Waterfront Galore: Located in buzzing Tseung Kwan O district, Oolaa is the latest addition to the swish promenade. The restaurant group has a few outposts now – one in Soho, Wan Chai and Tung Chung – but this one is particularly special thanks to its uber laid-back appeal. It’s a great spot for all-day drinking and weekend brunches.
Look & Feel: The open-air construction of this joint makes it very appealing for warm summers. Inside, it feels spacious and welcoming thanks to its cozy design and friendly staff.
On the Menu: Think…brunch. And more. The restaurant has everything from spicy miso tuna tartare (HK$135) to Thai red vegetable curry (HK$145) and it’s quality is consistently reliable. Sharing dishes include the meze platter (HK$200) which comes with a variety of cured meats, persian feta and delectable stuffed peppers or the mighty mussells (HK$175) for jet fresh seafood with garlic herb foccacia. For meat lovers, the 100% Wagyu beef burger (HK$170) is a must thanks to its indulgent portion size and excellent sweet potato fries (upon request). The chicken parmigiana (HK$165) is a tasty treat served with piping hot french fries. Of course, there are vegetarian options too, like the delicious vegan flatbread (HK$155) and the Tuscan kale farfalle (HK$170). For dessert, be sure to get the banoffee pie – need we say more?
Jeng: It’s always exciting when a new restaurant opens up, but when a new district practically becomes the next trendy spot with an abundance of hot openings, well, we can’t help ourselves but be a little ecstatic. Tseung Kwan O’s Oolaa offers a distinctively pared-back, relaxed atmosphere that feels unpretentious yet somehow premium at the same time.
Not So Jeng: We went on the second day of its opening so it was extremely busy. Our food took a while to arrive, but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hopefully, after a month in, the dust will settle. Regardless, the food was delicious when it did arrive.
Great For: Families, large groups.
FYI: Oolaa TKO is extremely kid friendly too. You can let them release energy on the patio in front of the restaurant. Plus, word has it, they’ll soon open up seating out front too!
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