Even if you’ve already got your New Year’s Eve dinner plans sorted, it would be wise to make plans for New Year’s Day brunch. After all, who doesn’t want to start off 2017 with a delicious meal? And you can bet that after a night of toasting to the new year, you’re going to be hungry. Whether you want a heavy, decadent brunch or something a bit lighter, you’ll find the perfect way to kick off 2017 from our selections below.

Le Disco brunch at La Vache

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You can have a night of debauchery and unlimited steak frites at La Vache on New Year’s Eve — or you could save that indulgence for the next day and begin 2017 in a very indulgent way. Aside from the juicy meat and perfectly salted fries, brunch includes free-flow mimosas, house wine and La Guillotine cocktails (similar to a Bloody Mary) to help curb your hangover — all for just HK$488 + 10% service charge. Table bookings of all sizes are accepted, so call the restaurant to reserve your spots.

La Vache, 48 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2880 0248, lavache.com.hk

Classic brunch at Hugo’s

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For a classic, sumptuous feast, Hugo’s at the Hyatt Regency never disappoints. Start 2017 off right with a semi-buffet brunch at this decades-old institution. At HK$848 per person, you can choose from a spread of fresh seafood featuring oysters, lobsters and crab legs, as well as the beloved hors d’oeuvres that normally make appearances on its Christofle serving trolleys. For mains, dishes are made to order and you can select from roasted US beef ribs, slow-braised Australian lamb shank and poached lobster, or brunch staples like mushroom omelette and eggs Benedict cardinal. Free-flow Champagne and wines are offered for an additional HK$398 per person.

Hugo’s, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3721 7733, hongkongtsimshatsui.regency.hyatt.com

Free-flow Japanese at Koko


Ring in the new year with the stylish, Japanese-inspired dishes on offer at Koko. For HK$638, you’ll get free flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne plus other beverages, and the best of Koko’s food menu. Dishes on offer range from Koko’s popular tuna tartare bites to its scrumptious miso black cod and grilled ribeye. If you’re still recovering from the previous night and prefer not to indulge on a (mostly) wet brunch, it’s just HK$438 for free-flow food and non-alcoholic drinks. Reserve your table by emailing booking.koko@keeclub.com.

Koko, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2109 1777, kokohk.com

Sharing platters at Upper Modern Bistro

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Slurp on fresh Normandy oysters and other sharing platters at Upper Modern Bistro’s indulgent New Year’s Day feast, which also includes dishes such as guacamole with Avruga caviar and lobster jelly, as well as truffled scrambled eggs. That’s not all: you can also choose from mains such as Alaskan king crab tagliolini or wagyu prime rib with truffle mash, all before ending with UMB’s decadent festive dessert tray (pictured). The whole menu will only set you back HK$588, plus HK$198 for free-flow wines and Champagne.

Upper Modern Bistro, 6 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2517 0977, upper-bistro.com

All-American brunch at Posto Pubblico


The first meal of the day is always important, especially when it’s the first meal of the year. Fill up on classic egg dishes at Posto Pubblico for a nutritious and hearty start to 2017, with a selection of classic American breakfast (HK$108), eggs Benedict with pancetta (HK$98), a 6 oz. steak with eggs (HK$228) and more. Skillet pizza frittatas and loaded sandwiches featuring Posto’s homemade mozzarella are also on offer. And if you’re continuing the festive cheer from the night before, you’ll want to wash everything down with free-flow prosecco for only HK$88.

Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7160, postopubblico.com

Seafood brunch at Catalunya

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Upgrading its regular Sunday brunch programme, Catalunya’s New Year’s Day affair will offer a spotlight on fresh premium seafood, including free-flow French oysters, as a live DJ spins behind the decks. You can, as usual, also take your pick from Catalunya’s eight other stations of cheese, charcuterie, barbecued meats, eggs, desserts and more. As you ease into your meal, the servers will bring a selection of mains to your table to share, ranging from Spanish favourites like paella to Segovian-style suckling pig served whole. For free-flow VCP bubbly, sangria and Bloody Marys, it’s HK$320 on top of HK$780 per person for brunch, and if you feel like balling out — to celebrate the first day of 2017, why not? — you can also opt for unlimited Krug Grand Cuvée Champagne for an additional HK$1,588. Make your reservations at reservations@catalunya.hk or call the number below.

Catalunya, G/F, Guardian House, Morrison Hill, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2866 7900, catalunya.hk

So-Cal brunch at Commissary


For a sunny start to 2017, head to Commissary, Yenn Wong’s recently opened eatery for a taste of sunny Southern California, which serves up a menu of Mexican and So-Cal comfort eats. Open for brunch with its regular menu on New Year’s Day, you can indulge on the likes of ribeye with eggs and black garlic jus (HK$388), blueberry pancakes with sea salt and honey (HK$98), huevos rancheros (HK$98), revamped classics such as eggs benny with rice cake and crab hollandaise (HK$128), and plenty more.

Commissary, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2602 0707, commissary.hk

Clipper Lounge buffet brunch


New year, new choices. For your first meal of the year, make your fill of delicious choices at the lavish Clipper Lounge buffet, which takes you from seafood and oyster bar to sushi and sashimi to hors d’oeuvres and salads, farmhouse hams and cheeses before getting to the carvery for some of the best prime rib in town. There’ll be an omelette station and pastry selection for those sticking firmly in breakfast mode, all before you finish with some sweets at the dessert bar, featuring warm winter puddings, tiramisu, cakes and plenty more. The session will set you back HK$1,188, with an additional HK$588 for those who want to sip on free-flow Ruinart Champagne, or just HK$188 for unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, +852 2825 4007, mandarinoriental.com

Sunday Circle at Potato Head with Eat Ethio


Down for discovering some music to kickstart the new year? Continuing its Sunday music curation series for the 1st of January, Potato Head will be teaming up with the husband-wife duo at Eat Ethio, known for introducing Hong Kong to Ethiopian food and culture via its bi-monthly supper club pop-ups. The evening will be devoted to Ethiopian sounds, ranging from jazz and afro-funk to soul and latin rhythms, and will feature the couple’s prized Ethio jazz collection starting at 5pm. For brunch, book in for unlimited Indonesian sharing plates at Kaum for HK$395 per head and a free-flow HK$195 drinks package including Veuve Clicquot, mimosas and more. A separate free-flow package is available at the bar between 3pm and 5pm, when HK$195 gets you Indonesian Bloody Marys, wine, beer and sangria; and HK$280 gets you free-flow Veuve.

Potato Head, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 6066, ptthead.com

Traditional Parisian brunch at Saint-Germain


If you missed out on jet setting to Europe for the winter holiday season, you can still start 2017 off with an equally chic Parisian brunch at Happy Valley’s Saint-Germain. The à la carte menu features classic breakfast items, from a satisfying, hot croque monsieur (HK$138) to freshly baked croissant with a sunny-side-up egg, French ham and Gruyère (HK$108). Those detoxing in January need not be tempted by vino, with a selection of premium Alain Milliat juices available — try the chardonnay grape juice to round out no less of a celebratory meal. For those who are still in the mood to clink Champagne flutes, free-flow Ayala is only an additional HK$388, while HK$248 gets you free-flow house wines.

Saint-Germain, 1A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, +852 2836 6131, french-creations.com/saint-germain

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.