Brunching in Kennedy Town keeps getting better and better…
Whether it’s a boozy or family friendly brunch you’re after, there’s something for everyone in this charming neighbourhood. Here are Team Sassy’s go-to brunch spots in Kennedy Town.
K-TOWN Bar & Grill
You’ll feel like you’re sitting back at a New York restaurant in this relaxed, rustic brunch spot from Castelo Concepts, complete with white brick walls. Try the K-Town fruit bowl with minted yoghurt and acacia honey ($90), or for something heartier, the K-Town Eggs Benedict with your choice of ham, salmon or mushrooms ($105). For the bacon lovers, there’s the Bacon and Scrambled Egg Baguette ($95), and ‘For the kiddy winks’, Eggs and Soldiers ($45), Piggy in Blankets ($55) or Toad in the Hole ($50). This definitely brings back the childhood memories, mamas!
Whether you’re here for a celebration or ‘just because’, check out the cocktail list; cool down with a Cucumber and Wasabi Martini, or perhaps the Love Margarita with fresh strawberry and lime (both $90). There’s a huge selection of liquors and the ‘usual spirit suspects’ here too.
K-TOWN Bar & Grill, Shop G7 & G8, G/F, Sincere Western House, 44-46 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, 2855 1368; www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/k-town-bar-and-grill/castelotv
With a huge and diverse contemporary brunch menu, everyone will be happy at this open plan neighbourhood restaurant; bonus that it’s right by the water. Enjoy the picturesque views while sitting back with ‘Something Light’, like the Oats, berries and nut granola with Greek yoghurt and honey ($98), the Caprese salad ($138), or for something a little fancier, the Baked Camembert with mixed mushrooms and caramelised onions on toast ($148).
If you’re more an eggs-for-brunch person, there are dozens of options, like the Full Irish Breakfast with black pudding ($168), the Poached Lobster Omelette with chilli, spring onion, hollandaise and grilled sourdough ($188), or The Brunch Caesar Salad ($188); think roasted Norwegian salmon, rustic croutons and a 63 degree slow cooked egg with hollandaise glaze.
After something a little less breakfast-y? One of the ‘Something Else’ options should tickle your fancy, with everything from the New Zealand Lamb Burger with beetroot relish, rocket, mozzarella, roasted peppers and sweet potato fries ($188), to the Seafood Linguini in a light tomato and olive oil sauce, with fresh herbs and lime juice ($198).
Mama’s, you’ll be glad to know there’s a ‘Kids Korner’ menu here, too – little ones can choose from Plain, Banana, Chocolate or ‘Fruit Face’ Pancakes, or for something healthier, Boiled Eggs and Soldiers or Scrambled Eggs ($58 each).
…Did we mention the extensive wine list? Oh, and the two-hour $200 free flow Prosecco package every Saturday and Sunday, with a live acoustic set on Saturdays from 1-4pm.
Kinsale, Shop 2, New Fortune House, Kennedy Town, 2796 6004; www.kinsale.com.hk
Savoury liege waffles are the specialty at this cute little modern café bistro, which serves a mix of Belgium and western cuisines. The weekend brunch waffle menu has everything from the Waffle Benedict ($108) and the Salmon Scramble ($112), to All the Best ($108), with crispy bacon, buffalo mozzarella, sautéed red onion and baby spinach, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction and grade A maple syrup. For something kinda sweet, kinda savoury, try the Elvis-style Hearty Waffle with grilled banana, bacon and maple syrup ($88).
If waffles aren’t your thing, there are plenty non-waffle items, too; try the Sweet Corn Fritters with sour cream, tomato salsa and avocado ($98), or for a healthier option, Waffler’s three-egg Omelette ($85), with ham, cheese, mushroom, tomato and red onion.
