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Weekends are for indulgence, and there’s nothing better than waking up late, then spending a good few leisurely hours eating and day-time drinking with friends. Seriously, if brunch were a sport, we would be gold medalists. There are always going to be times when you need to treat yo’self, and for that noble reason, we’ve gathered Hong Kong’s top splurge-worthy brunches for your pleasure. Here’s to the weekend!
Blue-hued Ozone lets diners have the opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous brunch at the highest bar in the world—needless to say, the view is absolutely unparalleled. As for food, expect a buffet of tapas-type small plates, main dishes featuring the best of land and sea, as well as desserts aplenty. There are also rotating seasonal specials such as paella to look out for. You’ll definitely want to book well in advance to try and secure a window seat. Though prices start from $488 for food only, we definitely prefer adding at least $268 for free-flow cocktails, wine, and beer, or from $348 up to $1,288 additionally for different types of champagne!
Ozone, 118/F, Ritz-Carlton, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2270
There’s nowhere else quite like brunch at Duddell’s, where the interior decoration is impeccable, the garden terrace is chill, and the food is consistently mouth-watering. For the flat price of $550, enjoy bottomless dim sum served fresh in bamboo steamers to your table. Must-orders of these Cantonese classics include siu mai, deep-fried beancurd roll, steamed rice roll with sakura shrimp, and the fusion shrimp spring roll with bacon and cheese. There are also appetiser small dishes and soups, as well as mains to choose from, including Peking duck and diced chilli chicken. In case you’re not absolutely stuffed yet, there’s also rice, noodles, and desserts. The Duddell’s salon brunch goes for $550, upgrading to free-flow for $788, and a premium alcohol package for $1,100.
Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9191
Our favourite resto in IFC offers a spectacular Sunday brunch inspired by the markets of Barcelona. Start the meal off with an unlimited selection of salads, cheeses, and charcuterie while you wait for the tapas to arrive. We love all of their small bites, but the Bikini pastry sandwich with jamón, cheese, and truffle, and the broken egg and basque chistorra are absolute standouts.
The mains consist of either seafood or meat; we always go for the Segovian-style suckling pig. The feasting doesn’t stop here because there’s still paella, of which the squid ink or the pork belly options are great. Finish off with a platter of pastries and sweets, and heave a satisfied sigh. La Rambla’s El Mercado brunch goes for $550, while free-flow can be added for $380. Alternatively, simply order a pitcher of sangria for the table starting from $550.
La Rambla, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 2661 1161
Another excellent Chinese brunch, Madame Fù brings classic and contemporary Cantonese dishes to an afternoon tea concept. For $550, diners get to order unlimited portions of Peking duck, dim sum, appetisers, and mains. Definitely don’t miss Madame Fù’s Ibérico char siu, the salt and pepper crispy tofu, and the Firecracker chicken; vegetarian friends will also appreciate the addition of “Impossible” Mapo tofu to the menu. We did mention you can eat as much Peking duck as you like, right? Non-alcoholic brunch goes for $550, while the addition of a drinks package brings the price up to $750, or $950 for a deluxe package.
Madame Fù, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2114 2118
Set in the centre of the garden in the Grand Hyatt, The Grill offers top-notch alfresco dining—the perfect weekend choice with this cool weather. Their buffet features chilled seafood, a selection of healthy salads, char-grilled specialities at the grill station, as well as the hotel’s homemade desserts. Along with a live DJ providing tunes, this is a great brunch at which you can simultaneously bask in the last of the autumn sun. The brunch buffet costs $588, with house wine free-flow for an additional $288, or champagne for $518.
The Grill, 11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7722
Aqua’s Because Brunch is famed for their Japanese-Italian dishes and, of course, for its gorgeous views across the harbour. Start off relatively light with sashimi, futomaki rolls, and oysters, before moving on to antipasti and pasta dishes. Our favourite course is when each diner is given a hot stone on a flame to grill a choice of beef tenderloin, scallops, or tiger prawns on yourself. Wrap the meal up with desserts and pictures against their windows. Because Brunch costs $588 with soft drinks, but free-flow alcoholic beverages can be added on from $688 altogether.
Aqua, 29/F & 30/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3427 2288
This well-appointed seafood and grill restaurant in the Island Shangri-La boasts great food and a great bar to go with it. Their brunches are slightly different in that they take the form of a three-course Sunday roast. We will never pass up their crab on toast even if it costs a bit extra to add on, and the roast rib of beef comes with all the trimmings like duck fat potatoes, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, and plenty of gravy of course. Our favourite part is that for $598, this brunch comes with bottomless Bloody Marys; you can also upgrade to Veuve Clicquot and wine at $888 instead.
Lobster Bar & Grill, 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty | (+852) 2820 8560
Zuma brings an elevated modern twist on traditional Japanese izakaya (居酒屋; casual bar or tavern) dining, and are world-renowned for their top-notch Japanese food. Browse their long counters full of seasonal dishes like fresh sashimi, sushi, tempura, hot and cold starters, as well as meat and poultry. The main dish is served à la carte, and we especially like the grilled hamachi kama and the chilli marinated chicken thigh with barley miso. There are also premium add-ons like black cod, lobster, or wagyu beef for an extra price. Brunch is finished off with a dessert platter at your table, and will only set you back by $598, though upgrades to different free-flow champagnes can be had for $988, $1,238, or $2,130 more.
