Where we’re eating with the kids this month.
You’d be forgiven if you and the family are feeling a bit of cabin fever. Between working from home and playing teacher, by the time the weekend comes, you might want to get out and about for a bite to eat. Because of the coronavirus, restaurants have issued notices saying they’ve stepped up hygiene practices to reassure their patrons, so we’ve taken a look at what’s on offer and have picked out our top choices for family brunches this March.
For one of the best March brunch deals in Hong Kong, head to POEM in LKF. Until Sunday, 8 March, this Balinese-inspired restaurant is offering up its Champagne Organic Brunch for just $258 per person (regular price $498). Sharing starters include spring rolls (sure to be a family favourite), island-spiced vegetables and a tropical salad, and are followed up with a choice of mains.
Take the kids across the harbour and treat yourself to brunch with a view at Hue. Your meal features starters to share, followed by a choice of main (we’ve got our eye on the pork belly!) and dessert for $380 per person. Add on two-hours of free-flow for $250 (including Tattinger Champagne, 10 premium wines and Bloody Marys).
Sassy Mama tip: Take the Star Ferry to and from Tsim Sha Tsui to make a real day of it!
For an affordable Sunday brunch you can take the whole family along to (including the fur-babies!), head on down to Cali Mex on High Street in Sai Ying Pun. You can expect live music, a semi-buffet and free-flow options (bring on the Margaritas!) with prices starting at $258 per person. What a steal! There’s even room to park the stroller.
This Soho restaurant is quickly becoming a family favourite. Now there’s another excuse for pizza (not that we really need one!) and we can’t wait to take the family for a brunch treat. For $158 per person, you’ll get an antipasti, pizza al metro (you choose three flavours and it’s served by the metre!) and dessert, perfect for sharing.
Transport your family to the streets of Malaysia at the monthly JALAN long lunch. You’ll be treated to favourites like Nasi Kerabu and Nasi Campur (served up on a banana leaf!) alongside seasonal specials like whole market fish and crispy vegetable skewers. Kids and adults alike will want to save room for dessert — Milo Doughnuts and Pandan Crepe Rolls — yum! Treat yourself for $295 per person and add $200 if you’d like free-flow drinks (including seasonal Spritz, Prosecco, beer, red and white wines).
Who doesn’t like tapas? You can always find a small plate of something that the kids will enjoy (and plenty that the adults will love too!). Visit Pica Pica on Sundays for a taste of Spain as you order from the special brunch menu. Best of all, when you spend over $280 per person on tapas, you’ll receive unlimited Estrella Damm Draft Beer for two hours.
Take a break from shopping at Pacific Place Mall and head to the 4th floor to try out one of the newest pizza places in town. The name Emmer comes from an old, organic grain that is blended with rye and Italian flour to make the base for these pizzas. The restaurant claims it makes the pizza healthier (lower in gluten and higher in nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals) and much tastier. We’ve yet to try it out but because it comes from the experienced team behind the much-loved Beef & Liberty, we’re quite excited about it! It’s open for breakfast, lunch (menu changes weekly based on seasonal and fresh ingredients) and dinner every day, and brunch at the weekends.
Is your family fond of Thai food? Then Sip Song at Repulse Bay is worth considering, especially at this time of the year. There are enough soups and options with a little heat in them to warm your brood up. There’s even an indoor play area for the kids if they don’t feel like venturing out to the beach or using the climbing frames and see-saws outside. Over Valentine’s weekend (Friday, 14 to Sunday, 16 February), Sip Song is offering a special “Ferrero Rocher”, which is a sharing dessert for the whole family.
Here’s another restaurant with a kids’ corner for the little ones. If you love Japanese food and want to introduce it to your kids, Honjo is the perfect place. It offers amazing varieties of Japanese cuisine but with unique, new flavours. It now also has a kid-friendly brunch option on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (children’s menu at $98). The chicken katsu with rice and vegetable yaki udon are sure to be hits. What’s more, the restaurant also has a great offer for families brunching there — one child dines for free with two paying adults!
With the kids being off school, we don’t have to wait for weekends to head out. Kinship now has a weekday set lunch option that just might fit the bill, starting at $198 for one course or $248 for two or $288 for three. If you’d prefer a relaxed weekend meal though, there are now new offerings added to its brunch menu ($388/person with an additional $198 for free-flow), including BBQ Pork Benny, smashed avocado toast and corned beef hash with “egg in the frame” and caramelised long chilli.
