Brunch being the institution that it is in Hong Kong, you can walk five metres in any direction on a crowded city block and stumble upon an establishment — be it mom and pop shop or ritzy restaurant — serving some combination of egg-centric dishes, hangover-curing carbs and free-flow drinks. But with so many places to choose from, where do you place your hard-earned dollars on the weekends when the craving for a big and hearty midday meal hits?
More competition means the city’s restaurateurs and chefs — both from brand new openings and perennial standbys — are getting increasingly clever and inventive with their brunch offerings, serving everything from jazzed-up avocado toast to a Middle-Eastern mezze spread, killer porchetta sandwiches and a fancy Sunday roast. Whether you want a classic, egg-heavy meal, a seafood and Champagne-soaked affair, or a veggie- and grain-packed meal to keep the healthy weekday diet going — our list of best new brunch offerings this summer has you covered.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 12–3pm
Price: HK$280 per person includes shared mezze, main and dessert; drinks available à la carte
Since popping up in the Star Street District earlier this year, Francis has become one of the hottest no-reservations tickets in town. If you haven’t the patience to brave the nightly queue, you can pop by on Saturday or Sunday instead for the brand new brunch offering, featuring a dizzying spread of Middle Eastern specialties. Get a colourful taste of Tel Aviv street food starting with traditional mezze — think hummus, spinach and feta cigars, and grilled halloumi with pomegranate — followed by a selection of the restaurant’s signature mains, from spicy shakshuka with eggs to crispy chicken schnitzel, kafta with spring lamb, and juicy hanger steak with smoked eggplant. With dishes imbued with spice, you’ll want to cleanse your palate with the Spritz Me Up (HK$90) with vermouth, prosecco and orange; or the Cleanser (HK$50), a light and refreshing ale. Buzzy weekend vibes and one of the more interesting wine lists in the neighbourhood make Francis an instant cure for all your brunch blues.
Francis, G/F, 4 & 6 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 9521
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 12–3:30pm
Price: HK$350 per person for brunch, HK$600 per person with free-flow Veuve Clicquot package
Spice up your weekends with a bit of Latin flair at Gaucho, which consistently serves up one of the best Argentinian steaks in town. This posh establishment in Central has stood the test of time, thanks to its convenient location and availability to cater to hunger pains at any time of day, be it the Central power lunch, a cosy date night dinner, celebratory event, or a family brunch on the weekends. In fact, their new brunch offering is all about catering to the whole crew with a play area for kids filled with games and toys.
While kids keep busy, adults can fuel their own merriment with the free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne brunch option (HK$600 per person), which kicks off with an array of free-flow starters, from mini beef empanadas to classic humita with creamed corn and a citrus-laced sea bass ceviche. For mains, choose from land or sea: The oven-baked sea bass is a winning dish for fish lovers, while the bife de ancho or bife de chorizo presents carnivores with a tender, succulent hunk of meat. Mains are paired with a crisp green salad and chips for the table, followed by all-you-can-eat desserts, including the signature dulce de leche cheesecake.
Gaucho Hong Kong, 5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2386 8090
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am–3:30pm
Price: HK$398 plus 10% surcharge; drinks packages ranging from HK$150-480 for free-flow Champagne, wine, beer and cocktails
Porterhouse may be known for its hearty steaks, but it’s the abundant seafood spread that we have our eye on from their new weekend brunch menu. For HK$398, you’ll have your pick of unlimited seafood, featuring French oysters, Australian lobster, Norwegian king crab and more. Pick your way through the shellfish paired with Champagne, then mosey on over to the antipasti buffet, where Italian cold cuts and warm raclette cheese await; or head to the carving station for juicy roast chicken, crisp suckling pig and tender Wagyu ribeye roast beef. Make sure you save room for the dessert station: a combination of crowd-pleasing favourites from macarons and ice cream to cheesecake and a chocolate fountain. Want to splurge? Add on breakfast items such as French toast and pancake stacks for HK$68 extra, or family-style portions of Black Angus Porterhouse and Tomahawk (32oz each) for HK$1,288 and HK$1,538, respectively.
Porterhouse, 7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 6366
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm–5:30pm
Price: HK$248 for three sharing starters, one main, French fries, and one dessert; add on HK$180 for 2-hour free-flow wine, beer and cocktails
This meat-centric concept from Pirata Group is all about sharing-style portions and stellar cuts starring in inventive dishes, from a crackling porchetta sandwich to hangar steak topped with a spicy jalapeno relish. If you want a taste of everything, it’s best to come for the weekend brunch where you can share three starters from the menu: roasted chicken croquettes, beef lettuce cups and sweetcorn succotash. For mains, we’d recommend each ordering an item and splitting them family-style: There’s too much to love here, from the porchetta bun dripping in fatty juices, to the chicken waffle drizzled in Tabasco honey and the pastrami sandwich which bears the tang of pickled cabbage and Pimento cheese. The best part? Brunch runs until 5:30pm so that late risers can still get in on the action.
