A brunch makes a weekend memorable. With so many choices in the city, though, just where do you begin? Lisa Cam munches her way through the Hong Kong best buffets and à la carte brunch options to bring you a definitive list of our city's must-tries
Sun, 11am-2.30pm.Tuck into hearty steaks and all things meaty here. Enjoy a full starter buffet, with foie gras and a Belgian waffle station, as well as a choice of the restaurant's signature cuts for the main course – such as the Black Angus burger. To complete your brunch experience, which is $390, get free-flow prosecco for an extra $280 or white sangria for an extra $260.
M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd C, Central, 2825 4007;mandarinoriental.com. Sun, 11.30am-3pm. Variety is the key at Clipper Lounges's Sunday brunch. In addition to a buffet there are also crêpe stations to hand. As for the free-flow champagne – pay attention – Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial is served every first Sunday of the month for $748, while, on the rest of the Sundays, the bubbles are by R de Ruinart for $688.
11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; 2584 7722;hongkong.grand.hyatt.com. Sat and Sun, 11.30am-3pm. The exciting barbecue brunch here brings you a boatload of fresh and a healthy salads, seafood on ice, chargrilled lobster and prime ribs in addition to desserts, fresh juice and smoothie station. Unlimited sparkling, white and red wine, as well as beer, is available for an extra $198. It's $538 for adults and $269 for children between six and 12.
Sat and Sun, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm.
Zuma offers Japanese-inspired cuisine and a separate playroom full of toys to keep the kiddies busy. An opulent spread can be found on the countertops of this semi-buffet. For your mains, we recommend the salmon in ginger teriyaki sauce. It's $490 a pop but free-flow sake, beer, cocktails or wine is an additional $100 and $160 for champagne.
Sun, midday-3pm. Thirty floors up in Wan Chai is Pirata and the Sunday brunches here shine. For $298 you can indulge in an antipasti and pasta buffet, as well as choosing mains like steak tartare or roast chicken from the à la carte menu. Free-flow starts at $180 with prosecco or bellini, as well as red and white wine. Bump up your choices of tipple with barrel-aged negroni, vermouth and Aperol spritz for an extra $48.
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Ctr, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com. Sun, 11am-3pm. Situated in the highest hotel in Hong Kong, the Ritz-Carlton's Tosca is where you hit up if you want to elevate your brunch. The spread includes grilled lobsters, rib-eye steaks, lamb chops, Neapolitan pizzas, sea bass and top class Italian cheeses. Prices vary depending on which brand of unlimited bubbly you want with your meal, starting at $838 for champagne, $998 for Ruinart Brut Rosé and $2,580 for Krug Brut, Grande Cuvée. A royal brunch, if you will.
Sun, 11.30am-3pm. Perched on the 34th floor, Tott's has one of the highest views of the harbour in Hong Kong. The brunch buffet here soars too. Apart from all-you-can-eat seafood and sushi, there's also a carvery. Enjoy the free-flow Veuve Clicquot for $688 or help yourself at the DIY bloody Mary station. Without champagne, brunch costs $558 and it's $388 for kids.
This northern Chinese restaurant in TST brings together Asian flavours with free-flow Veuve Clicquot champers for its Sunday brunch. Choice items include lobster dry-braised in dark soy and chilli mushrooms. If the bubbly doesn't have enough kick, the $598 price includes tea-infused cocktails as well. Sun, midday-3pm.
Sat, midday-3pm. Apart from free-flow bubbly and wines on offer, Cuisine Cuisine's Saturday brunch menu includes a selection of teas brewed with Evian mineral water to enhance the purity of the aromas. Munch on all-you-can-eat dim sum from a choice of 10 signature varieties, including crispy taro and foie gras puffs. It costs $498 with unlimited juices plus an extra $150 for free-flow wines.
Sat and Sun, midday-3pm. Brunch at Duddell's is an uncomplicated affair. For $480 a head ($250 for children under 10), you can enjoy all-you-can-eat dim sum from the order sheet. There's loads to choose from, including scallop siu mai and there are more substantial items like e-fu noodles and wontons too. For an extra $100 you can enjoy unlimited juices, wines, Veuve Clicquot champagne and Pimm's.
