By Pearl Yan
February 14, 2020
There’s no need for reasons to brunch, but if you do need a little inspiration to keep tabs on the latest brunch menus, these new brunch concepts presents 11 very good reasons to celebrate the weekend
When jazz meets izakaya, you get Silencio’s Jazzakaya brunch. Jazzing up Hong Kong’s brunch scene, Silencio is offering a champagne-fuelled brunch of unlimited sashimi, maki, tempura and yakitori, followed by a choice of main course and signature desserts.
A delectable selection of sweet and savoury mains will be on offer, with highlights including a sushi doughnut covered in salmon, tuna, scallop, avocado and topped with salmon roe and a soft-poached egg; kugeso, a stack of mochi pancakes served with maple syrup and a choice of seasonal berries or Canadian bacon; and wagyu sando made with succulent Miyazaki A4 wagyu tenderloin set between two slices of Hokkaido milk bread.
An assorted dessert platter will conclude the experience, featuring red bean cake, earl grey crème brûlée, yuzu tart, matcha and adzuki cake, and black sesame ice cream.
When: Weekends and public holidays from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Price: HK$458 for food only, additional HK$200 for free-flow Moet Imperial Brut NV, HK$500 for free-flow Moet Grand Vintage 2012, HK$1,430 for free-flow Dom Perignon 2009
Restaurant, $$$$, Japanese, Central
When it comes to contemporary French fare, Belon is a firm favourite. Previously, the establishment only served lunch on Saturdays, but it has now extended the menu to Sundays—which means its famed roasted Bresse chicken will be served in a leisurely “brunch” fashion. Diners will get to enjoy chef Daniel Calvert’s other notable dishes, including the expertly seasoned oyster tartare, beautifully balanced salade nicoise with Japanese shima aji and refreshing basil scarpinocc served with burrata and fruit tomatoes.
The dessert is yet another highlight—the millefeuille is a classic and rounds off the lunch (or late breakfast) with a satisfying finish.
When: Weekends, 12:00 pm to 2:30pm
Price: HK$528 for six courses
Restaurant, $$$$, French, Central
Kinship has given its weekend brunch a refreshing update, combining favourites from the previous alternating British-American brunch menu. Hearty brunch staples will be on the menu, featuring sharing plates of American-style southern biscuits served with sausage gravy, roast pudding and egg, salted baked beet and citrus and corned beef hash.
For mains, guests can choose from roast sirloin of beef served with potatoes, gravy and Yorkshire pudding; fried chicken and waffles; and a sumptuous stack of pancakes layered with bacon, peanut butter and maple syrup. Top it off with one of the new weekend specials, available a la carte, which include BBQ pork benny enhanced with beurre noisette hollandaise and rocket salad, as well as a smashed avocado toast. The no-frills sundae, included in the brunch menu, is a winner to round off the weekend feast.
When: Weekends, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: HK$388, additional HK$198 for free-flow chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cava, Asahi beer and gin and tonic
Celebrate the weekend with a lavish omakase brunch at Whisk, featuring a five-course menu of modern French-Japanese fare with options to top up with unlimited freshly shucked French oysters, all-you-can-eat desserts and free-flow wines and soft drinks.
Each course offers a choice between two dishes, with seasonal items including hamachi sashimi with dill oil, pomelo and edible flowers, marbled char-grilled Ozaki wagyu beef from Miyazaki with burnt carrots and shishito, and a Japanese uni, lobster jelly, abalone and kegani crab with shiso flowers served chilled on a lotus leaf.
Those with a sweet tooth will be treated to more than a dozen desserts—ranging from a selection of pastries, chocolate creations, and European cheeses — displayed in a secret room.
When: Sundays, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Price: HK$498 per person , with additional HK$120 for unlimited oysters and desserts, HK$170 for unlimited oysters, desserts, wines and soft drinks
Restaurant, $$$, European, Tsim Sha Tsui
Independent wine bar Thinkwine is bringing together two best things in life: fine wines and weekend brunch for the city’s most discerning brunch goers.
The menu begins with a selection of fine aged French cheeses and slices of acorn-fed Spanish Iberico ham. For an additional HK$60, guests can opt for six Fine de Claire No. 3 oysters. The main course is a choice between Mediterranean quiche, a fresh-baked egg tart with dried tomato, olives and feta cheese, or for an additional HK$90, the “Dragon Dog” hot dog with chunks of juicy lobster, black truffle and red wine mustard. The last course, aptly named “Stop Thinking”, comes with a decadent chocolate tart or a zesty lemon tart.
When: Sundays, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: HK$290 per person, additional HK$290 for a two-hour free-flow wine package
Thinkwine, 2/F, 2 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2886 3121
See also: The Best Low- And No-Alcohol Wines
Make Meats your next meeting point for brunch, where a tempting menu of meaty and vegetarian-friendly dishes awaits. Feast to your heart’s content with a selection of starters, mains, sides and sweets, with add-ons such as avocado, fried eggs and bacon on offer.
Options for starter include fish tacos, spicy mozzarella, chicken liver pâté and duck salad. Best for sharing, the mains are served in generous portions, featuring porchetta bun, Chicken Avocado Toast, pork chop milanese, meats burger, flap steak and smoked pork belly. But it’s not all meat or nothing here, as the vegetarian burger is a scrumptious combination of chickpea patty, lettuce and pickles, dressed in hot chilly smoked chipotle mayonnaise.
The dessert is not to be missed, whether you’re in the mood for a light coconut lime pie or indulgent cinnamon doughnuts.
When: Weekends and public holidays, from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Price: From HK$248 per person, additional HK$180 for free-flow alcoholic drinks
Restaurant, $$, International, Central
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to a weekend brunch, but the world-renowned chef’s first Hong Kong outpost has all the pastries and desserts you could ever want to treat yourself on the weekend.
We’re talking about fish balls, the beloved local snack, which is made from red bean ice cream mochi that is torched to order until caramelised; or the iconic lemon tea juice box, a nostalgic nod to childhood memories familiar to Hongkongers, filled with bergamot curd and earl grey mascarpone mousse. Ansel’s take on the classic pineapple bun is also not to be missed, disguised in a coconut mousse “bun” filled with pineapple, lime and passionfruit jam.
Beyond the sweet treats, savory items like egg katsu sando, turnip cake soft scrambled egg sandwich, and omelette soufflé will also be served.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; dangwenli.com
Shane Osborn’s Cornerstone may be easily overlooked when you walk on Hollywood Road, but the food alone is something worth looking for.
Cornerstone’s brunch menu serves up a variety of classic breakfast items such as classic eggs Benedict, French toast and taiyouran egg, alongside favourites from the a la carte menu, including steak tartare, rosotte, octopus and steak sandwich. For dessert, the chocolate rice pudding and apple tart are just what you need to round off a cosy weekend meal.
When: Saturdays, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: From HK$118
Not one to shy away from a lavish affair, Madame Fu has launched a new Saturday brunch menu to celebrate the weekend in style. The city’s dim sum lovers and discerning diners are in for a treat, as the new menu features irresistible Chinese classics and free-flow drinks packages to suit every taste.
Unlimited freshly-made dim sum will be on offer, along with the first-ever “Madame Fu Beijing Duck Station” and a canape station. Guests can choose a main course from a selection of the restaurant’s most beloved dishes, such as the firecracker chicken and steam osmanthus fish with chili.
When: Saturdays, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (2 hour seatings)
Price: HK$550 for food soft drinks, and Madame Fu’s mocktails
Jalan is transporting guests to the streets of Penang with a spread of hawker-style delights inspired by the Malaysian street food culture—served on the last Sunday of every month.
True to the traditions of Malay meals in family style, the “long lunch” will feature two styles of rice, Nasi Kerabu and Nasi Campur, served on the banana leaves. All the dishes are designed for sharing, including the whole fried market fish, crispy vegetable skewers, green sambal roasted chicken and skate wing wrapped in banana leaves.
Desserts will highlight classic Malay flavours using ingredients like coconut, pandan leaf and seasonal fruits. Be sure to save room for the Milo doughnuts, a sweet treat filled with malt chocolate mousse and lightly coated with sugar.
When: The last Sunday of every month, at 11:30am and 2:00 pm
Price: HK$295 per person, additional HK$200 for free-flow seasonal spritz, prosecco, beer, red and white wine
Restaurant, $, Soho
In spirit of Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro, Uma Nota is bringing the festivities to Hong Kong with its first night brunch. Eat, drink and dance the night away at this one-night-only brunch experience, where you will sample Brazilian street food favourites and unlimited servings of Brazil’s national cocktail—caipirinha.
The menu will feature eight delightful dishes to share, including fresh oysters with acai snow; hearty coxinhas de frango dumplings with homemade chilli sauce; lula grelhada, a flavoursome dish of grilled squid served with cassava farofa and fresh salad; and picanha, beef rump cap with roasted potatoes. Round off the Brazilian feast with a cachaça chocolate mousse for an extra kick.
When: February 22, 2020, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Price: HK$890 for food and free-flow prosecco, wines, beer and soft drinks, additional HK$100 for free-flow caipirinha