Cover Chef Julien Royer

The restaurant will take over the gorgeous space formerly occupied by The White Rabbit and will offer à la carte French dishes inspired by the cooking of Royer's mother

French chef Julien Royer’s love for food and cooking was ignited by his family—especially the females in his life while growing up in the small town of Auvergne in France. As a young boy, he fondly recalls making jams with his mum and maternal grandmother, as well as watching the latter prepare a simple chicken dish with a creamy mushroom sauce that gathered everyone at the table and put a smile on their faces.

It’s no wonder that his first restaurant in Singapore, three-Michelin-starred Odette at National Gallery Singapore, was named after his maternal grandmother, while his French establishment in Hong Kong is called Louise after his paternal grandmother.

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For his third dining concept, which is slated to open in Dempsey Hill in the third quarter of this year, he took inspiration from his “mother's cooking that I have held close to my heart for a long time” and named it Claudine.

“Claudine has been a long time coming,” admits Royer, who can’t wait to invite guests to try his delectably prepared French fare (served à la carte) that he grew up eating.

He adds: “We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring people together over the simple pleasures of good food and drinks in a lively atmosphere.”  

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