Café Gavroche by Frederic Colin @ Tras Street

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:宋体; mso-font-charset:80; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 135135232 16 0 262144 0;} @font-face {font-family:宋体; mso-font-charset:80; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 135135232 16 0 262144 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"\@宋体"; mso-font-charset:80; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 680460288 22 0 262145 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:宋体; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:宋体; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}  

Setting
The bar

The courtyard with Drucker wicker chairs

The dining room for big groups

With all the hype surrounding the recent debut of Les Misérables movie, it is perhaps timely to pay a visit to the newly minted Café Gavroche.

Named for the street urchin in Les Misérables musical, Café Gavroche is an offshoot of Brasserie Gavroche by Frederic Colin, former executive chef of St Regis Singapore. Sited on the ground floor unit of a double storey conservation shop house, opposite its more formal sibling, at Tras Street, Café Gavroche is – as its name suggests – a French café and it certainly has the trappings of an authentic one, right down to the French-sourced fixtures and fittings.

For his café, Colin has distilled a trio of distinct spaces to cater to the Francophile crowd. A bar greets you upon entry with French antiques (keep your eyes peeled for the antique cash register that sits on an antique wooden bank teller from the 1930s at the entrance), hand-painted murals-decorated tiled walls and a 4.2m antique long bar from Normandy that serves up aperitifs like Pastis and wines including a selection of biodynamic wines. Thereafter, a set of French doors open out to a day-lit courtyard strewed with Drucker wicker chairs on cobblestone floor. And if you have a big group, request for the dining room tucked in the rear end of the café, past the courtyard, where a communal long table resides alongside an antique egg incubator-turned-cupboard and an antique cast iron and porcelain oven.

What to expect?

To avoid cannibalizing business at big brother Gavroche, Colin has kept the café’s menu decidedly simple. 
Goat’s cheese with thyme, honey and roasted pine nuts tartine

On weekdays, the café opens from 2.30pm and serves up tartines, sliced sour dough bread topped with toothsome toppings – like smoked pork belly with reblochon cheese or heady goat’s cheese with thyme and honey – and sandwiches like the de rigueur croq monsieur. The menu also features finger food like charcuterie – think canard platter (S$28) of smoked duck magret, duck mousse, duck terrine and duck rillette – that are perfect to go with bar drinks.
Croque Monsiuer
  

On Saturdays and Sundays, the café morphs into a brunch venue that operates only from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Besides sandwiches and egg-inspired offerings like eggs benedict (S$22) and egg cocotte (S$16), it also serves up a limited selection of viennoiseries like lip-smacking croissant (S$2.50) and pain au chocolate (S$3.40) – with Isigny Ste Mere butter to boot.

Indeed the viennoiseries selection is positively petite but what they do, they truly excel and we expect Café Gavroche to give local patisseries and boulangeries a run for their money should Colin decide to step-up on the pastries and viennoiseries department.

Till then, the tartines and sandwiches – plus the old world Parisian café setting and complimentary Wifi – are reasons enough to pop by. 

Visit while it’s still relatively empty.


Café Gavroche | 69 Tras Street | Tel: 65-6225 4869 | www.cafegavroche.com

For picture story, visit www.facebook.com/bibikgourmand

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:宋体; mso-font-charset:80; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 135135232 16 0 262144 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"\@宋体"; mso-font-charset:80; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 680460288 22 0 262145 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:宋体; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:宋体; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:595.0pt 842.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:42.55pt; mso-footer-margin:49.6pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

© Evelyn Chen 2013

http://track4.mybloglog.com/js/jsserv.php?mblID=2011012422485151

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s