I was invited to dine at Odette to celebrate my brother in law’s big birthday, and what a treat it was! French cuisine by Chef Julien Royer, his dishes are inspired by his grandmother, Odette. The restaurant sits within the National Gallery of Singapore, so walking to and from the restaurant, we could have a little private viewing of the gallery, looked on of course by the security guards
And not till after the dinner, did I finally read up on the restaurant: rated ninth in Asia’s top 50 best restaurants in 2017; and, having two Michelin stars to its name, it is quite a formidable restaurant and I certainly agree with my cousin who told me it would be a treat!
Odette’s has a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere, though yes it also helped that we were in a private dining room off from the main restaurant. Our Maitre d’ for the evening, who happened to be the General Manager, Steve Mason, was most charming relaxed and unflappable. He gave us all the time to choose how many courses we would go for… silly really… eight of course!
I’m getting spoilt! For when asked if there were any allergies to food, I piped up that I really didn’t eat cooked fish. The response, reminiscent of The Ledbury, London, was to create a separate dish in place for me. I opted for a vegetarian dish, so my eyes lit up to the suggestion of white asparagus with morriles and truffle! The best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach… this certainly applies to me! I did wonder though how they would have reacted if I gave them a string of allergies and foods to avoid…
I think we must have looked ravenous! The bread brought to the table… lovely selection; sourdough, olive, truffle… but we were also clearly warned not to go overboard or we would ruin our appetites – so being a good girl I followed the suggestion. However… the rest still managed to finish the bread – we are big eaters!
And now less writing, more images! I have decided to showcase the images in a large format which will give you more detail and an idea of how our dinner was at Odette.
A little amuses bouches to begin the evening:
with some Mushroom Tea – now this definitely reminded me of The Ledbury!
And the main dinner commences!
HOKKAIDO UNI: langoustine tartare, oyster cloud, oscietra caviar.
MAJESTIC OYSTER: charred grenaille potato, pickled tosaka seaweed, vichyssoise.
Note the ‘greens’ were iced to give the crunch texture to the dish.
HEIRLOOM BEETROOT VARIATION: salt-baked beetroot, stracciatella ‘Artigiana’, honeycomb
ROSEMARY SMOKED ORGANIC EGG: smoked potato syphon, chorizo iberico, buckwheat.
FOIE GRAS ‘COMME UN PHO’: japanese abalone, smoked eel dashi, yuzu.
WILD ATLANTIC TURBOT ‘ESPRIT THAI’: Charred baby gem, sakura ebi, lime leaves.
and my alternative dish of WHITE ASPARAGUS MORRILES TRUFFLES
PIGEON FABIEN DENEOUR 3 SERVICE: Corn fricassee, confit leg, liver parfait
LEMON T’ART: organic lemon curd, sable breton, basil
Could you not really appreciate the visual impact of the dishes? I can say that the evening was truly a treat spent with the family and enjoying a leisurely dinner.
Admittedly when each dish was explained, my initial thoughts were – too complex, too many flavours, how is this going to work? Perhaps he was just putting too much into a single dish?
Definitely not. The flavours worked well together and I do like the thought put into the texture as well as the taste of each dish. Did we over eat? But of course not! We even had room for a bit of cheese (and again embarrassingly I knew all the cheeses except two) plus of course a little birthday cake.
and rounding the evening off with some petits fours, coffee and tea.
Needless to say, we were the last to leave the restaurant for that evening!
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