I was on a mission at Tras Street and chanced upon this breakfast place that opened at 10.30am. I was the second customer of the day and had the luxury of fleeting across the restaurant to take photos of this lovely restaurant. Modeled after a Parisian café, I would say that Café Gavroche is pretty successful in channeling those vibes, without feeling over-the-top.
I absolutely adore this wall! Colourful, authentic movie posters adorned the wall so effortlessly, complete with a Paris street sign and lamp. This section is a sheltered light-well, so you can enjoy some Vitamin D from the sun without the heat.
Marble tables and rattan chairs. Brings me back to Paris!
This is what I’ll be coming back for. Freshly baked from across the street (there’s their bakery shop there), the smell of buttery pastry fills up the morning air, jolting me awake and drawing my body towards them. Long story short, I immediately knew I had to try it.
Chocolate Croissant ($3.50) – I decided to be more adventurous and go with the chocolate one (usually, I take plain). When I tried cutting it into half to share between mum and myself, the whole pastry sank in – almost flat in fact. This must be the best croissant I’ve eaten! I’d say this would event beat a lot of bakeries in Europe. I loved how it’s a little chewy inside and the chocolate was dark and bitter. It’s a slice of heaven. Disclaimer: I had it fresh out of oven, not liable of any difference in taste if it’s being left outside for prolonged period. So my advice to you is to head over early!
Poached Eggs on Brioche, Bacon & Hollandaise Sauce ($22) – I must say that I was disappointed when this arrived. I mean, the dish looks very authentic – huge portions with no sides, no fancy decorations, but some flair would have added brownie points. That said, it was a hearty dish. The hollandaise sauce was thick and creamy and the slices of bacon were pretty rad.
Oven-baked Creamy Egg Casserole w Mushroom & Bacon ($22) – I was looking forward to my runny eggs in the core of my casserole, but it turned out to be overcooked (not sure if it’s meant to be like this). The egg yolks were fully cooked. And this fact doesn’t sit well with me at all. Despite the yummy mushrooms, it’s still a no-go for me.
I’m not too sure about brunch at Café Gavroche as their dinner menu seems to be stronger. Perhaps, I should have ordered their signature Croque Monsieur as the adjacent table seemed happy with it. One thing for sure though, if anyone asks where the best croissants are in Singapore, I just might have the answer to that. 😉
Café & Bar Gavroche
69 Tras Street
Tel: 6225 4869