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5 New Summer Brunches for Wanderlusters
Date Published : 14 Jun 2018

In the mood for an escape, but don’t have the budget for a vacation? Bringing you flavours from across the globe, these new summer brunches will satiate (or fuel) your wanderlust.

TokyoLima
The Nikkei izakaya has injected a dose of family fun to their weekend brunch with a new kid’s brunch menu and a kid’s corner to keep little ones occupied. Kids can choose two dishes from the likes of “Ki-mo-chi” chicken and tuna sushi, followed by ice cream or sorbet. Meanwhile, adults can feast on small plates to share, an all-you-can-eat ceviche and sushi bar, a choice of a main, and a desserts station. There’s also a sweets station and popcorn machine which has our inner child squealing in excitement! The drink package here is also a steal at $180: get creative at the DIY Bloody Mary station before topping up on free-flow sake, prosecco, beers and wines. G/F, 18 - 20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; 2811 1152; tokyolima.hk

Giando
We know that Giando takes pride in their carefully-sourced ingredients. And it’s no different in their new brunch buffet, where there is a spectacular spread on offer. These cats have seven types of tomato to choose from, and that’s before you get started on the cheeses! For $288, you can easily get your money’s worth from the buffet counter alone. But it’s only $60 more to add a main and a dessert, so why not? On the downside, during our visit the restaurant was playing one of those compilations of cutesy twee acoustic cover versions of Joy Division songs and the like. Restaurants please note: this type of music is NOT COOL. WOM doesn’t want to be the party pooper asking for the music to be turned down, but if we hear one more honky with an acoustic guitar draining all the life out of Hey Ya! there’ll be trouble. Shop 1, G/f, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai; 2511 8912; giandorestaurant.com

Mean Noodles
Followers of our videos on Facebook will know by now that we LOVE Southeast Asia food so Mean Noodles' new Saturday brunch set is right up our alley. Start with all-you-can-eat appetisers, ranging from traditional favourites like rojak and gado gado to naughty snacks like laksa battered wings and ‘mean’ mixed fries. Wash down with a Singha beer or tropical cooler before rounding off your meal with a satisfying bowl of noodles. What else do we love? It’s just $288 per person WITH free-flow beer and wines. Great value for money and big on flavour, Mean Noodles’ brunch is like an epic montage of our favourite food hawker centre experiences. Shop 4, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan; 3104 0288; meannoodles.com

Uma Nota
Every second Saturday of the month Uma Nota will be hosting a Brazilian “Rhythms of Rio” carnaval brunch. We tried it out last weekend, the moment we were seated we were covered in flower crowns and surrounded with drums and singing. Each person is given a makeshift homemade shaker (made out of aluminium cans) and the whole deal is more like a big street party vacuumed within the small corner of Peel street. The food is festive Brazilian-Japanese street food as Uma Nota is known for. From small bites such as their spicy chicken coxinhas and deep fried tapioca squares called dadinhos, to big plates of whole sea bass and an incredibly fragrant pumpkin stew. The pumpkin stew is their vegetarian alternative that is to be ordered in advance, but it was a surprising favourite for us. 38 Peel Street, Central; 2889 7576; uma-nota.com

Francis
Bringing the taste of Tel Aviv to Wan Chai, Francis has now launched weekend brunch inspired by Middle Eastern flavours. Begin with a spread of meze for the table, including hummus, halloumi with pomegranate and wild oregano and a salad of avocado, tomato, labneh and za’atar spice mix, before diving into a main. Mains feature classic comforting flavours like spicy shakshuka with eggs, tomato and harissa, and kafta with spring lamb, beef, tahini and onion. We’re dying to try the dessert of vanilla poached peach with buttermilk cream and sumac… All that’s left to do now is try and score a table at this perpetually full restaurant. 4 & 6 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai; 3101 9521; francis.com.hk

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