Ever since we had that transformative steak frites at the sublime Restaurant Hubert in Sydney, we've been on the hunt for the best steak frites in Singapore. Tbh, I've never been a fan of French cuisine. But that steak, slathered in the most insanely scrumptious sauce ever, changed my life. That plate was honestly one of the best things I've ever had.
My friend Addie, who spent almost a decade in Paris, says the best is homecooked. Specifically, by her. But since her kitchen isn't always available, we've taken to the streets, running down the list of French restaurants to dine at. You know, in our quest to discover a worthwhile substitute for Restaurant Hubert's amazing steak frites.
Brasserie Gavroche, located along the buzzy dining enclave of Tras Street, was first on the list. The food, classic and unfussy, was decent, but less-than-mind-blowing. There were a couple of standouts, but the steak frites was disappointingly pedestrian.
A must-try, the Tartine D'Os A Moelle ($19) of oily bone marrow lumps on sourdough toasts and garlic confit, was heart-attack on a plate. So bad for you, but sodamn good. The balance was excellent, from the tang of the bread to the buttery caramelly tones of the roasted garlic, and the melty fatty decadence of the marrow.
The Steak Frites Et Sauce Bearnaise ($48) a medium-rare hunk of Australian Angus ribeye, was full-bodied and robust. Not a fan of the too-rich sauce though.
The fries, crisp and well-salted, was lovely.
Another highlight was the Parmentier de Cuisses de Canard Fait Maison ($38), a potato gratin set with shredded duck confit and bacon. This was rustic and comforting and hearty and delicious. A must-try.
Complimentary cheese choux which were little airy fairy balls of delight.
The bread was lackluster, it was unappetizingly cold.
66 Tras Street
Tel: 6225 8266
Open weekdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6.30pm to 10pm for dinner;
Saturdays from 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinners only;
Closed on Sundays