We finally dined at Odette for the first time recently, after securing our reservation two months prior to our visit. The overwhelming demand to dine at the highly acclaimed restaurant necessitates diners to make their reservations at least one month in advance.
It was a meal to celebrate the younger one among us.
A fine-dining establishment housed within the National Gallery Singapore’s premises, Odette is helmed by French chef Julien Royer. Royer had made a name for himself prior to setting up Odette, as the head chef of Jaan, which we had thoroughly enjoyed.
Odette, which is named after Royer’s grandmother, opened in November 2015. Since then the restaurant has garnered numerous accolades and positive reviews, including two Michelin stars in the Singapore’s inaugural Michelin Guide released in July 2016.
Aptly set in an aesthetically pleasing pastel-coloured ambience, the atmosphere at Odette is warm and friendly.
Modern French cuisine is served at the restaurant, and we had the six-course lunch that day.
Amuse-bouche / Surprise 1
Trondheim Bay scallop ‘au naturel’ with avocado, yuzu kosho, and ikura
Heirloom beetroot variation with salt-baked beetroot, stracciatella artigiana, and honeycomb
Option 1: Rosemary smoked organic egg with smoked potato syphon, chorizo iberico, and buckwheat
Option 2: Seared foie gras ‘maison mitteault’ with organic quinoa, glazed strawberry, and sake gel
Line caught John Dory ‘esprit Thai’ with kabocha, sakura ebi, and lime leaves
Roasted organic poulette with fregola sarda ‘comme un risotto’, confit cevennes onion, and sauce albufera
Optional: Selection of unpasteurised artisan cheese & condiments
Pre-dessert / Surprise 2
Lemon tart with Meyer lemon curd, sable breton, and basil & yoghurt
Our overall experience at Odette was a happy and enjoyable one. The restaurant lived up to expectations with great food and tantalising flavours, coupled with very warm, friendly and attentive service. It is certainly a local dining experience that ranks right up there with Jaan. It also deserves its two Michelin stars.
We would readily recommend anyone to check the restaurant out. But go into it knowing that nothing beats The Fat Duck in Bray, UK.
1 Saint Andrew’s Road
#01-04 National Gallery
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