Frederic Colin is the co-owner and chef of Bistrot Gavroche, a quintessentially French restaurant that until now was only open in Singapore.
The second Bistrot Gavroche takes a different approach to the other new-wave fine-dining venues in Chippendale. Its owners have imported antique French furniture and the kind of classic cuisine that was once very popular in Sydney. Colin was born and raised in Paris. His grandfather was a chef and his father ran a restaurant. The entire venue – from the food and the music to the furniture – is set up to recreate the same atmosphere that Colin experienced at his father’s and grandfather’s restaurants.
On the menu there is baked pork terrine pies; steak frites with Béarnaise sauce; pike fish quenelles; parsley- and garlic-butter Burgundy snails; and Colin’s grandpa’s French-onion soup.
The only thing that veers from Parisian tradition is the wine list. There is a large selection of regional French bottles, but there is an equally long list of new-wave Australian wines. There are two exclusive wines from Domenica’s Peter Graham, a shiraz and a chardonnay.