If you’re not planning to jet away for Easter weekend (30 March to 2 April), chances are you’ll be donning your Sunday best and heading out to a decadent feast with friends or family to celebrate the festive holiday. We’re spoiled in Hong Kong for brunch choices, but for this special occasion, you’ll want to hone in on the restaurants offering dedicated Easter menus and dining deals around town.
Can’t decide whether to dine alfresco with a bottle of Champagne, head to the highest bar in Hong Kong for a decadent seafood feast, or take the kids for an afternoon of egg hunting and ice cream sundaes? Follow our guide below for some of the best places to spend the long weekend in Hong Kong feasting and drinking in the spirit of the holiday.
Smoke and seafood at The Optimist
What: 30 Mar–2 Apr
Price: HK$348 for Easter Brunch Menu, HK$480 per person for Deluxe Easter Brunch Menu; Add HK$180 for free flow; Email email@example.com to reserve
Savour the best of land and sea at The Optimist, where Easter brunch starts with a fresh seafood tower (lobster, scallops, calamari, prawns, clams and more) and a glass of bubbly; followed by smoke-heavy grilled meats in the Northern Spanish tradition championed at The Optimist, from thick-cut Iberian grilled pork ribs with corn and homemade barbecue sauce, to charcoal-grilled flat iron steak served with spicy chimichurri. Want to stick to lighter mains? Opt for the whole Mediterranean sea bass, whole grilled Boston lobster, or seared Hokkaido scallops.
The Easter Brunch Menu (HK$348) offers a selection of eight mains, while the Deluxe Easter Brunch Menu (HK$480) is available for a minimum of four people and includes two impressive grilled meat and seafood towers. Chase down the hearty Spanish fare with the Fresa (HK$100), a special Easter cocktail featuring Matusalem dark rum, orange juice and cacao liqueur, garnished with a strawberry jam-filled chocolate. Both menus include a semi-buffet spread, starters and chef’s selection of desserts.
The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2433 3324
Italian Easter at Mercato by Jean-Georges
When: 31 Mar–2 Apr, 12–3pm
Price: HK$388 plus 10% per person; Additional mains available a la carte
For the first time ever, Mercato by Jean-Georges will get in on the Easter action with a special weekend buffet brunch offered over the long holiday weekend. Featuring an array of roast meats and fresh seafood, and of course, wood-fired pizzas, Mercato’s brunch is one for those with hearty appetites, with up to 12 dishes offered in the buffet selection. Kick off the holiday celebration with freshly shucked oysters, tuck into juicy roasted U.S. prime rib or twice-cooked suckling pig, and chow down on Mercato’s smoked salmon pizza, featuring their signature puffy charred crust that’s been just blistered in the oven. For dessert, you’ll be unable to resist the sticky-sweet cinnamon buns, frosted in enough decadent cream cheese to put you in a serious food coma for the remainder of the day.
Mercato, 8/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3706 8567
Bunny hopping at Hotel Icon
When: 1 April
Price: HK$518 per adult, HK$368 per kid aged 3-11, prices subject to 10% surcharge; Book before 23 March for a 15% discount.
Chase down the Easter Bunny over at Hotel Icon, where the celebrations are in full swing with a special Easter Day brunch party held in the Market Buffet restaurant. Kids can take part in a host of special Easter activities: chocolate egg hunt, arts and crafts, giant tic-tac-toe, carrot feeding, pond fishing, sand jar creations and other games in exchange for treats and prizes. The festivities are fuelled by a lavish brunch, which includes unlimited seafood on ice followed by a selection of fresh antipasti, traditional Easter appetisers, roasted meats and seafood, and an enticing dessert buffet. Need even more reason to join in the fun? The brunch price includes free-flow sparkling wine, draft beer, soft drinks and juice.
