Header photo: Little Bao’s eggs Benedict

No matter what else is happening in Hong Kong, you can still catch up with a friend to talk over a coffee or brunch. Social contact is very important, and our friends in the F&B industry are certainly looking forward to welcoming you.

Here’s where we’ll be booking brunch these days:

Aqua

Aqua brunch

Newly relocated Aqua has a glittering new dining room, bar and terrace, with equally stunning views (read our recent review). The contemporary Japanese-Italian restaurant has updated its weekend brunch ($988/person), featuring unlimited servings of sushi and sashimi, oysters, thin-crust pizza, an incredible array of desserts and lots more on weekends from 1–4pm. Free-flow is part of the deal – you’ll get three hours of bottomless champagne, cocktails, wine, sake and beer. You can save yourself a few hundred buckaroos by booking this experience – the all-you-can eat spread + free-flow – from 11am–1pm for just $688.

17/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST, 3427 2288, book online

BIFTECK

For a unique brunch experience, check out new French-Japanese steakhouse BIFTECK. The weekend brunch ($580/person for 4 courses or $680/person for 5 courses) offers two creative sets – Le Voyage du Wagyu and Le Voyage des Fruits de Mer – depending on diners’ preferences for beef or seafood. The Wagyu menu is headlined by Kyoto Princess sirloin in the main-course dish of Wagyu three ways, which also includes tenderloin tempura and slow-cooked rump of Japanese A5 Miyazaki Wagyu. On the seafood menu, the star of the show is the seafood platter with fresh local scallop, New Zealand scampi and Hiroshima oyster tempura. Top up your dining experience with two-hour free-flow ($188/person) of Languedoc sparkling rosé Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2019. Read our review.

23/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, 2246 8805, book online

Brooklyn Yakuza

Brooklyn Yakuza’s Bottomless Sake Brunch ($398/person with food only or $598/person to include 2-hour free-flow) has an even cooler vibe now that the hip Japanese-American izakaya’s cocktail lounge Oyabun has opened downstairs, with house DJs playing homage to a different musical genre each weekend. Free-flow Yakuza highballs, sake towers and Asahi beer complement sharing starters (think fried chicken, spicy tuna rolls and hamachi sashimi), mains (a choice of miso grilled salmon, teriyaki black cod, wasabi prawn udon, eggplant and mushroom don or Wagyu beef cheek) and Big Apple-inspired desserts of NY cheesecake and “Everything NY” ice cream.

G/F & 1/F, LKF 29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, 2866 1034, book online

Bubbles & Wines

The new tapas-style brunch ($400/person) at Bubbles & Wines in Stanley was a big hit with our colleague, especially the Black Angus croquettes, garlic shrimp and octopus. Add on two-hour free-flow ($250/person) and feel like you’re in Barcelona. Read the full review here.

26 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, 5721 6161 (WhatsApp)

Buenos Aires Polo Club

Argentinian steakhouse Buenos Aires Polo Club has introduced the Club Brunch ($588/person), centred around an enormous USDA blackened prime rib. The brunch should be booked two days in advance because the prime rib needs to be cooked for 15 hours prior to your visit! Included in the brunch menu is a quality seafood platter that features poached Boston lobster, oysters, scallops and more under-the-sea treats, and there is an optional martini pairing that we can personally vouch for. James Bond would love it here…

7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2321 8681, book online

Fukuro

This Tokyo-style izakaya has launched its eight-course  Shumatsu  Brunch ($588/person) at the weekend, showcasing both Fukuro signatures like the crispy caramel corn and grilled scallops and newcomers such as the crab tart jazzed up with yuzu kosho. One highball comes alongside – Salary Man (gin, yuzu, citrus liqueur, white vermouth, absinthe) or Gluttonous Shrub (ruou nep, lemon, salted plum, cucumber).

1–5 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, 2333 8841, book online

GRAIN

At K-Town gastropub GRAIN, Oliver’s bottomless weekend roast brunch ($360/adult; $150/child) is the very definition of “Please, sir, can I have some more?”. This is a two-hour feast of all-you-can-eat starters, sides and house-made desserts, plus a roast dish main for sharing. The rotating roast menu presents two special roasts each weekend the likes of Ibérico pork coppa stuffed with apple and sage and Rangers Valley M5 Wagyu tri-tip with stout-braised ox cheek and aubergine fritters. The free-flow (from +$230/person) here is particularly recommended; it includes Tar & Roses Prosecco from Australia, house red and white wines, GRAIN’s Bloody Mary and all the brewed-on-site Gweilo core beers that GRAIN has to offer. If you have little ones in tow, the kids’ menu comes with a main, dessert and drink.

