If you are like us, you know summers mean two things: brunches and beaches. While Hong Kong has no shortage of either, we all know weekend brunches are what the city does best.

Here are five new brunches that have captured our hearts – and our tummies.

Conrad Hong Kong

If you can only make it to one brunch this summer (which would be a crime), make sure it is this one. The Conrad has teamed up with Perrier-Jouët for a decadent free-flow Sunday brunch experience, which they have aptly named, “Champagne Brunch on the Eighth”. The semi-buffet brunch features numerous food stations spread across two restaurants: Nicholini’s and Brasserie on the Eighth.

Look out for the Chinese station boasting dim sum, roasted Peking duck and crispy pork skin from the hotel’s Golden Leaf restaurant, and the al dente pasta kitchen station where diners can create their own dish. There is also a sushi and sashimi station, a seafood station and a cheese table to look forward to.

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The à la carte menu is also a delight with not-to-be-missed items including home-made yogurt with mixed berry compote, braised beef short ribs and clams marinara with bruschetta. Brunch ends on a high note with a selection of desserts, including Nicholini’s tiramisu. Wash it all down with flutes of Perrier-Jouët to wrap up the weekend.

 

Price: HK$838 per adult, HK$358 per child

Free flow: included

Address: Level 8, Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty

 

Uma Nota

Uma Nota has just kicked off its infectiously fun Carnaval Brunch for the summer and it promises to transport you from Hong Kong to Brazil’s own Carnaval do Rio. This particular brunch experience (which is only hosted on the second Saturday of every month) begins even before you start tucking in, with feather boas, flower crowns and extravagant masks for guests to wear.

On the food side, a range of dishes start the party: golden chicken and okra dumplings, crispy tapioca and cheese dices, and beef and portobello mushroom skewers. Mains of grilled sea bass in banana leaf and fried banana and cassava farofa, and pan-seared salt cured Angus beef are delicious. A banana and pumpkin stew, a vegetarian option, is also available but must be ordered 48 hours in advance. Brunch ends with chocolate mousse with a naughty hint of cachaça (a distilled spirit made of sugar cane juice).

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Do not forget to swing by the Caipirinha Shack to make your own Brazilian cocktail with freshly chopped fruit – and do not forget to snap a few shots for Instagram. Another highlight is the live entertainment, from dancing staff to interactive drumming sessions, which will have you up on your feet and swaying to the music in no time.

Price: HK$650 per person

Free flow: included

Address: 38 Peel Street, Central

 

FRANCIS

Over in Wan Chai, FRANCIS has launched its new weekend brunch menu featuring its signature Middle Eastern-inspired dishes with a Tel Aviv street food twist.

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Brunch starts with a selection of meze, or small dishes, to share. Expect halloumi with pomegranate and wild oregano, as well as a salad of avocado, tomato labneh and za’atar spice mix. A choice of signature mains is also offered, including spicy shakshuka with eggs, tomato and harissa, kafta with spring lamb, beef, tahini and onion – and even hanger steak with lentils, smoked aubergine and coriander. Pair the meal with a selection of innovative cocktails (the Pick Me Up comes with harissa-infused vodka) or even “orange wines” which are white wines made using red winemaking techniques.

 

Price: HK$280 per person

Free flow: no

Address: 4 & 6 St Francis Street, Wan Chai

 

Theo Mistral by Theo Randall

Theo Mistral by Theo Randall is bringing a touch of la dolce vita to Hong Kong this summer with its new Sunday brunch menu featuring crowd-favourite dishes from Italy. Diners can look forward to buffet tables featuring a selection of antipasti dishes, a seafood bar (the freshly-shucked oysters are a crowd favourite) and a pizza station. There is also a mouth-watering dessert table, which comes with a chocolate fountain for those with a sweet tooth.

 

À la carte options of pasta and mains are also available. Try the ravioli d’erbette with mixed green ravioli and Swiss chard and rocket, or the fluffy baked soufflé with Romanesco, fontina, spinach, cream and Parmesan. Other highlights include the 24-hour marinated, pan-fried and roasted rack of lamb, and the baked salmon from Norway served with Datterini tomatoes.

 

Price: HK$588 per adult, HK$338 per child

Free flow: additional HK$138 per person

Location: B2, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Mercedes me

Easy weekend brunches are always at the top of our list, and Mercedes Me has one that is simple and fuss-free. Its à la carte-style brunch offers diners a selection of starters, a choice of mains and a choice of dessert. Options for the mains include brunch favourites like smashed avocado with whole grain seed toast, soufflé skillet pancakes with spiced plantain marmalade, and soft free-range scrambled eggs with charred smoked salmon.

 

Price: HK$395 per person

Free flow: packages start at HK$185 per person

Address: Shop 38 & 40, G/F, 48 Queens Road Central, Central

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