A brunch fanatic’s favourite places to eat in Hong Kong – for long breakfasts, yum cha and healthy homestyle meals
An Australian who works in recruitment, Natasha O’Brien tells us her go-to place for eggs Benedict, all-you-can-eat Mexican and filling Italian fare, steamed custard buns and more, plus tips on eating in Melbourne
Coming from Melbourne, Australia, I have developed an addiction to fancy brunch food, so my favourite place for this is Catch (95 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, tel: 2855 1289). It’s run by a Melbourne boy and is only open for brekky (Australian for breakfast) on weekends. I can’t go past the “big bad ben” – eggs Benedict on hash browns, not bread. A must if you have a hangover to cure.
For a more local brekky, I quite like Congteakafe in Sheung Wan (24 Square Street, tel: 5719 8131) – well known for its char siu and scrambled egg on rice dish, and it’s super cheap, too.
Other favourites [for brunch] are 208 Duecento Otto (208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2549 0208). The salad bar is fantastic and really all you need. Mezcalito (27/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2668 8444) for all-you-can-eat Mexican, and Pirata (29/F-30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2887 0270) for heart-warming Italian that fills you up.
Ozu Bar (1 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 3705 1455) is a great bar for skewers and sake bombs. Speakeasy bars are my go-to and I love the Spicy Fifty cocktail at Le Boudoir (Basement, 65 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2530 3870).
In my spare time I teach yoga to kids and recently set up classes, so I’m always looking for ways to stay healthy, and that’s why I hit Kasa (61 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2868 6864) for a healthy, homestyle meal.
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When I’m in a yum cha mood, the best worst-kept secret is Sun Hing Restaurant (8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, tel: 2816 0616). It’s famous for its steamed custard buns. It’s super local, you get yelled at constantly and the floors are super oily, and it’s the best experience and dim sum you can ask for.
If you’re after fresh seafood straight from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan, check out Yamataka Seafood Market (2/F, Wan Chai Ferry Pier, Wan Chai, tel: 3974 5609) Great views, great seafood.
My favourite restaurant in Melbourne is Chin Chin (25 Flinders Lane, tel: +61 3 8663 2000). Waiting for two to three hours for a table is not uncommon but believe me, the food – fusion Australian/Asian – is worth the wait.
Brunch is amazing at St Ali in South Melbourne (12-18 Yarra Place, tel: +61 3 9686 2990). This place is also known for its coffee beans and wacky breakfast menu.