Family-friendly, fine dining brunches where you can wine and dine with the whole family
If you’ve got a celebration, an exceptional occasion or you just want to enjoy a nice brunch out with the family in a place that is a bit fancier than usual, the local cha chaan teng just isn’t going to cut it! Whether you’ve got a family affair or you just want to eat where the napkins are cloth and the atmosphere is elegant, we found some of the best fine dining spots around that cater to both adults and kids, but are sophisticated enough that you will feel like you’re celebrating something special. Here’s our pick of the best special occasion brunches in the 852 that your family will love.
With the backdrop of Hong Kong’s stunning skyline, there is no better place to celebrate that special occasion than Rech at the Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong. This 1-Michelin star gem by renowned chef Alain Ducasse offers an authentically French seafood experience unlike any other.
#Treatyoself to the elaborate five-course weekend lunch menu ($588 per person) that includes fresh oysters, shellfish, its signature wild cod, famous French Camembert and a delectable hazelnut soufflé! The calming ambience and attention to every detail will immediately put you and your family at ease as you savour your champagne. All produce is flown in daily from Rungis food market in Paris. Trust us when we say that everything was bursting with flavour! Even its kids menu was something to brag about. Tomato and mozzarella-shaped as a caterpillar, alphabet pasta, traditional fish & chips – need we say more?! Though the real icing on the cake was seeing our own little chefs design their own chocolate “mouse” mousse inside Rech’s Kitchen with the pastry chef – Junior Masterchef watch out! Head on over to Rech by Alain Ducasse to celebrate that special occasion with the family!
Rech by Alain Ducasse, Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
You might not consider this super elegant restaurant tucked away on Gough Street as a family-friendly spot (and, truth be told, it’s more of a date night or adult meal type of place), but if you’re looking to celebrate or have a special occasion (and your kids can sit politely at the table!) you’ll be happy you made Gough’s On Gough your choice.
Aside from its incredibly beautiful décor, stellar service and awe-inspiring ambience, the food here will delight anyone who dines. A friend who tried the roast sirloin of Devonshire beef with Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes and charred vegetables couldn’t stop smacking her lips and finally declared, “This is so delicious I could marry it.” (Yes, it’s that good!)
Make sure you and your family arrive hungry because brunch here begins with a selection of mouth-wateringly good, fresh seafood (sustainably sourced!) served in a delightful bucket over ice – we’re talking French oysters, Madagascan prawns, and Dutch clams and mussels. (Drooling yet?) Side dishes include asparagus with duck egg, cured beef heart with slow-cooked chicken terrine and homemade piccalilli.
Just when you think you’ve had your fill, the desserts arrive, offering a choice between homemade ice cream, steamed treacle sponge with berry compote and vanilla & orange marmalade custard, or dark chocolate caramel mousse with an almond macaroon. Seriously, you won’t want to miss this meal. ($498 per person; $248 for two hours of free-flow house beers, wines, Bloody Marys and Pimm’s; $40 for free-flow Chapel Down English sparkling wine; and $150 for free-flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve champagne.)
Gough’s On Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2473 9066, goughsongough.com
Elegance, sophistication and some of the best damn steak around, any special occasion will feel extraordinary if you have brunch at Gaucho. The weekend brunch here is just $100 per child (between 4 and 12 years old) and adults range between $450 (non-alcoholic drinks) to $600 (one glass of house beverages, select wine, beer, cocktails, sprits and champagne). You and the fam can feast on starters including braised beef back ribs and a refreshingly good watermelon salad, mains (steaks, chicken fish and even risotto for the non-meat eaters), and yummy desserts (the Dulce de Leche cheesecake is one you cannot miss!).
But if you’re looking for a really special deal, book in at the Sunday Roast held every Sunday evening from 6pm to 9pm. For just $299 per person you can enjoy either Bife de Ancho, Bife de Chorizo, the oregano- and parsley-marinated Spatchcock chicken, confit, hoisin and orange-glazed pork belly, or a delicately pan-seared and oven-baked sea bass fillet. But that’s not all – each meal comes with tasty sides: roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips and homemade Yorkshire pudding. This is a deal that has, “bring the family” written all over it!
Gaucho, 5/F, 31-31A Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2386 8090, www.gauchorestaurants.com
Looking for a champagne brunch catering to everyone in the family? Look no further than Harbourside at the Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong. Its new Sunday brunch offers a wide selection ranging from handmade sushi, sliced sashimi, a fresh homemade pasta station, Peking duck rolls (we can go on and on and ON…)! Start your meal clean with its fresh juice bar where you can pick your own ingredients for your customised weekend drink. Once you’ve packed in your nutrients for the day, move on to sip free-flowing champagne while the kids are entertained. Glitter tattoos, close-up magic and balloon twisting entertainers come right to your table. Its liquid nitrogen cocktails on offer (margaritas, mojitos and cosmopolitans) are a must try, not to mention #Insta-worthy, and there are non-alcoholic versions for the kids, too!
Take advantage of its special promotion where one child (age 3 to 11 years old) dines for free for every three paying guests at the Sunday brunch ($898 for adults with free-flow champagne, wine and beer or $848 for free-flow juice and soft drinks;$598 for children age 3 to 11 with free-flow juice and soft drinks).
