Odette's Julien Royer to open Louise in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong this June 2019

Odette's Julien Royer to open Louise in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong this June 2019

Hello Hong Kong

Text: Janice Sim

You might think being recently crowned Asia's No.1 chef and having a 2-Michelin restaurant under his belt would be enough for chef-owner of Odette, Julien Royer. But no — the man isn't one to rest on his laurels. In fact, his next project is dropping real soon — on the cool streets of Sheng Wan in Hong Kong. Her name is Louise, and she's a collective brainchild of Royer as well as hospitality house, JIA Group.

Doing what he does best, the two-storey restaurant will feature a fresh approach on French classics in a stunning heritage building marked by the hands of renowed architect, Andre Fu and his studio, AFSO. The space will comprise of two concepts: Casual all-day dining and tipples in the Tropical Greenhouse Lounge as well as a finer approach at the Ivory Boudoir room upstairs, where lunch and dinner are served à la carte.

All ingredients are personally procured by Royer from farmers and producers, eschewing the possibility of cutting corners in this seemingly pared-down venture. Expect a menu of surprises, varying to be slightly different from Odette — Royer went back to his roots by unravelling recipes like sautéed potatoes with cheese, garlic and black truffle, red wine braised beef cheeks and a yoghurt amalgamation in the dessert department. While in the casual lounge, you'll find treats like madelines and pate on toast. Of course, expect artisanal cheeses and a glorious selection of fine wines with well-known French classics as well as boutique wineries in the lesser-known regions in France.

Do we smell a probable Michelin star coming our way? Perhaps. But for now, reservations will be open 1 June. We'll stake our claims — stat — well before the hungry local gourmands in Hong Kong get to it.

Louise will officially open 18 June.
No.35 Aberdeen Street, Central G/f, Tel: 852 2866 0300