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New brunch spots for hot dates this summer
Date Published : 09 Aug 2018

Running out of ideas on where to take your date on the weekend? Brunch isn’t just a friends-only, eggs & booze kind of deal, here are some of our choices for the best brunch spots to take your date. Plus, they’re all new!
Cafe Albergue 1601 
Is your date a seafood maniac? Are you? Well, you’ll both be prawning over this one. Cafe Albergue 1601’s new brunch menu features no fewer than SIXTEEN prawn-based tapas before you even get to the paellas or their very succulent suckling pig. Prawn ceviche, prawn with baby gem lettuce, prawn bloody Mary, prawns on toast, prawn soup and prawn tacos… the whole menu is a Bubba Gump dream. The prawn croquette, crunchy and perfectly soft on the inside, is our particular favourite. Sixteen prawn bites seems a bit excessive, sure. But the menu is constructed in a way that not all the flavours are too similar. They don’t all mesh together as one big prawn cocktail. 1105, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, 2573 3344; lubuds.com/portfolio-view/club-albergue-1601Cafe Claudel
If you’re looking for somewhere really romantic, Cafe Claudel in Tai Kwun is probably a good one to explore. A sweet little Parisien café, it’s a little cramped and rather retro. It’s romantic alright, but the brunch dishes aren’t too old-fashioned: smashed avo toast with poached eggs, ham & cheese omelette and many other simple egg dishes done the way you like them. They’re super wallet-friendly too. Shop 01-G08, Tai Kwun, Central, 2411 1310; cafeclaudel.comFrancis 
This has been the it-spot for us for a few months now. An intimate space that we usually opt for in the later hours, Francis just started a new brunch menu that’s caught our eye. They’ve got some of the best falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush in town, so a brunch featuring these babies is a big yes from us. Along with those mentioned, the shared mezze include spinach and feta cigars, halloumi with pomegranate and wild oregano and avocado with tomato, labneh and za’atar. The mains include a super flavoursome spicy shakshuka, chicken schnitzel and a kafta dish with spring lamb, beef, tahini and onion. 4 & 6 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, 3101 9521; francis.com.hkMercato
If you want a proper brunch experience with your date (we don’t say that lightly, we're talking about a proper feast), Mercato is the place you should be this weekend. Whether you chose to sit in their chic interior or outside on the terrace under the sun, you can’t go wrong. Their new semi-buffet features unlimited salads with seasonal ingredients, the juiciest Fine de Claire oysters and top quality meat and cheese. There’s also an option of 2 hours free flow booze which pairs perfectly with the food. You won’t be walking away hungry, to say the very least…32 D'Aguilar St, 32, 3706 8567; mercato-international.com/en/locations.php?aid=38 FUMI
Is your date crazy for fish? Sushi for brunch isn't that odd, especially when they come in tiny little guiltless morsels of quality sushi, authentic tempura, and a variety of different skewers including the unmissable beef tongue. FUMI's new brunch is an all-you-can-eat sushi and skewer deal that includes dessert with a relatively cheap free flow option. At an extra price, you can also get as much of their premium sushi as you like such as their toro, chu-toro, sea urchin and salmon roe-- trust us, it's totally worth it. 
Angie Kwon
Kristin Keough

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