For someone who can't seem to get enough Peranakan food - and who insists on hitting Candlenut on each and every trip to Singapore - it seems strange that I've never managed to get to one of Willin Low's restaurants. So I decided it was time to address this issue, and got my ass to Wild Rocket for lunch today.
I must admit that I was a little apprehensive when I looked at the menu online. What Malcolm Lee does at Candlenut is to update Peranakan dishes by using premium, non-traditional ingredients... or employing modern techniques to cook them. But I love his dishes because they stay true to Peranakan flavors - or at least I think they do.
Willin's menu at Wild Rocket, though, lists things like beef carpaccio, pesto linguine, beef short rib... which don't sound like the kind of flavors that I was looking for. But I know that my friend Chubby Hubby is a big fan, so I went ahead and pre-ordered the omakase menu. As it turns out, not many people are crazy enough to take the full omakase at lunch.
I would do a big plate of this anytime, any day.
I was COMPLETELY stuffed. Nine courses is a lot to take in at lunch, especially since the flavors of many of these dishes pack a pretty heavy punch. I was pretty happy with my lunch, and there were quite a few clear winners. I do think, though, that the omakase should probably be scaled down a little for lunch...