When it comes to the weekend, Hong Kong does brunch. Here are a bunch of new ones we think are worth checking out:
Broad beans and avocado bruschetta
Organic scrambled eggs, fried sage and Pecorino toscano ($88), blood oranges, cardamom and Mascarpone cake loaves ($68) and a Grappa milk punch ($88) (consisting of Villa de Varda Grappa, Amaretto, fresh milk, vanilla syrup, and grated nutmeg) are all offerings on the comfort-food-focused brunch menu.
NOM, 1-5 Elgin Street, Soho; 2540 7988
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
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Crab souffle with lime creme
We think this restaurant is hidden gem, and one of Wan Chai's best at the moment. Highlights include crabmeat souffle with lime creme ($200), the maison es signature coddled egg on black truffled mash ($120), and a standout croque madame served chef Sham’s favourite way with ham, gruyère, egg and lifted with a drizzle of honey on ciabatta bread.
1 Electric Street, Wanchai, 2521 8011
Brunch: every Sunday from 11am to 4pm
Shrimp dumplings with pork and elm
An unlimited selection of dim sum, soups, rice and noodles, signature dishes and dessert is what brunch at this posh new Chinese restaurant on Wellington St entails. 11: till three thirty, from HKD $438 per person. Charcoal-grilled Hungarian Mangalica Hog with honey sauce served with rice and shrimp dumplings with pork and elm fungus are signatures.
74 Wellington Street, Central
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am to 3:30pm
See more: 7 of the best breakfasts in Hong Kong
Croque Madame with 63 degree egg
We're pretty sure croque madams have taken out a restraining order against us. We search them on Pinterest, fanatically research where to find the best ones in new cities and faint when recognising the name on a menu. It began in Paris when we found this beauty, but has continued right to Hong Kong, where Ab Street have composed a brilliant iteration replete with 63 degree egg ($98). Order this and the recently re-introduced pastrami sandwich ($128) and have all the munchies covered.
**Note: croque madame is on Ab Street's all-day menu at the downstairs bistro, not the brunch menu. So you can croque all day long if you fancy.
35 Aberdeen St, Central; 2866 0300
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am to 3:30pm
Homemade muesli with goji berries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Here you'll find some of the best pastries we have had in HK, muesli filled with all the things you want to eat like pumpkin seeds, goji berries, almonds and sunflower seeds, and for the main course, a selection of either the roast of the day (pray for pork), a steamed wild fillet of fish served with green vegetables or an oven-baked cookpot of cereal and local seasonal vegetables. Delicate, sapid options that strike the balance of health and flavour extraordinarily. $788 per adult and $518 per child (3-6 years old).
Lobby, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2313 2323
Brunch: Sunday 12noon to 2:30pm
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Grilled chicken, kale and fresh mozzarella panini
Everyone loves Posto, an establishment in Hong Kong, having celebrated their 6th birthday this month. If you are going to come for anything, come for the sandwiches. There are now 10 different types of mouth-watering traditional New York Italian sandwiches. A must try is the “de Blasio” (grilled chicken, kale, fresh mozzarella) for $188 and the Pubblico Meatball Parmigiana Sandwich (veal meatballs, fresh mozzarella) for $268.
New York style brunch is also a thing; egg lovers put your eating pants on and hit up an eggs Brooklyn (breaded eggplant, roasted peppers, hollandaise) WHICH is awesome for vegetarians for a very kind $98 and the eggs DeVito (pork meatball, roasted peppers, tomato hollandaise) for your more meaty friends ($98). We were sneaky and added the tomato hollandaise to the eggs Brooklyn and it was like we finally understood what Celine Dion was singing about.
28 Elgin St; 2577 7160
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm
Crushed avocado on whole wheat toast
Free flow contemporary English menu created by highly reputed British chef Tom Aikens, features first class avocado on wheat toast, eggs royale, coronation chicken salad with gem lettuce and almonds and a lobster macaroni and cheese. Heartier courses are roasted sirloin steak with Yorkshire Pudding and horseradish cream and the full English breakfast with homemade sausages, black pudding, bacon, fried egg, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms.
The free-flow alcohol package is $598 which grants continuous pours of house white and red, house draft beer, house fruit punch, Bloody Mary, Cider and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Champagne. If you are giving consideration to the liver, free-flow of non-alcoholic beverages comprising soft drinks, orange juice and smoothies for $498.
Brunch: Saturday from 12:00pm-2:30pm and two sessions on Sundays from 11:00-13:00 and 13:30-15:30.
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