Weekend brunch has become, for so many, a non-negotiable of Hong Kong life. And why not — there are some pretty epic offerings just about anywhere you look. But it hardly seems fair to keep the indulgence to weekends only, especially when you don’t have to.
Here are our 10 favourite Hong Kong breakfasts on the island, to make sure your day starts right:
Head to Nosh for what is hands down one of the best breakfasts anywhere in town and beat the weekend queues — their smoked salmon and dill scrambled (HK$80) never fails to deliver, and the honey and cinnamon oatmeal with caramelised bananas, cranberries and toasted pecans (HK$50) mightn’t be the healthiest, but it is by far one of the tastiest. Unlike just about every other restaurant in Hong Kong, the coffee at Nosh is actually good, too, meaning you don’t have to go to a specialty store for a decent post-meal cup.
Nosh, 11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2559 8508, www.nosh.com.hk (closed Mondays)
If it’s a beast-free breakfast you’re after, Prune has you covered. As well as being a veritable #foodstagrammer’s dream, Prune dishes up seriously good wholesome, organic, vegetarian fare. And just because it’s vegetarian, doesn’t mean it’s not satisfying, as items like their lemon chia seed waffle with homemade almond condensed milk and side of seasonal fruit compote with organic maple syrup (HK$108) or eggs en cocotte with sundried tomatoes, artichoke, sautéed spinach, shiitake and sourdough soldiers (HK$90) illustrate. There’s also a super range of fresh juices and smoothies (all superfood-enhanced, naturally) to complement your deliciously healthy start to the day.
Prune Organic Deli & Workshop, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2873 3353, www.prunedeliworkshop.com (closed Mondays)
OK, so they mightn’t have a breakfast menu per se, but Wong Chuk Hang star 3/3rds is open from 9am and does do a pretty kick-ass three cheese and onion toastie (HK$65). If you’re in a carb-y kinda mood, go for one of their great pastries — the ham and cheese swirl (HK$25) is a winner, while the croissant (HK$18) with your morning cup of coffee comes with a view so cool you won’t even wish you were in Paris.
3/3rds, Unit D, 22/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 3462 2951, www.three-3rds.com
Honestly, The Continental is the kind of place you’d go even if the food wasn’t as good as what it was — thankfully though, the food is befitting of one of the best looking restaurants in the city. The breakfast menu is actually quite large (read: ambitious), but that’s precisely the point. Cooked dishes include classics like beef and potato hash with fried eggs (HK$175) and grilled Manx kipper with butter and lemon (HK$175), while lighter options include avocado with pink grapefruit, fennel and pumpkin seeds (HK$160). There’s also bottomless coffee, tea and juice, too, because it’s a weekday so why not?
The Continental, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2704 5211, www.thecontinentalhongkong.com
The Kinnet Cafe
This one was a genuine surprise. The all-day café on the third floor of a lifestyle and wellness centre for the 50+ age demo really has no right to dish up as good a breakfast as it does, but boy is it a winner. The shakshuka egg with feta and sourdough (HK$80) is one of the most authentic we’ve seen in town, while the avocado benedict with a yoghurt, hollandaise-like sauce (HK$90) is a tasty and clever (not to mention healthy) interpretation of a classic. Pair them with one of their great fresh juices or smoothies, take it out on their deck for some chilled, alfresco vibes.
The Kinnet Cafe, 3/F, The Kinnet, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, +852 3968 7623, www.thekinnet.com
Café Deadend is one of those rare places where you don’t actually mind being overcharged, even though you know it’s happening. It’s all about the vibe at the achingly hip originator of the Poho scene — well, the vibe and the really good food, even if we do wish the dishes themselves were a little more generous. The poached eggs with crabmeat (HK$95) are a standout, especially since its accompanied by some of the best bread in town baked next door at Po’s Atelier. Think breakfast dates aren’t sexy? They can be at Deadend.
Café Deadend, 72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6716 7005, www.cafedeadend.com (closed Mondays)
Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon
The all-day Robuchon experience is as French as it gets — décor and a menu that’s stuck in the late 90s without a hint of irony, but knows exactly what it’s doing and how to do it. The solid selection of crêpes — the chorizo, egg, cheese, tomato coulis and basil (HK$138) is our pick — sandwiches, toasties and even waffles will give you a delicious morning carb load, so be prepared to work it off quickly because you’ll want to go back to this Landmark stalwart in a hurry.
Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, Stores 315 & 334, 3/F, The Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2166 9088, www.robuchon.hk
Though the coffee here, for us, is still a little inconsistent, there’s no denying the quality of the breakfast at this under-the-radar Sheung Wan spot. And if you take your breakfast as seriously as we do, you’ll be glad to know that there are distinctly Melburnian influences here — not just with plates like the parma ham benedict and sides like avo smash, but also with the Proud Mary coffee and Prana Chai to complete the experience.
Brew Bros, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2572 0238, www.facebook.com/brewbroscoffee (closed Mondays)
Wan Chai highriser Papillion is all about the balance — that is, making sure you get the right amount of carb, protein and fibre in each meal to keep you going. As well as a build your own breakfast list (which involves choosing, among other things, one of their delicious home-churned butters), there’s also a great choice of eggs benedict options (all HK$90), like smoked salmon and black caviar, bacon and onion or wild mushroom and spinach. The all day deluxe breakfast (HK$108) is also a winner, featuring truffle scrambled, homemade baked pinquito beans, Cumberland Sausage, roasted vine tomatoes, sautéed wild mushroom, bacon, homemade avocado and corn salsa and a slice of toast.
Papillion Caffe, 17/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2527 9282, http://papilloncaffe.com
The Cupping Room
Despite the fact that the service can be a little inconsistent, the food at The Cupping Room is so good we can just about look past it. Their poached egg on sourdough with avocado and radish is a light and tangy way to start the day, while the chilli scrambled with portobello is also a cracker of a dish. Their coffee is award-winning, too, so make sure you stick around for a cup or two.
The Cupping Room, LG/F, 299 Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2799 3398, www.facebook.com/CuppingRoomHK