By Liz Thomas.
There are few places in the world that could rival Hong Kong’s capacity to brunch. It has become a quintessential part of the city’s weekend life and from Spanish to Japanese, from buffet to five-course extravaganza, there is an option of almost every taste and style. In a crowded market, Foodie selects spots that are offering something a little extra.
Opera House Italian Restaurant & Bistro
Newly-opened Opera House Italian Restaurant & Bistro not only offers hearty Italian fare but also a great environment for all the family. At the weekends executive chef and father-of-two Alberto Alboreggia has arranged for the venue’s spacious fine dining private room to be transformed into a crèche complete with toys, books, cartoons and even a complimentary babysitting service. The result? The kids have room to play and are kept occupied, and you get to enjoy your brunch free of the tantrums and spillages.
$298 per adult, $108 per child (under 8 years old)
+ $130 with free-flowing Prosecco
+ $180 with free-flowing Procecco, premium house red & white wine
109-111 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2520 6677 or 25206678
Kitchen at W Hotel
The W Hotel has also come up with a great family offer – every Saturday its renowned Kitchen restaurant is transformed into an Adventure land for kids. There are chests full of chocolate coins, pyramids of jelly, and sizeable gummy bears, as well as mini burgers and popcorn. Adults still get something a little more haute cuisine but here children can eat for free.
$338 per adult, one child eats for free per paying adult
+ $100 with free-flow sparkling wine
Additional child $169
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 3717 2299
If Music be the Food of Love
Add a little melody to your Sunday brunch at the Blue Butcher, which serves up live music as well as exceptional steaks and burgers. There are few places in Hong Kong that offer this kind of ambience for music and food lovers, so make sure you book well ahead. Plus they have dedicated mixologists that can craft the perfect cocktail while you pile your plate high with waffles, eggs and top quality meats.
108 Hollywood Road, Central, 2613 9286
Dip and Dine
A good alternative to the traditional brunch set-up, Club @28’s summer special invites guests to indulge in their Champagne & Seafood Sunday Brunch and make use of the pool for the sitting. The brunch has free-flowing Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne, Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Cava Rose, as well as fresh juices. There is a buffet to start where you can indulge in everything from fine Italian meats to quality French cheeses. There is a seafood platter, and then a set menu where you can choose from solid mains including lobster eggs benedict and Wagyu beef and duck foie gras. Service can be slow, and our lobster and crab tasted less than “jet fresh”, but you can cool off in their lovely pool, which overlooks the hustle of Causeway Bay.
$785 per adult
+ $103 with free-flowing Champagne
Crowne Plaza, Causeway Bay, 3980 3300
Hit the Road
Café Roma have created an alternative to the traditional HK brunch. It’s still the best of their menu but put together in a darling picnic hamper and prepared fresh for you to take to the beach. This is lovely for a date or for an afternoon with family or friends and as the Ma Wan Tung Wan beach is just a few steps away, it’s pretty easy to find a nice spot with great views of the famous Tsing Ma Bridge. Each picnic basket serves two and includes an assortment of cold starters such as Parma ham, Italian salami, smoked ham, baby mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, and grilled pesto zucchini, a choice of salad from the a la carte menu; one regular-sized pizza or pasta, and perhaps the best bit – a whole French baguette with Camembert cheese. There is fresh fruit and cookies for dessert, but ours were a little underwhelming. If you are vegetarian they can accommodate your needs, and you can add wines or beers at a 50% discount to the menu price. You’ll need to pay a deposit for the hamper – so don’t wander too far.
The picnic basket is available for pick-up all day, Tuesdays to Sundays. Prices from: $398 per hamper
L1, Shop 7&8, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island, 3446 1226
Room with a View
And oldie but a goodie, the brunch at Ozone offers one of the best dining views in the city. On a clear day you can see so far across Hong Kong Island and beyond that it is impossible not to marvel at your good fortune. Plus the food and drinks list is excellent. You can opt for four or five courses, with or without free flow champagne and every incarnation oozes quality. The eggs benedict, lobster and roasted beef tenderloin are all wonderful dishes, and the gin fizz is a great brunch drink.
$530 per person for four courses
+ $400 with free-flowing Perrier Jouet Brut
+ $1400 with free-flowing Perrier Jouet Rose
The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2270