There’s a new lunch spot in town, and you can do your grocery shopping while you’re at it too. Feather & Bone have launched an all-day breakfast menu featuring some reinvented classics, as well as lunch sets for all those hungry worker bees out there. And quite unusually for a boutique butcher, this meat lover’s paradise now also caters to vegetarian palates. Why not be inclusive, right?
We swung down to the Sai Ying Pun location – located conveniently on Des Voeux Road – and spent a fair bit of time ogling the space before sitting down for lunch. Retro tiling, rough, exposed walls, gilded lighting fixtures and Chesterfield sofas are all part and parcel of the vintage-inspired aesthetic that flows through the space, and it’s quite a triumph too. With a bright, naturally lit dining area at the front and a grocer and butcher at the back, this is a place we’d like to spend a lazy afternoon having a late lunch and then browsing for pantry goods.
But... back to the food. What’s on the menu and why do we like it? Aside from the meaty offerings and signature butcher’s counter – where you can select your cut of meat to be prepared by the chef to feel like you’re playing a part in the cooking process – there are now more vegetarian and seafood dishes on the menu, so our pickier friends can come out of the woodwork to dine with us too. From avocado and goat’s curd ($90) on sourdough, to the Middle Eastern-inspired rice and lentils ($90) with spiced courgette, pomegranate, peas and Greek yoghurt, to the seafood special of Galician octopus ($190) with chilli, tomato sugo and chickpeas, your gluten-free options are also covered – and a whole lot more delicious looking.
Meat’s still on the menu, of course, with a tender smoked brisket ($140) served with velvety mash and crispy kale taking the lead.
What’s the point of an all-day breakfast menu if it doesn’t include a full English breakfast? And what’s the point of that full English if it doesn’t pad out your stomach to the point of bursting? While we’ve not come across a lot of twists on this classic brekkie offering, we do like Feather & Bone’s homestyle take on the full English ($120). Served on thick-cut slices of sourdough, poached eggs, chipolata, bacon, baked beans and bell pepper are piled high to the sky, garnished with spring onion and microgreens for a splash of colour (and veg). The portion is generous, the fare is filling and the toppings tick our desired food groups – yes, we will come here for a hangover cure that won’t make us feel anywhere near as bad as some of the other greasy breakfast options in town.
Keen Foodie readers will know we go slightly gaga for grilled cheese, and this is one for the books. The Alpine toastie ($140) is a hearty, homestyle sort of grilled cheese, with melted Swiss cheese and leek and spring onion for texture, sandwiched in between grilled buckwheat sourdough bread. The rustic slices proved to be an able vessel to cut through the incredible richness of the cheese, and the addition of leek was a thoughtful touch for an added depth of flavour.
Read more: Where to Eat Grilled Cheese in Hong Kong
It’s rare to find a one-stop shop that covers artisanal pantry staples, a respectable collection of cheeses, a butcher’s counter that promises fine charcuterie and evokes nostalgia to a time when customers cultivated personal relationships with local vendors and a well-rounded menu that’s enticing enough to make you drop your shopping spree for a relaxed sit-down meal. With these wholesome additions, we think that Feather & Bone have transcended deli status into casual restaurant territory.
Shop 1, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 3705 0280
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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