If you are on the lookout for a place for a Valentine’s Day date with your other half (but don’t want to leave the kids at home), head out to Limewood. Let the little ones run around after days of being cooped up at home, while you sip on a Love Elixir cocktail. The BBQ grill and seafood is always a safe bet (fried fish tacos and whole roasted jerk chicken are a must-order). End the meal with a sharing dessert platter. The Churro Sundae ($120) with ice cream, meringue, berry compote, heart-shaped churros and sprinkles is guaranteed to get the whole family feeling the love.
Indian food uses a lot of turmeric, herbs and spices that are perfect for boosting your family’s immunity in this climate. And so both the Indian restaurants in the Mayfare Group, Gaylord and Gunpowder, have added two new dishes to their menu. Haldi Chicken Salan ($108) is an aromatic chicken curry with turmeric and freshly grounded spices. Adraki Channa Palak ($88) features chickpeas & spinach slow-cooked with fresh ginger. What’s more – all guests get a complimentary cup of warming Turmeric Cinnamon Chai Latte!
This January, La Vache is bringing a little French tradition to Hong Kong. To celebrate Épiphany (the day the Three Kings visited the baby Jesus), the restaurant will be serving a festive Galette des Rois ($118 per slice) at both La Vache! locations. This traditional dessert is made of sweet puff pastry encasing a frangipani filling that hides a fève (a little lucky charm). Whoever finds the fève is crowned King for the Day, and also wins lunch for two at La Vache! in Tsim Sha Tsui. If you go dining as a family, the tradition is that the youngest of the party hides under the table as the dessert is served and they are allowed to choose who receives which slice. Your kids will love to participate and play a role in winning you a complimentary meal. Bonne chance!
Looking for an extended brunch offering over the CNY holiday? MEATS has a new brunch menu ($248 per person) available from 12pm to 5:30pm on weekends and public holidays. We like the sound of the Porchetta Bun that’s crunchy and crackly on the outside, with tender and juicy meat inside, or the brunch classic, Chicken Avocado Toast and the Vegetarian Burger for the non-meat eaters. Plus MEATS’ UFC or Ultimate Fried Chicken ($90) can be ordered a la carte. It’s fried in Doritos flakes, so is sure to get the vote of the kids at the table. There’s also a very reasonable children’s menu for $78 per child.
Do your kids love running around and exploring the open spaces of the iconic Tai Kwun? Let them burn some energy and then take them to refuel at the new free-flow weekend brunch being offered at Madame Fù. The menu features unlimited dim sum (including kid-favourite char siu bao) and a Beijing duck station. Make sure your children save space for the ice cream sundae at the end. Brunch will be accompanied by entertainment, so call ahead to check which live band or DJ is performing. Brunch starts at $550 a person without free-flow (free-flow packages at $750, $980 and $1,600 a person).
It’s always fun to eat with the family at Yum Cha because their cute and delicious dim sum is sure to please the kids. In celebration of Chinese New Year, the restaurant is offering (at all its four locations) fun interpretations of traditional dishes, all created to bring good luck, health and prosperity to the table. Your children will probably enjoy the sticky dumplings of minced pork and shrimp (everything deep-fried works!) and the salted egg yolk layered cakes that look like mahjong tiles! You can also choose to experience the Lo Hei Prosperity Toss dishes as a family. With mixed vegetables and finely cut ingredients, all diners are encouraged to toss and mix this dish together from the base to the top, symbolising the blessing of good fortune in the upcoming year.
Hutong’s elaborate 18-dish Feng Wei brunch is always a treat for the whole family. Priced at $468 per adult (children under 12 eat for free) with free-flow options at $200 and upwards, this month’s version promises to have even more to offer the children. Your kids can join the Couplets Calligraphy session on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 January or learn how to craft their own Chinese new year decorations on Saturday, 25 January. All guests will enjoy the classic Dragon and Lion Dance Puppet Show on Sunday, 26 January. If you’re dining there on a weekday, your little master chefs can shape sweet, fried “Yau Gok” dumplings on Monday, 27 and Tuesday, 28 January. No matter when you eat there, don’t forget to hang a wish on Hutong’s wishing tree!
Sundays are meant to be chilled out days, so on Sunday, 12 January, Motorino in Wan Chai is offering an afternoon neighbourhood “block party” serving free-flow pizze and Peroni (soft drinks for the kids) for $50! Enjoy some downtime with friends and family as your children get to make their own pizze, the Neapolitan way. Book your session here.
Have kids who’d like to have pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Take them to The Pizza Project, the latest offering by the Pirata Group of restaurants that’s set to open with a flamboyant street party on Tuesday, 14 January (join in from 7pm to 9pm – the first 500 pizzas are on the house!). This restaurant is being helmed by the team behind Pici and will feature a simple one-page menu of pizzas (with all the right toppings!), freshly-prepared starters and delicious desserts.