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Located on the 21st floor of Nathan Road’s The One, Wooloomooloo Prime boasts unbeatable views of Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong island, just one of the restaurant’s many draws. Although you might spend your time taking in the cityscape, the interior is equally inviting, offering a rustic-chic dining experience that incorporates woods and warm earth tones. With comfortable, plush chairs and ample room between tables, Wooloomooloo Prime is as suitable for a romantic dinner for two as it is for a business wine-and-dine. If you’re looking for more privacy, book the restaurant’s private room, which can seat up to12 guests. Arrive early to take advantage of the buzzy lounge and outdoor terrace, two more reasons to make the trip over to Tsim Sha Tsui.
If you’ve come for the view, stay for the food. While Wooloomooloo Prime draws on a traditional steakhouse menu, a few standout dishes help to set this carnivore’s dream dinner apart. We opted to save the meat for the main and start with the sauteed garlic prawns: three succulent shrimp served on a blanket of silky and rich lobster bisque. The soupy sauce was the star here, and we weren’t ashamed to dig into the hot bread-basket for something to scoop up the leftovers with. For the main course, choose from one of the restaurant’s Australian or American beef selections, including wet aged cuts. Hungry diners can’t miss one of the restaurant’s signature steaks, the 120-day Australian tomahawk. Although we generally prefer the more environmentally-friendly grass-fed variety, this grain-fed, Fred Flinstone-sized steak was well-seasoned, juicy and tender, if slightly undercooked from our specified medium-rare temperature. The steak is served with four sauces on the side, including a mushroom sauce we couldn’t get enough of. All sides are served a la carte and Wooloomooloo offers the classics. What would a steak dinner be without creamy spinach and a plate of nicely crisped hash browns? If you’re a vegetarian, your options are limited, so load up on simple sides like the steamed asparagus. The dessert menu here is equally as impressive as the mains but we would go back time and time again just for the apple crumble. A generous serving of the classic, the crumble is warm and sweet with a firm crunch at the top and served with vanilla gelato and custard sauce on the side.
Wooloomooloo Prime has a well-rounded wine menu with over twelve wines by the glass and varietals from, among others, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, France, and the US. The menu offers oenophiles both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker scores. While there is higher price point for most full bottles, half bottles are also available.
The service here is gracious and staff is eager to please. Although there were a few hiccups in the pacing of the meal, like a slight lag between courses, servers knowingly present each dish with a thorough description and give guests the right amount of privacy.
Dinner for two with wine and sides will cost around HK$2,000. Though the courses were nicely prepared, for cost of the meal we’d like to see an improvement in presentation and service.