"The Merlion was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964 -- the lion head with a fish body (i.e. mermaid body) resting on a crest of waves quickly became Singapore's icon to the rest of the world."
"Though named for Singapore's well-known tourist icon, the cozy MERLION restaurant goes beyond Singaporean cuisine, blending Thai, Malaysian, Indian and Chinese influences into its pocket-friendly menu. A big glass window wine cellar offers an extensive selection to complement every meal."
Quoted from the Singapore Tourism Board and The Wave Magazine, respectively.