This tucked-away Italian spot has a terrace overlooking unparallelled views of Victoria Harbour from the Wan Chai coastline. And it's just launched the 'Lobster Sunday Brunch', which is guaranteed to have fans of the crustacean salivating. Choose between lobster aglio e olio, lobster prosecco risotto or lobster lasagna for your main in addition to scrumptious appetisers, cold cuts and a cheese buffet, plus the suckling pig carving station. The brunch is priced at $398 for adults, $298 for kids and an additional $198 for free-flow sparkling, red or white wine and beer.
Sun, midday-3pm. Hankering for some brunch but sick of ham and eggs? Namo Avant Thai serves up a buffet line full of exotic bites, from Thai-style omelettes to chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. The mains are made to order and include items like the duck breast roll in Penang curry with lychees. All this deliciousness costs only $298 a head. Free-flow prosecco is $200 extra.
Sat and Sun, midday-3pm. Hong Kong's most iconic Greek restaurant has an epic 'Rump 'n' Rooster' brunch that's headlined by a carvery of roast beef and a team of spit-roasted whole chickens. Mounds and mounds of fresh salads, sides and desserts are served in the bumper buffet for $295 a person. Of course, there's also a free-flow sparkling wine and beer option for an extra $195, too.
À la carte
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar's Lazy Loaf brunch isn't a buffet, but its à la carte selection includes the famous BSK short rib burger ($188). There are some speciality cocktails as well, such as the BSK HK bloody Mary with thyme-infused vodka. You can get these free-flow alongside sparkling, red or white wines for $188. There's also a kids' menu (for children under eight years old) at only $104 for three courses.
Sat and Sun, all day. This intimate place specialises in variations of British and continental breakfasts. Surrounded by books and magazines, you can dine in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. Brunch is the name of the game here, as the name suggests, so expect all sorts of eggs and pancakes, plus items like the mixed grill ($105) and the Brunch Club croque monsieur ($72). There's no free-flow option but you can always order a tipple from the wine list.
Catch on Catchick
93 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, 2855 289; catchoncatchick.hk. Sat and Sun, all day. This little K-Town eatery specialises in Australian and British fare. The à la carte brunch menu won't break the bank, so feel free to plump for some smashed avocado ($118) with feta cheese, mint, lemon, poached eggs and multigrain bread. You can also sink your teeth into the halloumi salads ($138) and the Big Bad Ben ($138), which, believe us, is one of the best eggs Benedicts in town.
Sat and Sun, all day. The food at Oolaa gets a lot of praise but folks also come here for the space. French windows pull back to create an open-air area that overlooks the quiet Bridges Street. The weekend brunches feature a selection of eggs Benes that range from the classic ham and spinach to a fun American version with bacon and avocado (both $120). Again, there's no free-flow but the comprehensive drinks list won't let you down.
Sat, midday-3pm and Sun, 11am-4pm. Variety is the key at the restaurant-and-bar's 'Moveable Feast' ($295) during the weekends. There's a gorgeous antipasti spread and an amazing egg station. And, if that's not enough, you can also plump for mains like steak and eggs. Add $120 for oysters, and free-flow bellinis or bloody Marys are another $150. The brunch for kids between the ages of four and 11 years old costs $125 and there's also a mains menu that caters to those hungry little tykes.
Sun, 11.30am-3.30pm. This four-course brunch that costs $398 a head starts off with an antipasti platter – served tableside – that has unlimited refills. Then choose from a selection of pastas, followed by some hearty mains like lamb chops. Finish off with another refillable dessert platter. Free-flow wines are available for an extra $98, with prosecco at an extra $138 and $288 for champagne.
Lawry's The Prime Rib
Shop 201B, 2/F, Hutchison Hse, 10 Harcourt Rd, Admiralty, 2907 2218;lawrys.com.hk. Sat and Sun, 11.30am-3pm. Just $220 have your fill of the soup, salad or dessert buffets. For $288, though, you can have an additional main from the à la carte menu and for just $20 more you can upgrade your main to a Lawry's signature dish, such as a prime rib sandwich. For an additional $280 you can also get free-flow house-labelled sparkling, red or white wines, plus juices and beer.
