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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. We’ve already covered cheap brunches, so this time round, we’ve gathered 20 of Hong Kong’s best mid-range brunches, priced between $300 and $500 so they won’t burn a hole in your wallet!
Lumi is a French-Japanese restaurant that tries to convey vibrancy with fresh seasonal producea and an innovative concept. The starters for this all-you-can-eat brunch are already outstanding, with choices such as shrimp roulade with mentaiko sauce and squid ink fried scallops, followed by an egg course (always go for the black truffle scrambled eggs). As seafood lovers, we were glad to see that their mains are most seafood-inspired, though we’d recommend the grilled US petite tender with sakura and toyama shrimp and the Hokkaido pork chop in Parisian style. Don’t flag yet because there’s still pasta and rice, followed by dessert! At $338, this brunch is great value for money, with free-flow drinks for an additional $180.
Lumi, Shop 301, 3/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2918 1313
Trust the guys behind Pirata to bring us a great Northern Spanish experience in a beautiful venue. Start off this semi-buffet brunch with charcuterie, cheeses, salads, and pintxos, as well as fantastic starters including mushroom croquettes and “huevos rotos” broken eggs. There are six choices for mains, but we will always go for the juicy Boston lobster rice to be shared between two people for an additional $48. This brunch is available for $348 with a free-flow option for $180, while a separate kids buffet menu is also available for $98.
The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2433 3324
Le Comptoir brings a taste of Bali to Hong Kong with sustainable cuisine at Poem. If you’re sick of greasy fry-ups, go here for healthy and organic brunches instead. Order unlimited servings of calamari & beetroot, mussel salad, chicken flatbread, and more, before choosing between four mains options, including slow-cooked duck leg, seared barramundi, and beef rendang. There is also a tropical island dessert platter included, and all this is yours to consume for $348. Chuck in an extra $98 for free-flow Bellinis, or $198 for champagne, wine, and beers. Interestingly, this brunch is also available on Wednesday evenings to cheer up your hump day blues.
Poem, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2810 6166
Brazilian-Japanese boteco Uma Nota does brunch two ways. Diners can either order a la carte from a menu of street snacks, skewers, ceviche, and hot sharing plates, or go for the Brunch de Rua set. If you’re hungover or just not a fan of making too many choices, then definitely go for the latter. There’s a ceviche of the day, coxinhas de frango dumplings, octopus skewers, and salad to start you off with, and a main course of either fraldinha grilled flank steak or atum na brasa grilled tuna loin, both in a Japanese dressing. This will only set you back by $350, and of course there’s also dessert included. Bubbly and beer can be added on for $150 more, or cocktails and wine for $185.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central
Inspired by colonial British cuisine, there is so much to munch through in this all-you-can-order brunch that you’d best go wearing something with an elasticated waistband. Of the unlimited dishes, we particularly enjoy the butter chicken lollipops, croquettes with truffle aioli, marbled herbal tea deviled eggs, and the spinach & cottage cheese köfte. We haven’t even mentioned all the pulled pork and Wagyu mini-burgers you can keep ordering, but do save space for the mains, which includes Asian-spiced beef pie or the classic bangers and mash. For $365 this brunch is a true steal, and you can also tack on $295 for free-flow wine and champagne.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2169 3311
208 Duecento Otto does casual brunch perfectly because diners are able to choose from just having their buffet spread for $368, or with a main course and dessert for $498. There are always some people in the group who are never that hungry, so this type of arrangement suits all! After you’ve gone ham on the salads, cheeses, cold cuts, and fruits at the buffet, choose from pasta, seafood, or meat dishes for the mains. We’d recommend the lasagna or the glazed sweet and sour “Mangalica” pork ribs. Squeeze in a dessert as well, and you’d be done for the day. Free-flow Veuve Cliquot can be tacked on for $250.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2549 0208
Celebrate the best of Italian cuisine at LucAle, where you can help yourself to unlimited servings of salads, cheeses, and salumi cold cuts. Nobody can stop us from loading up on the burrata! The supplementary mains is a choice between five different dishes, and we’d recommend the Chitarrino vongole Bottarga e zucchini pasta with clams ($128) or the Salsiccia Luganega con polenta sausage with polenta ($128). The brunch price of $380 is also inclusive of dessert and two hours of free-flow house wines, so cin cin!
