Located on Tras Street, walking through the doors of Brasserie Gavroche one will enter another world. Being greeted by an antique wooden bar, the immediate sensation is one of charm and history. Although that is true, Brasserie Gavroche is at the same time very welcoming and relaxing. It is here where the authentic feel and taste of Paris meet – in the heart of Singapore.
Being true to the origin of a ‘Brasserie’, a place where people come together to drink and dine, the bar area is designed for people to have a casual drink while chatting and socialising before the actual meal. It is the authentic experience that matters when dining at Brasserie Gavroche. As dining more always a social event, one will find the ideal circumstances for a joyful meal on Tras Street.
Just like grandpa’s food
“I have been working in the kitchen my whole life,” says Frédéric Colin, who is the chef and owner of Brasserie Gavroche. Since the age of seven, when other kids wanted to be a doctor or play soccer, Frédéric Colin wanted to be a chef.
“The philosophy is very much what my grandfather taught me and that means going back to the roots of French cuisine – very hearty, very generous, and casual with a rustic style.”
His grandfather’s cooking does not only serve as an inspiration but is quite literally presented on Brasserie Gavroche’s menu, as in ‘Grandpa Henri’s fish quenelles with crayfish sauce’. Other highlights of the rich menu include pan-seared cod with beluga lentils and chanterelle mushrooms as well as bone marrow on toasted poilane bread with garlic confit.
Besides a beautiful bar, the interior of the restaurant features leather banquette seating, wall mirrors, and a series of family photographs, including Frédéric Colin’s grandfather.
As the French cuisine is inseparable from French wines, the restaurant holds, of course, an extensive selection of wines – all of which have been carefully selected and matched with the menu of Brasserie Gavroche.
From the Streets of Paris
“When we first opened I heard people saying, ‘I don’t feel like being in Singapore, I feel like being in Paris’.” The name Gavroche stems from the city of love and might be familiar to fans of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Gavroche is a character in the novel, living in the streets of Paris.
Having such a strong connection with the city of Paris, the restaurant and the chef make an extra effort to reflect the city’s long culinary history in their food. “I like to offer at Brasserie Gavroche a few dishes that people know are not the cliché of French cuisine. We make sure that people recognise that we are from Paris and we need to make sure that we have a strong identity from Paris,” says the chef and owner of Brasserie Gavroche, Frédéric Colin.