3–5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, 3500 5870, book online

Holt’s Café

You’ll be spoilt for choice with Holt’s Café’s Sunday brunch ($598/person) experience. The refreshed brunch menu at Rosewood Hong Kong’s fancy-pants HK-style diner starts off with a seafood platter overflowing with oysters, half Boston lobster, king crab and king prawns, moving on to refillable small plates (dim sum, soy sauce chicken, BBQ pork and deep-fried risotto balls). Diners get a choice of one main course, from smoked salmon with avocado toast to baked tomato Ibérico pork chop rice, and then there’s a lovely selection of both Eastern and Western desserts to end the brunch on a high. The menu is inclusive of one coffee or tea and one glass of Prosecco or mocktail, but several add-on beverage packages are also available.

For a limited time, Holt’s Café is mixing it up with a series of international brunches, kicking things off on Sunday, 22 May with a Thai menu crafted by Thai native chef Piyawan (Kung) Ketkaew, formerly of Rosewood Bangkok. The menu includes Holt’s famed seafood platter (this time with a Thai dipping sauce), unlimited small plates the likes of pomelo salad with Hokkaido scallop, red curry fish cakes and chicken satay and a choice of Thai soup, main course and dessert.

2/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 3891 8732, book online

Hutong

Like sibling restaurant Aqua, northern Chinese superstar Hutong has also recently relocated to swanky digs at H Zentre (read our recent review), just one floor above. We’ve always loved the eatery’s Feng Wei Brunch, but it’s even better now after having been given an upgrade to include 3.5 hours of free-flow champagne, cocktails, wine, sake and beer. The brunch is priced at $988 per person on weekends from 1–4:30pm or $688 per person from 11am–1pm. The menu includes a selection of sharing appetisers, unlimited dim sum and small plates (from pickled pepper shrimp dumplings to Sichuan chilli chicken), one main course each, a side of seafood fried rice with sakura shrimp and a dessert platter. You’ll be bursting at the seams!

18/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST, 3428 8342, book online

KIN Food Halls

It may not seem the first choice for brunch as KIN Food Halls is nested inside an office building but it is a great place to take the family. Known for its large range of dishes from well-known eateries and using great ingredients, KIN Food Halls now offers weekend brunch in a kids-friendly casual setting from 11:30 – 3pm. Instead of the all-you-can-eat approach to brunch buffets, they use tokens to redeem dishes and activities. For $388/adult (5 tokens) and $188/child under 12 (3 tokens), there is plenty to choose from. Included in the price is unlimited desserts on the “desserts train” and non-alcoholic drinks and juices. Specialty sweet treats such as Rocher (plant-base chocolate mouse dessert by Essential by Holger Deh) and cookies from DPT will cost 1 token each. Add $200 for free flow of beers, wine and Prosecco or $400 for the premium package to include cocktail and spirits.

Face painting, balloon crafts and DIY pizzas are also available to keep kids entertained.

2/F Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay, 5660 6740, book online

Kinship

Newly arrived executive chef Matthew Ziemski is making a splash at Kinship with the launch of The Great British Brunch ($398/person; from +$108 for free-flow), a fitting tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and a nod to the chef’s culinary career at big-name London restaurants (including two-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal). The sharing starters are creative riffs on British classics such as devils on horseback (marinated prunes stuffed with mango chutney and wrapped in smoked bacon) and Welsh rarebit (toasted sourdough topped with a Cheddar and stout sauce). The main (striploin with slow-cooked ox cheek, stuffed pork belly, fish of the day or celery and celeriac gratin) is also a sharing event and comes with sides of beef-fat roast spuds, glazed carrots, braised red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, buttered greens, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, while dessert features apple and rhubard crumble and a summer berry trifle. What a feast!

3/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 2520 0899, book online

La Paloma

all-you-can-eat suckling pig at La Paloma brunch

You can never go wrong with La Paloma’s signature weekend brunch ($458/person). Get yourself a selection of sharing tapas, from ham croquettes to garlic-chilli prawns, followed by all-you-can-eat suckling pig and paella for your mains and Basque cheesecake for dessert! Add $230 per person for two hours of free-flow – Spanish wines, cava and sangria. It always feels like a fiesta at La Paloma, even if it is just the two of you.

