The most versatile and delicious meal of the week, brunch with family and friends has to be the best way to enjoy great food on a laid-back weekend. Kids love the option of eating pancakes with dim sum – and let’s face it, nothing beats the never-ending supply of champagne for Mum and Dad. Anything goes at this popular not-quite-breakfast, not-quite-lunch event. We’ve done the legwork for you, so just sit back and browse our list of the best brunch spots in Hong Kong.
5-6/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3657-6388
Getting a brunch reservation at this hugely popular Landmark located Japanese restaurant is nigh on impossible without booking weeks in advance. But once you have secured a table, the $550 a head for free-flowing Perrier-Jouët champagne, sake, bellinis, plus never ending plates of sushi, sashimi, yakitori and a fabulous dessert tray, has to be one of the best deals in town. The terrace has plenty of space at one end for children to play around in and there is even a special Zuma colouring book and colour pencils for the little patrons.
25th Floor, Princes Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2537-1388
Easy glamour meets dazzling views on the wrap-around terrace of Bonnie Gokson’s amazing Central venue. Lounge on indecently comfortable sofas outside or gaze on the wonderful Candida Hoeffer photographs inside at the all-day Saturday brunch. Trust us, Hong Kong has nowhere else like this. The food, on a good day, can be delicious – especially the dosa crepes and signature congees – but we’ve been disappointed by long waits and sloppy service. Best with older kids and out of town guests.
THE CLIPPER LOUNGE
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road West, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2825-4007
A class act – and always has been. The Clipper nails just what people want, when they want it: fabulous breakfast buffet and eggs cooked to order; a selection of dim sum; an excellent a la carte menu, salads, and people-watching year-round. The menu is beloved by locals, many of whom have been coming for here since they were kids and the service is really spot-on, with helpful, attitude-free staff, that reflects the pedigree of this Hong Kong institution.
LIFE CAFÉ ORGANIC RESTAURANT AND BAR
10 Shelley Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2810-9777
Vegetarians love this jam-packed three storey restaurant just off the escaltor below Staunton Street, which has a downstairs deli, a restaurant one floor up and an open-air wooden-decked rooftop, which is perfect for Sunday brunch. Offering up an organic menu plus plenty of wheatfree, dairy free options, the service is laid-back and the no reservations policy means you should head there early on weekends.
G/F Bridges Street, Centre Stage, Soho, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2803-2083
Located at the base of the Centre Stage residential complex, Oolaa comes to you from the guys behind Wagyu and Jaspers. Facing the Bridges Street side, the 6,000 square feet of restaurant, bar, lounge and coffee shop serves up home baked pastries and freshly ground coffee, at what has become a popular brunch hangout for families living in the area. Huge windows let in streams of natural light, good wine and relaxed but competent staff, all make this a winner. Reservations a must at weekends.
THE PRESS ROOM
108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2525-3444
When people ask whether local restaurants can be really good, we think immediately of The Press Room. Spacious, stylish but unpretentious in design, leather covered banquette seating and a raw bar out front with huge floor to ceiling windows – the food would be almost incidental were it not so good. Lobster Benedict and pancakes with blueberries, bacon and maple syrup are two of their standout brunch dishes. Great drinks – an absinth or Press Room Pimms cup should sort out your headache from the night before – and informed, deft service make this venue hard to beat on a Sunday morning.
G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2577-7160
Fun people, great vibe – Posto Pubblico is Soho brunch in a nutshell. Serving traditional Southern Italian fare, the meat is organic and the Italian bread and cheeses are made in-house. Fans will argue that Posto is the most fun in the evenings, when Elgin Street hums, but don’t be fooled – weekends are full of families enjoying the family style atmosphere.
LILY & BLOOM
5/F & 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2810-6166
French brasserie meets American supper club in this buzzy joint by the gang behind Volar, Gusto and Fly. The space is beautifully designed and the young staff almost unnaturally cheerful – must be all the illegal moonshine being served upstairs in prohibition style Lily! – but we aren’t complaining. Check out the rolling blackboard for daily specials and let the little ones help you at the Bloody Mary Bar, an ingenious way to make yours just the way you like it. Not sure junior is up to mixing a drink yet? Bloom provides a little edible craft area where little ones can make a mess decorating cupcakes or cookies! Check out our Tiny Bites full review for all the deets.
