For foodies with a careful eye, Singapore can appear like Paris on a good day, especially if you keep a garlicky Gallic nose out for French-style cafes and restaurants in among Tanjong Pagar’s warren of streets. Among the many French dining possibilities in the city, Brasserie Gavroche is exemplary for its perfectly tuned sense of the authentic French brasserie’s look and feel. The restaurant’s effortlessly chic premises down Tras Street are matched by a stunning menu put together by head chef and owner Frederic Colin, using recipes gleaned from his grandfather Henri’s vast archive. Indeed, Brasserie Gavroche’s success has spawned a smaller cafe just a few doors down, Cafe & Bar Gavroche. Book for bonhomie now!
It’s as is chef-owner Frederic Colin has brought a chromatograph of fin de siecle Parisian street culture to life at his fabulously raffish Brasserie Gavroche down Tanjong Pagar’s restaurant-packed Tras Street. A long carved and polished wooden bar, complete with brass beer taps and a mirrored backbar stacked with impeccably chosen French vintages, tiled floors, white tablecloth-topped tables and leather banquettes, and the ephemera of a life as a French restaurateur plucked from Colin’s grand pere Henri’s collections of photographs and curios set the scene for one of Singapore’s most authentic French dining experiences.
And, as a French brasserie proper, the price tag attached to a simple meal, quick drink and a snack with friends, or a more ornate restaurant sitting won’t have your turning up your nose, either. Be sure to pore over Brasserie Gavroche’s long wine list, and don’t shy from asking the wait staff to help you match your choice of courses with a glass or two plucked from the very best of French wineries. All aspects of typical French brasserie cuisine are represented on the menu, from cold and warm appetisers, salads, meat and fish main courses – not to mention delectable desserts and a classic French fromagerie sampler. Highlights at this Tanjong Pagar brasserie include the half dozen Majestic oysters by Jacques Cocollos, the king crab with green beans and a white cheese vinaigrette, a classic Nicoise salad, confit duck and the ribeye steak with Bearnaise sourced from grass-fed Irish Angus stock, and grandfather Henri’s special fish quenelles with crayfish sauce. Be sure to book well in advance lest you have to relocate to the nearby Cafe & Bar Gavroche!
My favorite French restaurant. The duck confit tasted different from others. Love it!
We loved the atmosphere, food, and service :) Eyeribe is the must-try dish! It was very tender and juicy. The choices for glasses of wine are also nice. It was my husband's birthday so they served the dessert with a candle & message. They took a pic of us and even printed it out for us. Portion of each dish is more than enough for 2 persons so couldn't try many but will come back there to try others!
Food was excellent, with warm but not obtrusive service. One of the wait staff fumbled with service at another table, but I noticed the manager taking time to explain to and teach the staff how to do things better. Kudos!
Neat find. Will definitely try again with other dishes. Pricing is reasonable, ample service and wait crew. Easily located in Tanjong Pagar area locality cluster
Ambience is nice and menu has good selection of both classic and modern French dishes. Wine selection is also good but don't offer option of caraff, since my friend and I couldn't finish an entire bottle. Quality of both food and wine is good, especially the wine. The only issue I have is they seems to be short of service staff so service was a bit slow.
Service was lovely - professional and yet sincere. Atmosphere was warm and inviting - although the middle table at the front of the restaurant seemed squashed in and out of place. Ask for a table towards the walls. Food was OK. Comforting, classic French cuisine: full of flavor, quality ingredients. But it lacked a little finesse - par exemple - the sauces were a little too heavy for our liking. 4/6 is perfectly acceptable but not outstanding.
Succulent steak with Béarnaise sauce. The fries are awesome. I also liked the crêpes Suzette. It tastes like a trip to à Montparnasse bistrot in Paris. I'l certainly go back again.
Fantastic food, impeccable and knowledgable service - very comfortable. Every item on the wine list is very drinkable, even the reasonably priced ones. Best of France in Singapore.
Brilliant service, great food and a good atmosphere in the restaurant. We very much enjoyed our night at this restaurant and look forward to returning.
Lovely & cosy French restaurant. The steak they recommended was delicious. The savory profiterole shells served when we sat down was yummy. Escargots were nicely done but very tiny.