Gaspar Brasserie Restaurant Review – The La Fete Nationale Experience

Enjoy the French cuisine at Gaspar with Chef Chris Jones as he displays delectable dishes of Vichyssoise, Maine Lobster Risotto, and Magret de Canard, highlighting Bastille Weekend with Chef Hubert KellerGaspar is a unique hidden treasure that takes you into a world of charisma and allure as you dine in one of the most heavenly French cuisines in San Francisco. Even with such an elaborate menu presentation, you must begin with the Foie Gras Torchon.  This delectable dish is served with pickled cherries and plum jam and prepared with a pate’ method which is soaked in milk, drained of fat, and seasoned, marinated for 24 hours and again drained and finally the process of a rolled in towel technique. 

Foie Gras

Other wonderful starters include the three goat cheese with walnut and plum jam.  The cheese plate includes a Redwood Hill Goat Cheddar Sebastopol, California, smooth & slightly crumbly texture with sweet, mild flavors (raw milk); Laura Chenel Cabecou Sonoma, California, packed in olive oil, herbs, pronounced tang and herbeceous scent Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog Mckinleyville, California, moist, crumbly texture with a layer of vegetable ash in the center.  Or the daily selection of the freshest oysters with seasonal mignonette served with a champagne flight of Les Rocailles Brut Savoie, Loire.


Gaspar offers a sumptuous cocktails bar menu including a wide selection of Cognac and a less popular but more favorable Armagnac that the sommelier will be happy to pair for you because “In Cognac, one can achieve nothing without time” – Marcel Ragnaud of Ragnaud. Some favorites include the House Old Fashion with Armagnac, angostura, chocolate, and Peychaud’s bitters or Napoleon’s own which includes cognac, rum, pineapple, lime, maraschino, and angostura bitters.

Cheese Platter

Once you have tantalized yourself with starters, the dining can resume with Margret De Canard. Although duck is not my first choice, this duck breast accompanied with a nante carrot mousseline, ancient grain risotto, baby turnips & tops with natural jus, is a definite must.  This selection paired with your favorite wine, will allow you to absorb the authenticity of French cuisine along with the ambience of this charming and genteel restaurant. The evening cannot end without the delights of dessert; in this case the Le Fraisier Pour Deux prepared with a fluffy mousseline, pistachio biscuit crumbs, and roasted strawberries. 

Cocktails at Gaspar


One of the unique aspects of Gaspar is its bar menu which offers happy hour cocktails and appetizers.  The selections not only include the Foie Gras Torchon but such French specialties as Pate Maison and Pommes Frites as well as traditional bar menu items such as burgers with brioche buns.  Cocktails can be served in the intimate bar in the downstairs restaurant or above in the lounge area.  Whatever your needs may be, either formal or casual, from the warm and inviting décor, to the impeccable service and gracious attitude, and finally for Chef Chris Jones’ luscious and delightful meals, Gaspar is a Parisian dream come true.

Duck to perfection

Gaspar Cognac Room

For more information visit: Gaspar

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