LucAle, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3611 1842
Decent Portuguese food isn’t only to be found nearby in Macau; Casa Lisboa does good fare on weekends for $388. Start off with small plates to share, and be sure to enjoy the clams bulhao pato, codfish cakes, and pica pau beef cubes. Pretty much everything in their choice of 10 mains is mouth-watering, but if you’re too overwhelmed then it’s probably best to go for something traditional such as the bacalhau a braz with shredded bacalhau fish, egg, and grass potatoes, or the leitao a Bairrada suckling pig. Go slow, or you’ll regret not saving space for the serradura dessert! Non-alcoholic free-flow can be added on for $88, or sangria and vino verde for $150.
Casa Lisboa, 2/F, Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2905 1168
This popular Argentinian steakhouse showcases premium, grass-fed Black Angus beef cooked in the asado Spanish grill tradition. The brunch feast here begins in the Club Room lounge, where you start off with a veritable tower of freshly baked bread, pastries, and cakes. There is a cold seafood bar featuring seasonal seafood such as oysters and cured gravlax, as well as charcuterie, cheeses, and more. Our favourite is the egg station, where the chefs will customise egg dishes to your liking. And of course, not to be missed is the carving table with Black Angus prime rib. Prices start at $398 for just the food; upgrade to $588 for free-flow juices, tea, and coffee; or to $788 for free-flow alcohol.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2321 8681
If you’ve been reading Localiiz for a while, you’ll know that Kaum at Potato Head has always been one of our top restaurant choices for its chill vibes and intensely moreish Indonesian-inspired food. For the flat rate of $398, diners can have sharing portions of delights such as lumpia goreng spring rolls, gohu ikan tuna ceviche salad, and babi genyol fried braised pork belly. We can never get enough of the mie goreng jawa noodles as well, so make sure you order those, but don’t forget that there’s also dessert waiting in the wings. Free-flow can be included for an extra $298 for two hours, or $398 for three hours.
Kaum at Potato Head, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2858 6066
With a Spanish restaurant, it only makes sense to get the party started with a selection of tapas to share. We love their gambas al Ajillo sizzling garlic prawns, grilled octopus, and sauteed chorizo. There are seven excellent choices for mains, but we’ll always veer toward the Segovia-style roasted suckling pig or traditional Spanish lobster paella. The latter feeds a minimum of two people, and vegetarians are also catered to with the stuffed eggplant. As for desserts, there’s no doubt that it has to be the leche frita fried milk with a toffee reduction. Olé’s autumn brunch goes for $398, and free-flow cava and sangria can be added on for $180, while individual cocktails are $88.
Olé, 1/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central | (+852) 2523 8624
Tokyolima’s brunch is inspired by the ritual of Yunza celebrated throughout Peru, so join in the feasting! Diners are started off with small plates made for sharing; we love the “Ki-mo-chi” fried chicken, though meat lovers are more likely to prefer the pork chicharron platter. This is followed by a selection of excellent seabass and tuna ceviches, before choosing from six main courses. Amble over to the Mitski station afterwards for a selection of sweet treats. This brunch goes for $398, and free-flow is only another $180.
Tokyolima, G/F, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2811 1152
With a menu created by a two Michelin-starred chef, Spiga serves cuisine typically from the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. Their brunch buffet consists of cold cuts, salads, soups, jet-fresh seafood, oysters, fresh bread, and a roast carving station. Pace yourself because there is still a choice of ten different mains to come, such as pasta, pizzas, steak, and roasted chicken. We particularly like the simplicity of their Uovo in camicia soft poached egg with spinach and Pecorino sauce. Take yourself back to buffet tables afterwards for a large range of desserts as well. Brunch at Spiga costs $418, and the free-flow add-on is $240.
Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2871 0055
The contemporary steakhouse does the simplest type of brunch: fork over $448 per head, and proceed to gorge yourself silly on unlimited servings from their buffet. You’d find us loading up on oysters, lobster, crab, and more at the seafood bar, or lining up for juicy cuts of steak at their carving station. Don’t forget to save some space for the dessert bar as well! The free-flow drinks add-on costs $188 for two hours, and $288 for the duration of your meal, or you can spring for the addition of unlimited Taittinger Brut Reserve to the drinks list for $288 for two hours, or $488 for the whole brunch.
