Located on Tras Street - accessible enough for the CBD crowd, but quiet enough for a long meal with someone special - the attention to detail at Brasserie Gavroche is evident. Hand-picked antique furniture from the 1930s and 1940s has been imported from Paris - including the charming main door and precious period pieces within the main space, laid out beneath three-horned chandeliers and surrounded by large mirrors hung on walls while the long, wooden bar counter is from the original Cafe de la Paix. The restaurant’s layout allows for skylight to stream in; the natural lighting adding a perfect touch to the ambience. To top that off, framed recipes from the chef’s grandfather line the wall, lest you forget what this restaurant is really about - authentic, hearty French cuisine.
The focus on tradition should be unsurprising, considering the people behind this gem. Chef and owner Frederic Colin, formerly St. Regis Singapore’s executive chef, and his wife Charlotte have done all they can to recreate Paris in the heart of Singapore. Many recipes, as the frames on the wall might suggest, come straight from Colin’s grandpa Henri. That, topped with the chef’s worldly experience, makes this a rare and wonderfully authentic taste of Paris right here in Tanjong Pagar. (Apr 2012)