1/F, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2291 6161, book online

Little Bao

Chinese comfort foods are perfect brunch eats, and Chef May Chow has elevated these local flavours in Little Bao’s new brunch dishes. On the menu is this luscious breakfast bao ($108), showcasing fried Taiyouran egg, a sausage patty seasoned with Italian herbs, Chinese pickled mustard greens, house-made San Marzano tomato jam and a dressing jazzed up with salted egg yolk. There’s also prawn toast ($158) made with toasted brioche and fresh prawn paste, caramelised thick-cut brioche French toast ($148) and crab Benny ($178), a spin on the brunch classic topped with Cajun crab avocado salad. There’s also a brunch set for two ($288/person) that comes with two brunch items or baos, four sharing plates and two soft drinks. Two-hour free-flow ($198/person) can be added too.

Causeway Bay: Shop H1, G/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, 6794 8414 (WhatsApp), book online

Central: 1–3 Shin Hing Street, SoHo, Central, 6794 8414 (WhatsApp), book online

Lucciola Restaurant & Bar

We highly recommend fashionable Italian restaurant Lucciola’s well-curated weekend brunch ($888/adult; $458/child aged 5–11). This brunch at The Hari Hong Kong showcases premium Italian ingredients in the antipasti buffet, hot and cold starters, main course selection and dessert trolley, with several free-flow packages also available. Click here to find out Foodie’s thoughts on this decadent brunch experience complete with customised cocktails.

1/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, 2129 0333, book online

Moxie

Call it late breakfast, call it brunch – just make sure you stop by Moxie on a Saturday or Sunday between 10:30–3pm for some special plant-forward, health-conscious brunch dishes by Arcane veteran Chef Micheal Smith. We’re got our eyes on the scrambled tofu ($158) crowned with a mountain of pea shoots, but we also wouldn’t say no to the buckwheat congee ($88) with cashew, corn and shiitake or the sweet potato pancakes ($128) with maple cream and berry compote. Find the full brunch menu here.

Shop 203, 2/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, 2718 8211, book online

Mustard Bar & Grill

Tai Hang newcomer Mustard Bar & Grill is now also offering a wallet-friendly weekend brunch with unlimited appetisers ($258/person). The all-you-can-eat apps include soup of the day, cherry tomato and mozzarella salad, Parma ham with melon and rocket, Caesar salad with bacon, deep-fried calamari with squid-ink aioli and smoked salmon tartare. International options for mains include USDA Angus rib-eye, roasted French spring chicken, pan-seared Atlantic halibut, slow-cooked Canadian pork chop and grilled New Zealand baby lamb chops. With this spread, there’s no need for dessert (although you can add on the dessert of the day for just $20), but you can top up with a two-hour free-flow option ($168/person) that includes Prosecco and red and white wine.

3/F, Golden Wheel Plaza, 68 Electric Road, Tin Hau, 3462 2700

Musubi Hiro

We recently tried (and loved) the DIY lunch sets at Musubi Hiro, so we’ll definitely be back to sample this cool-cat musubi specialist’s extremely wallet-friendly weekend brunch ($268/person; +$198 for 2-hour free-flow). This boozy (or not) brunch comes with a choice of appetiser (we like the sound of the Japanese empanada with chimichurri), main (perhaps a musubi tower or pancakes with karaage chicken) and a daily dessert.

37 Cochrane Street, Central, 5597 6911, book online

Percy’s

Seafood-focused SoHo eatery Percy’s has launched a great brunch menu that’s available from Friday–Sunday. In addition to à-la-carte under-the-sea brunchy eats like freshly shucked oysters (from $48), lobster cocktail ($298) and seafood quiche ($268), there’s this delectable braised short rib hash ($208) and a decadent chocolate croissant bread pudding ($78) for dessert. The two-hour free-flow package ($248/person; +$108 for extra 1 hour) is particularly enticing here, featuring fun drinks like tamarind margaritas, Campari and Aperol spritzes and the Ruby Snapper, Percy’s take on the Bloody Mary, which can be customised with garnishes including lobster, king prawn and razor clam (from +$48). Read our review.

