208 is one of the many restaurants around the city to offer brunch-crazy Hong Kongers a weekend of afternoon feasting and drinking. Their new semi-buffet brunch consists of a small buffet spread and the option to add one of their former classic a la carte brunch mains for an additional HK$130. If you're in the mood for booze, HK$200 gets you free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wine, and Peroni. Anyone else living for the weekend?
The semi-buffet spread at 208 had a variety of veggie-friendly dishes and we really liked that they were all quite healthy, making us feel less guilty when we decided to go up for seconds (we just couldn't resist more cheese!). That being said, we didn't feel that any of the dishes at the buffet really stood out. While they weren't bad, they just lacked the high quality taste we've come to love and expect from 208. Hopefully 208 can make a few tweaks to their buffet by adding more flavourful and diverse dishes.
The mains from the a la carte brunch menu were as delicious as we had remembered. We started with the classic eggs benedict with ham, which certainly didn't disappoint and made for a great #yolkporn photo shoot. Since eggs are the staple of any good brunch, we also went for the pizza bomba: bacon, tomatoes, and eggs. Though the toppings on the pizza seemed a bit scarce, the flavour was fantastic and the breakfast ingredients worked really well in pizza-form.
While we really enjoyed 208's main courses, we could have done without the buffet. Unfortunately, 208 only offers the buffet set on the weekends, so you can't opt out of the buffet and only order a main. We're still undecided as to whether this weekend semi-buffet brunch is worth the price, given the inexhaustible list of other brunches around.
Buffet only: HK$208/person
Buffet + Main Course: HK$338/person
Free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wine, and/or Peroni: HK$200
Saturdays from 12:00pm - 2:30 pm
Sundays from 11:00am - 3:30 pm
208 Duecento Otto
Website or Tel: 2549 0208