Ibid, a word usually seen in the seldom-read footnotes or end pages of an academic tome, might seem an odd name for a restaurant. Not so in the case of the maiden F&B venture of lawyer-in-training turned chef and first winner of the inaugural MasterChef Asia season, Woo Wai Leong.
‘Ibid’, which is abbreviated Latin for ‘the same place’ or ‘from the same source’, is an apt description for a project that seeks to explore birth, roots, origins, and heritage as the springboard for new inspirations and innovations. Indeed the Chinese form 源 ( ‘source’ - yuán) evokes more vividly than its Latin counterpart the vital impulses churning at the heart of Restaurant Ibid -- and the many ‘sources’ it drinks from.
Restaurant Ibid constitutes the culinary vision of Woo Wai Leong, lawyer-in-training turned chef and first winner of the inaugural MasterChef Asia season. ibid draws the concepts of ‘from the same source’ (which ibid means in Latin) and ‘Nanyang’, which is characterized by an East-West sensibility and a constant search for origins and identity.
Housed in a conserved riverside shophouse, Restaurant Ibid is a seamless integration of concept, style and operation springing ‘from the same source’ embodied in the restaurant’s dynamic chef-owner. The creations coming from the kitchens of Restaurant Ibid can be described as Progressive Chinese cuisine, where inspiration is drawn from the many different interpretations of Chinese food found all over the world.
饮水思源，追根寻源, – “When you drink water, consider its source”.
Chef Woo Wai Leong
Believing in a multi-faceted approach to hospitality, Wai Leong is a believer that whether front or back of the house, everyone in the restaurant is an ambassador of hospitality.
He has combined his experiences and knowledge gleaned from his various stints in F&B, whether as a chef or a bartender or a dinner host, into what he envisions as the guiding principle for Restaurant Ibid.
He continues his never-ending education into the world of food, drink and hospitality, and wishes to impart these lessons to his restaurant team such that every single team member of Restaurant Ibid feels the same passion that he has for the hospitality industry.