This article originally appeared in the latest May edition of Foodie: Jamie's Hong Kong. Read it here!
The menus: Serving a free flow two-course brunch at $306, or $188 without the free flow, is a steal of a deal that’ll get your morning started with a full belly and a spring in your step.
Four healthy starters of baby spinach salad ($98) that’s overflowing with a delicious combination of beetroot and goat's cheese, or the delicate and lovely watercress and pea shoot salad ($98), mixed fruit granola ($78) or the soup of the day ($68) is the perfectly light way to begin what will inevitably result in a stodge-filled main.
The mains on offer range from crispy, beer battered fish and chips ($168) that’s made with light and buttery pollock coated in a heavily seasoned shell, and Cumberland sausage ($148) to eggs Benedict ($138) and a breakfast burger with a fried egg on top ($188) served swiped with a sweet and complementary baconaise.
Their set lunch is two courses for $138 and includes options of homemade chicken pie ($128), wild mushroom tagliatelle ($128) and seared buttermilk spring chicken ($128). And their dinner menu offers starters like the gooey goodness of fried risotto balls ($88) with a hint of Shropshire blue cheese in their congee-like interiors, and the ultimate take on the traditional British favourite, the bacon-wrapped boar scotch egg ($98), which oozes with yolky goodness and is a sinfully delicious dish.
Mains in the evening vary with IPA beef pie ($188) and Lincolnshire sausages ($188) followed by moussey chocolate pots ($78) and sweet and crunchy banoffee pies ($78).
The drinks: We were not expecting this to be the most impressive part of the meal but we were blown away by the carefully prepared concoctions from their well-thought-out cocktail menu filled with in house infused gins and bottled craft beers. We sampled the Earl of Clover ($98), a gin cocktail with Earl Grey raspberry syrup that was even more pleasant than it sounds and prettier too.
The Victorian Mojito ($98) is made with apple gin and elderflower and is glorious and then the Eastside ($98) is simply a well-made blend of gin, cucumber, mint and lime. All the drinks were divine and they have plenty of “innocent” drinks available too like the lemon and ginger float and the rhubarb and rose hip that make not imbibing feel just as fun.
The place: Just off the escalator on Elgin Street with an open shop front for people watching while you eat and comfy seats and bench booths around the central bar. A metal spiral staircase leads up to the sports-watching area equipped with screens and stools for proper pub entertainment.
The verdict: A cool new addition to the Hong Kong gastropub scene with a good standard of British pub fare and a great crop of cocktails.
The Saint 55 Elgin Street, SoHo, 2522 2646