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When it comes to the weekend, Hong Kong does brunch. Here are a bunch of new ones we think are worth checking out (continued on from part I last week):
Hidden in the heights of the bustling streets of Wan Chai, fresh, homemade pasta is made with the finest ingredients from Italy. Begin with a buffet of antipasto that patrons are welcomed to help themselves to, followed by a slew of Italian classic brought directly to the table. The meatballs are luscious, eggs unique and homemade pasta one our favourites in the city. Then choose a main (recommended is the eggplant parmigiana and spring chicken with mediterranean herbs) and get the whole lot for $298 with the option of going free flow for $180 more.
Brunch: every Sunday from 12pm - 3pm
29/30F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
The Continental presents 2 brunch menu sets of lovingly refined dishes depending on the day you go in, in addition to their always available a la carte menu. Saturday means Summer cup, Aperol spritz, Bloody Mary or Continental lemonades, any brunch plates such as the avocado on toast with poached eggs or the eggs benedict and pâtisserie from the trolley for $265. On Sunday it is a rather more extended affair, with 6 Fines de Claires oysters, mesclun salad with Datterini tomatoes and salt ricotta, soup du jour, roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and horseradish, and to finish: seasonal fruit crumble with custard or strawberry and passion fruit pavlova or chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream for $385.
See More: A Foodie Table at The Continental
Brunch: every Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 2:30pm
Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
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Raw, vegan, organic and full of deliciousness. Peace of Green Rawsome Kitchen offers a colourful range of fresh dishes for your Sunday brunch. Some of the options you could pick from is their raw coconut yoghurt, served with seasonal fresh fruits and rawnola as a starter, then on to their RAW pizza for mains. A la carte options range between $50 to $100 on average.
Brunch: only open on Sundays 11:00am - 4:00pm
1 Sun Street, Wan Chai
With its newly launched Saturday brunch, Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira–a contemporary Chinese restaurant–puts a Cantonese spin on a Western dining concept with all-you-can-eat dim sum and desserts, special mains unavailable on the regular menu, premium grade teas brewed with mineral water, and free-flowing bubbles and wines for the thirsty souls.
See More: Brunch at WHISK at The Mira
Unlimited dim-sum selection in this “brunch meets yum cha” concept, executed by the culinary team spearheaded by Chef Jayson Tang, includes all-time favourites such as har gow, the crystal-skinned shrimp dumplings, delicate steamed rice flour rolls stuffed with barbecue pork, a veggie specialty of Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira – the steamed wild mushroom and black truffle dumpling, as well as the luxuriously crispy taro puff with diced chicken.
$498 per person with free flowing soft drinks & juice
Add $150 for free flowing sparkling, red and white wines
Brunch: Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira is available every Saturday from 12pm - 3pm
3/F,The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, TST
Does a French restaurant sound too classy for your brunch? Away with those preconceptions; away! Cocotte offers a cosy and comfortable atmosphere with a Parisian brasserie vibe. Located just off Hollywood Road, you'll be able try a variety of delicious dishes, such as their Atlantic salmon with young vegetables and lemon butter sauce and their various egg dishes, such as scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, capers and red onion, and a French Toast that gets high marks from the Foodie team. Cocotte focuses on seasonal ingredients with a menu revolving around the “less is more” philosophy, presenting a refined and modern take on French favourites. A la carte ranging from $100 to $200 on average per course.
Brunch: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 11am – 3pm
9 Shin Hing Street, Central
ÉPURE, the glamorously chic French fine-dining restaurant nestled into a picturesque terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui, has launched weekend brunch and invites guests in for weekend “joie de vivre” – embracing the French enjoyment of life. The exquisite four-course brunch ($398) presents contemporary French flavours served either in the restaurant with its 17th century French-royalty inspired design, or out on the elegant garden terrace framed by the stunning panorama of Victoria Harbour.
Read More: Epure Restaurant Review
A French meal is never complete without something sweet and decadent desserts are a signature offering of ÉPURE. Head Pastry Chef Matthieu Godard has created a memorable selection of sweet treats including La Tarte Chocolat, a dark chocolate tart with caramelised peanut crumble and nougat ice cream. The Le citron is a lighter option and consists of airy lemon mousse paired with marinated pineapple and faisselle sorbet.
Brunch: every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 3.00pm
Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, 17 Canton Road, TST
This aesthetically pleasing new Balinese themed restaurant is filled with bamboo and strong Indonesian flavours. A champagne brunch menu featuring many of the restaurant’s signature dishes has just been launched, beginning with a traditionally shared, six-course communal appetizer selection, which then progresses to a range of main courses and satisfying desserts that change by the week. To whet the whistle, TRi has arranged a choice of free-flow Louis Roederer champagnes, beginning with the Brut Premier or, for our more discerning diners, the 2007 Cristal.
Starters consist of the likes of Gurita Bakar of grilled octopus, okra and shiitake mushrooms with Jimbaran sauce or martabak, a pan-fried flatbread stuffed with chicken curry and sweet potato served with acar pickles and sambal balado. More substantial courses are the wagyu beef cheek rendang with potatoes, carrots and onions and the duck Soto, a Balinese-style braised duck soup with glass noodles, tomatoes, koya and cabbage.
Brunch with free-flow Louis Roederer Brut Premier is $680 per person, with free-flow Cristal Louis Roederer 2007 at $1,880 per person. Brunch without the option of champagne is available for $580 per person.
Brunch: Saturdays and Sunday from 11am to 1pm or from 1pm to 4pm
Shop 302, 3/F, Lobby C The Pulse, Repulse Bay
The steak-centric restaurant of Gaucho has newly brought along a brunch menu which gratifyingly features a bunch of their signatures with the addition of breakfast favourites. The lair of bankers in the middle of Central brings a brunch which is straightforward enough, and generalisations aside, attracts a varying crowd for their generous portions and quality meats.
Related: Review of the newly opened Gaucho
The Breakfast is our recommendation (pictured above) as it comes with the tastiest Chorizo this town has seen, in addition to the smoked bacon, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, grilled sourdough and eggs (served as requested) for a neat $178. Another great option is the eggs Florentine, which is traditionally served with a toasted muffin, poached eggs, spinach and hollandaise sauce ($138). If more lunchy options are the trick, the Gaucho burger never goes astray ($158) and you are not allowed to leave without consuming at least two portions of the churros, served with dulce de leche or nutella for ($78).
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 to 3pm
5th Floor, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central
Not only did SNT recently launch a new menu with big American-sized portions (which simply meant more bang for buck of their already delectable menu), they have spun us out by introducing an all American weekend BBQ menu. It's official; they are trying to kill us.
Begin the barbecue with a giant seafood platter, filled with fresh oysters, crab claws, shrimp and ceviche. Here you can forget the Eggs Benedict or French Toast, and instead be amazed by the nachos at the new all-you-can-eat Nacho Bar with fixins' buffet. Sorry, we will just repeat that; the ALL YOU CAN EAT DIY NACHO BAR. Main courses then roll on to the likes of Southern fried chicken, maple BBQ glazed ribs, bacon cheeseburger, Hebrew National hot dogs, mac n cheese and fish tacos – pick one and have as many as you want. Although we probably could only eat one burger, a couple of tacos/hot dogs, and one serve of mac and cheese, the option to order enough to feed the Asia Pacific region is nice...we guess?
The Weekend Barbecue is priced at HK$298 per person with no service charge. For those that like to booze during the barbecue, free-flow Margaritas and PBRs are only at HK$98 per person. It's ridiculously good value.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday from 12noon to 4pm
69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai