Marche would perhaps be best known for their painted cows adorning the restaurant facade -a signature feature that stuck throughout all their outlets!
Really getting into the Halloween season this year, the vivocity marche branch is decorated (down to every nook and cranny) with carved pumpkins to drum up a festive spirit. The interior is relatively spacious -there is a need for all the food stations to fit inside the restaurant itself, and the food ranges from rosti, pasta, rice, salads and pizzas to an extensive range of sweet treats including their sweet crepes and also pastries fresh out from the bakery station.
For those who have not been to Marche before, the system can be relatively daunting. You get a card, go to the food station that you want, order, and the amount for payment will be noted in your card (be sure not to mix up your card with your friends', or worse, lose your card because the penalty if $100 i think!), which you pay at the payment counter at the end of your meal when you leave!
We ordered two savoury crepes -One chicken and one mushroom at $13.50, an apple pie ($5.40) and a beef pizza (forgot the price :/) to share amongst ourselves. If you are a fan of potato, you may wanna try their specialty Rosti with sausage, or if rice is more of your thing, go for their paella!
In our opinion, the chicken crepe was wayyy better than the sauteed mushroom one. The shitake had a really overpowering taste that really took the focus away from the refreshing and delicately wrapped crepe! It tasted more of a braised Chinese dish, which was a little odd considering the fresh greens and the crepe. Mushrooms aside, the crepe is wrapped with fresh greens and comes with a creamy sauce on the side (which is good for dipping!). Do yourself a favour and go for the chicken crepe..unless you are vegetarian and don't mind shitake.
The apple pie disappointed me slightly -it was more of a layered apple tart rather than a pie, per se. The apple is thinly sliced, cooked with cinammon and sugar and layered to form a really tall pie. I liked the crust best, it was buttery and had a rich texture that would have complemented the refreshing apple ...pity there was so much of the apple and so little of the pie.
I don't eat beef, but my friends who shared the pizza told us that the taste wasn't really evenly distributed across the crust (the edges were terribly tasteless but the middle had more flavour comparatively). Also, there wasn't much minced beef
However, the contrast of fresh tomatoes and cheese proved to be a pleasant accompaniment.
We wouldn't really recommend pizzas at Marche though:/
Marche is an excellent place for a family gathering, or for friends (to save yourself the hassle of bill splitting, this place eradicates bill woes!). The food isn't extraordinary, and most dishes are either hits or misses depending on what you order. For first timers we would recommend the rosti (you cannot go wrong with potato!), sausages, and crepes -both savoury and sweet ones. Pricewise, it ranges from around $20 per pax onwards, once again, depending on what you order
Date of Visit: Oct 26, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $20(Dinner)Other Ratings: