Summer is here, making it the perfect time to head out to these super kid-friendly restaurants.
If you’re staying in Hong Kong for the summer, having the kids at home 24/7 might get overwhelming. So save them the cabin fever and get yourself a cool drink and good food, while you head out for a relaxing weekend brunch. We’ve picked out these restaurants because there is something to cater to everyone in the family. So read on to start planning your weekend outings in July.
A new Thai restaurant from the Maximal Concepts group (opens Sunday, 7 July), Sip Song promises to become one of the many reasons to head to Repulse Bay this summer. With chilled-out beach vibes all around, the food is based on authentic street food from the beaches of Southern Thailand and the night markets of Bangkok. The menu includes pork neck skewers, jungle curry clams and a banana roti pancake with condensed milk and chocolate that we’ve got our eye on, plus ube ice cream that will go down well in the heat! Sip Song will also have a dedicated kids’ menu. Giant Jenga, interactive board games and a chalkboard art wall will keep them entertained when it’s too hot to play in the sand. Mums and dads can enjoy a chilled ice tea or cocktails like a Pandan Colada or Coriander Mojito.
Sip Song – Thai Eatery & Bar, Shop 114 & 115, Level 1, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.sip-song.com
One of the many restaurants at The Langham hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Bostonian Seafood & Grill now offers a leisurely four-hour Sunday brunch with free-flow Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Guests have a variety of options laid out at the Seafood Tower station, followed by a live Caesar salad station. Then, you get into the mains! Pass around delicacies include Boston baked lobster and whole roasted suckling pig, plus you can order items such as Black Angus beef tenderloin, whisky marinated Tasmanian organic salmon or Barley risotto with porcini and black truffle from the menu. Kids are kept busy with a small padded play area. The brunch options start at $588 per adult (with free-flow soft drinks and juices) and $688 (with free-flow alcoholic drinks) and $294 per child (5 to 11 years).
Newly-opened restaurant, Kinship, is a co-venture between chef friends, American-born Chris Grare and British-born Arron Rhodes. The brunch menu reflects the chef-owners’ distinctive upbringings and will alternate between American and British themes every weekend ($388 per person, with an optional free-flow package at an additional $198). “The American Brunch Menu” includes family-style starters such as soft-scrambled eggs with Cajun seasoning and corned beef hash with caramelised onions, as well as sizzling plates of fried chicken or prawn for mains. “The British Brunch Menu” is inspired by the traditional British Roast and is sure to help you fight homesickness with specialities like roast sirloin of Devonshire beef, served with a classic Yorkshire pudding and many accompaniments like mum’s roast potatoes, nanna’s vegetable relish and grandma’s gravy. For desserts, you can choose from homemade vanilla Whippy soft serve or the Bakewell tart with poached summer berries and Tonka cream.
Bijin Nabe is offering new personal hot pot experiences in Hong Kong. This restaurant has been brought in by Japanese farm-to-table group, AP Company, which is well known for its chicken stock (made from its own free-range organic poultry farms in Japan). With an emphasis on presentation, the collagen-rich broth concentrate (eight choices available ranging from pure collagen to spicy miso, tomato cream to Sukiyaki and more) is served as a jelly in hot pots for one, along with instagrammable appetisers and desserts. Lunch hot pot sets also feature free-flow drinks and are priced from $78 to $168 per person.
Well-known Hong Kong establishment, Jimmy’s Kitchen, is loved for its classic and elegant fare as well as its famous and loyal patrons. Legend has it that its French Onion soup is so good that actor William Holden took it with him to go when the restaurant was once being evacuated because of a fuse-box fire! With that kind of pedigree, you’ll love to introduce your kids to this restaurant. Since June this year, the restaurant has added lighter brunch options to its hearty lunchtime fare served on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. With classics like Cinnamon French toast and Eggs Benedict, cocktails like Smoked Vodka Bloody Mary and Marmalade Mule, and innovative smoothies like Leo’s Wake Up Call (avocado, guava and creamy organic yoghurt), brunch in this colonial institution promises to become quite popular. Reservations are recommended as this bustling Central neighbourhood venue tends to fill up fast.
If you’re already a fan of this Japanese-Peruvian restaurant and its kid-friendly menu and play area, you will have one more reason to head to TokyoLima. That’s because it will host a special themed brunch party the last weekend of every month. You can expect all the usual favourites like Ki-mo-chi fried chicken, spicy Hamachi and Yellowtail Tiradito, with more eats and drinks dressed up to suit the occasion.
We told you that we’re rounding up places with something for everyone in the family – well this newly opened restaurant proudly displays a “Pets Welcome” board on its outside seating area walls. Cardamon Street has an interesting Indian take on brunch favourites like Maharaja Eggs Benedict and Savoury Masala French Toast, and popular items on the regular menu like Malwani Prawns are bound to have people coming back for more.
Cardamon Street, G/F, 38 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2780 8484, www.cardamonstreet.com
Featured image courtesy of Vernon Raineil Cenzon via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Sip Song, image 2 courtesy of Bostonian Seafood & Grill, image 3 courtesy of Kinship, image 4 courtesy of Bijin Nabe, image 5 courtesy of Jimmy’s Kitchen, image 6 courtesy of TokyoLima, image 7 courtesy of Sassy Media Group.