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410 Market Street, Suite 320, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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merlon review - simply lovely

we have never been disappointed. And the service is always so personal. Nice place to have a light meal. very exquisite

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Durham, North Carolina
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Relatively good Singapore food. Mee goreng, curry chicken, char kway teow are relatively authentic but the portions were huge. The chicken was not as tender as that in Singapore. Similarly, for the satay, the meat was too tough. The dumpling skin was a little too thick. Good service.

Thank runningtomato
Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

we have never been disappointed. And the service is always so personal. Nice place to have a light meal. very exquisite

Thank olufo001
Mebane, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We ordered too much food for lunch, The money pouches were great, The Stuffed You Tiao was fab but a bit too rich for me as a starter. I had the Laksa, not to spicy at all very fragrant, My wife had the Hokkien Noodles which were phenomenal, half way through we traded, all the food going out around us... More 

Thank justinc1961
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Did a takeout of Kuey Teow here for dinner. I did an extra spicy one and it was delicious. It was close enough to what u used to have in Singapore. First bite and was transported back. Only reason it is 4 because of the prices. If only the price was close enough to Singapore prices.

Thank Dhruv M
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The best time to go is lunch because the prices are much more affordable than dinner. There are different menus for lunch and dinner but everything is delicious no matter what you order so I like the more affordable option. The portions are always large so you may want to split a meal - even lunch - or skip the... More 

Thank Brittany K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Merlion offers an interesting menu of Singaporean and other Asian food. The quality of the offerings is very good and the prices quite reasonable. Service and atmosphere are also fine. Definitely worth a visit when in Chapel Hill or Carrboro. Good source for take-out as well.

Thank Jerry V
Terrell, NC
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We don't live in Southern Village, but frequent this spot. The whole fish, samosas and cuisine is delicious. They have a wonderful floral fragrant hot tea and full bar. They are part of the neighborhood, in that they know their patrons, remember things about them, like grandchildren etc. Very personal service.

Thank laurakosbTerrell_NC
Saxapahaw, North Carolina, United States
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76 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I went here on a Sunday night with my husband and one of our friends. I've only been to Singapore once and am by no means an expert on the cuisine, but I must say that everything we ordered was delicious. For appetizers we had the Stuffed You Tiao and steamed dumplings. The steamed dumplings weren't even on the menu,... More 

Thank Tara C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The meals that I and my three guests enjoyed at lunch were excellent, but the service was very slow...it seemed that only one waiter was on duty for the entire restaurant. The chicken basil was absolutely delicious, with excellent quality ingredients, but I probably will only order takeout in the future, due to the slow, though well-meaning service. The food... More 

Thank lawNc
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

This was one of our first dates and I was very impressed with his tastes. The location is kind of hidden inside Southern Village but has a very interesting menu and delicious food.

Thank Rachel M

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 410 Market Street, Suite 320, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: 919-933-1188

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  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Thai

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