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Originally published by Catharina Cheung. Last updated by Jianne Soriano.
Weekends are for indulgence, and there’s nothing better than waking up late, then spending a good few leisurely hours eating and daytime drinking with friends. Seriously, if brunch were a sport, we would be gold medalists. We’ve already covered cheap brunches, so this time around, we’ve gathered some of Hong Kong’s best mid-range brunches, priced between $300 and $500 so they won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
KIN Food Halls is a newly opened dining destination in Quarry Bay that offers over 200 dishes from more than 45 well-known restaurants in Asia. Start your weekend with a delicious meal from its many brunch offerings, such as the lobster bisque laksa by Chef Studio by Eddy, the responsibly sourced eight-piece KIN sushi, or the Penang Teochew char koay teow by Axian’s Selection. Make sure to save space for the unlimited dessert and sweets train from Tartes & Pop, Sip Song, and more!
Register for a do-it-yourself pizza workshop or a wagashi (和菓子; traditional Japanese sweets) session with your kids to enjoy the most of your weekend, and get creative and sign up for face painting or rotational handicraft activities.
Adults, don’t fret, as you aren’t left out! You can choose from two free-flow alcohol packages that offer a range of craft beers on tap, natural wines, cocktails from Draftland, and more. Prices for the brunch start at $388 for adults, $188 for children aged three to 12 years old, and free for those under three. Upgrade to $588 for the standard free-flow or $788 for the premium one.
KIN Food Halls, 2/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 5660 6740
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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 octopus 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 $98. 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
Brazilian-Japanese boteco Uma Nota does brunch two ways. Diners can either order à la carte from a menu of street snacks, skewers, ceviche, and hot sharing plates, or go for the Sampa set. If you’re hungover or just not a fan of making too many choices, then definitely go for the latter.
There’s mariso lambe-lambe (fresh Australian mussels with puffed rice), bolovo (Paulista-style scotch egg with crispy fried miso and cachaça marinated beef mince), salad to start you off with, and a main course of either cobia fillet, grilled pork chop, or 21 day-aged rib-eye steak. This will only set you back by $370, and, of course, there’s also dessert included. Bubbly and beer can be added on for $195 more, or cocktails and wine for $245.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central | (+852) 2889 7576
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, pani puri, marbled herbal tea deviled eggs, and the spinach and cottage cheese köfte. We haven’t even mentioned the pulled pork and Wagyu mini-burgers you can keep ordering, but save space for the mains, which include Asian-spiced beef pie or bangers and mash. For $380 this brunch is a true steal, and you can also tack on $320 for free-flow wine and champagne.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2169 3311
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 main course is a choice between seven different dishes, and we’d recommend the green ravioli ($238) filled with seabass mousse, clams, and Boston lobster, or the Chitarrino al Tartufo Nero ($198), a homemade Chitarrat-style spaghetti. The brunch price of $388 is also inclusive of dessert and two hours of free-flow house wines.
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 $458. Start off with small plates to share, and be sure to enjoy the seared scallops, garlic octopus, and pork cheeks. Pretty much everything in its choice of eight 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 lagareiro with roasted potatoes or the leitao a Bairrada suckling pig. Go slow, or you’ll regret not saving space for the serradura! Non-alcoholic free-flow can be added on for $180, or sangria and vino verde for $250.
Casa Lisboa, 2/F, Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2905 1168
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 $468, diners can have sharing portions of delights such as gado-gado kaum, lumpia goreng, gohu tuna, and sate lilit. We can never get enough of the nasi goreng from the main course as well, so make sure you order those, but don’t forget that there’s also dessert waiting in the wings. For $798, you can enjoy free-flow for two 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 the 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 spring brunch goes for $498, and free-flow cava and sangria can be added on for $180, while individual cocktails are $108.
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 five 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 $198.
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. Its 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 10 different mains to come, such as pasta, pizzas, steak, and roasted chicken. We particularly like the simplicity of the cotoletta alla Milanese (Milanese-style veal chop with rocket salad and cherry tomato). Take yourself back to buffet tables afterwards for a large range of desserts as well. Brunch at Spiga costs $428, and the free-flow add-on is $278.
Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2871 0055
We do love us a good Japanese brunch, and Honjo usually serves up some creative reimaging with its 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 the marinated baby chicken with pumpkin miso purée and kale and the cauliflower with truffle and passionfruit caper sauce. Finish off with assorted desserts if you’re not bursting yet. Brunch costs $498, with a vegetarian version for the same price, and free-flow of sake, wine, and cocktails will only be an additional $220.
Honjo, 1/F, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2663 3772