Header photo: SOMMkind of Brunch at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Brunching might just be our national pastime, and there are always new brunch offerings being unveiled around town. To help you out, we’ve narrowed down our picks for the top places for brunching as the weather cools down.

Ask for Alonzo

Alonzo’s Uncle Bruno is in town, whipping up a family-style Italian brunch that’s sure to make everyone happy. Uncle Bruno’s Brunch at Ask for Alonzo is a four-course affair, starting off with a selection of sharing starters (Italian cold cuts, meatballs, fried calamari and Breakfast in Tuscany – your choice of egg preparation atop toasted bread with a puttanesca mix and Parma ham). Then it’s pasta time (spaghetti with clams, breakfast carbonara topped with a fried egg, tomato and basil spaghetti or linguine with truffle and mushroom), followed by a main course (red snapper, pork Milanese or pan-roasted primavera salad) and dessert (white chocolate panna cotta, toasted brioche with mascarpone and wild berry compote or Greek yoghurt with granola, honey and raspberries). Mamma mia!

Where: click here for locations around town

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (12–3pm)

How much: HK$268/person; +HK$198 for 2-hour free-flow to include Prosecco, red and white wine, beer, vodka and gin

For reservations: book online

Bayfare Social

Tapas are ideal dishes for a laid-back group brunch, and Bayfare Social at Rosewood Hong Kong has a new feast of Spanish-focused sharing dishes that we’re keen to sample with friends. Chef Jorge Vera Gutiérrez’s brunch starts with a bang with a seafood platter (Boston lobster, oysters, tiger prawns) on ice and scallop tiradito, then moves on to several classic tapas plates (Ibérico ham croquettes, padrón peppers, cider-braised chorizo), two mains (roasted suckling pig and seafood paella) and dessert of churros or tart of the day. Say “si” to a free-flow package add-on, and you’ll be ready for a siesta post-brunch.

Where: 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (12–3pm)

How much: HK$598/person; +HK$298 for free-flow featuring cava, sherry cocktails, sangria,
house red and white wine and Estrella Damm beer ; +HK$498 for free-flow to include all of the above plus Duval-Leroy champagne, signature cocktails and premium wine

For reservations: phone 3891 8732 or book online

HENRY

Also at Rosewood Hong Kong, HENRY is the hotel’s refined smokehouse, and Chef de Cuisine Mario Tolentino is putting on a down-home brunch dubbed The Weekend Feast to make BBQ fans proud. A selection of market oysters, bluefin tuna, tiger prawns, wedge salad, artichoke soup and roasted bone marrow to share start off this gut-busting brunch, followed by a choice of main (we’d pay the supplement and go for either the BBQ plate piled high with 44 Farms beef brisket, Berkwood Farms baby-back ribs and beer-can chicken, the charbroiled seafood platter or one of the top-quality steak cuts). Comforting sides such as Parker House rolls, burnt ends chilli and black truffle macaroni gratin can be ordered à la carte if you really want to go the whole hog, while dessert is part of the deal, with a choice of pineapple upside-down cake or almond panna cotta.

Where: 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

When: Saturdays and Sundays (12–3pm)

How much: HK$798/person (inclusive of unlimited appetisers, choice of main and dessert)

For reservations: phone 3891 8888 or book online

Ho Lee Fook

In honour of Hong Kong’s love of dim sum, Head Chef ArChan Chan and new Dim Sum Chef Winson Yip have joined forces to launch the rollicking Good Fortune Club, a Cantonese brunch banquet held monthly at Ho Lee Fook that’s inclusive of one bottle of champagne for each guest. Highlights of the massive menu are extensive, from traditional har gow and siu mai to more innovative fried cheesy taro dumplings with curried Wagyu beef and prawn toast x okonomiyaki on the dim sum section of the menu. Then there’s a selection of snacks (shredded mushroom salad with cold noodles, salt-and-pepper squid, smashed cucumber and radish, Chongqing chicken wings and salt-and-pepper tofu), wok-fried veg dishes, egg fried rice, prawn-roe stirred noodles, Kurobuta pork char siu and three desserts (tofu sorbet with longan granita, pandan milk bread French toast and Ho Lee Fook’s famous Mahjong Tiles – adorable mini cakes shaped like these popular Chinese game tiles). Wowser!