Sun, 11.30am-3.30pm. Figuring out your brunch at Spasso is easy. First there's the impressive antipasti buffet, and then there's the à la carte choices. If you go for a pasta or risotto then you pay $348 for the whole deal, while a meat or fish dish costs you $368. The chef's signature dish sets you back $438. Add $98 for free-flow red, white or rosé wines, $118 for prosecco and $250 for Veuve Clicquot.
Best on Saturday
Sat, midday-3pm. If you love Catalunya but prefer a quick quiet brunch then the Saturday menu ($288) is just for you! Get excited, amigos, as there are unlimited paella and montadito (bread tapas) stations, plus a choice of one of the iconic restaurant's classic dishes, which includes – you guessed it – the famous bikini sandwiches and more. There's no free- flow option for Saturdays which is a bit dry, but the drinks list here is great anyway!
Sat, midday-3pm. Bungalow's head chef Steve Chou is rustling up some flavoursome French fare for Saturday brunchers. The three-course menu here costs $368 and you can choose from an à la carte menu, which includes delights like trout tartare or grilled pork chops. Add a dozen Fine de Claire oysters and pay $568 and, with free-flow Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, it's $768. It's a Gallic brunch that packs quite the punch.
Sat and Sun 10am-2.45pm. Boasting a modern open floor plan at Kinsale, you feel you've been transported to the Irish coastal town that's the restaurant's namesake while you eat here. The special à la carte brunch menu is divided into four categories: 'something light', such as muesli and salads, 'something else', which includes angus beef and foie gras burgers ($198 each), 'eggs' and 'desserts'. An extra $200 gets you unlimited wines as well.
Hong Kong's newest Chinese fine-dining restaurant has just announced its Saturday four-course brunch set ($368) which showcases specialities like crispy chicken. Add an additional $150 for free-flow prosecco and Italian Bellavista NV Cuvée Brut, or an extra $250 for the French Delamotte Brut champagne.
Long and lazy
Café Deco Pizzeria
Level 1 & 2, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, 2849 5111;cafedecogroup.com. Sun only, 11am-3pm.
Cool, casual and contemporary, Café Deco Pizzeria's marathon five-hour brunch is one of the longest in town. Sink your teeth into the range of pies, with everything from wasabi chicken to char siu pork toppings, and even enjoy an indulgent hazelnut and strawberry dessert pizza. There are also favourites such as eggs Benedict, classic spaghetti carbonara and grilled US sirloin steaks going. And it's a bargain at $228 for adults and $128 for kids between the ages of six and 11 years old, although there's no free-flow option here.
Shop 3031, 3/F, IFC mall, 8 Finance St, 3188 0842;facebook.com/angelinaparis.hk. Sat and Sun, 10am-3pm. This elegant French cake café hosts one of the daintiest brunches in town. For $398 you can have unlimited juices and pastries, with your choice of coffee, tea or the famous (and delicious) Angelina chocolate. Mains include a choice of Dauphin potatoes with bacon or salmon, rounded off on a sweet note with fruit salad or French toast. You can upgrade the morning with champagne for $130 a glass as well.
Sat and Sun, midday-4pm. Boqueria's all-you-can-eat 'Super Fin De Brunch' is the stuff of legend. With buffet stations and roaming carts filled with tapas and Spanish favourites like grilled churrasco meats, salads and desserts, you can graze on your favourite items for hours on end. The brunch is a bargain at $288 and, for an additional $188, you can booze it up on Estrella beer and juices. Add another $288 to the brunch price and enjoy free-flow cava, bloody Marys and wines.
Sat and Sun, 11am-3pm. Perched on top of Central Pier 7, Watermark is about as 'oceanfront' as they come. Let the brunch buffet tempt you with ocean fare like Alaskan crab legs. There's also a corner devoted to eggs and even a carving station. Adult prices are $388 on Saturdays and $438 on Sundays. For an extra $100, you can get free-flow red, white, rosé and sparkling wines, as well as beers and juices.
1/F, The Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King St, Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai, 2511 8912;giandorestaurant.com. Sat and Sun, midday-3.30pm. Facing the soon-to-be-reclaimed coastline of Fenwick Pier, Giando offers an authentic Italian brunch with a view. The buffet begins with a selection of cured meats and cheeses, followed by a choice of appetisers and main courses from the à la carte menu. The price is $308 a person and, for an additional $138, you can enjoy free-flow prosecco and draft beer.