Tanjong Pagar

Tanjong Pagar was a historic centre for Singapore's Chinese community. It is now a cosmopolitan area within walking distance of the CDB with a wide range of old and new shops. It is a good place for a lunch time meal with office workers, a post work hangout area for pubs and fine dining and a pleasant place to explore cafes and eclectic shops on a lazy weekend afternoon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Brasserie Gavroche

Another new French place in Tanjong Pagar. I think this place and La Maison Fatien opened in the same month!

Profiteroles with cheese

Other than bread, the restaurant provided little profiteroles with cheese. This was quite yummy as it was still hot and was a bit like large popcorn in your mouth due to the saltiness.

Our Group mostly ordered only mains and no wine. The staff seemed to be unhappy with this. The wine was too overpriced according to my brother. It seemed to be 400% above retail price in France. 

Escargots in garlic butter

This classic french dish was good but nothing special. The cooking technique to do this is quite easy.

Lamb Chops

My brother ordered the lamb chops above. It was nicely cooked to a pink perfection in it. But there was something about the lamb that I did not like the taste. Also, this method of cooking is pretty basic for something that costs over $30.


I didn't try it but the person eating it said it was good and transported her back to Belgium where she lived for a while. Mussels are hard to cook wrong in my view. These came with the traditional helping of fries.

Beef Tartare

This was quite a decent helping. Beef was tender and nicely seasoned with condiments. Came with fries. I liked this. However, while I have always liked beef tartare, I have never eaten a single beef tartare and been wowed by it. This one doesn't wow me either. 

Crisp fries

Fish Quenelles with crayfish sauce

This was fish mousse that i think was poached then panfried or grilled to give a brown charring on the outside. The crayfish sauce was tasty with pieces of crayfish but I would have liked the sauce to be thicker.  It was a good dish though and also not as common as the other dishes. However, after a few bites, the eggy taste gets a bit too strong and the sauce too salty.

This place serves good food. However, in my view it is too expensive and comes across as snobbish. The wait staff didn't really explain the dishes to us and seemed to be unhappy that most of us ordered only mains. Also when we asked if there were any specials, the wait staff had to ask the kitchen which indicated to me that they were not very well prepared. 
Would I go again? To be honest I'm not sure considering I prefer 2 other french places Bistrot Taratata and La Maison Fatien for lunch which are better priced in both wine and food.

I like the food. I don't like the service and the prices. Plus, I think the wait staff need to wipe their snot off their nose.

Oh well, maybe I will go back for the steak tartare…

Location: 66 Tras St, Tanjong Pagar
Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 1130am - 3pm, 6pm- 11pm; Sat 6pm- 11pm
Contact Number: 62258266


  1. Whoever wrote this seems to have no clue whatsoever, this restaurant serves authentic french food whether or not it is simple to make actually doesn't even come into it! What a ridiculous comment, would love to try this cocky reviewers version of all the very simple to make food!

  2. Well my review is as it stands. If you want to eat at the restaurant for that price it is up to you. We are all entitled to eat where we want.

    I have someone who agreed with me in hungry go where so we all have different views on this.

  3. Read the other comment on my review in HGW


  4. Food here is authentic french and tasted delicious but the price is too damn high! Moreover their wine variety on their wine list are minimal but the mark-up is extravagant. As for service, it was alright but the staff needs to chill out.