Why it’s so hot right now: When French chef Julien Royer left celebrated restaurant Jaan in 2015 to set up his own project, food lovers waited with baited breath to see what he would come up with. Odette doesn’t disappoint, earning two Michelin stars within a year of opening and now making its debut on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.9 – the Highest New Entry of all time.
In a nutshell: Art lovers with a foodie streak (or vice versa) are in for a treat at Odette – a sophisticated French restaurant that is housed in Singapore's National Gallery. Royer describes his cooking style as 'essential cuisine': the very best seasonal ingredients and artisan produce from around the world put centre stage in elegant and refined dishes.
Chef history: Royer’s heavyweight CV includes stints working for Michel Bras in France and Antonin Bonnet in London. He moved to Singapore in 2011, overseeing Jaan’s steady ascent to No.11 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2015 before leaving to work on his new baby, Odette, which he named after his grandmother.
Typical dishes: The four-, six- or eight-course menus change regularly but diners can expect beautifully colourful dishes such as French guinea fowl served with celeriac risotto and foie gras croquette. or trout with grilled octopus and romanesco broccoli, splashed with miso caramel.
A few words on the room: Created by Singaporean artist Dawn Ng, the restaurant has a feminine feel thanks to the soft pink, grey and cream colour scheme, plus original artworks, including abstract collages of de-constructed food photography.
1 St Andrew's Rd
04 National Gallery
+65 6385 0498
The Highest New Entry Award 2018, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles, will be announced at Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Macao on Tuesday 27th March.