What an adorable name for a restaurant, which rolls nicely on the tongue. Starting from its name, I decided that I rather liked this place already.
And upon entering the classy establishment with a beautiful view of the night cityscape through full length glass windows, I had pretty high hopes for Wooloomooloo.
Hailing from Hong Kong but named after a small town in Australia (Woolloomooloo), this stylish restaurant at Swissotel/Raffles City specialises in serving premium steak selections and Australian-inspired offerings.
Wooloomooloo is known for their steaks, amongst these there are the Tomahawk steaks (70-day grain fed young Australian Black Angus, S$125 serves 2 or 350-day grain fed Australian Wagyu, S$285 serves 2 to 3). Our party of five avid steak lovers decided to get a rare Wagyu Tomahawk along with some starters and sides to share.
Before any of the actual dishes touched the table, the warm, crusty bread that arrived after we placed our orders almost stole the show.
Slightly savoury, onion-y and sprinkled with herbs, it smelt and tasted great, like it came to us fresh out of the oven. And I wouldn’t have really been surprised if it was. It was so good we had two of these.
Following the lovely bread, we had the A Little Taste of The Mediterranean (Burrata Mozzarella, slow roasted tomato & basil, fire roasted bell peppers, sunflower seeds in garlic oil, Parma ham, S$24) and the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (served with mustard mayonnaise, tartare sauce, lime & coleslaw, S$32) to start.
These were rather lovely too – fresh, delicious and well put together.
But of course, the star of the night had to be the Wagyu Tomahawk. I rarely eat rare steak (no pun intended) because I’m afraid that the meat is usually frozen and does not get cooked properly or takes on a really weird texture when only lightly seared. So I usually have it medium rare.
I shouldn’t have bothered worrying though, because this one was pretty much next-to-perfect.
Like I said, I normally don’t take steak rare except at reputable places so there’s not much basis for comparison, but I did have a rare steak before at this fairly renowned restaurant called Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecote in London (originally from Paris). Which was actually rather chewy, tough and not particularly flavourful. And man this one was SO much better.
Stunningly beautiful in its pink, plump glory, the Wagyu Tomahawk melted like butter in our mouths and had so much rich meaty flavour of its own such that we didn’t really need the sauces provided. We probably should’ve gotten 2 of these! Maybe if we had one more person.
The Red Wine, Au Jus, Peppercorn and Mushroom sauces in mini pots and a range of mustards did give the steak an additional oomph though, so pairing it with some of these was rather enjoyable as well.
We had some sides to go with the steak; French Fries (S$14), Side Caesar Salad (S$12), Spinach and Mushroom (S$14) – which were alright but were really just there to balance out the meal.
The desserts here were not too bad but not particularly outstanding. We chose the Bread & Butter Pudding (S$17), Wooloomooloo Lemon & Lime Pie (S$18) and the Grand Marnier Soufflé (S$20).
We were also lucky to get pretty good service, as a manager happened to be around and was quite friendly and helpful to us. We had to wait a bit for our second order of bread and some of the food, but not too long, so it was fine 😉
I thought the restaurant was a bit hard to find though, but if you go to Level 3 of Raffles City, look for Warehouse and then walk to the outside layer towards the Swissotel side, you should be able to see it.
Overall, we spent around S$110 per person for this meal. The steak is worth it!
2 Stamford Road,
Level 3 Swissotel The Stamford
Tel: +65 6338 0261
Open for lunch daily from 12pm to 2:30pm and dinner from 6:30pm to 11pm.