Odette - No. 36 on World's Best Restaurant list (2022)

Odette is a 3-Michelin restaurant in Singapore and currently No. 36 on World's Best Restaurant list (was no. 8 in 2021). 

I went for lunch on a weekday after getting off the waitlist three hours before, so it was an unexpected surprise (and so was the lunch price at over $300 USD per person after a drink and tip). This French fine dining experience felt similar to the meal at French laundry, nothing mind-blowing, but still a solid meal. Some highlights of the meal were: mushroom tea, truffle brioche, and venison in nori. 

Reservations are recommended two months in advance, but I emailed the week before to get on the waitlist, and they called my cell phone a few hours before lunch on the day of that they had room for lunch. 

DRESS CODE: "smart business" - This meant closed-toed shoes, pants, and a collared shirt for men, but some guys at lunch had normal shirts.

LOCATION: Singapore National Gallery - an art museum that also used to be the old Supreme Court building. I called a grab (Singapore's Lyft/Uber), and it dropped us off at the opposite end of the Gallery which is the official entrance- it is a little annoying to traverse the entire Gallery to get to Odette (but at least we weren't charged admission fee and got to see some of the art). 

We made our 1:15 pm reservation, and had a table in the middle of the room, facing the kitchen. 

The dining room had pink hues with gold, and matched the abstract art in the Gallery. Many tables were for 2-4 people, and there was a private room that could hold a larger group.

Odette is named after Chef Julian Royer's grandmother, and this little card explained that the Chef is inspired by Mother Nature and simple ingredients.

Amuse-bouche: a tart, "taco" with tuna, and cheese in the form of a fry. 

Appetizer: "mushroom tea" in this custom container

Underneath was soup with truffle shavings, this mushroom soup was earthy, savory, and I basically downed it while using the small wooden spoon to collect the truffle. 

It was also paired with a truffle brioche. The bread was offered to be unlimited so we eventually had several more of these brioche.

The menu officially had 5 courses, with grignotages (snacks) and douceurs (sweets)

Bread: sourdough, and a brioche truffle bread that looked like a cinnamon roll. The truffle bread was flaky, savory, and we asked for several more to go.

Course 1: 
Shima Aji 'Crudo'
Horseradish | Rice & Seaweed Cracker | Dill 

Not pictured: the server making it snow on the crudo - it was a nice winter effect. A dish that reminded me of Kusama appearance-wise, and a basic opener.

Course 2: 
Heirloom Beetroot Variation
Salt-baked beetroot | Stracciatella 'artigiana' | Honey 
Basically cheese and beets in different forms - almost a dessert dish. While I like merengues, my favorite parts were the cheese and the beet sorbet. 

Course 3: 
Seaweed Butter Glazed Scallop
Nori | Menton lemon | Sauce 'perle'
Another pointillism-like dish. The sauce was acidic which was nice, but I think the scallop and overall dish was still a little too briney for me and I wish it was more buttery. 

Course 4: 
Venison Saddle 'Maki'
Quince | Foie gras | Chervil root

This venison wrapped in seaweed was probably my favorite course- tender, a little umami. The foie gras version didn't really do anything for me. 

Optional: cheese course
They brought out this cart but we were full and just ready for dessert. This was probably almost 2 hours into the meal. 

Granita - pomegranate palette cleanser

Course 5: 
Coeur de Guanaja | Peanut butter | Tanka
Not pictured: dark chocolate sauce poured afterwards, My thought when I was eating this: I flew 17.5 hours across the ocean to eat a fancy American candy bar. But I do love twix. 


Ice lolly (that looks like a coronavirus) 

Japanese Fruit 


By the time we were having dessert the restaurant was closing around 3 pm. Chef Julien was gracious to stop by for a pic and to allow us a kitchen tour. 


The whole meal was 2.5-3 hours. Service was impeccable and the food was art- but looked a lot better than it tasted. I could see how it's not in the top 10 of the World's Best Restaurants- but a place to try if you are in Singapore and Crazy Rich or a Crazy Rich Asian and like artsy food. 


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