If you have been to Hong Kong, you might have come across or eaten at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. This Hong Kong-based chain, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, has now opened its door in Singapore. Located at level three of Raffles City Shopping Centre, this Australian-inspired grill house offers you a unique dining experience, with a wide range of “back to basics” dishes cooked with fresh produce flown in from Australia including its Australian Black Angus grain-fed beef.
On the décor: Billing itself as both a steakhouse and a lounge, the restaurant blends the raw beauty of traditional Australian décor with all the luxuries of a modern restaurant. The chic and warm decor oozes from the entrance all the way into every corner of the restaurant.
It’s curve layout and expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows let you take in the stunning city views of Marina Bay, St Andrew’s Cathedral and the beautiful greenery of Stamford Road. You can’t help but be blown away at the sight while you dine. With the Singapore Grand Prix coming soon, Wooloomooloo also offers a perfect view of the race circuit and it’s a great place to have a drink while watching the fast cars zoom past.
On the menu: While the restaurant’s décor exudes Aussie charm and elegance, its food oozes such authentic flavours that they evoke a sense of nostalgia.
The appetisers include favourites such as Tuna and Spanner Crab Tartare ($29). Sitting on a bed of creamy avocado cubes, tangy orange slices, diced shallots and coriander, the sashimi-grade yellow fin tuna was fresh – not too fishy. The sour cream and salmon roe also gave this starter a burst of flavours.
Other must-tries appetizers include Jumbo Prawn Cocktail ($29) – succulent chilled prawns served in a glass with homemade cocktail sauce peppered with horseradish, sweet chilli and Worchester and Spanish Ham Selection ($38) which includes two varieties of Iberico ham, the 20 to 24 month aged Tereon and Salamanca and 30 to 25 month aged Bellota Reserva. The platter of ham also came with sundried tomatoes, olives, artichokes, piquillo peppers with Feta cheese.
The Australian Black Angus beef takes pride of place in Wooloomooloo Steakhouse’s menu. Each slab of meat is carefully broiled in their US Southbend broiler at 980 degree Celsius to attain the ideal medium-rare doneness. If you are meat lovers, don’t let the size of the Black Angus Tomahawk ($125) stops you. Dubbed one of the biggest steaks in Singapore, this 70-day grain-fed, wet-aged slab of beef weighs in at a hefty 1.1kg to 1.3kg and comes with bone still attached, is big enough for two. Served with four homemade sauces – Red Wine Madeira, Au Jus, Peppercorn and Mushroom. The steak was excellent – cooked perfectly medium rare and you don’t even need any sauce to go with it.
Other must-try cuts at Wooloomooloo include the USDA Prime Beef Selection comprising the 150-day grain-fed, wet-aged Rib-Eye steak ($74 / 12-ounce) and Sirloin Steak ($70 / 12-ounce). But while this is a steakhouse, Wooloomooloo does serve other popular dishes, including Pan-seared Barramundi Fillet ($52), Roasted Spatchcock Chicken ($46), Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli ($34) as well as Australian Lamb Cutlets ($56).
The desserts at Wooloomooloo are decadent. The classic Bread and Butter Pudding ($16) never fails to satisfy any sweet tooth. Served with a scoop of vanilla gelato, it was moist and buttery, perfect with a cup of cappuccino.
If you prefer something light, go for their Pavlova with Chantilly Cream ($18). Wooloomooloo’s take on the classic pav, topped with seasonal fruit, was delicious. It’s got a crisp shell with pav-like cracks and a light, fluffy interior. Gorgeous passion fruit curd marries chantilly cream for any amazing topping.
What to know: Wooloomooloo does offer a good selection of wines, house pours and beers on tap and signature cocktails. This new restaurant also offers three-course lunches on weekdays from noon to 2:30pm. The set lunches are priced at $36++, $38++ and $42++ depending on the choice of main course.
Level 3, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Tel: 6338 0261
Opening hours: Noon to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 11pm (Daily)
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