Eating out: Odette Singapore @ National Gallery
I am falling quite far behind blogging again as I am knee deep in work. Still playing catch up on travel and eating posts from the last couple of months and still scheduling a couple more from last summer! The National Gallery Singapore is a stunning space and worth a visit just for the architecture.
Well, I was at the pre-opening roof top bar of the National Gallery last October and finally went back in January – no time or chance to catch the art exhibitions, but it looks like a great line up. Stunning space and props to the architects who did the refurbishment.
So, Odette. chef Julien is an old friend of the husband and architect Sacha Leong who designed the stunning space is a good friend of an old friend from Fabrica. I have heard of him over the last decade and met him by chance as we were dining at the next table – small world indeed!
Part of the amuse bouch set up where the wait staff assemble this on your hand infront of you. Takes a little long and a little too frou frou for me.
We didn’t have time to visit the art, but judging from a pretty objective review, perhaps we ought to give it a little more time.
So, the food – creative, beautiful and loved that chef Julien incorporated elements like chilli crab kueh pie tee for an amuse bouche. The champagne trolley carries a wonderful list which we were told is constantly updated, including a chartogne taillet rosé. We only discovered the chartogne taillet champagne – 100% pinot meunier last summer in Reims at Les Crayeres and went on a mission to find it – but it’s such a small producer, we only managed to buy one bottle after going from cellar to cellar.
Barbecued Plounéour-menez pigeon
love these plates for the pigeon, reminiscent of pac man – you get them served separately – abit of fun and interaction with the service staff.
Lucky diners that have the best seat in the house overlooks into the kitchen.
Mignardises – the lovely little wooden stand is the same one they use at El Celler de Can Roca which seems to be everyone’s favourite restaurant, but mine. More images on the full menu here.
I don’t do fine dining often in Singapore because it’s prohibitively expensive and also because there are only three meals in a day and I’d rather be eating mum’s cooking and piling on the grease at hawker centres.
A tasting menu (we took the 8 course $268) for two comes up to about 600SGD including drinks, and huge thanks to chef for waiving our drinks off the bill. The wine list by the way is very fair priced considering the alcohol tax in Singapore. It certainly keeps our merry making in check!
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