Wooloomooloo Steak­house

26 Mo­hamed Sul­tan Road 6735 6739 | bis­tecca.com.sg

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Wine & Dine - – Amy Green­burg

Swis­so­tel The Stam­ford Level 3, 2 Stam­ford Road 6338 0261 | woo-steak­house.com

The scene: This al­most-hid­den gem has the clas­sic steak­house vibe down pat: dim light­ing, stacked fire­wood, leather seats and rus­tic, wooden floors. Tip: Snag a ta­ble with a prime view of the Padang!

The steak: The menu fea­tures prime cuts from Ire­land to Idaho, but the Aus­tralian beef is re­ally the star of the show here, with a nice va­ri­ety of cuts avail­able from dif­fer­ent re­gions. We ab­so­lutely loved the medi­um­rare filet mignon ($62, 8-ounces), grass-fed and four-weeks wet-aged from Homestead Beef, Vic­to­ria. Juicy and lean, it was to­tal per­fec­tion (and even bet­ter paired with a glass of mal­bec!). All steaks come with a se­lec­tion of au jus, pep­per­corn, mush­room and red wine madeira sauce, which were all nice to try.

The sides: The truf­fle mac and cheese is a def­i­nite must-try here; with just the right amount of creami­ness and flavour, this ad­dic­tive dish was a high­light of the night. We bal­anced it out with sides of wild mush­rooms in gar­lic but­ter ($14) and de­li­cious grilled as­para­gus spears ($19).

The best of the rest: If you love qual­ity cheese, def­i­nitely start with the bur­rata moz­zarella with slow- roasted tomato and basil, fire-roasted bell pep­pers and sun­flower seeks in gar­lic oil and Parma ham ($28); it was a gen­er­ous por­tion of per­fectly salted bur­rata, and the per­fect con­sis­tency. We also loved the horse­rad­ish flavour in the tuna and span­ner crab tartare ($32), which has an avo­cado base, mixed with or­anges (which gave it a sur­pris­ing tex­ture), shal­lots and co­rian­der, and fin­ished off with sour cream and salmon roe. Though su­per-full, we man­aged to find space for some­thing sweet – the Wooloomooloo cheese­cake ($23); un­cooked Philadel­phia cheese­cake served with berry com­pote and yo­ghurt sor­bet, it had a very nice cream­cheesy taste with a fab­u­lous cookie crust.

The scene: Housed along her­itage-rich Mo­hamed Sul­tan Road, this Tus­canstyle steak­house is an el­e­gant spot for gath­er­ings of all sorts – with friends, with fam­ily, or with your sig­nif­i­cant half. The restau­rant is dressed in brick walls and glam­orous art­work, which add a touch of old-school Ital­ian al­lure, while leather booths and wood pan­elling give the space a classy and up­scale vibe.

The steak: The char-grilled bis­tecca alla Fiorentina ($ 188), a whop­ping 1.1kg T-bone, is truly a sight to be­hold. Seen on al­most ev­ery ta­ble, this shar­ing­sized steak uses F1 Wagyu beef that’s pas­ture-raised in Aus­tralia, and or­ganic grain-fin­ished un­der the high­est eth­i­cal stan­dards. It’s served in thick-cut slices true to tra­di­tional Tus­can fash­ion and has a mar­bling score of six; each bite is rich, suc­cu­lent and ex­tremely flavour­ful. A word of cau­tion: If you’re not used to thicker cuts of meat or if you’re a small eater, you should share this be­tween three to four peo­ple. For some­thing more mod­estly sized, there’s also a se­lec­tion of in­di­vid­ual cuts like the ten­der­loin ($65) and bone-in sir­loin ($90).

The sides: When I’d first vis­ited Bis­tecca ear­lier this year, I promised to re­turn for the bur­rata ($40), and thank­fully, I man­aged to try it this time! Fea­tur­ing 300 grams of hand-formed young moz­zarella served with a dash of bal­samic and a bed of greens, this bur­rata was un­doubt­edly one of the best I’ve ever had. Smooth and creamy through­out, the cheese pairs fan­tas­ti­cally with a side of fresh Pachino toma­toes ($ 9) from Si­cily. Another favourite at our ta­ble was the funghi ($13) – wild field mush­rooms bathed in thyme but­ter – which was fra­grant and cooked to per­fec­tion with a pleas­ant bite.

The best of the rest: Apart from serv­ing its stel­lar steaks, Bis­tecca does a mean hand­made pasta, too. We de­voured the fet­tuc­cine ($26) – smoked pi­men­tón ( pa­prika) pasta, blue crab, roasted pep­pers, lemon but­ter – and pap­pardelle ($28), a hearty com­bi­na­tion of braised ox­tail ragu, red wine, cherry tomato and parmi­giano. There’s also an ex­ten­sive wine list with every­thing from bub­bly and reds to dessert wines, as well as a well-versed som­me­lier who’ll help you de­cide on a suit­able pair­ing.

Best for fam­ilystyle Ital­ian

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