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Brasserie Gavroche

Uncle Henri’s fish quenelle in crayfish stock

Everything about Brasserie Gavroche oozes Parisian sophistication, from the decor and the staff, including the ever-so-chic front-of-house and part-owner – Charlotte, to the outstanding food cooked by her husband, chef Frédéric Colin. Chef Frédéric – the former Executive Chef at the St Regis in Singapore has some impressive experience prior to that, mostly in France and across the world. And he brings all that together in this bustling brasserie in Tras Street in Singapore.

Brasserie Gavroche has been open just a few months and I am happily eating my way through their menu. So far every dish that has been ordered has been amazing. I’m combining my visits (so far) here in this one post, so please bear with the length, but I want to remember and savour each dish again. It doesn’t matter if you go for lunch or dinner, there is only one menu and everything competes with your brain and tastebuds crying out “choose me ! choose me !”. Making a decision is tough.

Bone marrow with garlic confit on Poilâne toast

Let’s begin with starters: bone marrow on Poilâne bread with garlic confit. Not for the faint-hearted – you get four generous globules of bone marrow with garlic on thin slices of the toasted bread, spread with a bright green parsley spread. The bone marrow simply melts in your mouth, balanced with the freshness of the parsley. All the flavours and textures combine wonderfully in your mouth.

If you fancied something fresh you could try the oysters from Brittany – shucked on premises and tasting of the sea. For something warm and comforting order the French onion soup.

In-house rotisserie French spring chicken with salsify fries

Main courses are equally as exciting. I rarely order chicken in restaurants – my only memory of that was when Chef Andre Chiang was still at Jaan and I ordered the Bresse chicken. The food at Gavroche is so good that I tried the house rotisserie of French spring chicken. French chicken seems to just have a different texture to what I’m used to – it’s slightly “springier” for want of a better word, and Gavroche uses a herb butter under the breast skin, flavouring the breast meat and keeping it moist. And although I don’t eat lamb, my Welsh friend could not stop saying it was the best lamb he’d had – ever. A chat with Chef Frédéric later and we found that the lamb was from Wales. The reason why it tasted better than the more easily accessible New Zealand lamb, was that Welsh lamb is no more than 12 months old, as compared to New Zealand lamb which can be up to 18 months old, keeping the flavour and texture more delicate.

Traditional French onion soup

My absolute favourite of Gavroche was Grandpa Henri’s fish quenelle with crayfish sauce. Almost souffle-like in texture, the light quenelles of fish float in a rich crayfish stock. Another excellent example of balance of flavours in this dish which makes you just want more.

The success of Gavroche, for me, is that only the best is selected – of their produce, their wine. There is no compromise – and the result is you get that true Parisien experience. Make a reservation if you want to go because this place seems to get busier and busier each time I go.

Brasserie Gavroche
66 Tras St
Tel: 6225 8266

The Dempsey Brasserie

Fish and chips with truffle fries

Dempsey Hill continues to sprout new and exciting places to eat and drink. Less than a week since its opening, we went to the Dempsey Brasserie for lunch on Sunday.

The place is buzzing with activity and the sound of people chatting over their coffees and food.  With its high ceilings, tons of natural light and industrial decor, it appealed to me to “come on in, join us, this is a happy place to be”.  The entire place reflected this, right down to the friendly and helpful staff.

Caesar salad with prawns

On our table we ordered a caesar salad with prawns – crisp romaine lettuce and ciabatta croutons in a light caesar dressing, topped with a coddled egg and prawns and covered with parmesan shavings.  This dish sounded good on the menu, and, according to my friends, tasted fantastic (I had to make a difficult choice on a lazy Sunday afternoon). I would have liked to see the prawns chargrilled to add some colour contrast to the salad but I love how the dressing didn’t weigh down the lettuce and kept the entire dish light and fresh.

I ordered the fish and chips and asked for truffle fries instead of plain shoestring chips.  The fish came served in small portions with a nice crisp batter that still had softness to it inside, and the fish was beautifully steamed rather than heavy and oily.  The small pieces of fish made the meal so much more palatable, to me, anyway, rather than having to tackle a huge fillet of fish, and the portion was just right for lunch.  And the truffle fries were so wonderfully…truffly.

The coffee…well….ok, coming from Sydney my standards are very high, and I would say that the coffee is acceptable for Singapore standards, but they need to train their staff not to heat the milk so that it burns the coffee (making it bitter).  It also doesn’t keep those of us in need of their weekend caffeine hit waiting. Admittedly, I did have a busy weekend of entertaining visiting friends, so I might have been a bit less tolerant than normal 🙂

The Dempsey Brasserie is a great new place for those who want a leisurely meal in a lively environment.  They are also open for dinner, and later in the evening it transforms into a bar.  It will be interesting to see how they work with the space to change the ambience from day to night.  A good enough reason for me to want to go and visit again!

The Dempsey Brasserie
Blk 7 Dempsey Road, #01-03 Singapore
Tel: +65 6473 4500

Opening Hours
Mon–Fri: 5pm – 1am
Sat–Sun: 10.30am – 1am