Where: 3–5 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central

When: one Sunday each month – 9 October, 6 November and 4 December 2022 (from 12pm)

How much: HK$888/person (includes all-you-can-eat dim sum, snacks, wok-fried dishes, rice, noodles, roast meat and sweets + 1 bottle of champagne)

For reservations: book online

I-O-N Central Market

If you find yourself exploring the treasure trove that is Central Market at the weekend, we urge you to check out I-O-N’s new brunch, which is seriously good value for money. The star of the show is the Chef’s Table, where you can take your pick from more than 20 all-you-can-eat warm and cold dishes, from a charcuterie board and smoked salmon with honey mustard dressing to sautéed seafood in white wine sauce and deep-fried chicken wings. The main options include classic brunchy dishes such as a full English breakfast plate and avocado toast as well international people pleasers like spicy seafood spaghetti and roasted spring chicken. The dessert offerings are simple but satisfying – napoleon, cake of day, mixed fruit bowl or ice cream.

Where: Shop 124, 1/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (11am–2:30pm)

How much: HK$368/person (to include unlimited eats from the Chef’s Table, choice of main and dessert); +HK$298 for free-flow featuring Nyetimber English sparkling wine

For reservations: WhatsApp 9141 5863

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

MO Bar

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has two new options for your brunching pleasure. First up, the free-flow Autumn Forest Brunch at MO Bar is a feast of autumnal delicacies. It offers a spread of sharing appetisers, choice of main course and side dish and a feast of delectable desserts. This translates to the likes of smoked foie gras and Kabocha pumpkin velouté to start, main course options of Tasmanian salmon and Te Mana lamb cutlets, sides of potato mousseline and cauliflower couscous and a smorgasbord of seasonal sweets. The Vintage Brunch ups the ante with the inclusion of free-flow vintage bubbly, wine and beer.

Where: G/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (11:30am–3:45pm)

How much: HK$658/adult for Autumn Forest Brunch (includes 1.5 hours free-flow Moët & Chandon, seasonal cocktails, signature mocktails, juices, soft drinks, water and coffee or tea); HK$748/adult for Vintage Brunch (all of the above plus vintage Moët & Chandon, house red and white wine and house beer); HK$398/child

For reservations: phone 2132 0077 or book online

SOMM

Moving up to the 7th floor, SOMM presents a wine-driven brunch that matches its sommelier-led focus. SOMMkind of Brunch comes with 1.5 hours free-flow sparkling wine, seasonal cocktails, fresh juices and coffee or tea, while the Special Brunch adds on champagne, sake and wine and the Royale Brunch is even more decadent, spotlighting Henri Giraud Blanc de Craie NV champers. On the food front, diners can indulge in a selection of starters that includes the eatery’s famed sourdough bread, cinnamon rolls and nori brioche feuilletine, a choice of main (from roasted Ping Yuen chicken to binochtan-grilled line-caught medai) and a dessert such as matcha tiramisu or Abinao chocolate soufflé.

Where: 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (11:30am–3:45pm)

How much: HK$768/adult for SOMMkind of Brunch (includes 1.5 hours free-flow sommelier’s selection of sparkling wine, seasonal cocktails, juices and coffee or tea); HK$868/adult for SOMMkind of Special Brunch (all of the above plus sommelier’s selection of champagne, sake and red and white wine); HK$1,168/adult for SOMMkind of Royale Brunch (adding on Henri Giraud Blanc de Craie NV champagne and a more premium selection of sake and wine)

