Mamas, when you think of the seriously sophisticated, trendy (and oh-so-steep!) Soho, the phrase ‘kid-friendly’ doesn’t really spring to mind, does it? But hold on! I’ve found a good (and super-easy!) brunch spot that’s conveniently located right next to the Mid-Levels escalator and will have your kiddies clamouring for a visit!
Nico’s Spuntino Bar & Restaurant is a groovy little place for the whole family to enjoy. With a rustic Italian style, it exudes a relaxed and comfortable vibe, offering a touch of alfresco dining with huge open-air windows (always good for a bit of people-watching on Elgin Street) while your little ones play happily in the kiddies’ corner.
Yep! You heard right… there’s a dedicated children’s play area in this Italian dining delight! It’s not huge but it does the desired job of keeping the little ones occupied plus there’s a super-friendly helper on duty to keep the small people under (relative!) control.
If you’re still keen to keep one eye on junior and one eye on your pasta, you can be seated right next to the tiny tots’ Kingdom… but if you want my advice, I’d sit a couple of tables away just so the shrieking is reduced down to a dull roar. Alternatively, tuck into a nice glass of Prosecco on arrival, which should do the trick of distracting you from the chaos!
What’s on the menu? For the kids, a mere $68 gets you three courses, including focaccia, pizza or pasta and dessert. A bargain when compared to many of Hong Kong’s overpriced childrens’ menus.
For the grown ups, the three-course brunch menu is fantastic value at just $168. Available from 10am-4pm, start off with an Italian-style appetizer from the buffet, (think antipasti, salads and cheese,) plus choose two eggs, cooked any style and dessert. It also includes a soft drink, and tea or coffee. Not bad huh?
If your stomach isn’t calling for eggs that day, then the à la carte menu is extensive. We loved the look of the fresh pasta mixed with one of the sumptuous sauces – choose from classic Beef & Pork Bolognaise, Porcini Sausage, Crab & Caviar, Carbonara, Quattro Formaggi or Pesto. There are gluten-free options available here too, which is a nice touch.
Is your mouth watering yet? Well, it wouldn’t be Italian without pizza on the menu! Nico’s signature Pulled Pizza Hog & Fig is a gold medal winner, if you’re after a surefire hit. There’s a whole bunch of mains to choose from, but to help you out, the chef recommends the Porceddu (roasted suckling pig) from Sardinia, or the Salt-Crusted Sea Bass.
There’s also a gelato counter if you’re up for a sweet treat after all that savoury goodness, and I can confirm that the Tiramisu is to die for!
A big yay from us for the play area and colouring-in gear, plus an extremely affordable menu!
Service was a little slow on the day we visited, but with the kids well and truly occupied, who needs to rush? It’s the weekend after all!
Kids’ set menu $68; adult brunch set $168; pastas from $108 to $178; pizzas from $98 to $198; mains from $148 to $388.
Monday to Friday from 11:30am until late; Weekends and Public Holidays from 10am until late.
Nico’s Spuntino Bar and Restaurant, G/F, 49 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2978 3949