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Bistrot Gavroche Is Kensington Street's New Parisian Brasserie

Bone marrow on toast, snails baked in their shells and some sweet looking desserts.
By Tom Clift
March 17, 2016
By Tom Clift
March 17, 2016

International chef Frederic Colin is bringing the elegance and flavours of France to Chippendale. Set to open tonight, Thursday, March 17 on Kensington Street, Bistrot Gavroche will be Colin's first Australian endeavour, having previously trained in Michelin-starred Parisian restaurants and opening his own venue, Brasserie Gavroche, in Singapore. Not a bad resume. So what can we expect?

For one thing, Bistrot Gavroche is going all out on the interior. Housed inside what was once an old rum warehouse, the restaurant space boasts high ceilings, amazing windows and furniture imported from Europe, including antique items such as a wood and marble bath cabinet and a four-metre table previously used by silk manufacturers in Lyon.

The menu consists of traditional French cuisine, bolstered by a selection of French and Australian wines chosen by co-owner and sommelier Lionel Richard. Entrees include bone marrow on toasted sourdough with confit garlic, Burgundy snails baked in their shells with parsley and garlic butter, and Grandpa Henri's pork terrine, named after Colin's grandfather with whom he cooked as a child. Heartier fare includes shredded duck confit with crushed potatoes and bacon gratin, and pike fish quenelles with crayfish sauce, while desserts feature all the French favourites such as crêpes Suzette, profiteroles and tarte Tatin.

Bistrot Gavroche is located at Level 1, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale. It will be open for dinner only for the rest of this week, and will open for both lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday from Monday, March 21. Sunday service will start from April 4. For more information, visit

Published on March 17, 2016 by Tom Clift


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