For reservations: phone 2132 0055 or book online

Loong Yat Heen

Loong Yat Heen’s all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch is available every day of the week, offering over 40 types of dim sum for your dining pleasure (including nostalgic items like steamed quail egg and pork dumpling, steamed Chinese sausage roll and shrimp toast). Three types of siu mei (roasted meat) – BBQ pork, soy sauce chicken and beef shank – have been added, increasing the indulgence factor. For dessert, choose from a selection including the likes of mango napoleon, tiramisu, blueberry cheesecake and even unlimited Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Where: 2/F, The Kowloon Hotel, 19–21 Nathan Road, TST

When: daily (10:45am–12:45pm and 1:15–3:15pm)

How much: HK$355/person on weekdays; HK$399/person on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

For reservations: phone 2734 3722 or book online (book via the eShop to enjoy a buy-3-get-1-free discount)

Mulino

Newly opened Mediterranean restaurant Mulino has introduced a fab-sounding al-fresco brunch that’s also pet friendly! Modern Med and Middle Eastern flavours are the name of the game with the eatery’s chilled brunch, available as part of a two- or three-course set menu or à la carte. We’re very eager to try the à-la-carte Ultimate Arabic Full Breakfast (HK$228), which comes bursting with lamb kofta, grilled chicken skewers, hummus, sunny-side-up egg, olives, feta and pitta.

Where: Shop 1–6, 45 & 46, G/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, TST East

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (12–4pm)

How much: HK$168/person for 2 courses or HK$268/person for 3 courses; +HK$199 for 2-hour non-alcoholic free-flow (mocktails, soft drinks and fresh juices) or +HK$380 for 2-hour alcoholic free-flow with Prosecco, house red and white wine, beer and spirits

For reservations: phone 2721 3600 or book online

Olé

This Spanish stalwart has just one year to go before it celebrates an amazing quarter-century on the HK dining scene, and with that in mind, the Olé team have released a special 24th anniversary Spanish weekend brunch that showcases a variety of authentic Spanish sharing dishes. The six traditional tapas include sizzling garlic prawns, grilled Spanish octopus, baked Basque spider crab, deep-fried padrón peppers, Ibérico ham with tomato bread and herb-roasted Ibérico pork presa, while there’s a choice of one of seven Spanish main courses (we’re suckers, literally, for the roasted suckling pig). For dessert, choose from one of four classic Spanish sweets such as churros with hot chocolate or leche frita (fried milk) with a toffee reduction. If you’re in the mood for a splurge, we recommend upgrading your main to Executive Chef Jesus Pascual’s newly created red prawn paella topped with sea urchin aioli.

Where: 1/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (11:30am–1:30pm and 1:45–3:45pm)

How much: HK$498/person (includes 6 tapas, 1 main course and 1 dessert; 2-person minimum); from +HK$118 for 2-hour free-flow; +HK$68 for red prawn paella

For reservations: phone 2523 8624 or book online

Porkcentric

The Central European à-la-carte brunch dishes at Porkcentric go down a treat with the various boozy package add-ons. Hearty highlights include zurek (Polish sour rye soup with smoked bacon and sausage), a schnitzel burger topped with a fried egg and potato pancakes served with roasted glazed bacon, sour cream and mustard fruit purée.

Where: 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang

When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (11am–5pm)

How much: à-la-carte food prices from HK$158; +HK$198 for 2-hour free-flow featuring Prosecco, house wine and tank beer or +HK$398 for free-flow to include Blanc de Blancs champagne

For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 9169 0298 or book online

Terroirs by LQV

A deliciously comforting option as the weather cools down, new wine bar Terroirs by LQV has introduced an all-day Raclette Sundays menu that we think would be just perfect for a chilled brunch outing. Raclette is a traditional French melted cheese dish that’s a fun alternative to fondue, and at Terroirs by LQV, it’s served with the authentic accompaniments of charcuterie, boiled potatoes, house-made sourdough and gherkins. We urge you to add on the optional wine pairing to make your Gallic Sunday complete.

Where: 3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

When: Sundays from 6 November 2022 (11am–8pm)

How much: HK$488/person for all-you-can-eat raclette set; HK$628/person for raclette wine-pairing set (also includes 2 glasses white wine)

For reservations: phone 2550 0345 or book online

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