Tired of long lines, watered-down mimosas, and lukewarm sausages? Don’t despair! More than just a place to grab a quick bite, the following social spots are ideal brunch-a-licious places to imbibe a pick-me-up, devour the latest nosh from Spain, Italy, or Japan, and get the deets from last night’s (ahem!) sojourn.
Seasons has become a veritable pied-à-terre for famished Frenchies in need of a Sunday crunch & brunch. While most restaurants hawk more American-style brunch staples, Seasons serves hungry guests a gastronomic challenge: should you go for the jet-fresh seafood (juicy French lobs, succulent prawns, and oysters) or the vast array of charcuterie and cheeses from Les Frères Marchand? Of course, you could opt for both…No judgement here! The food options at Seasons are plentiful, and diners will be pleasantly surprised by bite-sized desserts, egglettes, and free-flow champers on hand. To sum it all up: head to Seasons…’cause what they’re serving is always in season.
Find it at Shop 308-311, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Rd., Causeway Bay
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2. La Paloma
Neon Red. White. Blue. No, we’re not talking about America but rather the chroma of La Paloma. Meaning ‘pigeon’ in Spanish and nestled in off the beaten path Sai Ying Pun, this über-fun outpost is the perfect nest to grab some grub with a pal or enjoy a breezy, casual meal with the fam. Perch on a stool amidst the pigeon-esque prints scattered throughout, and peck on small plates ranging from Tuna Tartar to Fried Squid. Looking for something more filling? Their bottomless Paella Mixta earns some serious brownie (and #brunchie) points.
Find it at 1/F, SoHo 189, 189 Queen’s Rd. W., Sai Ying Pun
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Let’s put it this way: where do you take your in-laws for a doting lunch in town? Ding Dong! Clipper Lounge Calling! (Think elegant, classic, and peerless white-gloved service). This famous Hong Kong institution is best known for its luxe afternoon tea. But Clipper also ‘ships’ a free-flow R de Ruinart Champagne Sunday Brunch with a massive catch of Asian and Western favourites. When planning your brunch voyage make sure to steer towards the seafood and sashimi stations, and hunker down with some Roasted Chicken Roulade with Foie Gras. Fueled up already? Sneak a sumptuous slice of American Cheesecake. Who’s counting calories?
Find it at M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd., Central
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TokyoLima has elements that are both distinctly Nikkei and Peruvian – but that’s what we’re all here for. Run by Peruvian Chef Arturo Melendez, TokyoLima peddles an impressive menu of raw, marinated, and seared plates to tuck into (and don’t miss out on the unforgettable sake!) The service is a bit on the rushed side, but their Omacasa Brunch featuring Nippon starter sides (こんにちは ‘Ki-mo-chi’ Fried Chicken and Lomo Saltado ‘El Taco’) are worth wolfing down. For an additional cost, imbibe some free-flowing Nagano, created by Isabella Vannoni, the resident mixologist extraordinaire. Sure, you’ll get your basic Nippon nibs here–but it’s the Peruvian twist that makes every dish here a winner.
Find it at G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
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5. The Pawn
You know the drill – eat, sleep, brunch, and repeat. Make sure you add ‘reserve’ in there somewhere ‘cause The Pawn’s been a tough reservation to snag following its fresh-faced renovation. Their novel brunch set, featuring free-flow Champagne, is a sure crowd-pleaser. Guests can start their morning off with a sharing platter that showcases refreshing eats like Avocado on Toast, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, and Eggs Royale. Next, they can choose from a variety of delectable mains. Our pick has to be the English Breakfast – a full monty of bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, and your choice of scrambled, fried, or poached eggs. Yum! Cap off your morning feast with delectable dessert options including Cambridge Burnt Cream and Treacle Tart. A real treasure trove of eats can be unearthed at The Pawn!
Find it at 62 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai
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LKF isn’t short of decent eats, but newer spots are popping up more frequently. Perched seven soaring stories high, Porterhouse presents plenty of amazing and awe-inspiring views of the Island and more. There’s a formal dining area inside, but we suggest you take a seat on the deck, whilst savouring sizzling signatures (think 10 oz NY Striploin). Oh, and did we forget to mention that the restaurant also showcases a select six stations and 24 bottomless buffet dishes featuring Ceviche, Shrimp & Grits, and Market Fresh Oysters? Porterhouse has already attracted a rabid following of dedicated brunchers – you’d be wise to join the queue.
Find it at 7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St., Lan Kwai Fong
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7. CÉ LA VI
Breathtaking views? Check. Delish dishes? Check. CÉ LA VI’s the place to see and be seen, with a sweet location and a roof patio to boot. Located in the heart of LKF, CÉ LA VI is in the heart of HK’s culinary kitchen, where new restaurants are constantly appearing. With a jacuzzi – pack that rubber ducky – CÉ LA VI’s potpourri of flavourful plates makes it one of the more desirable joints around town. Its brunch-a-licious dishes – including Prawns with Wasabi and European Oysters – make this Hong Kong staple impossible to pass up. C’est la vie, indeed.
Find it at 25/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St., Central
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