Expect more blues and lush textures, striking art and seating that spills out streetside. If, like us, you love the crazy plant lady vibe of the original, we have been assured there will be plants…
We know what the new branch means though: more rose cider to hit the spot after a hot, hot day; more temptations to pick up a block of posh French chocolate, and no reason at all to resist that pair of Parisian shades we’ve been eyeing (or those cute enamelware bowls, either).
What’s new on the menu? We’ve been told the menu won’t be a replica of the Tiong Bahru branch, and Merci Marcel Club St is introducing daily wine-by-the-glass and cheese menus that will be on regular rotation. Expect 100 exclusive wines and endless cheeses from the crème de la crème of boutique suppliers in France…
And yes, we did ask: Merci Marcel Club Street will be serving the signature dish from Tiong Bahru: the most addictive ravioles de Royans. You know it’s all about those shavings of Swiss tête de moine cheese that melt the moment they hit your tongue. This could be our undoing.
The new branch opens early June 2018. We’ll fill you in.
Merci Marcel, 7 – 9 Club Street, Singapore 069403
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