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The best Christmas buffets and brunches in Hong Kong

Festively feast to your heart’s content

By Time Out Hong Kong
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We’ve given you plenty of ideas for stuffing stockings, but what’s Christmas without stuffing our stomachs as well? And nothing really beats a good brunch or buffet for the ultimate indulgence. Of course, we encourage all to continue to be responsible this season by sticking to the social distancing guidelines. So, here it is, our top picks for the most tempting buffets and brunches to try this season. By Elaine Wong

RECOMMENDED: Not sure what to give your food-loving pals? Don't forget to check out our gift guides for foodies and hampers for those who want it all. If you prefer to stay home with your loved ones this year, make sure to grab these Christmas takeaway deals.

The best Christmas buffets and brunches in Hong Kong

Uma Nota brunch da rua
Uma Nota brunch da rua
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Uma Nota: Brunch da Rua

Restaurants Fusion Soho

Entice your palate with the union of Brazilian and Japanese flavours at Uma Nota this Christmas. The Brunch da Rua starts with pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese buns) with picanha beef and chimichurri, plus a refreshing ceviche of the day. These are followed by a dish to share, in which you can choose between roasted spring chicken, grilled flank fraldinha, or slow-baked salmon. There are also street snacks, skewers, and desserts to add to the variety. Feel free to upgrade the experience with a 90-minute free-flow drinks package to get your fix of bubbles, beers, cocktails, and more.

When: 11.30am-4.30pm on weekends and public holidays throughout December

Price: From $350/person. Add free-flow prosecco and bottled beer for $195/person, or $245/person for more cocktails and wines

Meats festive brunch
Meats festive brunch
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Meats: Festive brunch

Restaurants Soho

Calling all carnivores! Tuck into juicy cuts at Meats with their festive brunch, which includes starters like beef tartare with cured duck yolk and crispy beef tendons, chicken liver pate, and fish tacos. The spotlight, however, is on the classic roasted turkey served with gravy, cranberry jam, and oven-roasted potatoes. Finish your meal with Mo’s Millions, a dessert that ‘tastes like a million bucks’ with its creamy chocolate delice, caramel, and vanilla ice-cream. For those who favour drinks too, there is a two-hour free-flow option that offers prosecco, beer, and wines.

When: 11am-4pm on December 25-26 and January 1

Price: From $320/person. Add the free-flow option for $180/person

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Aqua Because Gold Room Brunch
Aqua Because Gold Room Brunch
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Aqua: Because Gold Room brunch

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

Christmas is definitely sparkling at Aqua’s 'Because Gold Room' brunch. Apart from its signature Because Brunch delights, such as fresh sashimi, stone-grilled meats, and luxurious caviar and foie gras items, the highlight is without a doubt its Gold Room, filled with a golden banquet of desserts. Among the dazzling array of treats are traditional Italian Christmas panettone, panna cotta, a decadent chocolate fountain, and more. The set also includes free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, cocktails, wine, sake, and beer.

When: 12-3pm on weekends and public holidays throughout December

Price: From $888/person

 

Mr Brown Christmas brunch
Mr Brown Christmas brunch
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Mr Brown: Christmas brunch

Restaurants Mediterranean Wan Chai

Christmas is all about sharing, and Mr Brown is here to help you do just that. With dishes delivered fresh off the grill, Christmas brunch at the smokehouse starts with clams on toast with nduja and tomato, smoked meatballs with barbecue chipotle, and the popular house-made English muffins stuffed with Iberico pork or pastrami. The main course is no other than the smoked roast turkey, served on a platter heaped with traditional sides like pecan and bacon stuffing, maple-glazed sweet potato, and smoked pork brussel sprouts. You can also opt for the succulent beef brisket as your main, then round it off with smoked apple cigars with bourbon cream. To complement the feast, order from the range of festive drinks from the bar, including eggnog, hot buttered rum, among others.

When: 12-3pm on December 24-27

Price: $358/person. Add an extra $198/person for two-hour free-flow drinks

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The Market Christmas buffet
The Market Christmas buffet
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The Market: Christmas buffet

Restaurants Buffet Tsim Sha Tsui East

The Market at Hotel Icon is celebrating the holidays with premium international cuisines at their Christmas buffet. From antipasti and fresh seafood, to sushi and all the Christmas hallmarks like roast turkey, to ensure that all your cravings will be satisfied. Wrap up the banquet with their festive desserts, such as Christmas puddings, spiced cinnamon mince pies, and chocolate yule log cakes.