Zuma, 5/F & 6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 3657 6388
Tucked away in the basement of The Langham, the Bostonian Seafood & Grill is a well-appointed modern steakhouse that we particularly like for their artisanal dry-aged meats. The sumptuous spread here includes the restaurant’s signature seafood tower, salmon bar, starters and small bites station, as well as an overflowing dessert counter. At four hours long, their free-flow also generously lasts twice as long as most other brunches—definitely a win in our books. Bostonian’s brunch starts at $688 with free-flow soft drinks, $838 with free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne, or $988 for Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé.
Bostonian Seafood & Grill, LG/F, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132 7898
Harking back to a more relaxing time and retaining the charm of the old Repulse Bay Hotel, The Verandah is a great place to enjoy brunch in elegant surroundings away from the city centre. Order as much to your table as you fancy, including assorted seafood, freshly shucked oysters, mini appetisers, hot appetisers, soups, cheese platters, and more. The cooked-to-order mains options are traditional roasts or grilled seafood, and desserts are washed down with tea or coffee. The price of $688 includes free-flow Grand Marnier cocktails and juices, but for $228 more, you can also have free-flow champagne, wine, and beer.
The Verandah, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2292 2822
Though best known for their afternoon teas, Clipper Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental also does a great Sunday champagne brunch—though a feast may be the more appropriate term. Choose from a huge range of hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, bread, and cold cuts before delving into sushi, sashimi, and fresh seafood such as Alaskan king and snow crabs, lobsters, and abalone.
Don’t forget to indulge in the seasonal oyster selection as well, then carb load with a selection of pasta or Cantonese-style noodles. There’s also beef, honey ham, and Peking duck at the carvery station, as well as chafing dishes such as steamed grouper and lamb chops. If you aren’t reeling by now, check out the veritable towers of desserts available. For $698, we consider this an absolutely fair price, with a free-flow Moët, wine, cocktail, and soft drink package available for $438 extra.
Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road Central | (+852) 2825 4007
There’s something about the vibe in The Tai Pan that makes it very easy to relax and let the hours of eating and drinking fly by. Alongside mainstays like charcuterie and cheeses, there are also gems of starters such as the chilled angel hair pasta with smoked caviar, and freshly shucked oysters served directly at your table. Choose from six mains options—we like the honey and orange seared pigeon and the white miso-glazed cod—but do also wander over to the carvery for a look. Leave room for the dessert trolley though! Brunch goes for $698, or add $298 for free-flow Ruinart champagne, wines, and soft drinks.
The Tai Pan, UG/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
This double Michelin-starred restaurant combines French cuisine with quality Japanese produce, housed in an artfully designed space. For $788, Saturday brunchers are treated to a stunning six-course menu that has been curated to dazzle. Expect offerings such as caviar & uni tart, boar agnolotti pasta, and Aveyron Blanc de Blanc lamb gigot. What’s also interesting is that all their game meats have been hunted from the wild—you’re truly in for a gastronomic adventure here. You can also choose to tack on $280 for three glasses of wine, $680 for a signature wine pairing, or $1,388 for free-flow Dom Perignon.
Écriture, 26/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2795 5996
We love Tosca’s high ceilings, huge windows, and gorgeous views, but we love their Michelin-starred, Mediterranean-inspired offerings even more. Their weekend champagne lunch is a four-course affair, so expect to start off with appetisers such as the lightly poached blue lobster with kaluga caviar before future whetting your appetite with a first course of pasta or risotto. For mains, go for either the seared Mediterranean sea bass or the pan-fried Iberian presa, then round things off nicely with dessert. Did you expect any less of Ritz-Carlton dining? Tosca’s brunch goes for $888, with free-flow alcoholic packages starting from $1,088.
Tosca di Angelo, 102/F, Ritz-Carlton, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2270
We love going to the iconic Peninsula Hotel for brunch at Felix with a side of harbour view. Expect to find stations with fresh seafood, speciality egg dishes, cheese and cold cuts, and desserts galore, including new mains concepts served at the table. Their menu changes seasonally, so even if you’ve been before, there’s something new waiting for your return. Truly a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Brunch prices are at $898, and you can add on $172 for free-flow cocktails, beers, and wine, $280 for Peninsula Deutz Brut Champagne, or $448 for Ruinart Champagne.
Felix, 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2696 6778
Brunchers can choose between these two restaurants both located on the eighth floor of the Conrad, where the brunch spread is laid out across both spaces. Grab a chawanmushi steamed Japanese egg or an omelette from their egg station, and look out for their Brunch of Surprises pop-up carts serving different specials each week.
For mains, it has to be either the grilled beef tenderloin or oven-roasted Kurobata pork loin, but vegetarians are also looked after with their fantastic baked aubergine parmigiana. There is also a great selection of sides to load up your plate with before moving on to desserts. Junior guests can also have entree-sized servings and special dishes on request. Champagne Brunch on the Eighth starts from $898, inclusive of free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne, offerings from their Mix & Shake Bar, and soft drinks.
Brasserie on the Eighth, 8/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2822 8803