1. First up, a French restaurant
But he won’t be cooking in it — instead, Willin is a partner at the upcoming modern French-themed Restaurant Lerouy (say ‘Le-hwi’). It opens mid November, and will be helmed by French chef-owner Christophe Lerouy, who has worked under the famed Alain Ducasse at the three Michelin star Restaurant Louis XV in Monte Carlo. Christophe most recently cooked at the French-Japanese Omakase restaurant Dstllry and one Michelin star Alma by Juan Amador in Singapore.
“I love every aspect of the restaurant business and since I’m a fan of chef Lerouy’s food, I don’t want to interfere with it and in this case, am happy to concentrate on the design of the restaurant [instead of cooking],” explains Willin. Lerouy will be located at Stanley Street in the CBD and will offer mod French dishes like Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Crab Leg, Apple Vinegar and Goat's Cheese, plus Squid Ink Rice with Smoked Eel And Pimento.
Expect to pay from $38 for three courses and from $98 for a five-course dinner.
Opens mid Nov at 3 Stanley St, S068722. Tel 6221-3639.
2. Next, an eatery in Hokkaido
Singapore’s godfather of mod sin cuisine will be making his mark in the skiing paradise of Niseko in Hokkaido. “My Wild Rocket restaurant landlord owns a ski resort there. They’re opening a condominium-hotel called The Maples. And when we were offered a beautiful space [for a restaurant] perched on the edge of the snowy ski slopes…I couldn’t say no,” explains Willin, 44, who adds that he loves snowboarding and is a regular at Niseko. The restaurant that's yet to be named will serve “casual Mod Sin” grub, with a few Japanese flourishes and made with seasonal Japanese ingredients. There will be dishes like a Bak Kut Teh Ramen, prepared by a Japanese chef, although Willin will also cook there occasionally. It's set to open in November 2018.
3. He's also jazzing things up at Relish
Jazz @ Relish, held at Willin’s burger-centric eatery Relish by Wild Rocket, offers a fab deal for jazz fiends. For a minimum spend of $30 per head on food and drinks, customers can enjoy the sweet sounds of Singapore’s King of Swing, Jeremy Monteiro, and his band during dinner every Friday, till end December. What to eat? Try Willin’s fave Mushroom Cheeseburger ($19.60) or Seafood Burger ($21.80), featuring a golden-brown chopped octopus, prawn and fish patty served with lemon mayo.
Wash it down with a Manhattan ($20) cocktail, made with Bourbon whisky, sweet vermouth and an orange twist.
Jazz @ Relish is on every Fri, 8.30pm to midnight, till 29 Dec. #02-01, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Cluny Court, S259760. Call 6763-1547 to book.