Few cities do boozy weekend brunches better than Hong Kong, but that doesn’t mean all free-flow brunches are created the same: With nearly every restaurant in town touting some type of brunch promotion these days, it can be difficult to weed out the hum-drum brunches from the ones that pay due justice to a long-standing Hong Kong tradition, delivering on great food and drinks in addition to an unbeatable atmosphere.
For those who’ve been spending their hard-earned paychecks on a few too many average brunches lately, here’s one that’s sure to restore your faith in the weekend ritual: The meat experts over at Wooloomooloo Prime are revving up the best aspect of boozy brunches with their new “BARvellous Brunch”, with the focus being on all-you-can-drink classic tipples to accompany a range of fantastic savoury and sweet brunch options. Featuring free-flow martinis and gin & tonics, in addition to Prosecco, wine and beer — the new BARvellous Brunch is sure to have you reaching tipsy heights as you while away a lazy weekend afternoon.
Perched atop The ONE in Tsim Sha Tsui with stunning panoramic views of the city, the steakhouse is well-known for its range of juicy premium cut steaks served with a side of dazzling views. Now they’re turning the focus on the bar, which has been newly renovated in shades of azur blue and green. During the new BARvellous Brunch promotion, guests can order up their favourite drinks while soaking in the surrounds: with free-flow gin & tonics priced at HK$200 and free-flow martinis priced at HK$300.
From the G&T bar, choose from a range of premium gins, including Beefeater gin with pink grapefruit; Bombay Sapphire swished with lemon and lime; London No. 1 mixed with cinnamon and orange for a taste of fall; Hendricks with shaved cucumber; or classic Tanqueray gin splashed with citrus. Alternatively, make your way through the extensive martini menu, starting with classic martinis (stirred or shaken “your way”); to the Merlot Martini with a twist; Mango and Basil; Strawberry and Thyme Smash; and the Breakfast Martini, an extra fizzy sipper served with marmalade toast on the side for a great start to the day.
To accompany the drinks, the brunch menu includes hearty options to keep the festivities flowing (and stave off Monday morning hangovers) in a tantalising 4-course menu. Start with your choice of appetisers: from jumbo crab cakes with quail eggs to a duo of salmon tartar, freshly shucked oysters or the signature Wooloomooloo salad with Parma ham chips, chicken and beef tenderloin tossed with cherry tomatoes and red onion in a Manuka honey mustard dressing.
The second course is a sumptuous cream of forest mushroom soup, or the classic lobster bisque with a liberal splash of cognac. For mains, choose from a selected range of ‘Chef’s Specials’ as well as breakfast options: hearty appetites should go straight for the Prime Breakfast piled high with eggs, organic beef sausages, bacon, baked potato, sautéed wild mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and black pudding. Those with a sweet tooth can chow down on fluffy pancakes scattered with fresh berries, smothered in bourbon butter and maple syrup; finally, classic eggs Benedict is an instant crowd pleaser with fresh toasted muffins, smoked trout, sautéed spinach and a spoonful of Avruga caviar for extra indulgence.
Brunch isn’t complete without a selection of delicious desserts: have your pick of crème brulee, chocolate mille crêpe cake, or a range of ice creams and sorbets; alternatively, go the savoury route with the Farmhouse Cheese Selection served with green apple, dried figs, cherry jam and toasted walnut bread. The standard free-flow beverage package is available for two hours, so there’s plenty of time to savour a leisurely meal as you take advantage of the bottomless bubbly, G&Ts and martinis. Starting at HK$398 per person with a choice of free-flow drink options, the value-for-money brunch is sure to be one of the most popular ways to kick-start autumn weekends.
Wooloomooloo Prime’s brunch is priced at HK$398 over weekends and public holidays, plus HK$200 for free-flow gin and tonics, HK$300 for free-flow martinis. All prices subject to 10% surcharge.