11:45am till late
1 room for 10 to 14
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Tuna and spanner crab tartar
70-day young black Angus tomahawk
Wooloomooloo Prime, the high-end outlet of this steakhouse chain, is located on the 21st floor of The One, a shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. A slightly confusing ascent to the correct elevator bank will soon have you whisked skywards where upon disembarkation the stunning vistas of Hong Kong will leave most convinced of the beauty of our home town. Towering walls of glass, a bustling modern interior set around a large bar with an open terrace evoke the feeling of a bygone airship that lingered in the sky as the world around moved slowly by. Wooloomooloo Prime is a vibrant restaurant filled with the chatter of happy diners, a great setting for locals and tourists alike.
Wooloomoloo Prime is a classic steak house; whilst a limited range of vegetarian dishes are offered this is not the restaurant to take your vegan friends to. The restaurant is most renowned for its Australian beef, mostly sought from the Hendra ranch in Queensland with a choice of ageing from 70 to 350 days. The 70-day grain-fed young Black Angus tomahawk is a feast to be shared between two or more; served with a range of condiments. Whilst our particular serving was on the wrong side of the requested medium rare, the tomahawk is a meat lover’s paradise. For sides, the creamy spinach was perfectly prepared but the suggested French fries were too dry. Other notable dishes include the yellowfin tuna and spanner crab tartare, a wonderful creation with beautifully blended ingredients topped with sashimi grade fragrant tuna. The other seafood dish of jumbo lump crab cake, however, lacked any lumps of crab at all and resulted in an almost pureed amalgamation of crustaceans. Desserts abound and the Wooloomooloo lemon and lime pie was met with delight at the table next to us yet the raspberry napoleon we ordered was the tragedy of the night; a severe lack of chantilly cream resulted in a dry and unpalatable fiasco.
An excellent array of Australian and new world wines dominate; a dozen varieties are offered by the glass and some unique boutique houses offering some excellent tastes from around the world complete a diverse selection.
Greeted with a friendly and courteous smile, our request to have a drink before being seated was pleasingly accepted. Once seated, service is a little slow with a long pause between menus being delivered and orders taken. Our questions over menu choices were answered knowingly but a tendency to lean over the table rather than walking around shows a lack of training. However, the friendliness of the staff and an eagerness to please makes for a generally happy dining experience.
A meal for two with wine will cost around HK$1,800, Wooloomooloo Prime is not cheap and service and attention to detail should improve to reflect this level of expense.