Instead of food being presented beautifully on the tables, Marché has a marketplace style where you place orders to chefs who will cook your meal on the spot. What’s also unique is that we get a card which is scanned and tagged with our orders from each stall. We only have to make payment on our way out at the cashier after our meal.
My favourite part of the restaurant is the salad bar. you get to choose your portion size and given a bowl or plate. It entire up to you to pick whatever veggies, nuts, cheese, and fruit from the bar. You can take as much as you like as long as it will fit in your bowl / plate.
The Mushroom Soup was creamy and had a good consistency. It was flavourful but not overpowering or rich - A nice starter to the meal. We couldn’t find the croutons though.
The Grilled Sea Bass Fillet was flaky and nicely grilled. However, I found it slightly fishy and it didn’t taste very fresh – and this spoiled the flavour of the fish totally. Not something I’d reccomend unless you happen to be there when they have a fresh catch.
The Sirloin Steak was tender and tasted good. Not fantastic, but definately above average. I asked for it to be medium-rear and it came just the right doneness. What I liked about this station though is that you get an electronic buzzing device with each order. You can dine or check out the other stalls while you wait, when the devise buzzes, it’s time to collect your dish.
The Potato Rösti is aparently the dish everyone has to order when at Marché. So we did give it a try and absolutely loved it. It was crispy on the surface and firm on the inside. Many Swiss people consider rösti a national dish and is made with grated potato. Depending on the frying technique, butter or fat may be added, the grated potatoes are then shaped into rounds or patties. It was probably the best dish of the night – you must try this with sour cream!
The Banana-Chocolate Crepe was a great ending to the meal. If you’re not already full by this time, you will be after this desert. The crepe was thin and just the right texture. The chocolate sauce and banana slices complemented each other nicely, making this sweet crepe a perfect desert for anyone with a sweet tooth.
We also tried an assortment of their cakes for desert. The cakes looked really delicious and enticing, but after tasting a few, found them rather mediocre and nothing special to rave about.
Marché Restaurant has two branches in singapore – one at 313 @ Somerset #01-39/46, and the other at VivoCity #03-14. We went to the one at VivoCity. Overall, a nice meal with good food and service. Loved the decor but found the restaurant rather noisy with tables being set a little too close to each other. Didn’t like the fact that it was self service but the chefs and crew made up for it with their helpful and friendly demeanor. We spent about $35 per person including drinks. My ratings – Food: 8/10. Service: 8/10. Ambience: 6/10. Value for money: 7/10.