A favourite pastime of Hong Kongers, champagne brunches are some of the best weekend activities we can think of. However, it’s no secret that these brunches can be extravagant occasions with hefty price tags.
These are our top picks for the best budget-friendly brunches in town:
Hearty Italian-American comfort food is what makes FINI’S a go-to spot for us. With locations in SoHo and Wanchai, you can’t go wrong with their massive pepperoni pizza ($249), magical mac ‘n’ cheese ($99) and unbeatable pork and veal meatballs ($118). Enjoy these and more à-la-carte brunch dishes along with a bargain free-flow offering. Expect generous portion sizes that are perfect for sharing and a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
When: weekends and public holidays, 12–4pm
Where: SoHo: 49 Elgin Street; Wanchai: 69 Stone Nullah Lane,
Price: à-la-carte dishes + $98 for 2 hours free-flow Prosecco + Asahi
To book: phone 2387 6338 (SoHo) or 3182 0128 (Wanchai)
With a menu that comes from the brilliant mind of Chef May Chow, you certainly can’t go wrong here. Second Draft’s brunch is truly unique in its offering of traditional brunch dishes with a Cantonese twist. Some of the must-orders are the fried chicken hot cake ($128), Reuben ($128) and kaya French toast ($78). Each dish creates an incredible blend of traditional and contemporary flavours for a delectable brunch experience. To top it all off, they’ve recently added in a free-flow option.
When: weekends, 12–3pm
Where: 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
Price: à-la-carte dishes + $118 for free-flow sangria
To book: phone 2656 0232 or book online
MEATS is every carnivore’s dream, with a menu full of high-quality, no-frills, no-fuss meats. The first restaurant on our list from Pirata Group, MEATS has a pretty unbeatable brunch offering. Guests can choose a starter, main, side and dessert for less than $250! Starters include a dreamy chicken liver pâté, while mains feature a flavourful flap steak, porchetta bun and even a vegetarian burger. With a side of the eatery’s addictive chicken salt fries and cinnamon doughnuts for dessert, this brunch is certainly on the indulgent side. Ordering à la carte is also an option.
When: weekends and public holidays, 12–5:30pm
Where: 28–30 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central
Price: $248 for food + $180 for free-flow Prosecco, beer and cocktails
To book: phone 2711 1812 or book online
The first pizzeria in Hong Kong to be accredited by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), Ciao Chow is the real deal. Their brunch is made up of a table full of tasty antipasti, various pastas and meat dishes as well as – we kid you not – free-flow pizza. Ever wondered just how much pizza you can actually eat? Put it to the test at Ciao Chow’s four-hour brunch!
When: weekends, 12–4pm
Where: G/F, California Tower, 30–32 D‘Aguilar Street, LKF, Central
Price: $298 for food + $198 for free-flow Prosecco, cocktails, wine and beer
To book: phone 2344 0005 or book online
Ham & Sherry
With its tasty tapas and beautiful blue-and-white tiled interior, Ham & Sherry from JIA Group will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported to Spain. Brunch dishes include brekkie-inspired eats such as Scotch egg with chorizo and piquillo pepper ($88) and slow-cooked egg with mashed potato and jamón ($88). You can also order from the full à-la-carte menu and, of course, add on free-flow cava.
When: weekends, 12–3pm
Where: 1–7 Ship Street, Wanchai
Price: à-la-carte dishes + $99 for free-flow cava
To book: phone 2555 0628
The second restaurant from Pirata Group to grace this list, Chaiwala offers excellent value for money. Start with an entire buffet-style chaat station – a selection of bite-sized snacks such as pani puri and palak patta. Once you’ve conquered the gorgeous chaats, you’ll be served vegetarian or lamb dosas, your choice of tandoori and curry with basmati rice and naan. If that’s not enough, a selection of Indian desserts is included (plus strawberry-flavoured candyfloss made before your very eyes). The non-alcoholic bevvy package includes free-flow lassis, while the alcoholic package features unlimited Prosecco and a G&T from the antique gin trolley!
When: weekends and public holidays, 12–2:30pm
Where: Basement, 43–55 Wyndham Street, Central
Price: $298 for food + $120 for free-flow lassis or $180 for free-flow Prosecco, wine and beer
To book: phone 2362 8988 or book online
Beef & Liberty
The à-la-carte Beef & Liberty brunch has long been a favourite of ours thanks to its yummy brunch dishes and good ol’ fashioned burgers. However, the Lan Kwai Fong branch has just taken its brunch offering to the next level with an all-inclusive deal that includes a mix of starters and salad to share, a brunch/burger main per person and a dessert for the table to finish. It also includes two hours of free-flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
When: weekends and public holidays, 11:30am–6pm
Where: 3/F, California Tower 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central
Price: $358 for food + 2 hours free-flow soft drinks, house wine and beer, Prosecco and Bloody Marys
To book: phone 2450 5778 or book online
JIA Group strikes again with a restaurant that is to Thai for! Tucked away at LANDMARK, Mak Mak serves up traditional yet innovative Thai favourites. Their brunch is more of a buffet, with unlimited dishes served to your table. We’re talking all-you-can-eat pad thai, green curry, tom yum goong, Thai milk tea ice cream and much more. When adding on the free-flow champagne package, it can get a little pricey, but if you’re content with cocktails, this brunch is extremely reasonable.
When: weekends and public holidays, 12–3pm
Where: Shop 217A, 2/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Price: $298 for free-flow food, juices, soft drinks and select cocktails; $518 to include free-flow champagne, Aperol spritz, wine and beer
To book: phone 2983 1003 or book online
It would be borderline criminal to exclude the flagship Pirata restaurant from a brunch list. If you’re looking for consistent, high-quality food along with excellent service, you’ll never go wrong with Pirata. It’s hard not to fill up on their antipasti semi-buffet, but be sure to save room for sharing starters like asparagus flan and vitello tonnato (veal, tuna, capers, mayonnaise). For your main course, choose between generous pasta dishes like orecchiette with sausage and n’duja and tagliatelle with black truffle (+$38). If you’re not already bursting at the seams, the chef’s selection of desserts will definitely push you over the edge!
When: weekends and public holidays, 12–3pm
Where: 29/F and 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Price: $298 for food + $180 for free-flow Prosecco, wines, beer and Bellinis
To book: phone 2887 0270 or book online
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