French wonderboy Julien Royer, formerly of JAAN, strikes out on his own at the National Gallery

Easily the most exciting opening of 2015 (and 2016, thus far), this bright and airy modern French restaurant at the stately National Gallery has caused a serious stir, with foodies waiting for weeks to snag a table for one of its lunch or dinner degustations, a wait slightly lengthened since it was awarded two Michelin stars. Chef Julien Royer, who found fame whilst helming the kitchen at Jaan, brings both bucolic sentimentality and gastronomic touches to his dishes, most of which undergo constant changes, depending on the most exciting seasonal products he has sourced from suppliers. There's a dizzying wine list, too, but don't forget to flag down the fancy Champagne cart and try a few glasses of bubbly.

We gasped in shock when Julien Royer, chef at French fine dining temple JAAN (of San Pellegrino fame), left to work with the Lo & Behold Group on a fine dining place at the National Gallery. After what's felt like a long wait, Odette finally has opened its doors, offering a reservations-only soft-launch experience for lunch ($88) and dinner ($208).

The restaurant concept tells a well-worn, rustic story: amazingly sourced seasonal ingredients, recipes inspired by a bucolic French childhood, et cetera, but the execution has precious gastronomic touches in line with Royer's previous work. We have high hopes for the menu, which will change often, we're told. Currently available is the North Highlands beef tartare with pickled kohlrabi, grain mustard ice cream and smoked bone marrow; a very sculptural Japanese flounder; and a miso trout with charcoal grilled Kurobuta pork belly and romanesco with yuzu.

Decor wise, it's fairytale whimsy given the elegant, understated treatment: a white and beige palette with starched tableclothes, brass pendant lamps and a tile-and-chrome open kitchen.

Venue Details
Address: Odette, 01-04 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew's Rd., Singapore, 178957 Singapore
Phone: 6385-0498
Area: City Hall
Cuisine: French
Open since: November, 2015
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7-9:30pm
Nearest trainCity Hall
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