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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
This beautiful restaurant, with a nice courtyard, is very Parisian. They serve very good/authentic desserts. You get a real taste of cafe life in Paris. However, some Parisian food/habits might not necessarily be to your likings: 1. Some Asian's might not like the bread because it's less tasty than the Japanese ones. But it is true french. 2. They simply sweep the crumbs and dirt on the table onto the stone slabbed floor. Again, one sees that a lot in Paris. But being a cleanliness freak, I tend to avoid such places in Paris.
Great decor and ambience. Service was great too but it was tad quiet and at 10pm, we were the only customer left in the restaurant. We went for the cheese plate and cold meat plate and wine. The meat plate was good but the cheese plate was a bit disappointing. Both plates came with mountains of bread. I would have preferred crackers for cheese.
Good French food, excellent wine, and service very nice. Perfect for light meal with a good glass wine. For a more traditional french meal, better go at Gavroche restaurant. Overall good value for money.
The food was good, had the cheese platter, scrambled eggs with salmon and salad with avocado and salmon. Drinks were quite on the high side, dollars wise. Love the decor, but it was a bit crammed and very noisy though.
Very nice casual and lively environment. Great wines and platters! Definitely a place I would go back to for business or leisure gatherings. Looking forward to my next visit.
Good and pleasant service. The "viennoiseries" were delicious among the best of Singapore. There was only one slightly sour note : it was noisy under the veranda.
Nice food and atmosphere but service was very slow despite the restaurant being almost empty. It took 45 minutes for our food to be served and food was served one dish at a time for all 7 diners.