Congrats to Odette for winning two Michelin Stars, 2016
It was my friend, Ken Loon who insisted that I visit Odette. Ken Loon, (that’s his Chinese name, so the short form is Loon, not Ken) is the owner of Naked Finn whom I got to know when I was writing my prawn files. At the time, I thought I was going bonkers trying to identify prawns by taking pictures of their private parts. Then Ken Loon came along and I was able to share my photos of prawn phalluses with him which was quite reassuring, because compared to him, I was relatively sane! For me it was just a project to document all the local prawns available. He, on the other hand, loved prawns so much that he gave up his job to open a restaurant so that he can import and eat the crustaceans of the world!
Anyway, Ken Loon knows Julien Royer very well and has had him over at Naked Finn to cook for a charity event. So when he told me about Odette, I knew it was something I needed to check out. Odette was already getting quite a lot of hype on social media. Anyone who has an interest in the local restaurant scene would have heard that the young, 32 year old French chef who had been responsible for putting Jaan in the world’s top 100 restaurant list was opening his own place at the National Gallery.