I’ve always enjoyed a good Sunday brunch: sipping mimosas and lounging for a few hours while reading the newspaper style section. Unfortunately, this type of weekend morning is mostly a thing of the past, as eating out with two young children doesn’t typically result in a long, liesurely dining experience!
Luckily, Mistral, has stepped in with the perfect brunch experience for grown-ups and kids alike. Located in the Inter-Continental Grand Stanford in Tsim Sha Tsui, and consistantly voted one of Hong Kong’s best Italian restaurants, Mistral does everything to make your Sunday brunch experience a memorable one. While the adults are kept busy choosing from plate after plate of delectable items such as scallops wrapped with parma ham and zucchini, or a mountain of just-shucked oysters, the kids are presented with delicious options like the wood-fired pizza of their choice or pasta prepared before their eyes.
Usually in our family, after my husband and I have finished our starters, the kids have finished their meals and have started to climb the walls. Not at Mistral – the restaurant has a fantastic playroom, outfitted in Leap Frog toys and computer games, tons of beanbag chairs to sit in, and plenty of art supplies. So we were able to sit back and enjoy the free-flow prosecco with our main courses, while the kids occupied themselves in the playroom.
Finally, Mistral boasts a decadent dessert buffet: with its famed Mistral chocolate cake (“sin on a plate”), 5 different kinds of cheescake, a chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows to dip, parfaits, and four different kinds of ice cream, it definitely ended my search for a family friendly, go-to brunch spot.
And when the check came, as an unexpected added bonus, if you use a Standard Chartered credit card, you get a 20% discount-which put an even bigger smile on my husband’s face than the dessert buffet did!
Now, when Sunday morning rolls around, I don’t brace myself for a helper-less day; I look forward to a trip across the harbour!
Mistral, B2/F, Inter-Continental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2731-2870
Price:$550HKD per person before discount
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Brunch Hours: 11:30am-3:00 pm