We try to make it to this restaurant whenever we can. The combination of quality service, consistently fine food and views that are overly agreeable is an alluring combination. In a city that is possessed by brunch, the weekend offering at On Dining is quite charming, for a tidy $390.
The lunch starts with a spritzer or lychee mocktail for the alcohol disinclined, immediately followed by a pint-sized tree trunk laden with sharing bites. Of the lentils humus & cod tarama tartlet, white beans, Parma ham and tomato salsa, olives, baba ghanoush and smoked sardines, the the tartlet is a standout, but all are very easy to ingest.
The next two courses are segmented into choices–dreaded choices–between elegant choices like 3 oysters with avruga caviar, swordfish carpaccio, Mediterranean tuna with yoghurt and cucumber and green asparagus with salmon toast mimosa.
Mains consist of seasonal fish, sautéed organic vegetables, Atlantic pollack, black rice, green peas, crab meat sauce or for breakfast enthusiasts, egg Florentine with Hollandaise sauce. Our favourite is the braised veal cheek, saffron risotto and carrots, which in fine Philippe Oricco form, falls apart, harmonising meaty tenderness with Middle-Eastern bazaar flavours through the risotto.
What is also fun with the lunch menu is the selection of pastries that are served for dessert, which is a vertiginous array of sweet bounties that, on the day we were there, ranged from lemon tarts to a ridiculous choux with creme patisserie.
Verdict: The brunch is cracking value for money, as anyone who is familiar with On Dining will attest. Spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday here, sipping wine and eating plentiful platters, watching the streams of busy Hong Kong traffic pass by below.
18 On Lan St, Central; 2174 8100