Where we’re eating with the kids this month.
If you kept the kids at home while partying to ring in the new year in style, it may be time to make it up to them. There are plenty of options if you want to take your children out for a nice family brunch. After all, this month also has a lot of long weekends and public holidays, so you will need to find ways to keep them entertained. Enjoy the quality family time!
Read more: 5 Places We’re Taking The Kids This Month
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.
The Pizza Project
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.