Located in the hip and quirky Ovolo Hotel in Aberdeen, this casual Mediterranean restaurant turns into a snazzy place to hang out on the weekends with free flow sangria and champagne and a live DJ and BBQ on its terrace. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM-3:30PM for $448 per adult and $248 per child, the only difference between Saturdays and Sundays is that the restaurant will be more kid friendly on Sundays with a play corner, plus the music will change accordingly too. With the sunny weather we've been blessed with recently, it will be perfect for outdoor eating and drinking while gazing at views of the sea and mountains that Hong Kong nature has to offer!
The first thing I went for, of course, was the free flow sangria station with Prosecco, Rosé, apple cider, red wine and white wine. I love it as they were fruity enough and not too strong so you can keep drinking it all day long!
Those who do not drink alcohol will be glad to know they also have virgin sangria available with passion fruit and berry flavours along with an array of fresh juice like green apple, watermelon, orange, cucumber, pineapple and pear.
For an additional $150 per person, you can also get free flow Perrier-Jouet champagne with your brunch too if you're feeling that you need some bubbly in your life.
With an array of choices like watermelon, quinoa, chickpeas, couscous, tomatoes, cheese and eggs, the salad bar is a fantastic start to the meal. I'm not someone who is usually into salads but all of the options offered were of high quality with fresh ingredients and natural flavours.
The seafood bar only has a few options to choose from - salmon, shrimps, crab claws, sea whelks and fish salad - but they were all very fresh and delicious, plus I love the fact that they also declaw the crab claws for you so you don't have to fumble with the crackers.
At the egg corner, you can choose from three different types of eggs from quail, Japanese and American with the toppings of your choice. If you can't make up your mind, you can also choose your omelet with one of the three chef's recommendations like the Medina with chermoula and cilantro, the Spanish with chorizo and cherry tomato or the classic with ham and cheese. Once you place your order, they will deliver the omelet to your seat so you can continue eating. I ordered a Spanish omelet with Japanese eggs and I have to say that the omelet was very nicely cooked as it was light and fluffy. I just love anything with chorizo in it!
Live BBQ at the terrace
With the music thumping, it was time to check out the barbecue happening on the terrace! Options include chicken thighs, chicken wings, sausage, pork cheek, mushrooms, eggplant, pork belly, lamb kaftas, big head shrimp and mussels, which were grilled on the spot and paired with an array of specialty sauces.
I liked the grilled meat items more than the seafood, which can be delicate to barbecue. The choices for sauce were pretty awesome and my favourite was this tangy and spicy barbecue sauce which just went so well with everything!
Southside Street food stalls
Also next to the BBQ was the international food station with mushroom quesadillas, nachos and fried chicken!
This Louisiana-style fried chicken was irresistible with its extra crispy skin and juicy meat - I would have gone for more if I had any more room in my stomach.
The mushroom quesadilla was well-made but it would've been better if other flavours were also available besides mushroom, while the nachos were fresh and crispy.
After we had a chance to sample from all of the food stations, we each ordered one main dish and one side dish as part of the brunch. I was told that the mains were meant to be on the small side so people will not feel overwhelmed with too much food.
The breakfast sliders included a beef patty, quail egg, bacon and cheese. It was decent but I felt that the beef patty could have been more flavourful.
The baked cuttlefish with ancha spices, butter beans, oven tomatoes and toasted sourdough was perfectly cooked but the sauce could have been spicier and more flavourful to provide more of a flavour kick to the entire dish.
The truffle mac and cheese was a bit wetter than I'd expect for a mac and cheese dish, while the truffle flavour was not apparent enough. I think either the flavour of truffle or the cheese needs to take the lead but neither is in this case so it's neither here nor there. Perhaps some crispy texture on top would be great as well to balance the dish out.
Who doesn't love a sweet ending! My eyes lit up at the dessert bar with brownies, orange cakes, candy carnival, fresh fruits, toffee pudding, white and milk chocolate fondue. Unfortunately, compared with other brunches in town, the dessert choices seemed to be lacking here. Some ice cream would have been good too as that's always a crowd pleaser.
When I was chatting with the chef at the BBQ station, he told me that I have to check out the rooftop bar ABOVE on the 23/F of the hotel, so I did! The views are even more spectacular here since you can see more of Ocean Park and even Deep Water Bay. Definitely a place to keep in mind if you are looking for places to grab a drink outside of LKF!
With quality food, reasonable prices and al fresco dining with panoramic views, CIRQLE is a great new hangout spot for the weekends and I can't wait to come back for more!
4/F Ovolo Southside
64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
Tel: 3460 8100