On weekdays there’s all day brunch, featuring waffle sandwiches and waffle topping combos with your choice of bacon, egg, Gammon Ham, English sausage or cheese. We’ll have the Wild Child, please ($82), with melted gorgonzola, pear, cinnamon and maple syrup. Kids will love the sweet waffles, especially the Nutella Swirl ($80) with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and peanut butter sauce. For something lighter, there’s the Fruit Party ($75) with yoghurt and almond flakes. Out with your hubby? Share the M Rated Indulgence ($85) with caramelised banana, liquor rum sauce… drool!
Waffling Beans, New Fortune House, North St, Kennedy Town, 2855 8890; www.facebook.com/wafflingbeans
Butcher & Baker Café
Since opening late last year, this Castelo Concepts joint is frothing on the weekends. With 2,000 square feet of floor space, there’s a butcher shop, florist and bakery (their rustic sourdough is a must-try). Sassy Mamas can sit back and enjoy their meal while the kids are kept happy in the play areas.
One of the few places in HK with Bircher Muesli on the menu ($75), this easy-to-digest soaked Swiss cereal comes with honey and fresh yoghurt – a lighter option in the warmer weather, you’ll love this if you’re a porridge person. You’ll also see lots of diners chowing down on the Breakfast Bruschetta ($120), with tomatoes, avocado, two poached eggs and crispy bacon…perfect after a big night – or a big workout. Wash it down with a health juice like the Green Surprise ($70), packed with kale, cucumber, apple, mint, coconut water, lettuce and pineapple.
There are lots of Aussie signatures dishes too, from Vegemite toast ($30) to Smashed Avocado on toasted sourdough with crispy bacon bits ($95). Kids will love the plain or mixed berry pancakes ($105; $125), and you can steal a few bites too! There’s also a kids menu, with everything from Mini Burgers to Macaroni and Cheese (both $75; the kids and breakfast menu are available till 12pm).
Butcher & Baker Cafe, G/F, On Fat Building, 57-59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, 2591 0318; www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/butcher-and-baker-cafe-kennedy-town
For the late weekend risers, the weekend set lunch menu at this steakhouse and seafood restaurant with a view passes as brunch. The 3-course set lunch is just $128/head, or get the 4-course set for $148/head. Appetisers include the Pan Seared Squid salad with Pesto dressing and the mains offer everything from the Catch of the Day with French fries and house-made pickles, to Spring Chicken with Provencal and green salad. For dessert, there’s a selection of Movenpick ice creams, the lemon lime sorbet being the perfect palate cleanser.
There’s also the Lobster Roll Set Lunch at $258/head, which starts with Pierside’s Garden Salad or soup of the day, followed by a Whole Lobster Roll, topped with celery and chives in a sweet bun, with either mango or truffle mayo. Choose from a glass of house white or sparkling wine, or if you’re done with drinks for the weekend, a coffee or tea…or perhaps a scoop of ice cream to finish on a sweet note.
The Pierside, G/F, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1B Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 2398 1838; www.facebook.com/thepiersidehk
Catch on Catchick
If you’re after a Melbourne breakfast, this independent, alfresco-feel restaurant is your place. A newer addition to K-Town, Catch is one of the brunch spots turning the neighbourhood trendy. People are happy to hop on the MTR or catch a cab to K-Town and wait half an hour for a table here on weekend mornings. While you wait, order a coffee brewed with Roasters Alchemy beans to get you going…the cappuccino is Aussie-quality.
We can’t go past the Smashed Avocado signature, piled high with feta, mint and lemon, with a side of poached eggs and multigrain toast ($128). After something sweet? Dig into the Granola Cup ($98) with mixed berry compote, yoghurt and banana, or indulge in the French Toast Sandwich with caramelised banana, Nutella, mascarpone cream and maple syrup ($138).
For reasonably priced post-brunch drinks, head to Catch’s neighbour, Catch Next Door. A cosy spot for cocktails or wine with the girlfriends, and the beer selection will have the guys happy too.
Catch on Catchick, G/F, 93 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, 2855 1289; www.catch.hk
Catch Next Door, G/F, 93 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, 2855 1289; www.catch.hk/catch-next-door