Following the continued success of their first restaurant onYan’an Road, Marais has decided to open a second branch in Binjiang’s Gemini Building. This location is larger than their first restaurant and features a sleek modern interior designed by Italian architect Simone Acciai.The menu is much the same, with a focus on Mediterranean but also including international dishes like Thai Fried Noodle (58RMB), Malaysian Laksa (68RMB) and Texas BBQ Pork Ribs (138RMB).
Breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30 with French Croissant (15RMB), Breakfast Platter of sausage, egg, bacon and spinach (48RMB), French Toast (25RMB), Salmon Omelette (35RMB) and Ham Sandwich with Aïoli(35RMB).
Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4:30pm, which is great for late risers seeking a hangover fix.With more time to linger, the brunch menu expands on the normal breakfast menu and adds Eggs Benedict (58RMB), Pancakes with banana, bacon and maple syrup (48RMB), Pan Fried Eggs with hash browns and avocados (58RMB) and Goat Cheese Omelette (48RMB). The goat cheese omelette was delicious and generously filled with artichokes and topped with sweet caramelized onions.
There’s a special lunch menu of well-priced items for nearby office workers to grab a quick meal. The hearty Lasagne Bolognese (48RMB) is a good deal with rich meat sauce and lots of cheese. More béchamel sauce would have pushed the rating from very good to excellent.We liked the Spicy Chicken Burger (48RMB) for its juicy chicken thigh meat, bacon, thick slices of tomato, onion and pickles and the substantial bun to hold everything together.The salads at Marais have a loyal following and the Blue Cheese Salad (58RMB) with prosciutto, walnuts and green beans didn’t disappoint.
For drinks, there’re cocktails (48-55RMB), smoothies (45RMB), milkshakes (45RMB), soft drinks (25RMB), Italian sparkling water (25RMB), teas (35RMB), coffees (25-35RMB) and fresh juice blends (45-48RMB). The Apple and Pineapple juice blend with mint was a refreshing combination.Chinese and English menu. Parking is available at the Gemini Building but it can be hard to get a space.