Not having spent nearly enough time with my friend Chubby Hubby and his lovely wife S at the party for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in Bangkok, I figured it would be good to catch up over dinner while I'm in town. As S handles PR for quite a few of the top restaurants in town, I was not the least bit surprised when they offered to host me at these places. Not wanting to take advantage of too many freebies - as I always prefer to go on my own dime - I arranged to meet up with them only at Odette.
I'd had a taste of Chef Julien Royer's cuisine when I came to Singapore this time last year, shortly before he left JAAN to start things up here. I enjoyed my meal very much, so I was pretty confident that I wouldn't be writing up a post trashing the chef's food after I had just eaten a free meal there - and putting my friends in an awkward position in the process.
I was pretty distressed to find out yesterday, though, that Chubby Hubby had come down with a case of stomach flu. Naturally he was still recovering and purportedly having porridge tonight, so poor S was left with no choice but trying to entertain me while listening to my drivel all evening.
Chef Julien came over to greet me, and when we were ready - after I confirmed to the restaurant that I have no dietary restrictions - the procession of yummy bites started arriving.
Yes, I rolled my eyes when I heard the words "ichigo strawberries" for the second time in 3 days. It's as silly as saying "homard lobster"...
Jacques Selosse Exquise, dégorgée à 15 Juin 2009 - this was much, much sweeter on the palate than every other bottle I have had before. Also very rounded and mature on the palate. Nice toasty notes with marmalade. Such a pleasure to drink.
P.S. Many thanks also to Chef Julien for a jar of the restaurant's groseille jam. I look forward to popping open that jar soon.