I’m not a frequent visitor but I have been to Marche enough times to know that their standards have gone through a roller-coaster ride over the years. Two dishes I remember fondly, their Rosti and Calamari, started out great but eventually lost any semblance of quality as time went by. In turn, my interest in patronising their outlets sizzled out.
Fast forward several years and I still had doubts about the place. But when Marche was chosen for a farewell dinner for one of my colleagues, I looked at it as an opportunity to set my uncertainties to rest (and to give my best wishes to my soon-to-be ex-colleague…of course.)
One thing about Marche is that they boast an impressive range of choices whether it’s for appetisers, main courses, desserts and even beverages. But my sights were locked in on only one category: beef. That’s when I came across an inviting sight…
When I saw Beef Ribs with Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Mushrooms (~$30) on the mini blackboard, the decision on what to have for dinner was settled. When I found it, it’s appearance was a sight to behold; A glistening rib roast with a gorgeous brown crust that cracked apart nicely as the server sliced into it.
It was a fresh roast so the slice I got was the end piece, which is often more well-cooked than the flesh found closer to the ribs. In his case however, even the inner flesh was overdone. This definitely results in a huge hit when it comes to scoring the dish, but there were a few traits that don’t make it a total loss.
The outer crust was well seasoned and provided that familiar salty bite that I’ve come to love in home-made roasts. I loved that the crust wasn’t too thick but enough for me to mix with the overcooked flesh, allowing it to go down a lot easier. Half of the meat on my plate was rather dry and was pretty far from enjoyable. Flavour was good and the sides went very well with the roast. Sauteed mushrooms were springy with well-balanced seasoning but the mashed potatoes really gelled with the dish.
The ambience was pleasant and the dominantly wooden interior had the rustic log cabin feel, which adds a cosines to the place. The service was above average, with only the cooks being the least cheerful but pretty efficient in handling crowds.
I loved the variety of choices but if the standard of the ribs was anything to go by, then I wouldn’t suggest coming in with high hopes.
Should You Try It?
If you’re a group looking for a cosy gathering spot…maybe. If you’re looking for satisfying meat dishes then I wouldn’t suggest having this place as your first choice.
Marche Movenpick 313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road,
Level 1, Discovery Walk,
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tel: +65 6834 4041
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