Earlier this year, foodies celebrated the news that acclaimed chef Julien Royer, whose Singapore restaurant Odette holds the prestigious #1 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 and the #28 spot on World’s 50 Best, would be opening his first overseas restaurant right here in Hong Kong, taking over the Aberdeen Street Social space. The restaurant at PMQ has undergone a complete, top-to-bottom makeover to make way for this new joint venture between JIA Group (Duddell’s, Old Bailey, Mak Mak and more) and Odette’s The Lo & Behold Group.

With gastronomes buzzing over this highly anticipated opening from one of Asia’s most celebrated culinary talents, JIA Group has officially announced that the restaurant, named Louise, will be opening on 18 June, with reservations available starting 1 June.

Chef Julier Royer presents casual French fare at his new Hong Kong restaurant, Louise.

Presenting a more casual departure from the elegant, white-tablecloth dining found at Odette, Louise is a culmination of brilliant industry minds: It’s run by Asia’s preeminent French chef, operated by one of Hong Kong’s prolific F&B groups, and designed by the illustrious André Fu (known for hotels such as Upper House and the new St. Regis Hong Kong). For Hong Kong’s hottest new restaurant, the mastermind interior designer has transformed the two-storey heritage building into a welcoming and relaxing all-day dining spot infused with chic colonial accents. The space is divided into distinct spaces: from all-day dining and convivial drinks in the lush Tropical Greenhouse Lounge to a more formal à la carte lunch and dinner served upstairs in the Ivory Boudoir dining room.

Chef Royer is acclaimed for his elegant, Gallic-inspired cooking.

Rooted in Royer’s masterful command of French ingredients and classic Gallic fare, Louise will embrace a less formal approach than its sister restaurant, with the stylish, greenery-filled space in PMQ offering casual menus across its two levels. Traditional recipes and honest cooking form the cornerstones of the menu, with ingredients sourced by Royer from long-established personal connections and farmers spanning generations. Displaying fine-dining techniques yet presented with homespun touches, dishes hark back to Royer’s childhood in France — from hearty dishes such as la truffade, a layered potato pancake made with Cantal cheese, garlic and parsley; to braised beef in red wine with confit carrots and pearl onions. Desserts are taken from Royer’s family recipes — don’t miss the yogurt cake with refreshing yoghurt ice cream and confit lemon.

Louise will serve as a meeting point for art, design and food, all wrapped up in genuine hospitality and authentic cooking. For whiling away the afternoon, the tropical lounge offers an urban oasis for tucking into decadent French comforts such as creamy pâté en croûte and freshly baked madeleines. Open from noon, the lounge will also offer specialty cold cuts and cheeses (sourced from Xavier Bourgon, an MOF cheese artisan from Toulouse) to be washed down with the extensive wine list which mixes renowned French labels with lesser-known boutique wineries from across the region. For those looking to be first through the door, you can secure your reservations here starting from 1 June.

Louise, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2866 0300

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.