With foodie imports from Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York moving to Hong Kong, it’s no surprise that the brunch scene in the city has taken off, with some of its best restaurants dishing out global fare to the weekend crowds. From hotels that offer all the classics to neighbourhood haunts serving smashed avocado on toast, bakeries that make their own sourdough and Japanese restaurants taking advantage of the term ‘brunch’, there’s plenty to love. Whether it’s free-flow Champagne and dim sum or a nutrient-rich juice with eggs you’re after, we’ve chosen the best brunches — both naughty and healthy — to enjoy in Hong Kong.

Duddell’s

Contemporary Hong Kong art serves as the backdrop to elevated Cantonese cuisine at Duddell’s in Central, while its large outside terrace with low-set striped sofas is the perfect place to spend a slow weekend. Brunch here is an indulgent affair with delicious and unlimited dim sum, small plates and free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, espresso martinis, bellinis and aperol spritz. Fill out a traditional teahouse slip listing the dim sum — the Duddell’s shrimp dumplings and steamed vegetable bun get our vote — snacks of crispy eggplant, salt and pepper, and mains of sauteed beef with ginger and fiery Kung Po prawns, and then wait for bamboo baskets and stylish ceramics filled with your Cantonese favourites.

Package price: $788 per adult with bottomless drinks. 

Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central; duddells.co

Elementary

This Tai Hang staple is a diner-esque brunch spot serving up a menu of Asian, European, and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. It’s run by husband and wife duo Alex and Danielle Malouf, the restaurateurs behind Kennedy Town’s Mama Malouf and The Catch, who dish out impeccable food in a laid-back space. From peachy panna cotta with home made granola and berry yoghurt to Aussie-favourite smashed avocado, poached eggs, feta and beetroot on multigrain toast, and ‘Dirty Eggs’ with paprika potatoes, kidney beans and chipotle mayo, there’s plenty of exciting twists on much-loved classics. 

15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay; elementary.hk

Limewood

This breezy beachside seafood and BBQ joint in Repulse Bay has recently launched a brunch menu, inspired by Balinese breakfasts on the beach. Catching the early birds, from 9am to 11am, the menu fuses international flavours, from huevos rancheros and bacon and egg roti to croissants slathered in peanut butter and house-made waffles served sweet or savoury. Lighter options include a creamy chia and almond milk pudding or the ‘Green Brekkie Bowl’ packed full of superfoods – perfect post-hike, with a fresh ‘remedy’ juice. To counteract this goodness, and to get your weekend started, are bloody marys and rum-spiked coffees because, why not?

Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay; limewood.hk

Zuma

One of the better known brunch spots in town, Zuma’s twist on traditional izakaya dining has garnered it fans around the world from London to Hong Kong. At its location in Landmark, the interiors are sleek, modern and totally luxe with a bar and staircase that light up, charcoal ceilings and lots of stone. This compliments bold flavours and technical excellence — Zuma uses a charcoal robata grill to give its fish and meats a smokey taste, while sashimi and sushi feature the freshest of fish.

Package price: $988 per adult for 2.5 hours of free-flow champagne. 

Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; zumarestaurant.com

Hue

With show-stopping views of Victoria Harbour from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kowloon, Hue is the ultimate special-occasion brunch. Bring guests from out-of-town or simply treat yourself to an Australian brunch, kicked off with homemade sourdough with house-smoked New Zealand butter. Then it’s time for buffalo milk burrata with charred broccolini and hazelnuts, a house-smoked wagyu pastrami with smoked egg gribiche, and an ocean trout with whipped cod roe and salmon eggs. Save room for the fig and frangipane cake.

Price: From HK$380 per person

Hong Kong Museum Of Art, 1/F – inside HKMoA, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; huedining.com.hk

Cornerstone

Following the success of his Michelin-starred Arcane, Shane Osborn’s new restaurant in Soho is an altogether more casual affair. The space itself is minimalist but charming, there’s a duck-egg blue banquette that’s almost retro, serene images of abstracted snowy forests on the walls and its small, only seating about 25 people in total. The brunch dishes out favourites from the a la carte menu such as the tartare and steak sandwich, along with classic fare that includes French toast and eggs Benedict.

Price: From HK$118

49 Hollywood Rd, Central

Baked

South African chef Zahir Mohamed’s hole-in-the-wall bakery and all-day dining destination on Elgin Street serves up the ultimate weekend treats — cinnamon buns ooze with pistachio and cream cheese frosting, mushrooms on homemade sourdough toast (the ‘Oh My God’) comes in a trio of cream mozzarella and truffle pate and is topped with a poached egg, while parmesan and spinach buns are flaky and delicious. Everything is made in house from the basil infused hollandaise that drowns eggs benedict to the naturally leavened brioche and challah bread, and it pays off. Coffee is strong and  sweet — a blend you won’t find elsewhere, custom made by Roastwork for Baked. 

NINETYs

Hot off the success of its first Wan Chai branch, NINETYs’ newest location next to the Mid-Levels Escalator is off to a roaring start with frequent (but manageable) queues for its brunch. The cafe’s Aussie-style offerings are as Instagrammable as they are delicious – think the likes of lap cheong sausage scrambled eggs served on apricot and walnut bread, and lobster benedict with salty egg hollandaise. For those who want to sample a bit of everything, the brunch board allows you to mix and match tasting portions of a few dozen brunch classics with a twist. The concise coffee menu utilises beans from Zest Specialty Coffee in Australia and Taster’s Coffee from Taiwan, while artisanal teas from Tippity Tea Australia round up the drinks selection.

2-4 Shelley St, Central; ninetys.com.hk

The Optimist

For those weekend Iberian cravings, head to The Optimist’s semi-buffet brunch. The sumptuous menu starts off with a buffet station of cold cuts, before moving into three starters for sharing. The individual mains are split between meats and seafood, ranging from Charcoal Roasted Chicken to Mediterranean Whole Seabass “A La Espalda” and Chateaubriand. The additional free-flow package encourages indulging on prosecco, sangria, Estrella beer and various Spanish wines, while individual cocktails are also available for the more measured drinkers among us. Meanwhile, a three-course kids menu means the whole family is catered to.

Price: HK$348 per person; additional free-flow package HK$180; kids menu HK$98

G/F, 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai; theoptimist.hk

The Tai Pan

Set in the gleaming halls of The Murray, The Tai Pan offers a lavish Sunday brunch for the city’s well-heeled. Available between 12.30–3pm, the semi-buffet menu prompts diners towards the salad, seafood, cheese and carvery stations, while freshly shucked oyster platters are served table-side. For the main course, guests can choose between dishes like Grilled Angus Beef Flank Steak, Roasted Corn-Fed Chicken Roulade or Roasted White Miso Cod Fish. To wash it all down, opt for an additional drinks package that encompasses everything from Ruinart champagne and variations of the Bloody Mary, to Aperol spritzes and selected wines.

Price: HK$598 per person, additional drinks package HK$298

UG/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Dr, Central; niccolohotels.com

Felix

 

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Previously only open for dinner, diners can now enjoy the renowned Felix’s stunning daytime harbour view over Sunday brunch. The semi-buffet menu features gourmet buffet stations for seafood, customised egg dishes and desserts galore. Main courses are made to order by chef de cuisine Juan Gomez, while unlimited cocktails are available for as an add-on. Meanwhile, a live Latin band provides the perfect complement to the food and the views.

Price: HK$898 per adult, HK$638 per child

The Peninsula Hong Kong, 28/F, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; peninsula.com

Percy’s

 

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Helmed by chef Braden Reardon of Carbone fame, this buzzy restaurant opened in the heart of Soho in late 2021. Focused on fresh, responsibly caught seafood, punchy cocktails and an energetic neighbourhood vibe, Percy continues to make waves . From a Hamachi Ceviche with tart gooseberry to a Pear and Yuzu Tuna Tartare, the restaurant continues to innovate and feature exciting flavours while still highlighting the seafood. For those with expensive taste, try the Caviar and Crème Fraîche Scramble. Have a sweet tooth? Order up a Brioche French Toast topped with maple strawberries for a sticky sweet treat.

Aqua’s newest venture has landed at the historic Tai Kwun. Using fresh and simple produce to create seasonally inspired showstoppers, Cantina is not just another Italian restaurant. Every dish reinvents a classic and is  delivered with a generous portion of authentic flair. The weekend brunch is no exception. A three-hour feast, start off with classics like a refreshing caprese skewer, gnocco fried to perfection and pizzas made with a light and airy crust. Fancy a main course? Ask for a  parsley pesto linguini or a savoury porchetta.  Cantina’s dishes are designed to accompany cocktails and wine, so top it off with champagne for a meal that brings Rome to you.

Price: HK$788 per person

Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central; aquarestaurantgroup/cantina

Carbon

Spanning 6,200sq feet, Carbon effortlessly combines wellness, food and entertainment for a space that does it all. Hoping to set the standard for multi-purpose lifestyle spots in Hong Kong, every aspect is curated to hone that vision. Offering a seasonal and flexitarian menu following a farm to table philosophy, weekend brunch is designed to be shared  as the restaurant serves comfort food with a twist: think assorted bagel spreads with smoked salmon or juicy fried chicken with citrus waffles for the ultimate DIY meal. If you’re lucky, get a spot on their sweeping rooftop and indulge in a signature Espresso Martini for the perfect way to end the week.

Price: $398 per person; an additional $298 for free flow

26/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central; carbonhk.com

Pondi

Named after the eclectic coastal town of Pondicherry, Pondi is a hidden gem located in Sai Ying Pun. It is the first restaurant in Hong Kong to bridge Indian comfort food with elevated French cooking. The passion project of award-winning restaurateurs Taran Chadha and Camille Glass, eating here is designed to feel like stepping into a chef’s home. The space is beautiful and intimate, with lush plants and a candlelit terrace—perfect to rewind on a breezy Sunday morning. Dishes are delightfully innovative from baked aubergine with flowering cauliflower to stuffed calamari with pork belly made from peak-season ingredients. Intimate, inspiring and full of care, Pondi is a must-try. 

G/F, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun; pondi.hk

Maka Hiki

Want a tropical getaway? This quaint “tiki chic” restaurant drops you right into the Caribbean. Opened by the renowned Maxence Traverse last December, the interior is decked out with warm timber and bamboo with eye catching verdant prints splashed across the walls. Every menu item is inspired by the islands, and the brunch menu is a unique take on island cuisine. Start off with a light and refreshing Salmon Crudo and a flaky roti with spiced chickpeas. Pork Ribs are braised until fall of the bone perfection while adventurous eaters can dig into a Mahi Mahi curry garnished with crispy shallots. No visit is complete without a signature cocktail, so make sure to try a grapefruit punch or tequila with Thai chilis for an unexpected kick. 

Price: Starting from $498 per person

2/F Little Tai Hang, The Corner House, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang; makahiki.com

TMK

With three locations across Hong Kong, TMK combines a love for music, sake and temaki. What makes TMK unique is that each location is inspired by either rap, funk or hip-hop music. With the goal of living life the fun way, TMK is all about going big and dining well alongside great company.  The lively and loud temakeria is launching a special brunch menu that starts with sharing platters of favourites such as crispy Karaage Chicken, Edamame, and Crab Salad. Then, enjoy unlimited maki, hearty Katsu Curry, TMK Kimbap and  Veggie Tempura for Japanese food with an electrifying modern twist. Warm and welcoming, strap in for a thrilling and fun-filled dining experience. 

Price: Starting from $348; additional $150 for free flow

Multiple locations across Hong Kong; tmk.hk

Aqua

There’s nothing quite like Aqua. Settling into a new home at the H Centre, it continues to create an unforgettable dining experience. The ocean-inspired space uses a navy and gold palette for an elevated look, boasting two  terraces with a weekend DJ, a glitzy dining room, a gorgeous bar and a hypnotising glass hallway destined for your next Instagram post. The brunch menu is the ultimate celebration of French and Japanese cuisine, focusing on seasonality and fresh ingredients. Start off with rounds of melt in your mouth sashimi,  Japanese oysters and decadent beef tartare. Then, indulge in signatures like a black truffle tagliolini for a glamorous ode to Italy or a sizzling stone grilled A5 wagyu. Attentive service makes sure everyone leaves content: offering sake, recommending champagne from a curated wine list and catering to any diet. Snag a window seat for an unbeatable view of the city’s iconic skyline for a meal that will have you coming back for more.

Price: Starting from $588; non stop starting from $788

17/F H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; aqua.hk