Porterhouse, 7/F, California Tower, 30–36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2522 6366
This vibrant, no-fuss taco joint is always lots of fun. There’s really nothing on their brunch menu that we don’t like, but the standout among the platos fuertes is undoubtedly the huevos divorciados with rib-eye, potato hash, and fried eggs. Both their habanero-marinated steak taco and the crispy fish taco are top-notch, so grab your mates and load up on everything. Best of all, the price of $448 already includes free-flowing margaritas and beers!
Taqueria Super Macho, 33–35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2333 0111
Silencio is a contemporary take on the Japanese izakaya (居酒屋; casual bar or saloon). Let the music from the live jazz ensemble put you in a good mood as you peruse the buffet bar for unlimited seafood, sashimi, maki rolls, tempura, salads, yakitori, and grilled items. The main course is a choice of seven dishes, the best of which are the Lombardi udon with salted cod roe and tomatoes, and the mouthwatering Wagyu sando. While the original sando is already fantastic, you can add $390 for an upgrade to the outrageously delectable Boujee sando, which is Wagyu tenderloin, Sturia caviar, Hokkaido uni (雲丹; sea urchin), truffles, and foie gras torchon, sandwiched in Hokkaido milk bread! The food-only brunch costs $458, and with free-flow added on, prices range from $658 to $1,888 depending on the grade of champagne.
Silencio, 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2480
We do love us a good Japanese brunch, and Honjo usually serves up some creative reimaging with their dishes. Whet your appetite with edamame, sesame spinach salad, Wagyu tataki, and fried chicken to share, before moving on to the sushi and sashimi station. The main point here is to slurp down their freshly shucked Scottish oysters! As for mains, we like their honey miso baked chicken and the cauliflower with truffle and passionfruit caper sauce. Finish off with assorted desserts if you’re not bursting yet. Brunch costs $468, with a vegetarian version for the same price, and free-flow of sake, wine, and cocktails will only be an additional $198.
Honjo, 1/F, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2663 3772
Hands down one of our favourite brunches in town. Fumi’s Remix Brunch offers an unlimited amount of Japanese dishes from starters and salads, to sushi and grilled items. Load up on as much fresh sashimi, small sushi platters, tempura, and grilled skewers as you can handle, before even moving on to mains. Of the six choices available, we like the A4 Miyazaki beef himi udon in soup and the mini rice bowl with chopped toro & Japanese leek. What’s more, a handmade okonomiyaki (お好み焼き; Japanese savoury pancake) station is available on Saturdays, which is changed to handmade takoyaki (たこ焼き; octopus balls) on Sundays. Prices are $480 for food only, while children can dine for $280; add $198 for free-flow sake and beer, or $288 for free-flow champagne and wine.
Fumi, 6/F, California Tower, 30–36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2328 3302
Obviously, one of Hutong’s main draws is the view to die for, but there’s something to be said also for their Northern Chinese dishes. Start of with four appetisers—making sure to order the seared Hokkaido scallop and the Shanghainese coddled eggs with foie gras and fish roe—before digging into dim sum. Take a breather here and sip some tea because you’ll then be moving on to two seafood dishes, a meat choice, and a vegetable dish. We’d recommend choosing the chilli-laden Red Lantern soft-shell crab and the Kung Po-style Ibérico pork. All this will set you back by $488, and for $100 more you can have free-flow soft drinks and tea as well.
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3428 8342
Do try to snag a table on the open-air terrace of this iconic colonial-style building so you can spend your leisurely brunch looking down at the bustling tram road. For $498, you get to order six sharing dishes, including ceviche, cod and sweet potato croquettes, and even a healthy Greek yoghurt on granola. For mains, we’d recommend either the English roast or the poached eggs with pancakes, smoked salmon, and hollandaise sauce. The star of the show here, though, is probably their unlimited selection of desserts! The price of brunch already includes free-flow soft drinks, juices, and smoothies, but you can also get free-flow alcohol for $598, or even the addition of bottomless Ruinart Blanc de Blancs for $988.
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2866 3444