62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2866-3444
For city folk who like Hong Kong’s heritage sites being restored not ripped down, The Pawn ticks all the boxes. Set over three floors, this former tong lau has real character, with a casual eating area on the first floor and the more formal restaurant above with a roof garden on the top floor. The designed but not overly-designed look – brick, wood and large colonial style terrace – is an apt backdrop for David Hamlyn’s modern British cooking, with its succulent Sunday roast and fish and chips. Service is good, we love the roof top and Dad will appreciate the chilled out, first floor living room with its artisan beers and snooker table.
THE GRILL AT THE GRAND HYATT
11th Floor, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2588-1234
We really love this place – poolside and harbour views rolled into one. The Grill is an extraordinary garden escape from Hong Kong’s bustling city streets. There’s a very relaxed vibe, and the menu is full (as a decent poolside menu should be) of things you want to eat –grilled seafood, rib eye steaks, ice cream sundaes and fresh salads. But if sitting in the sun is not your thing on a Sunday, head downstairs to Tiffin for their extensive brunch buffet.
13 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
T: +852 2891-3454
We love the way this Press Room Group restaurant looks: wooden tables, a slightly secret terrace out back and mismatched chairs. The food is terrific – especially the artisan cheeses and handcrafted breads – the service spot-on, and more than anything it really feels like a local neighbourhood hang out. But be prepared to wait for a table, the popularity of the Happy Valley location shows no signs of easing up on the weekends. Families love the huge square table out front, perfect for the kids to watch the world go by.
TAI KOO SHING
29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Island East, Hong Kong
Tel +852 3968-3777
Tai Koo Shing is notoriously tricky for restaurants, as most rely on weekday office trade. But Feast, part of the Swire Hotel Group’s East hotel, fortunately for locals, will be here to stay. It has three things going for it: location (there’s nothing much else of its caliber in the area), really good Mediterranean sharing brunch (such as antipasti, grilled chermoula seabass, lamb souvlakia, herbed parmesan chicken and beef teriyaki) and good service. Located adjacent to the Tai Koo MTR station means its easy to get there from Central, while fidgety children can be kept on best behaviour by the promise of a chance to ice skate at Cityplaza.
Top Floor Jumbo Kingdom, Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
We have huge affection for this restaurant, situated on the top of the Jumbo floating restaurant. It was at the Jumbo that tourists ate bad Chinese food in the seventies, but the takeover of the ‘top deck’ by the Café Deco Group (Sydney hotspot Café Sydney is one of their places too) meant food was suddenly allowed to speak for itself. Nobody can throw together the perfect surf and turf and tandoori grill quite like these chefs. Kids are catered for with a children’s entertainer (and playroom!) and if you ever tire of the food, which you won’t, there’s always the luscious wine list and the views of all those fabulous boats to fall back on.
The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2292-2822
The famous restaurant at the Repulse Bay, might have quietly disappeared following the demolition of the Repulse Bay Hotel. But thankfully, it didn’t. Yes, old time Hong Kong residents still lament the demise of the original colonial building, but that aside the Peninsula has made sure to continue the traditional Sunday brunch so loved by locals. It’s a classic no question, and while more formal than some of our other recommendations, no where else in town has such a fabulous 3 piece band or lawn for the kids to run around on.
KITCHEN AT W HOTEL
W Hotel, 1 Austin Rd West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3717-2222
West Kowloon suddenly became a place to go as well as a place to shop with the opening of the W hotel and Elements mall. The Kitchen comes with a large communal table (great for a couple of families with kids) and the attraction of free-flowing Perrier-Jouët champagne plus plenty of live food stations adds to the WOW factor at this super trendy hotel.
Harbour City, Shop G62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2730-3508
One of the best brunch spots at Harbour City, a Bistro Laurent Tourondel adaptation of a Parisian steakhouse means a Zanghellini designed restaurant and French finesse. Delicious, uncomplicated dishes include steak broiled over a state of the art charcoal broiler, while there’s also a cracking wine list. The best thing about BLT, though, is the terrace overlooking Hong Kong harbour, where kids can watch the Star Ferry going to and fro.
Shop 98, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2987 6232
It’s just a bore that Zaks is at Discovery Bay (OK, it does have that fabulous ocean view) because, frankly, this is the restaurant you want on your doorstep. Zaks manages the clever trick of appealing both to children and grown-ups with its fun boat seating outside for the little ones, relaxed vibe and a truly extensive menu. From crepes and Asian fusion dishes to a full breakfast menu served till12.30 daily, plus burgers, pizza, salads and grilled meats, this might be the place to make you take a little weekend excursion with the children.