When 'let's do brunch' goes with pearls and caviar

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 May, 2007, 12:00am

Dining out is without a doubt one of the best ways to celebrate any occasion. If your mum enjoys bubbly, then a Mother's Day brunch buffet with unlimited champagne or sparkling wine included is in order. TOTT's Asian Grill & Bar (The Excelsior, 281Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 28376781) has a spread that features unlimited Mumm Champagne and house wine for HK$538, or unlimited Wolf Blass Pinot Chardonnay Brut and house wine for HK$428. Cammino (2/F The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 2837 6780) serves with its Italian favourites unlimited Prosecco for HK$328. Free-flowing Moet, wine, beer, juices and soft drinks accompany the elaborate Mother's Day brunch at Harbourside (LG/F, Hotel InterContinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721 1211 ext 2495) for HK$658. The spread includes sushi and freshly sliced sashimi, fresh oysters and lobsters, 'action stations' of Asian cuisines, Italian pasta, dim sum and a carving station. Desserts include hot souffles, made-to-order crepes and white and dark chocolate fountains. Each mother will get a gift from cultured pearl expert Mikimoto. The Cafe (1/F The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 3 Connaught Road, Central, 2877 6666 ext 8311) is also going bubbly with Mother's Day brunch. For HK$598, champagne accompanies a spread that includes baby lobster, South Australian sea scallops, Balik salmon, five different types of oysters, Spanish Iberico ham, roasted Peking duck and Malaysian fish curry, as well as desserts. Non-drinking patrons may pay HK$458 (including fresh juices) and children dine for HK$258 per head. And coming back with a splash is the 300-seat Top Deck (Top Floor, Jumbo Kingdom, Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, 2552 3331), which had sailed away to the mainland with the Jumbo Kingdom for eight weeks to have the ship's hull refitted. It is back in time for Mother's Day with its favourite Sunday brunch of seafood, meats (including the popular Peking Duck station), salads and pastas for HK$328 per adult and HK$198 per child. Unlimited bubbles and soft drinks are included. Served from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

In the mood to splash out? A family of four can go for the HK$16,888, eight-course Mother's Day gourmet Cantonese feast at Yan Toh Heen (LG/F, Hotel InterContinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721 1211) which includes a gift for mother - an 18-carat white gold and diamond flower-shaped pearl pendant with three Akoya pearls from Mikimoto. Foodwise, the HK$4,000-plus per head price tag gets you lobster with fresh fruit and gold foil; braised supreme quality shark's fin with crab claw in brown sauce; poached garoupa fillet with Chinese lycium; braised whole Yoshihama abalone with green vegetables; stewed stuffed winter melon with scallop and conpoy; sauteed wagyu beef with baby corn in a golden basket; stewed e-fu noodles with sea urchin and fresh mushrooms. For dessert, there is double boiled fresh milk with bird's nest. A la carte and moderately priced sets will also be available.

Treat mum to arguably the most expensive high-tea set in town at The Chater Lounge (1/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 3 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2877 6666 ext 8307). The HK$8,888 for two experience, usually served on Thursday from 3pm-6pm, can be specially ordered for Mother's Day. The price tag includes exquisite delicacies, all served on Wedgewood tableware, such as caviar in a silver crafted dish from Christofle (France) with homemade blinis and condiments, foie gras mousse pyramid with gooseberries; crayfish tail wrapped with black truffles and zucchini; mini brioche garnished with Iberico ham; Boston lobster and fresh mango; crispy Parmesan cones filled with fresh fig and arugula leaves; wagyu beef tenderloin and dried apricot skewer flavoured with fresh mint, crabmeat, baked in puff pastry with fresh herbs and white truffle oil, and fresh sea scallop served in the shell with dhal and gold leaf. Then there are desserts. The set is completed with Kilburn Imperial white tea from Sri Lanka and a half bottle of Krug Rose. A butler stands by to ensure a flawless experience; 24 hours' notice is required and the set is limited to a maximum of six guests per party.