The younger brother of the hugely popular Brasserie Gavroche, sitting pretty on the other side of Tras Street, Cafe & Bar Gavroche saunters into Singapore’s French cafe and restaurant scene with easy confidence. Quite rightly – together this dynamic duo are widely considered to be among the most authentic venues for proper Parisian cafe, bar and brasserie culture in Singapore. Differing in terms of gastronomic mandate from its brasserie brother, Cafe & Bar Gavroche focuses on the world of French aperitifs and pastis, an incredible selection of French biodynamic wines, but also boasts a menu characterised by the lighter side of French cuisine – tartines, charcuterie, open sandwiches, croques monsieurs and French-style breakfasts over the weekend. A highlight in Tanjong Pagar, Gavroche’s impeccable taste is bound to transport you to another boulevard altogether.
The chef-patron behind the two Gavroche outposts is Frederic Colin, a worldly gastronome with an eye for detail, a nose for the finer things in life, and an faultless sense of taste, so to speak. Founding both Brasserie Gavroche and Cafe & Bar Gavroche in the beautiful conservation shophouse precinct of Tanjong Pagar made perfect sense, allowing Colin to exercise his impeccable Gallic aesthetics in terms of the look and feel of both his passion projects, his carefully-curated wine cellars, and peerless French brasserie and cafe cuisine. Here at Cafe & Bar Gavroche you’ll find a pre-WWII Normandy bartop in the main salon and antique fittings and Art Nouveau accents throughout, from the intimate dining area that’s perfect for private hire to the incredible indoor terrace equipped with Drucker wicker chairs and cobblestones that emulates the classic Parisian streetside cafe experience right here in Singapore.
Less a French restaurant or brasserie and more of a classic Parisian hangout, Cafe & Bar Gavroche’s trump card is its impressive selection of liquid refreshment. Founder Frederic Colin has paid special attention to his cabinet of French pastis, the anise-flavoured liqueur that is synonymous with French street cafe culture. Scouring the south of France for artisanal varieties, Colin has brought over 35 premium bottles back to his headquarters in Tanjong Pagar, including the Henri Bardouin pastis made from 65 botanicals and the famous pastis gastronomiques of Jean Boyer Opale. When it comes to wine, Cafe & Bar Gavroche gives other Gallophilic vendors in Singapore a run for their francs, focusing on so-called culture raisonnee wines from vineyards that practice sustainable agriculture, affordable and thirst-quenching vins de soif, and a huge range of specialist biodynamic vintages as well. Book a table for tippling or a private dining paradise at this immersive French cafe and bar down Tras Street now.
Very nice café with good music and decoration. Reminds me of some bars I used to love going to back in France. The food and wine are on point.
Warm goat cheese salad is lovely and so is the brie and parma ham sandwich. The duck planche is very very nice but very very rich too so it's best to share with soomeone.
Finally, a proper croissant! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !