#BrunchwithWOM: Here’s where to go for brunch in Sai Ying Pun
02 Jul 2020
For those unaware, Sai Ying Pun has become a mecca for brunch lovers in Hong Kong. From Second street to High street (as well as the other little streets), the trendy neighbourhood isn’t lacking in all-day breakfast and weekend brunch delights. From traditional English to Indonesian-style raw tuna, here’s our pick of late-morning eats in Sai Ying Pun.
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Second Street Comfort Food and Bar
Since its opening last summer, Second Street Comfort Food and Bar has unsurprisingly developed a cult following due to their friendly service and quality portions at affordable prices. Available on weekends and public holidays from 11am to 4pm, the Sai Ying Pun spot serves classic and comforting brunch options that will have you asking for seconds (see what we did there?). Treat yourself to their Traditional English Breakfast (HK$118) with sunny side-up eggs, pork sausage, roasted potatoes and baked beans. Also, keep your eyes peeled cocktail and brunch pairings.
One sad farewell we had to say in 2019 was to Blacksalt, a Sai Ying Pun mainstay and WOM brunch favourite. Making things a little less bittersweet, the sad news comes with a more hopeful one: Blacksalt founders will have more time to focus on Pondi, another SYP joint (these brunch spots find their homes quick!). Here you’ll find continental-style brunch available everyday except Mondays from 12pm to 3pm. With a choice of fresh pastries like croissants, gougere, flatbreads as well as eggs made just the way you like, you can’t go wrong with Pondi. Protein choices include a Confit Duck Hash (HK$170), juicy Lamb Sausage Patty (HK$180 for 6oz) and a vegan Spinach Oatmeal with beetroot, almonds and avocado (HK$155).
Pondi, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 6556 4256 ; https://www.pondi.hk/
KAUM at Potato Head
In true Indonesian fashion, the brunch (HK$398 per person) at Michelin-awarded KAUM comes with a free flow of a variety of small plates and rice, one dessert and an option for free flow drinks (add HK$298 for 2 hours; add HK$398 for 3 hours). Also, this Third Street Balinese go-to’s version of the Gado-Gado comes with garden veggies tossed in peanut dressing and topped with eggs, tempeh and garlic crackers. Other small plates include the Gulai Udang Aceh, a curry with tiger prawn tails, and the Gohu Ikan Tuna with marinated Ternate-style raw tuna, virgin coconut oil, lime pomelo and toasted kenari nuts.
Kaum at Potato Head, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2858 6066; kaum.com
A great choice for simple but quality breakfast, options at St. Barts is as classic as it gets. Non-greasy and very hearty, the European brunch fare features the very homely to the very intricate.The breakfast menu includes classic Porridge with fresh banana (HK$130), the St. Barts Big Breakfast (HK$150), their take on the traditional English, and Egyptian Eggs (HK$130) with toasted Turkish bread topped with rocket, avocado, goat cheese, pistachio dukkah and beetroot hummus.
St. Barts, G/F, Hang Sing Mansion, 76-78 High Street, +852 2803 2986; casteloconcepts.com
Needing no introduction, you’ve probably come across NOC at several locations. Standing for Nothing Over Coffee, you’ll be delighted to know the Hong Kong coffee chain has come a long way since it’s acronym, with an extensive brunch menu including pastries, the much-adored avocado toast (HK$94), protein-rich acai bowl (HK$102) and other classic breakfast items. The Sai Ying Pun location is one of the biggest NOC’s in the city, with plenty of sitting room and natural lighting to make brunch an affair to remember.
NOC Coffee, 321 Des Veoux Road W, Sai Ying Pun, https://noccoffeeco.com/
Known as one of the hipster districts of Hong Kong, there’s no surprise Locofama finds its home on the streets of Sai Ying Pun. The organic restaurant has an array of nutritional and fresh dishes that cater to every diet, from paleo to gluten-free and of course vegan and vegetarian. Tucked away, you’ll learn that brunch can be hearty and delightful without being heavy. Highlights include their Shredded Chicken Breast, CurlyKale and Quinoa Mix FAMA bowl and the Baked Miso Eggplant w/ Roasted Veggies & Chickpeas Bowl (HK$118). Or you could always make your own bowl!
Locofama, 13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2547 7668, https://locofama.com/
Updated on 2 July 2020