18–18A Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 2898 2699, book online

SAVVY

This one’s particularly recommended for all the families out there, with kids under 12 eating for free when accompanied by a paying adult. SAVVY’s all-you-can-eat weekend brunch buffet ($468/person) features seafood on ice, including lobsters, clams, mussels, crayfish, brown crab and more, live gourmet stations ranging from the likes of chicken tikka with butter naan to a roast beef carvery, plus a huge selection of sweet treats, both those displayed at the dessert parlour in the lounge and others up for grabs on the tableside dessert trolley (flambé cheesecake, anyone?).

Shop GW 3209A, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2113 6188, book online

Smoke & Barrel

This is a super-fun offering from the folk at Smoke & Barrel – a Country Rock brunch ($450/person; from +$298 for free-flow) on Saturdays from June. The BBQ outpost’s all-American brunch menu includes sharing starters of Nashville chilli, bayou prawn cocktail, fried eggs with smoked meat and smoked citrus salad. The mains continue the down-home sharing theme with a smoked meat platter, Lowcountry red rice and the star dish of Roscoe’s waffle paired with fried chicken and spiced BBQ sauce. For dessert, there’s Paul’s dessert trolley, a feast of weekly-changing sweets. A live band completes this ‘Merica-themed brunch experience.

1/F & 2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, 2866 2120, book online

Sunset Grill

New chef de cuisine Martín Carrasco of Sunset Grill at Sheraton Tung Chung is making an entrance at this rooftop eatery with his new Mediterranean-inspired weekend brunch ($888/adult; $528/child; +$298 for 2-hour premium free-flow). Honouring the chef’s Catalan heritage, the brunch includes a selection of antipasti and pinchos, a Basque speciality similar to tapas that’s usually served on skewers, as well as an extensive European cheeseboard and an all-you-can-eat “seafood market” with Fine de Claire oysters, Norwegian snow crab, whole Boston lobster, Bouchot mussels and more. Main course options include Catalan-style cod, US Black Label Wagyu butcher’s cut for sharing and the vegetarian confit artichoke with roasted veg, and there’s plenty of choice for dessert too (we’d go for the fresh-from-the-fryer churros with chocolate sauce). The standard brunch package comes with free-flow house wine, draught beer, soft drinks and juices.

19/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, 2535 0025, book online


TokyoLima

Nikkei izakaya TokyoLima has long been on our go-to list for brunch, due to the delicious Brazilian-Japanese eats and vibey atmosphere. The new Raymi Brunch ($398/person; from +$198 for free-flow), available on weekends and public holidays, is inspired by Inti Raymi, a traditional festival in Peru that celebrates the Incan sun god. It’s the brainchild of Peruvian chef Arturo Melendez. Chef Melendez says, “Raymi is not just about the food. It is meaningful in the fact that is important to share and celebrate the family and friendship union and to create special occasions for that.” The Raymi feast begins with a trio of ceviches in the Nikkei Ice Bowl, before moving on to a second course of sharing signatures (a salad of pumpkin, poached quail egg and almond, Japanese-style fried chicken and a chicharron platter of slow-cooked pork), a choice of a Peruvian main and a dessert platter of ice cream, chocolate mousse and fresh fruits that’s been (questionably) dubbed Happy Ending.

G/F, Car Po Commercial Building, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2811 1152, book online

Uma Nota

A brunch top list wouldn’t be complete without Uma Nota, yet another lively Brazilian-Japanese bar and restaurant and one that’s also celebrating its fifth anniversary. The next in the series of Chef Gustavo Vargas’ “Journeys through Brazil” themed brunches is the Sampa Brunch ($370/person; from +$195 for 90-minute free-flow), focusing on the colourful city of São Paulo. It’s available on weekends and public holidays from 15 April–31 July. Highlights of the menu include tuna tataki, spiced Australian mussels and charcoal-grilled pork chop with Caetanos cachaca sauce. Look out next for Bom dia Bahia in August and Brunch da Rua in November.

38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2889 7576, book online

Zoku Restaurant & The Terrace

From Saturday, 23 April, Zoku Restaurant & The Terrace at The Hari Hong Kong will be open for brunch on weekends and public holidays. The modern Japanese brunch menu (from $688/person for food only; from $988/person to include 2-hour free-flow) includes an assortment of of starters, from sashimi and tuna tiradito to Wagyu maki and pork-belly bao, a choice of main (deep-fried sea bass with ponzu, pork ribs with Nikkei BBQ sauce or spicy soy rib-eye) and a bevy of sweets (our pick goes to the refreshing-sounding yuzu tart).

2/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, 2129 0338, book online

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