Even though dining restrictions remain, we can still enjoy a meal out with the kids.
The new year has rolled in but the same old restrictions stay in place. Schools continue to stay closed for face-to-face learning and restaurants continue to operate with reduced seating capacity and hours. Coming to terms with the new normal, parents are beginning to venture out again with their kids (with due precautions). In fact, many are enjoying a table for two (perfect for quality time with one child at a time) or a “date day” with their spouse, while the kids sit at another table. If you would like to head out with the kids, these are some of the best options for family brunches in Hong Kong this month. Prefer to stay at home? No problem! There are plenty of delivery and takeaway options for your Sunday brunch from the safety and comfort of your house.
Editor‘s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Family Dining In Hong Kong: Weekend Brunches And Lunches
Want to enjoy an authentic Vietnamese family-style meal? XUÂN is offering just that with its spread of nine comforting staples. Made with seasonal ingredients, this will always include a nourishing broth, refreshing salad, house-fermented pickles, not to mention the fish and meat mains. It is ideal for a family of three or four. Guests can sit back and engage in “long tin”, which means “trust the Chef to feed your heart and soul”. Want more? You can always add on new dishes such as the traditional Ban Khot (coconut milk rice pancakes), the octopus ceviche or the golden fried soft shell crab.
Always a family-favourite (even though its weekend play area is no longer available), 208 Duecento Otto has a revamped weekend brunch menu. Starting with a selection of antipasti, salads, and cold cuts, guests can also choose a main from the menu which changes every month. Expect crowd-pleasing favourites such as glazed sweet and sour “Mangalica” pork ribs on lemon-flavoured mashed potato, lasagna Alla Bolognese with wagyu ragu and Mayura rib-eye with roasted tomato. Of course, at 208, no meal is complete without digging into one of its delicious desserts!
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Have you been missing eating at your favourite tapas restaurant? 22 Ships is now open for dine-in lunches on the weekends. Your kids are sure to love the menu that includes multiregional tapas, along with hearty sharing dishes for the whole family. Choose from roasted suckling pig (slow-cooked for 24 hours) with grilled gem lettuce and pomegranate or chicken Pepitoria with Ibérico ham, saffron and almonds – a modern take on a comforting Spanish family dish.
If you would rather dine at home, 22 Ships offers walk-in takeaway orders from 4pm to 9pm daily and online delivery orders via JIA Everywhere.
Deli cum butcher, Feather & Bone, is staring the new year with a series of monthly specials that will be centred around a select seasonal ingredient. For January, it’s the in-season, exceptionally creamy Vacherin Mont d’Or’ cheese. The first dish of the month is simple – baked cheese and served with toasted baguette and homemade Toulouse sausage. It’s rich and plentiful enough for the whole family to share. The second dish is the limited-edition Vacherin Mont d’Or Burger. Served with hand-cut chips, you can be sure that this option will be a winner with the kids! For those who want to recreate these dishes at home, the cheese is also available in-store (at all outlets except Yuen Long) and online.
Because the season for giving back should never end, the deli will contribute $5 from every order of its signature grass-fed beef burger to Feeding HK.
Family Dining In Hong Kong: Takeaway And Delivery Options
Most restaurants have adjusted to the new restrictions on opening hours by extending their dining-at-home options. We have our sights set on a few of them.
This is one that your fashion-conscious tweens might like. Rollin, a Korean food and lifestyle brand, has recently opened a takeaway service at Belowground, the cultural cum retail destination at Landmark. It offers delicious savoury rice rolls and roll cakes served in stylish sneaker boxes. Its gourmet rolls are likely to appeal to all palates. There are options including Korean fishcake and tofu rolls and truffle beef rice rolls. What might be even more to your fussy kid’s taste is that Rollin is also launching a line of fashion products. Ranging from t-shirts to caps and hoodies, these are in collaboration with different creative artists.
Rollin, Basement Floor, Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/rollin.rollbar
If you have a home birthday party coming up, you could order a holiday set menu from Crepe Delicious. These are available till the end of the month. These include snacks and salads, “puff pizza”, pasta and risottos, dessert crêpes and soft drinks.
Crêpe Delicious (Urban Café), Shop G26 & F26A, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2617 7800
If your kids are fans of pasta, pizza and all things Italian (let’s face it, who isn’t?), you can also order in sharing and combo platters from any of the restaurants in the DiVino Group: DiVino, DiVino Patio or Spasso. These meals are good for 3 to 4 people (and with little mouths, it’ll probably last till dinner). The group has a 20% discount on till Chinese New Year. Buon appetito!