Weekends are made for long, relaxed brunches, and we’ve put together a top list of contenders to make your brunching life easier. After all, we don’t want you to have a Netflix moment and be overwhelmed by all the choice out there…
Following a recent successful tasting at new Indian fusion restaurant Cardamon Street (read our review), we made a beeline back to try out this family- and pet-friendly eatery’s weekend brunch offerings, and we weren’t disappointed. Desi-style omelettes and egg dishes take centre stage – we enjoyed the lightly spiced maharaja eggs Benedict ($118), which comes with wilted spinach and eggless hollandaise sauce – but for us, it’s the Indian brekkie classics that truly shine here. In particular, chole batura ($118) is a guilty pleasure; the combination of spicy chickpea-based chana masala and puffy fried bread (puri) makes us go weak at the knees. Those with little ones in tow should note that although there’s not a dedicated kids’ brunch menu, the staff are extremely accommodating – and our four-year-old taste-tester proclaimed Cardamon Street’s scrambled egg the best she’s ever tried! *UPDATE: as of mid-August, dosas (from $88) have been added to the brunch menu,
and shisha ($220) – apple, lemon, grape and mint – is also an option if you’re in a hookah kinda mood.*
When: weekends and public holidays, 11:30am–3pm
Where: 38 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central
How much: à-la-carte prices; $180 for 2-hour free-flow bottled beer and house wine and spirits
To book: phone 2780 8484
Inject some intoxicating spice into your weekend with BEDU’s new weekend lunch menu, featuring some of the Middle Eastern eatery’s signatures, ranging from smoky hummus ($60), to homemade flatbread ($55), to charred broccoli ($120) with kale, chilli and zhoug labneh. The sweet spiced tuna ($145) with honey harissa and preserved lime salad is the perfect summery dish, while the fennel, lime and sumac chicken skewers ($140) and rack of lamb ($210) make for more substantial feasting.
When: weekends, 12–3pm
Where: 40 Gough Street, Central
How much: à-la-carte prices; +$195 for 2-hour free-flow beer and Prosecco; +$245 for 2-hour free-flow beer, cocktails and Prosecco
To book: phone 2320 4450 or book online
Britannia Brunch at Statement
Get a taste of Britannia with this sumptuous brunch at Statement within the newly refurbished historic hub of Tai Kwun. Fresh seafood the likes of oysters, mussels, prawns and smoked salmon compete for space with charcuterie in the starters section, while classic fish and chips and corn-fed pork with mustard share the mains section. But the crowning glory has to be the roast beef, cooked to a perfect blushing rose and carved tableside on a 1960s vintage silver trolley, complete with a generous dollop of mashed potato and puffy Yorkshire pudding. There’s also a luscious sticky toffee pudding and other dessert choices to seal the deal.
When: weekends, 12–3pm
Where: Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: $628/person (to include Veuve Clicquot, sommelier’s choice of wine, Bloody Mary, Buck’s Fizz and espresso martini)
To book: phone 2848 3000 or book online
The Holi Brunch at Chaiwala
Inspired by one of India’s most colourful festivals, Holi, the brunch at Chaiwala is full of delicious food, colourful flowers and upbeat music. Circulate amongst the chaat selections and try some of India’s favourite street snacks, including dosas. Tandoori options such as lamb chops and salmon marinated with peppercorn and pink Himalayan salt are on offer, followed by intoxicating curries like Old Delhi butter chicken and saag paneer. Desserts come in the form of Indian-inspired sweets and freshly churned candyfloss.
When: weekends, 12–3pm
Where: basement, 43–55 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: $298/adult; +$120 for free-flow lassis and soft drinks; +$180 to include free-flow wine and Prosecco
To book: phone 2362 8988 or book online
Beast Brunch at Bread & Beast
The pet-friendly Beast Brunch at Bread & Beast has our tails wagging. Offering a selection of indulgent eats as well as healthy, guilt-free dishes, there’s really something for everyone here, from Buddha bowls ($138) packed with grilled tofu, roasted cauliflower rice, avocado and poached egg, to brisket croissant ($158) with beef, scrambled egg, kumquat cabbage and lotus chips and caramel banana ricotta French toast ($118). Char siu cauliflower rice ($148) is a great in-between option. A collaboration with locally made Al’s Kefir sees brunch stocked with fruit and tea kefir sodas ($48 each) that are rich in probiotics.
When: Saturdays, 10am–3pm; Sundays, 10am–4:30pm
Where: 3 Swatow Street, Wanchai
How much: à-la-carte prices
For enquiries: phone 2237 1868
Lavish Sundays at Felix
Splash out in style at Felix at The Peninsula for a lavish Sunday brunch against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour. Curated by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez and mixologist Marko Petrovic, the new menu features live stations ranging from customised eggs Benedict, to fresh seafood on ice, to exquisite desserts. In addition to these indulgences, there’s a wide range of freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices as well as vegan and gluten-free options for the health-minded gourmet.
When: Sundays, 11:30am–3pm
Where: 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, TST
How much: $898/adult; $638/child (aged 6 or above); drink packages available
To book: phone 2696 6778 or book online
Hotal Colombo’s chef, Gizzy Alesbrook, has now opened her bright and breezy Sri Lankan eatery to brunch-goers. And what a brunch it is! The feast starts with a selection of small bites like devilled chickpeas (they’re as fiery as their name suggests) and crunchy fried sprats for the table, then diners can each choose a main course. You can go more mainstream with dishes such as dosa, masala scrambled egg or cheese and chilli omelette, but we recommend going off-piste for the chicken and cheese paratha with gravy (pictured) – comfort food to the max. These dishes are served with a bevvy of sambols, salads and sides (we could slather the curry-leaf coconut chutney on just about anything). The weekly-changing dessert (which was a lovely, zesty lemon treacle tart on the week of our visit) can also be added on. The fingers bowls of warm water are a nice touch at the end of the meal; after all, it’s all about digging in and getting your hands dirty at this festive brunch.
When: Sundays, 12–4pm
Where: 31 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central
How much: $188/person for sharing starters + 1 main course; +$68 for dessert of the week
Bonus: ¿ONTAS? Night Brunch at Brickhouse
When Brickhouse opened a few years back, it was THE spot to see and be seen, both for its hidden location and cool vibe and its awesome Mexican street food. It’s gone a bit quiet at Brickhouse of late, but we think that’s about to change with the launch of the restaurant’s ¿ONTAS? Night Brunch, which sounds pretty darn perfect for the night owls amongst us. Guests can opt for The Full Package (food and drink) or Liquid Courage (2.5 hours free-flow drinks). Expect taco platters, guac and chips and micheladas aplenty.
When: Saturdays from 25 May 2019, 8–10:30pm
Where: 20 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central
How much: $650/person for The Full Package (2.5 hours free-flow G.H. Mumm, beer and signature cocktails + unlimited serves of Brickhouse’s signature dishes); $380/person for Liquid Courage (2.5 hours free-flow)
To book: book online (an exception to Brickhouse’s standard no-reservations policy)
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