Mother’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday, 13 May this year!), so it’s time to start making thoughtful arrangements for the most special lady in your life. Once you’ve got your flowers and gifts sorted, you’ll want to treat your mum to a fabulous meal to make her feel extra pampered on this special day.
But who has time for making breakfast in bed? With so many great brunch options in Hong Kong, you can skip the kitchen work and head to one of these scrumptious brunches instead. Whether the family is craving Italian or American, Chinese or Japanese, we’ve rounded up the best spots in town to enjoy a truly decadent Mother’s Day meal.
An Italian feast at Theo Mistral
When: 13 May
Price: HK$688 per adult, HK$388 per kid (ages 7 and under free)
We raved about the newly launched Theo Mistral at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford last month, and Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to head there for the hearty family-style menu. The festivities begin with a refreshing mocktail for each guest, before brunch commences with a live pasta-making show at the open kitchen, with a farmer’s table for guests to dive deeper into the fresh produce and watch the chefs at work.
Tuck into an antipasti spread of assorted salads, charcuterie, minestrone and warm focaccia. Then, it’s a feast from the sea: platters of freshly shucked oysters, poached prawns, mussels, crab legs, sea whelks, baby lobsters, cuttlefish salad, seafood salad, you name it — all available buffet-style to enjoy to your heart’s content. The main event is rustic handmade pasta — mixed-greens ravioli with Swiss chard and rocket — followed by chicken saltimbocca, grilled rack of lamb or pan-fried sea trout. Finally, you’ll want to save room for the baked soufflé with romanesco, fontina cheese, spinach, cream and parmesan, paired with espresso or tea.
Theo Mistral, B2 Level, InterContinental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2731 2870
A British brunch at Gough’s on Gough
When: 13 May
Price: HK$598 plus 10% surcharge per person, 2-hours of free-flow house beer, wine, Bloody Mary and Pimm’s for HK$248 extra
For a stylish and sophisticated celebration, head to Gough’s on Gough for a Mother’s Day menu befitting of a posh English brunch. Available on Sunday only, brunch begins with a selection of fresh seafood including oysters, Madagascan prawns and Dutch clams and mussels, with an optional Boston lobster salad for HK$128 extra. Next, dig into a delightful selection of starters, from cured Arctic char to duck egg with smoked bacon and eggy bread.
The main event is a sumptuous roast sirloin served with Yorkshire pudding, crispy roast potatoes and fresh veggies. (Alternatively, opt for the baked salmon fillet seasoned with dill for a lighter option.) End the meal on a high with raspberry and white chocolate mousse or honey ice cream with honeycomb — all washed down with complimentary coffee or tea, or 2-hour free-flow beer, wine, Bloody Mary and Pimm’s for an additional HK$248. As a bonus, a professional photographer will be on hand to capture the moment.
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2473 9066
Chinese delights at Ming Court
When: 12–13 May, 10am–3pm
Price: HK$388 per person
A Mother’s Day brunch doesn’t necessarily need to entail pancakes and eggs Benedict. If Chinese flavours are what she’s craving instead, head over to the Cordis Hong Kong ,where a Michelin-starred meal awaits at Ming Court. For HK$388 per person, feast on a Deluxe Dumpling Trio — steamed shrimp dumpling, scallop dumpling with minced shrimp, and garoupa dumpling with Chinese amaranth — followed by Eight Treasure Soup chock full of abalone and fish maw, shrimp with scrambled Hokkaido egg, Wagyu beef fried rice and egg white with almond cream for dessert.
Still hungry? Try the à la carte dim sum items, from steamed BBQ pork buns (HK$68 for 3 pieces) to pan-fried mushroom buns (HK$62 for 3 pieces). And if you want to make it an all-day event, you can treat your mum to the Chuan Spa‘s “Divine Retreat” spa and afternoon tea package with a 75-min treatment and afternoon tea with complimentary one-day health club pass and a carnation.
Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, +852 3552 3028
A rose-themed brunch at Wooloomooloo Prime
When: 12–13 May, 12–3pm
Price: HK$398 plus 10% surcharge
A mother-daughter brunch is taking over Wooloomooloo Group restaurants during Mother’s Day weekend, with a special rose-themed menu celebrating all things floral and fragrant. The pink-themed affair kicks off with a complimentary cocktail infused with rose-petal jam, rose water, dried flowers; followed by an appetiser of citrus-cured hamachi with pickled rose petals, French onion soup, and pan-seared John Dory in rose crust or yellow chicken ballotine with rose petals in miso-butter sauce. Alternatively, go for the Australian sirloin with cherry tomatoes and rose butter, served with roasted chunky potato chips and baby fennel on the side. The meal ends with a decadent spread of rose-themed desserts (think red rose macarons and rose sorbet), and an exclusive product from Jurlique to take home as a parting gift.
Sunny Sundays at GREEN
When: 12 May, 11:45–2:15pm
Price: HK$368 per adult, HK$188 per child ages 3-11; free for kids under 3
Head to GREEN’s light-filled dining room to soak up the rays while feasting on an all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day buffet brunch, with the hotel’s lush vertical gardens providing a gorgeous backdrop. Tuck into the free-flowing selection of appetisers, salads, bread and raw items, with a glass of Prosecco or white wine in hand (HK$98 extra for free-flow). For the main course, there’s something to suit all taste buds: grilled sea bass fillet with eggplant ratatouille for seafood lovers; or a mixed grill platter of tender beef fillet, lamb chops, juicy sausage, grilled chicken and generous portions of bacon for carnivores. For dessert, a buffet spread of strawberry cakes, chocolates and cupcakes should sate sweet tooths. The family-friendly GREEN is sure to be a popular option this Mother’s Day so make sure to get your bookings in early.
GREEN, Lobby Level, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 3400 1000
Kaiseki at Kashiwaya
When: 13 May
Price: HK$680 plus 10% per guest
Mother’s Day is all about celebrating with a memorable meal, and what could be more special than a beautifully plated and presented kaiseki meal for your mum to savour over a long lunch? It may not be your typical brunch food, but Kashiwaya is guaranteed to impress, and priced at a reasonable HK$680 per guest (when compared to the more expensive dinner menu). The Michelin-starred kitchen will be dishing up a 7-course degustation for Mother’s Day lunch, with highlights including bamboo shoot with surf clam, snap peas and seaweed; baby sea eel and poached sansho leaf; sesame tofu with wasabi and sea urchin; and edamame fish cake with grilled sea eel with pumpkins. Diners can also get their sashimi fix, ending with a hot course of grilled Spanish mackerel and steamed Koshihikari rice with assorted side dishes.
Kashiwaya, 8/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2520 5218