Sassy Mama Tip: The More The Merrier offer here is one to take notice of! Discounts include 20% off for 13 to 20 persons; 25% off for 21 to 29 persons; 30% off for 30 persons or above.
Harbourside Intercontinental, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Bonjourno, Hong Kong! If you can’t make the journey to Italy this summer, then simply cross the harbour (for those on the island) and head on over to the newly opened Theo Mistral by Theo Randall. This is the renowned British Chef’s first venture in Hong Kong and it is simply perfecto!
Theo Mistral’s Sunday brunch is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Serving contemporary Italian fare with a dizzying selection of antipasti, seafood, pastas and desserts, there is really nothing that has been missed!
Theo’s Antipasti Table is completely notable and we were sent into a food coma just by looking at it. Fresh salads, minestrone soup, freshly shucked oysters, Boston lobsters and poached prawns – we hoped our stomachs would make it through to dessert!
The brunch’s second course features a choice between two of Chef Randall’s daily homemade pasta dishes, which were perfectly portioned leaving us with just enough space for the mains. It was tough choosing between the rack of lamb, pan-fried cod and baked salmon (just to name a few!). No Italian meal is complete without dessert and with Chef Randall’s signature touch we were left #dessertdreamin’ for days!
It even has a special kids menu consisting of pizzas and pastas AND a special supervised play area so parents can enjoy a well-deserved Sunday feast! It’s Sunday Funday for everyone!
For the large selection and quality, this delicious meal is very well priced at $588 per adult and $338 for children aged 4 to 11. Add on a free-flow package of Bellini, Bottega Prosecco, house white & red wine for an additional $138. Buon Appetito!
Theo Mistral by Theo Randall, 70 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, 2731 2870, www.hongkong.intercontinental.com
A fantastic new addition to the Hong Kong brunch scene – and one that ticks all the boxes – is The Conrad’s new “Champagne Brunch on the Eighth” ($838 for adults; $358 for children aged 3 to 12). A foodie’s dream, the new Sunday brunch offers diners a decadent seasonal semi-buffet, featuring live cooking stations with delicacies from Nicholini’s and Brasserie on the Eighth.
Kick things off with a delicious seafood take on some brunch classics from the à la carte menu; Eggs Benedict with lobster, or Alaskan crab omelette, before navigating your way around the numerous food stations. Don’t miss the “Brunch of Surprise” culinary carts, or the “al dente pasta kitchen” with dishes created to your taste and cooked to perfection in front you. Work your way around the extensive antipasto garden, seafood market and visit the sushi bar for the freshest sashimi sliced up by the itamae. Move on to the Chinese station offering Peking duck, crispy pork and dim sum, the Sunday carvery counter, and finish the buffet off in the wine and cheese library. Make sure to save some space for one of the eight mains, and oh wait, the dessert platter of course (there’s ALWAYS room for Nicholini’s Tiramasu!)
This is the kind of brunch where there really is something to suit everyone’s taste, perfect for a long family lunch with the kids or a group of friends. The chilled but elegant ambiance means you can sit back and relax, while The Conrad’s attentive team top you up (and clear those many plates!). Sip away at your Perrier-Jouët or champagne infused cocktails, and slowly work your way through the indulgent feast.
Nicholini’s & Brasserie on The Eighth, Level 8, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2822 8801 or 2822 2203, www.conraddining.com
If buffet dining isn’t fancy enough for your occasion, the four-, six- and eight-course lunch menu at Le Rêve could be right up your alley! The weekend lunch menu here is a chance to try out its dinner menu at a discounted price. Priced at $490 (four courses, normally $590), $780 (six courses, normally $880) and $1050 (eight courses, normally $1150) per person, you will be treated to some tasty creations that are a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Each menu begins with an amuse bouche (as well as a surprise dish!), and starts with a seafood delight (Tiger prawn, storm shell crab or caviar excellence, depending on the menu). The six-course menu has another surprise dish from the chef (which really makes your lunch a seven-course meal!), and the eight-course menu has two surprise dishes. All meals feature one of Le Rêve’s delicious desserts (chocolate forest, pistachio parfait, white chocolate cheesecake and more!).
Le Rêve, 10/F, ZING!, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2866 1010, www.lereve.com.hk
Perched on the 101st floor of the ICC building is an elegant restaurant with ambiance to match. At Le 39V, you’ll gaze lovingly at the city we call home and marvel at the surrounding South China Sea while tucking into a five-course weekend brunch prepared weekly (it differs by week) by award-winning Chef Frédéric Vardon. For $680 you’ll start off with a chilled seafood platter, appetiser, main and dessert. But lunch options here are just as tempting – for $380 (appetiser, main course and dessert) or $480 (ocean seafood, appetiser, main course and dessert) you’ll have a hard time deciding between the beef tartare, nicoise salad or confit eggplant to start off your lunch. The mains won’t make it easier, as the options include stuffed squid with quinoa and vegetables, lamb neck fillet in roasted herbs, chicken curry or lobster linguini (See? How hard is it to choose?). And then you get to the incredible desserts and you hope that everyone picks a different one, because you’ll want to try all of them – the soufflé of the day, the yellow peach crumble or the coveted cheese platter!
Le 39V, Shop A 101/F International Commerce Centre West, 1 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2977 5266, www.le39v.com
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