Hong Kong's Best New Brunches: Summer Grazing
The sun is out, and so is the weekend brunch crowd. Check out these brand new deals before they get too hot to book.
Watch the weekend whiz by from Tartine’s lofty perch by the Mid-Levels escalator. The breezy alfresco terrace is the place to bunker down for their weekend Boogie Brunch, with DJs spinning all day. Kick off the meal with French toast and berries drizzled in maple syrup ($108), or truffled eggs and smoked salmon on homemade sourdough bread ($138). The eggs Benedict is a classic ($128), with luscious hollandaise sauce coating a poached egg, ham and a toasted English muffin. Paired with the “Honey Bee” cocktail made with bourbon, plum wine, honey and ginger ($115) or the “Tar-Tini” with VSOP cognac, Cointreau and angostura bitters ($140), you’re sure to lose track of the day—in the best way possible. Sat-Sun noon-4pm.
Mr and Mrs Fox
Swire’s knock-out restaurant of 2015 continues its hot streak with a new weekend brunch, with classic brunch dishes as well as their signature dry-aged steaks. Take a seat at open-fronted ground floor bar space Mrs Fox or the classically appointed Mr Fox upstairs, and kick off the brunch set menu ($140) with flaky warm biscuits with jam and yogurt. Mains include short rib eggs Benedict, pastrami croque madame, quiche Lorraine, pandan waffle and a behemoth Black Angus BBQ cheddar burger. Add free-flow drinks for $175 and let the good times roll. Sat-Sun 11am-3pm.
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Anchor's Seafood & Beer House
Nothing makes a more relaxing weekend brunch than successfully escaping the island-side crowds. Anchor’s Seafood & Beer House is one Kowloon-side brunch that’s yet to hit the bigtime brunch radar—which means you’ll be relaxing in blissful serenity as you chow down on sushi and sashimi spreads, a salad bar, charcuterie, and live noodle and pizza cooking stations. Snag one of the few tables on the patio looking out over the South China Sea, and don’t miss the outdoor BBQ stand which serves up fresh seafood and the restaurant’s signature 10” king crab legs. Sat-Sun 11am-3pm; $278 per adult, $139 per child.
This TST mainstay boasts incredible views of the island, with a beautiful selection of Japanese dishes and cocktails to encourage lingering weekend lunches. And their new free-flow “infinity brunch” has us hooked: Borrowing from both Italian and Japanese cuisines, main courses include a dish of scallops and lobster with Sardinian fregola pasta, cauliflower mousse and pickled shallots. Cocktails are even more tempting, such as the “Spring Elderflower” with gin, pineapple and lemon—or simply fill up on glassfuls of bubbly until you’re floating as high as the clouds drifting by. Sat-Sun noon-3pm; $448, $598 with free-flow drinks. Also available at Armani/Aqua.
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Lai Bun Fu
Lai Bun Fu’s newly launched brunch introduces a Cantonese-style, “dim sum-inspired” tapas brunch menu… which, essentially, means small Chinese plates designed for sharing. Confusingly complex terminology aside, you can expect some killer bites from the 30-item tapas menu ($58-128), including steamed chicken with black fungus and dried lily flowers, stir-fried turnip cake topped with truffle, and crispy skin chicken on toast. There’s a bit of both western and eastern influence on show here, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and well-loved Cantonese flavors.
The Drawing Room
Replacing Spanish restaurant Vasco, Drawing Room Concepts (Ammo, Isono) has resurrected its original Michelin-starred Italian restaurant The Drawing Room—just in time for the summer brunch crowd. Helmed by Vasco’s Gabriele Milani, TDR’s all-new menu is pure Italian comfort food, from fresh buffalo mozzarella to homemade pastas like fusilli with lamb ragout and pecorino, and classically prepared dishes like lemon sole fillet and veal tagliata. Weekend lunch sets ($388 for three courses, $488 for four) come with coffee/tea and petit fours. 7/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2156-0888.