“My socialite tai-tai friends tell me that dining at Odette is the meal of the year,” says a journalist we bump into at the fortnight-old modern French restaurant in the newly revamped National Gallery Singapore. Well, the space is something special. As we swan past the foyer of the museum crowded with families and into the 32-seater, we are instantly transported to the kind of dining room one encounters in a Michelin-starred establishment in Paris. But less stuffy, and fresher. Odette is the hotly anticipated collaboration between former Jaan chef Julien Royer and Wee Teng Wen of The Lo & Behold Group. Of course, it's full this Saturday afternoon. As we’re ushered to our cosy banquette seat clad in velvety grey, we’re greeted by genial, young head sommelier Vincent Tan, whom we recognise from his days at rustic French tavern Shelter in the Woods. He’s all grown up now and smartly dressed in a grey suit instead of an apron.

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