We had a thoroughly satisfying steak dinner at Wooloomooloo, so when invited to lunch at sister restaurant The Chop House, I jumped at it. Whereas Wooloomooloo is the upscale sophisticate, The Chop House is the modest laidback bistro. Prices are correspondingly reflective of the difference in quality of food, service and ambience.
The Chop House has a condensed steak menu, with only 4 options for red meat lovers. But with the massive 400-gram T-bone tipping the scales at just under 50 buckaroos, I thought, after tempering my expectations, the meats here were just as value-for-money as Wooloomooloo.
Despite the many cautionary tales of the purportedly terrible food and awful service, my friends and I enjoyed our lunch here. The tip is to pick carefully, and stick to the burgers and steaks. I wouldn't wax lyrical about The Chop House, or rate it as a top steakhouse, but it's
certainly far from horrible. I, and my friends, waddled away sated,
and would consider The Chop House one of the more viable dining options at
If sharing an appetizer, I'd recommend the Chicken Quesadillas ($19) toasty tortilla pockets oozing with jack's cheddar, minced chicken and fresh diced tomatoes. This was served with a trio of dips: guacamole, sour cream and salsa pico de gallo.
A must-try is the Black & Blue Burger ($24) of juicy beef patty blackened with cajun spices, fresh tomato and crisp lettuce, and slathered in a slobbery blue cheese dressing. Hearty, and heart-stopping stuff. Of note was the tater tots, little crunchy morsels of carb-heaven.
I loved my USDA Prime Ribeye ($37 for 200gm), luscious, decadently fatty and beautifully charred, with sauteed potato, caramelised onions, and a robust black peppercorn sauce.
For a full-bodied flavour, get the Australian Grass-Fed Tenderloin ($30 for 200gm), perfectly moist, with grilled sweet corn-potato cake, sauteed spinach, and an armagnac-laced black peppercorn sauce.
If a little tight on budget and not too fussed about eating steak, the 2-Course Set Lunch ($19.90) would be quite prudent choice. The starter, a Creamy Onion Soup with caramelised onions, chives and garlic croutons was a little amateurish, but nicely balanced.
The main, a towering Bacon, Guacamole Chicken Burger, layered with melted cheddar and applewood smoked bacon was quite scrumptious.
The Chop House
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: 6376 9262
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 11.30am to 11pm;
Fridays, Saturdays & Eve of PH from 11.30am to 12midnight;
Sundays and PH from 11am to 11pm