Put together a list of essential Hong Kong steakhouses and you’d be remiss not to include Wooloomooloo Group, a long-time staple on the local scene. Much more than a simple meat and potatoes joint, Wooloomooloo’s four locations around town epitomise the stylish steakhouse experience, complete with panoramic views, an enviable wine list and premium chops.
As the festive season nears, the elevated steakhouse is bringing something unique to each of its venues, offering a cosy gathering spot for friends and family to toast and make merry with sumptuous steaks and free-flowing wine. With Wooloomooloo’s range of gourmet festive meals, this year is all about hanging up your hosting hat and sitting back while someone else does the hard work in the kitchen.
Towering above TST within The ONE building, Wooloomooloo Prime offers birds-eye views of the city; with the twinkling skyline as your backdrop, there’s no better way to kick off your Christmas feast than with a glass of champagne on the terrace.
The merriment continues in the handsome dining room with a set menu (HK$988 for 5 courses) consisting of appetisers of crab cannelloni and citrus poached tiger prawns, followed by roasted quail ballotine and lobster bisque. For mains, guests can choose between olive oil-poached John Dory with scallops and warm artichoke salad; or go the traditional route with Christmas turkey complete with all the trimmings, from Brussels sprouts and pancetta to roasted Kipfler potatoes.
Of course, steak lovers can’t pass up the Australian 200-day grain-fed beef tenderloin, served with creamed parsley and drizzled in Shiraz jus. For dessert, two mouthwatering confections include baked passion fruit cream with mango purée, mint gel and coconut ice cream; and Christmas Pudding with rum and raisin ice cream, brandy snap and vanilla sauce.
Wooloomooloo Prime, Level 21, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2870 0087
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (TST East)
With the revamped Avenue of the Stars and Victoria Dockside, the TST promenade is destined to be one of the top spots for holiday-goers to gather this season. You can snag yourself a prime front-row view of the festive activities (including the New Year’s Eve fireworks) at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse’s dining room in Tsim Sha Tsui Centre.
Offering various set dinners throughout December, the outlet’s Christmas menu is priced at HK$688, with a five-course menu that includes appetiser choices of Norwegian smoked salmon loin with Avruga caviar; and duck foie gras and confit duck leg parcel. The signature lobster bisque reappears before the main event of pancetta-wrapped turkey breast in sauce Vierge; pan-seared Icelandic arctic char fillet in kalamata olive crumb; or grilled Australian beef tenderloin, with a melange of sautéed purple potato, yellow squash and asparagus in a fragrant black truffle cream sauce. Make sure and get a snap of the star attraction — the Christmas Yule Log adorned with hazelnut ice cream and chocolate ganache — before tucking into the iconic cake roulade.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Tsim Sha Tsui East), G7/8, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2722 7050
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai)
If you’re looking to stay island-side, look no further than Wan Chai’s Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, perched atop The Hennessy with an adjoining rooftop terrace. Overlooking the Happy Valley Racecourse and bustling Wan Chai, the outlet is a frequented spot for after-work drinks through to leisurely steak dinners, fuelled by a merry wine list of robust and full-bodied reds.
You can expect the whole works with the Christmas Eve Set Dinner, priced at HK$898 with a decadent array of dishes. The meal kicks off with a bang with the creamy duck foie gras terrine with straw wine jelly, or deep-fried breaded Burgundy snails with wild garlic emulsion (you can’t go wrong with either option).
Warm up your stomach next with a soup course of creamy leeks and potato sprinkled with truffle croutons and Pecorino. For the main event, guests can choose between pan-seared Spanish sea bass and Atlantic caviar, roasted turkey stuffed with dried fruits, or 200-day grain-fed beef tenderloin in a smooth Rossini sauce. Make sure you save room for the warm Christmas pudding with rum and raisin ice cream, or opt for the savoury route with the farmhouse cheese platter featuring two of our favourite cheese varieties: 24-month comté and Truffle Brillat-Savarin. Stuffed and sated, you’ll want to nab a seat on the cosy terrace to cap off the night with a digestif as you soak in the views.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai), 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2893 6960
The Chop House
Finally, let’s not forget about The Chop House — Wooloomooloo’s more casual grill house with equally fantastic steaks and wines (not to mention excellent beers on tap!). With a spacious al fresco dining atrium, this back-to-basics grill house is serving set dinners on both 24th and 25th December, priced at just HK$458 per person.
The Christmas feast kicks off with appetiser choices of salmon and yellow beetroot tartar with prawn, or pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with butternut squash purée for a festive winter touch. Soup commences with a hearty beef consommé bobbing with caramelised onion dumplings, before the main course of sea bass and prosciutto roulade with saffron risotto, slow-roasted French turkey leg and breast, or grilled flat iron steak with garlic cheese potato and veggies. The evening caps off with Christmas pudding or the wobbly coffee panna cotta roll with Bailey’s syrup. The homespun ambience is ideal for those looking to enjoy a festive feast in less formal surrounds, while the 3rd floor terrace is an inviting spot for a nightcap while you take in the twinkling lights of Kowloon.
The Chop House, Shop 301 & 305, L3, Mira Place 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2295 3200