When: Christmas brunch (11.45am-2.30pm) is on December 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 31, while lunch (12-2.30pm) is on December 21, 22, 23. The festive buffet is on from December 1-18 and 27-30. Check Hotel Icon’s page for more details.

Price: Christmas brunch from $538/person; Festive brunch from $488/person

The Astor: Retro Christmas buffet
The Astor: Retro Christmas buffet
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The Astor: Retro Christmas buffet

Restaurants Buffet Jordan

Transport yourself back in time at The Astor’s retro Christmas buffet this season. Firstly, there’s the lobster salad, an elevation from the classic prawn salad offered in cold bars in the 80s. Then there's the beef steaks and Wagyu beef rolls with crinkle-cut fries, presented as a tribute to the all-time favourites in fine dining. For those who prefer to have something other than roast turkey – which is served at the carving counter anyway – they can sample the pigeon in Swiss sauce, a relatively rare but nonetheless iconic local dish. Wash it all down at the end with some throwback desserts and drinks, like the jumbo soufflé, fruit punch, and coconut milk with red bean.

When: 12.30-2pm for lunch. Check The Astor’s page for more details.

Price: From $358/person

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Zuma Christmas weekend brunch
Zuma Christmas weekend brunch
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Zuma: Christmas weekend brunch

Restaurants Japanese Central

Did someone say 2.5 hours of free-flow champagne? Yep, Zuma is about to lift your spirits with their indulgent Christmas weekend brunch. Highlights include the shogayaki chicken breast with dried apricots, peanuts, and raisins, as well as the dessert platter, which consists of cinnamon doughnuts, a Christmas fruit cake, Valrhona chocolate caramel cake, and more. Oh, and it turns out that the terrace bar is not the only pop up at Zuma this season, as a Santa’s grotto will be appearing for the little ones as well, so remember to bring your kids along to meet their beloved Father Christmas!

When: 11am-2.45pm on December 25-27

Price: From $988/person or $598 for food only

Prohibition Grill House festive buffet
Prohibition Grill House festive buffet
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Prohibition Grill House: Festive buffet

Restaurants Steakhouse Wong Chuk Hang

Yet another exquisite hotel buffet on this list is the festive lunch buffet at Prohibition Grill House & Cocktail Bar. The feast begins with a deluxe seafood platter with fresh Maine lobsters, shrimps, mussels, and whelks. You can then enjoy freshly cooked pasta or the hearty mains at the carving station. Expect beautifully marbled USDA prime ribs, sizzling Scotch salmon, Christmas turkey and ham, and more. Exclusively available during the dinner buffet is the chef’s cut, which is bone-in short ribs and pork spare ribs glazed with smoky barbecue sauce.

When: 12-2.30pm on December 24-27 and January 1

Price: From $588/adult for lunch

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Prompt Bistro festive semi-buffet brunch
Prompt Bistro festive semi-buffet brunch
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Prompt Bistro: Festive semi-buffet brunch

Restaurants Pok Fu Lam

Be spoiled with choices at Prompt Bistro thanks to their salads and desserts buffet, along with a seafood platter, selection of fruits and artisan cheese. There is also a choice of mains among the chef’s seasonal recommendations. For those feeling thirsty, add free-flow drinks packages onto your meal. You can opt for just soft drinks, or enjoy some wine and champagne. What’s more, Santa will be making a special appearance on Christmas Day, and there will be magic shows during all the semi-buffet brunch sessions to entertain and bring some festive cheer.

When: 12-3pm on December 25, 27, and January 1

Price: From $788/head. Book here before December 17 for an early bird discount of ten percent off.

Spasso
Spasso
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Spasso: Christmas brunch

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui East

Gather with your loved ones over some quality food and wine at Spasso. Besides the restaurant’s much-loved brunch items, including a variety of meat and vegetable-based sushi, spaghetti, pizza, and more, there will also be festive Italian delicacies like Northern Italian stew bollito misto, turkey, and Christmas sausages such as zampone. If you’d like to booze it up, free-flow packages are available for you to add on too.

When: 11.30am-3.30pm on December 20, 25, and 26

Price: From $428/person; add free-flow packages from $198/person

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