When: Every second Saturday of the month from 12–4pm; book here
Price: HK$650 for 3-course brunch with free-flow drinks
Dance to Brazilian beats and feast on the rich and hearty flavours of South America at Uma Nota, which is throwing a monthly brunch spectacular every second Saturday of the month, inspired by the raucous Carnaval do Rio. Icy caipirinhas keep brunch-goers hydrated as the party spills out onto the streets, with guests adorned in feather masks and flower crowns to evoke the spirit of Brazil. With live drummers setting the soundtrack, diners can engage in a game of peteca or “hand shuttlecock” on the street, shake it on the dance floor, or bunker down with plates of authentic Brazilian street food — think golden chicken and okra dumplings or coxinhas de frango, and beef and mushroom skewers with a red bell pepper chimichurri sauce. Mains include grilled sea bass with cassava, pan-seared Angus beef, and a banana and pumpkin stew (advance order required) to appease vegetarians.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2889 7576
Gough’s on Gough
When: Sundays, 12–3pm
Price: HK$498 plus 10% surcharge, plus HK$248 for 2 hours of free-flow house beers, wines, Bloody Marys and fruity Pimm’s
For a proper Sunday roast, look no further than Gough’s on Gough, Timothy Oulton’s design-savvy restaurant on eclectic Gough Street. The elegant yet quirky diner jazzes up the British weekend tradition with an upscale take in the form of a decadent 4-course meal. Sunday brunch kicks off with a selection of fresh seafood — think plump French oysters to sweet Madagascan prawns — followed by starters of asparagus with cured beef heart and cured mackerel with pickled veggies. Mains include the choice of English risotto with peas, baked Scottish salmon or the roast sirloin of Devonshire beef — the latter delivering the classic roast experience paired with crispy roast potatoes, pan-charred veggies and a perfectly puffed Yorkshire pudding. For something sweet, there’s a choice of ice cream, chocolate mousse or a British cheese platter. With native Brit Aaron Rhodes leading the kitchen here, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2473 9066
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am–3pm
Price: À la carte
Eclectic Tai Hang eatery Elementary is keeping weekends simple with your choice of à la carte options come Saturdays and Sundays from 10am–3pm. Whether you’re an early bird or late riser, come here to cure weekend woes with a mess of bright, flavour-packed dishes that star protein-packed ingredients. The Holy Kale (HK$128) is a mess of mushrooms on crispy quinoa with fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes and a perfectly poached egg; while the Sicily Scramble (HK$118) ramps up the flavour quotient with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and olives. The Prawny Toast (HK$118) steers into Southeast Asian territory with a crisp papaya and celery slaw anointed with coconut and lime. Love your avo toast? You won’t want to pass up Elementary’s version (HK$128) with poached eggs and goat cheese, a vibrant beetroot pesto, crunchy quinoa and pumpkin seeds. Top it off with the Peachy Panna Cotta (HK$128), a plate that’s (almost) too pretty to eat.
Elementary, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2362 2812
Brasserie on the Eighth
When: Every Sunday
Price: HK$838 per adult, HK$358 per kid aged 3–12
For a booze-soaked hotel brunch, you can’t go wrong with the new Perriër-Jouet offering at Brasserie on the Eighth. Complete with panoramic views and a regal dining room, the majesty of Conrad Hong Kong’s Sunday brunch service comes together in this new Champagne collaboration catering to refined palates. Live cooking stations provide everything from fresh handmade pasta to roast beef and chicken at the Carvery Table and a collection of artisanal cheeses. And there’s of course a mountain of fresh seafood that goes exceptionally well with the effervescent Perrier-Jouët Champagne and a selection of Champagne-infused cocktails. Keep an eye out for the “Brunch of Surprise” culinary carts which offer changing weekly items, from coq au vin to in-season white asparagus.
Brasserie on the Eighth, 8/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, +852 2822 8801
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 12–3pm
Price: HK$268 per person, plus HK$240–$458 for 2-hour free-flow drinks packages
There’s nothing like sipping bubbles on a terrace in summertime, which makes newly opened, all-day alfresco restaurant at Ovolo Southside a prime destination for your brunch squad. With dishes inspired by chef El Palanca’s travels throughout Asia as well as his Spanish heritage, the menu reflects an eclectic, cross-cultural nature that’s punctuated by vibrant, fresh and healthy ingredients.
Get a first taste at the buffet with a spread of cold cuts, cheeses, salads and seafoods; then pick two items to share from the starters menu (we’re eyeing the Spanish broken eggs and ham croquettes). Guests can pick one main each, choosing from rich oxtail ragout pappardelle, chorizo and manchego burger, French toast with fried chicken, fish and chips, eggs Benedict and more. Have vegetarians in your party? Worry not, as over half the menu here is vegetarian or gluten-free. If you’re ready to keep the party going post-brunch, head to Komune Above on the 23rd floor, where you can enjoy live DJs, sunset views and discounted free-flow drink deals.
Komune, 4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, +852 3460 8157
Lily & Bloom
When: Every last Sunday of the month from 12pm–4pm
Price: HK$530 for unlimited food and drinks, HK$265 for just unlimited drinks; all prices subject to 10% surcharge
American kitchen Lily & Bloom is likely already on your brunch radar, being a longstanding favourite in Central — but this summer they’re dialling it up: Known for throwing some of the best holiday bashes in town, L&B have added to their weekend brunch offering a BLACKOUT hip-hop party brunch on every last Sunday of the month. Taking inspiration from the Big Apple, this new series promises a rowdy afternoon fiesta, extending your weekend with old-school hip-hop, soul and funk tunes, paired with limitless alcohol and plenty of hearty brunch fare to soak up the booze. Sip on free-flowing prosecco, wine, beer, Bloody Mary and Aperol Spritzes, as you feast on an all-American spread of corn on the cob, avo toast, blueberry pancakes, fried chicken, hash browns, eggs and more.
Lily & Bloom, 5/F & 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6166