Header image courtesy of Duddell’s
Hongkongers have always taken brunch seriously, but now that bars aren’t allowed to open—and restaurants have to shut at 6 pm—a lot of our favourite brunch spots have really upped the ante with bigger, better, and boozier deals. From economical set menus to no-holds-barred buffets, here are some of our favourite brunches that come with free-flow drinks packages.
This old-school favourite just off Lan Kwai Fong has been serving up hearty, comforting Spanish food for over 20 years. Enjoy a massive spread—we’re talking the type elasticated waistbands were created for—of Spanish classics at Olé’s weekend brunch, from small plates like sizzling garlic prawns and sautéed chorizo to paella and fideuà for mains. For a delicious Spanish dessert that’s hard to find elsewhere in Hong Kong, try the leche frita (fried milk cubes), which come served with a sweet toffee sauce. All of the above, as well as free-flow cava and sangria and live guitar performances, can be had for a total of $578.
Olé, 1/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central | (+852) 2523 8624
If you’ve got a hankering for smoky, complex flavours and modern American grub, head down to Mr Brown. Try favourites like the whipped mackerel with cod roe, black garlic pork ribs, and bbq smoked meatballs from the à la carte menu for an easy, no-fuss meal, or leave the ordering up to the pros with the chef’s menu ($398), which comprises nine sharing plates, including dessert. For an extra $198 per person, you’ll can get two hours of free-flow cocktails, wines, and beers.
Mr Brown, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 3101 1081
Fine Japanese food is one of life’s greatest gastronomic pleasures, but it’s not always the most cost-effective if you’re looking to really fill your boots. Eat smart—and exceedingly well—at Fumi’s ever-popular Remix Brunch buffet. Tuck into unlimited starters, salads, sushi, and grilled dishes before choosing from any of the six main courses—we like the mini rice bowl with chopped toro & Japanese leek. The buffet stations differ slightly depending on the day—hence “Remix”—you’ll find a station serving handmade okonomiyaki (お好み焼き; Japanese savoury pancake) on Saturdays and handmade takoyaki (たこ焼き; octopus balls) on Sundays. Get all the above and free-flow sake and beer for $678, or pay $768 to enjoy free-flow champagne and wine with your meal.
Fumi, 6/F, California Tower, 30–36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2328 3302
Brunch the Burmese way with Club Rangoon’s newly-launched Hta Min Wine menu, which translates to “traditional dining table.” Designed to be shared by two people, the $700 set menu includes ten of the restaurant’s signatures such as mohinga, a rich spiced noodle soup considered Myanmar’s national dish, and the funky-yet-addictive lahpet thoke (fermented tea leaf salad). Add on $190 for two hours of free-flow wines, beers, and soft drinks, as well as unlimited orders of two signature cocktails.
Club Rangoon, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 2503 3077
Transport yourself to India with Chaiwala’s weekend Holi brunch, where you can whet your appetite with street food snacks (don’t miss the pani puri!) before selecting one dish each from the biryani, tandoor and dosa, and curry categories for just $298. We’re fans of the comforting Old Delhi butter chicken, rich and fragrant mutton biryani, and potato- and cheese-stuffed vegetarian dosa. For an extra $120, you can get free-flow lassis, but $180 will get you unlimited wine, prosecco, beer, and gin and tonics.
During weekdays, you can also take advantage of Chaiwala’s ongoing “dunch” promotion, where you can get 90 minutes of complimentary free-flow drinks with any lunch set by writing “drinks on us” in the remarks section while making your reservation.
Chaiwala, B/F, 43–55 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2362 8988
After it briefly converted into a private event space at the beginning of 2020, we could not have been more pleased when May Chow’s neo-Cantonese restaurant opened to the public again—with extended hours, too! Buddy up with your favourite dining partner for a boozy brunch to remember with Happy Paradise’s six or eight-course sharing menu for two (available Tuesday to Sunday). Starting from $480 per head, you’ll get four or five starters depending on your chosen sharing menu, your choice of mains (both menus feature different dishes), and your choice of dessert. Feeling thirsty? Add on $250 to get two hours of free-flow drinks, which includes sparkling wine, house red and white wines, draught beer, and house spirits, amongst others. Free-flow Champagne comes in at an additional $100.
Happy Paradise, UG/F, 52–56 Staunton Street, Central | (+852) 6794 8414
Counting down the days until we can dine in groups again? Bookmark Tokyolima’s Yunza brunch, where Peruvian-Japanese small plates like salmon causa, pork chicharron, and a selection of zingy, tart ceviches are brought to your table for family-style sharing. Dig into a main of your choice—trust us, the Picanha steak with its herbaceous chimichurri sauce is worth the additional $28—and cap things off with a visit to the Mitski dessert station to end things on a sweet note. For a total of $578 per person, you can enjoy free-flow sake, wine, and beer, as well as Tokyolima’s cocktail of the week.
Tokyolima, G/F, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2811 1152
Disco Bao might be on hold for a while, but Duddell’s has still got some tricks up its sleeve. The contemporary Cantonese restaurant now offers two three-hour sessions—12 pm to 3 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm—for its weekend salon brunch. Enjoy unlimited dim sum such as spicy dumplings and deep-fried wontons, special occasion-worthy mains like Peking duck, and a variety of other delicious dishes, then wash it all down with free-flow champagne, wines, beers, and selected cocktails for $788 a head. If you want to turn your brunch into a sundown session with the 3 pm seating, you can also get a ten-percent discount on the bill!
Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9191
Somewhat unusually, mains aren’t included in the $388 base price at this underrated Sai Ying Pun trattoria—though it starts to make sense when you realise that you can load up on as much salad, cheese, cold cuts, and wine as you like before tucking into a dessert of your choice. If you do want to supplement your buffet spread with a main, however, larger dishes are available starting from $158 each—we like the black truffle chitarrino with walnut “breadcrumbs” and the lamb chop with roasted potatoes.
LucAle, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3611 1842