Brunch in Hong Kong
What: Easy breezy Aberdeen Street Social is the quintessential Soho brunch haunt. With alfresco seating, it’s also a top spot to brunch when the sun's out. The neat menu features a range of build-your-own toast and eggs, healthy options like acai bowls and naughtier offerings like the chunky pastrami sandwich. There’s a great array of brunch bevvies to help proceedings along, including a variety of bloody marys.
When: Sat, Sun and public holidays, 11.30am-3.30pm.
Price: À la carte.
What: Head over to Mong Kok for Alibi’s new tapas brunch. Begin your feast by choosing two from a selection of appetisers including a mini charcuterie platter, ceviche, slow cooked hens egg with creamed corn and crisp quinoa and much more. Mains include wild Hereford ribeye steak, miso marinated black cod and fresh house-made tagliatelle, among others. Take things to the next level with the the Symphony of Seafood platter that adds Alaskan king crab legs, fresh oysters and Hokkaido scallops to your meal.
When: Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm.
Price: $298; +$398 to add Symphony of Seafood platter; +$298 for unlimited Laurent-Perrier Brut NV champagne, house wines, selected craft beers, fresh juices and soft drinks.
What: Look no further than B&L if an all-day weekend brunch is what you require. You can order the full English breakfast (bacon, sausage, fried egg, cherry tomatoes) or breakfast burger (beef, fried egg, bacon, caramelized onion) any time of the day come the weekend. Or take your time and snack on small plates like scotch eggs and bread pudding. Throw in a free-flow drinks package to make it an unforgettable – or quite the reverse – brunch.
When: Sat-Sun all day.
Price: À la carte; + $100 for one-hour free-flow or $179 for two-hour free-flow.
What: Brunch in the artsy surrounds of Bibo and sip on champagne whilst chowing down on some fab French cuisine. Choose from one entree, small plate, main and dessert to curate your own perfect brunch feast. Entrées feature choices like smoked salmon carpaccio and hearty mains feature catch of the day, burgers and more. Finish up with a choice of cheeses or sweets.
When: Sat, 11.30am-3.30pm.
Price: $680 per person with free-flow Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne or $780 per person with free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blanc champagne (both options also come with free-flow red and white wine, beer, juice, tea and coffee).
What: Keep the carnivores happy at Blue’s brunch that features a buffet station stuffed with salads, cold cuts, baked goodies, seafood and foie gras. The choice of hearty mains includes burgers, truffled orzo and seabass. Even if you choose the pancakes for mains, make sure there's room for dessert.
When: Sat 12pm-3pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
Price: $450; + $345 for free-flow Perrier Jouët champagne, red and white wine, selected cocktails and house draft beer.
What: This intimate place serves up a whole bunch of brunch faves, as the name would suggest. There’s everything from eggs benedict to pancakes as well as everything in between, such as a mixed grill or the Brunch Club croque monsieur. There’s plenty of cocktails and smoothies on offer too.
When: Sat and Sun, all day.
Price: À la carte.
What: On entering, you’re greeted by a teetering tower of freshly baked pastries, breads, cakes and sweets in the lounge area. Next up is an egg station where chefs create tailored egg dishes. Then stuffed omelettes with fillings like chorizo and provoleta cheese. There’s even a seafood bar packed with fresh oysters and house-cured salmon, plus a selection of charcuterie, cheeses and, naturally house-cured roast beef.
When: Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm.
Price: $398; + $188 for free-flow fresh juices, teas and coffee; + $388 for free-flow house wines and beers; + $588 free-flow Bollinger champagne, club cocktails and bloody marys.
What: There are two things to say about The Fiasco at Carbone (as it is officially called). The first is that it’s very expensive – over $2,000 if you’re getting all the extras. The second is that it’s worth it. The food – an almost ceaseless cavalcade of antipasti, pasta, meat and desserts – is top drawer (the spicy vodka rigatoni is a standout) and the booze equally so (it’s free-flow Bollinger, after all). But it’s the theatrics and overall experience that makes The Fiasco worthwhile. We won’t spoil any of the surprises but it’s unique among brunches in Hong Kong and when you stagger out at the end, it’ll feel worth all that moolah.
When: The last Saturday of every month, 1pm-3.30pm (doors open at 12.30pm).
Price: $1,600 (plus 10 percent); +$400 to upgrade to champagne and house spirits.
What: Taste some of the flavours of Iberia with this Portuguese-themed brunch. Kick things off with garlic octopus, clams in white wine, and codfish cakes before tucking into your pick of mains including slow-roasted suckling pig and Portuguese seafood rice. Satisfy your sweet tooth with an order of sawdust pudding, drunken pear cooked in port, Portuguese biscuit cake or pineapple ravioli.
When: Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm.
Price: $350; $180 for free flow Sangria, sparkling, red and white wine
What: This dinky K-Town eatery is ram-jammed during brunch hours, so be prepared to wait for your taste of Melbourne-style brunching. The satisfyingly savoury offerings include the kickass Big Bad Ben – poached eggs, bacon, avocado, chorizo, hash browns and Hollandaise dashed with some chilli oil. This bad boy kills hangovers, especially when paired with a nutella and banana smoothie.
When: Sat and Sun, 9am-4.15pm.
Price: À la carte.