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.
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.