WOM weekender brunch edition: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong
27 May 2020
Summer’s finally in full swing after what seems to have been an eternity indoors, though quarantine or not, we know Hong Kong would pick brunch over the scorching heat any day. Since you’re probably already compiling mental lists of where to eat over the weekend, here’s our own pick of the best free-flow or classic Eggs Benedict around town!
Dim sum decadence at Madame Fu
Free-flow dim sum has been cropping up in town for a while and now, Madame Fu, the Tai Kwun contemporary Chinese go-to is coming out with its own unlimited char siu bao feast. The decadent spot combines the beloved practice of yum cha with its own sophisticated flair. Now, with its free-flow special (prices from HK$228) you’re free to exercise the other timeless habit - ordering way too much food! The free-flow only extends to weekdays and Saturdays from 11am-2:30 pm. Book your table here.
Madame Fu, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, Central, +852 2114 2118; https://www.madamefu.com.hk
Get an Aussie brekkie at Catch
Brunch just isn’t brunch without the classics (read: avocado toast).To truly escape the Hong Kong heat, head to Catch, the Melbourne-style breakfast cafe in Kennedy Town. Dim sum might be Hong Kong’s department but no doubt, when it comes to brunch, Australians do it best. Jetting off to the land down under may be off the table for now, but the table could still be full of Aussie favourites like smoked trout florentine (HK$158) and morning caprese (HK$138). Get there early! Catch does not take reservations.
Catch Hong Kong, G/F 95 Gatchick St, Kennedy Town, +2855 1289, https://catch.hk
Beach side brunch at Sip Song
We’re thankful Hong Kong is clad with beaches to spend the day at. We’re even more thankful, Sip Song is stationed at Repulse Bay. Nothing sounds better than ditching overpriced snacks from the convenient store and enjoying a delectable Pad Thai by the bay. The menu is packed with refreshing options like tangmo pla hang (HK$45) and crispy shallots (HK$135), Yum Woon Sen (read: fresh seafood glass noodles) and a particularly neat looking Thai-inspired cocktail section with choices like the Stormy Siam (HKD $95) made with dark rum, jasmine tea and angostura bitters. Reserve here.
Sip Song, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2898 3788; https://sip-song.com/
Defy options with limitless plates at LucAle
A new brunch spot has opened, for anyone who's exhausted their usual options. LucAle at Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong’s brunch district is launching an Italian weekend brunch (HK$380) with limitless (yes, limitless) plates of salumi, burrata and mozzarella. For an upgrade (plus HK$100), you can enjoy free-flow Franciacorta as well as fan-favourite desserts like tiramisu or Sorrento lemon cream mousse.
LucAle, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 3611 1842; lucalehk.com
Find British delicacies at The Envoy
For a splurge-worthy, all you can eat brunch (HK$350), look no further than the heritage hotel The Pottinger’s British restaurant. The Envoy’s brunch menu borrows from the quintessentially British afternoon tea, with options such as netted spring rolls and spinach & cottage cheese kofte. For more complete options, the brunch offers pub classics like bangers and mash, steak & fries and to top it off, banoffee pie and strawberry cream puff tart.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen's Road Central, Central; +852 2169 3311; https://www.theenvoy.hk/
Transport to Maylasian hawker centres at Jalan
Brunch at Jalan will take you instantly to the staple hawker centre stalls of Malaysia. Running longer from 11am-5pm to give you a chance to relax and lounge out, Jalan’s Malaysian food may seem more fitting for dinner (or even lunch) but with menu items like kaya toast doughnuts (HK $80) and beef rendang (HK $120), who can miss out?
Jalan, 42 Peel St, Central, +852 2386 2216; https://www.jalanhk.com/