2/F, Market Buffet, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1318
Sky-high dining at Ozone
When: 30 Mar–1 Apr, 12–3pm
Price: HK$1,438 for adults with free-flowing Dom Pérignon Champagne, HK$590 for kids aged 3–12 with free-flowing juice and soft drinks
For a more elegant Easter affair, why not dine with one of the best views of Hong Kong over at Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton? This fancy Easter affair has a price tag to match (HK$1,438 per adult, HK$590 for kids), but free-flow Dom Pérignon Champagne should soften the blow. With the Champagne flowing, diners can indulge in a sumptuous spread which includes cold and hot appetisers, charcuterie, assorted sushi and sashimi, salads, seafood (snow crab legs, mussels, spotted crabs and more), and a live grill station with Boston lobster, Wagyu beef, sausages and pork ribs. Top it off with an extensive dessert spread: fresh pancakes, golden-brown waffles and towering sundaes to match the birds-eye views over the harbour. On Easter Sunday (1 April), kids can join in a special Easter Egg Hunt from 12–3pm while adults enjoy an acapella performance from The Stanford Mendicants.
Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270
Steak central at Porterhouse
When: 30 Mar–2 Apr, 11:30am–3:30pm
Price: HK$398 per guest plus 10% surcharge, plus HK$140-480 for free-flow packages; 20% discount on 31 March & 1 April
The newly launched weekend brunch at Porterhouse is perfect for those with hearty appetites come this Easter weekend. Executive chef Angelo Vecchio is putting an extra decadent spin on the weekend ritual with a new brunch buffet priced at HK$398 per guest (take 20% off on Sat–Sun Easter weekend), which includes an antipasti spread (more than 10 different types to tempt diners), carving station, fresh seafood and a sumptuous dessert buffet.
Pile up your plate with generous serves of French roast chicken, Spanish-style suckling pig or Wagyu rib-eye roast beef, or go the seafood route with French oysters, lobster and Norwegian King crab. For dessert, crowd favourites include macarons, cheesecake, ice cream and a chocolate fountain. Guests can also choose to add sharing-style mains at the table, which includes 34-40oz portions of Porterhouse’s signature steaks. Top off the feast with the “Fantastic Flow” drinks package with Champagne, wine, beer and four types of cocktails (HK$280 for 2 hours, HK$480 until 3:30pm). For Easter, guests can enjoy a special Eggs Craving Corner and 20% off the regular brunch price (valid Sat–Sun only), or 20% off the a la carte menu at dinner.
Porterhouse, 6/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 6366
Easter egg hunting at Jamie’s Italian
When: 30 Mar–2 Apr
Price: HK$320 for adults, HK$220 for kids aged 4-11
Partake in a traditional Easter brunch offering at Jamie’s Italian, where the whole family is invited to chow down on an all-you-can-eat buffet with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. A special cupcake corner will be set up for kids to decorate their own sweets, or you can let juniors loose in the Easter eggs corner to hunt down the colourful chocolate treats. Meanwhile, adults can indulge in a long and leisurely brunch with unlimited trips to the roasting station (think succulent prime rib and crispy roast chicken), vibrant salads made with stringy Italian mozzarella and plump cherry tomatoes, smoked salmon platters, charcuterie, fluffy egg omelettes and more.
Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, Midtown, Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3958 2222
And if you’re still craving something sweet, don’t miss these creamy treats around town…
Easter Fish Collection from La Maison Du Chocolat
Forget chocolate bunnies or Easter eggs, La Maison du Chocolat is taking inspiration from the sea this year to bring us a fresh new idea for Easter chocolates. The whimsical Easter Fish Collection is sure to be a hoot with kids: a goldfish, clownfish, catfish, sawfish, and the cheeky fish stick crafted with the chocolatier’s signature praline and velvety chocolate coating.
Chocolate Eggs at Feather & Bone
Premium butcher and delicatessen Feather & Bone is offering a selection of traditional treats to tempt foodies this holiday. Perfect for your Easter party, grab a carton of L’Atelier du Chocolat’s Easter Eggs (HK$60 for one, HK$232 for carton of four), complete with a creamy filling; and the Hot Cross Buns (HK$18 for 80g), which are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and bear a slightly spicy, fruity flavour.
Feather & Bone, Shop A&C, G/F, Winner Building, 11 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 2836 2770
2-for-1 ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s
Any holiday is a reason to celebrate with ice cream — at least according to gourmet ice creamery Emack & Bolio’s, who have decided to offer a buy-one-get-one-free promotion across all four Hong Kong outlets on Monday, 2 April. Round up your best ice cream pal and choose from three delicious chocolate flavours served with a variety of fun toppings (and a free pair of bunny ears).
Promotion valid on 2 April across all Emack & Bolio outlets.
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